DCCA News: A new season


When the Great Darke County Fair shuts down, summer ends—regardless of what the calendar tells us. Although feeling that summer is over induces regret and tinges of sadness, the arrival of September somehow also produces a sense of anticipation for the new season about to arrive. In a similar vein, Darke County Center for the Arts is eagerly anticipating their 2017-2018 Artists Series season opening at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on Saturday, September 9 with singer/guitarist/songwriter David Myles, even as it contemplates the success of the previous season that produced so many joyful memories that will linger in hearts and minds for a very long time.

DCCA’s theme for new season is “Arts Count,” which can be interpreted as a mathematical reference or as meaning that the arts have value. Both interpretations are apt, lending themselves to a wide variety of possibilities. When David Myles and his trio take the stage, they will embody the meaningful impact that music makes in their own lives, an impact that they share with audiences of all ages. Known as a great showman, Myles communicates his love for and commitment to creating music, also creating connections with his audiences who participate in the encounter, each person experiencing his or her own unique response.

An actual count of the ways in which David Myles reaches out to music lovers of all stripes includes (1) his ability to (a) croon pop ballads, (b) punch out jazz ditties, and (c) put a new spin on old favorites, (2) his down-home rootsy songwriting, (3) his attention-getting collaborations with (a) a Latin Grammy winner, (b) a world-renowned opera diva, and (c) a Canadian hip hop star. David has forged his own path, embracing modern and vintage songs and styles with his irresistible energy, and creating timeless music that will withstand passing trends to endure.

Originally from New Brunswick, the bespectacled performer now resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and two young daughters. Although his recordings and original compositions have received numerous awards, his live performances (wearing his trademark business suit and tie) have propelled him to fame in his native land. In these performances, David balances his quick wit with an ability to nimbly move from modern pop to classic country to doo-wop to jazz, creating a cohesive sound that brings to mind great artists of the past.

David Myles provides much to look forward to; but that’s not the only thing for arts lovers to happily anticipate. In addition to the first concert of DCCA’s new season, September 9 will see the opening for the first art exhibit of the season in the Anna Bier Gallery. A reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. honoring artist Fiona Miller, whose architectural renderings in ink and watercolor will remain on display in the gallery through September 30; Ms. Miller will speak about her work and motivations at 7 p.m. The art exhibit in the Anna Bier Gallery is free and open to the public.

DCCA’s new season provides much to celebrate. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to earn the personal benefits and memorable joys that will accrue as we inexorably move forward through time and space. To get your tickets to the concert by David Myles, contact DCCA at dcca@centerforarts.net or 937-547-0908. Tickets cost $20, and are also available online at www.CenterForArts.net, and will be available at the door prior to the performance. The show begins at 8 p.m.

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By Marilyn Delk

DCCA News

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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