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MCCA keeps the arts alive

May 7, 2012, noon

By Carla Johnson

When budgets tighten up, one of the first things to go is entertainment. That cut is no longer necessary because the Mesa County Concert Association brings some of the finest national and international artists to the Western Slope at surprisingly affordable prices.

“We believe in making the performing arts accessible for the entire community,” long-time member Danni Langdon said.

MCCA is a nonprofit consortium of volunteers that hosts a half-dozen quality shows for the season ticket price of only $50 for adults and $25 for students. Each season runs September through May, featuring an assortment of artists. Langdon said they keep ticket prices low by limiting their overhead.

“We have about 50 volunteers who recruit new memberships,” Langdon said.

MCCA does not maintain a formal office and its board members share work duties on concert dates.

Langdon said MCCA has wide audience appeal because of the variety of programs they offer.

“Our shows are family-friendly,” Langdon said. “We’ve moved away from solely classical music and concentrate instead on bringing exceptional singers, dancers, folk groups, and musical theatre productions to the community. For people who want diversity, you can’t beat our lineup.”

The 2012-13 season includes a nostalgic look at the girl groups of the 1960s, 12 violinists from Siberia, a family of nine champion musicians and dancers, local favorite Celtic Fire, and a tribute to John Denver.

MCCA began as the Columbia Concert Series in 1944 with a corps of about 25 local music lovers. Every year since, they have presented four to six concerts including celebrated guests such as the Gershwin Orchestra, Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Kingston Trio, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Riders in the Sky, the Royal Air Force Band, and the New York Theatre Ballet.

The first concerts were held at Houston Hall at Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University), and later at the auditorium. In 1953, performances were moved to the auditorium at Grand Junction High School, located at 1400 N. Fifth St., which seats 1,500 patrons.

MCCA is guided by a board of directors consisting of 22 musically oriented volunteers who meet to establish policy and procedure for the association, conduct ongoing business, and select the artists for the upcoming season.

MCCA is entering its 68th season and new members are encouraged to get their season tickets soon, as they traditionally sell-out. Langdon said a recent performance by a popular troupe of acrobats garnered $96 per ticket in New York City, but cost each MCCA season ticketholder less than $9.

For more information, call Langdon at 245-9829. For a peek at the upcoming season, visit www.mesacountyconcertassociation.org.

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