Lisa Biales was born to sing. In fact, the versatile songstress says that she’s been singing forever, and “was probably born singing.” She also says “It’s my gift that I’m supposed to share with people.”

Those who are fortunate enough to have seen her perform will enthusiastically confirm her assessment.

Lisa Biales’ voice has been described as powerful, sweet, strong, soul-stirring, and bluesy; and she plays a “mighty fine guitar” to boot! Darke County Center for the Arts 2015-2016 Artists Series season opens on Oct. 10 with a concert by the afore-mentioned Lisa Biales. Lisa will be backed up by a talented trio of skilled musicians who seem to enjoy Lisa’s performances as much as the audience and Lisa herself. However, the fact that Lisa and friends will provide a memorable performance is not the only reason to attend this show.

The renovation of Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall will be completed—the walls adorned with fresh paint, new seats and flooring replacing their constantly-in-need-of-repair forerunners, and the stage dramatically framed with stunning new curtains. An Open House will precede the concert, offering opportunity to explore the renewed beauty of this community treasure. Actually, this historic venue, now equipped with 21st century state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, deserves an audience all by itself; likewise, DCCA’s upcoming Artists Series season would be outstanding no matter where it was presented.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra will play songs of the season when they perform on Dec. 19, bringing holiday cheer to today’s audience just as they did back in the big band era. On Jan. 23, a cappella group Voice Play will astound young and old alike with their original, imaginative, inventive renditions that recreate orchestrated sound using only the human voice while performing music that moves between eras and styles. The beloved songs of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein will resonate on May 14, when Toledo Symphony Orchestra and accomplished guest vocalists close DCCA’s Artists Series season with their lush and moving arrangements. All of these shows were meant to be performed in places like Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall, providing a timeless transcendent experience that inspires and energizes.

Which brings us back to Lisa Biales (pronounced Be-Alice). Born into a musical family, Lisa began writing music as a child, and started performing in public about the time that she learned to play guitar at age 12. In addition to participating in the music program at her church, the budding artist was part of a band while in high school, playing gigs almost every weekend. A native of Fairfield, Ohio, Lisa now lives near Oxford, where she regularly hosts concerts in her spacious home featuring her many talented friends and cohorts in the music business.

Many local citizens fondly recall Lisa’s memorable performance a few years ago at Montage as part of DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series. And some have journeyed to Big Song House, Lisa’s at-home venue, for a delightful evening of music and congeniality. All of those people will tell you that Lisa Biales is the real deal. She sings ballads, blues, folk, jazz with a passion and sincerity that is irresistible and meaningful to audiences.

So many reasons exist to get your DCCA Artists Series season tickets now: You will (a) be guaranteed the best seats in the beautiful surroundings of an acoustically perfect performance venue; (b) reserve the dates so that your busy personal schedule doesn’t conflict with a glorious evening of entertainment; (c) enjoy outstanding artists at an economical ticket price without traveling outside Darke County; (d) support a local arts organization that is respected and admired throughout the state; (e) have a really, really good time and create memories to last a lifetime. To accomplish all of the above, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected], or purchase tickets online at centerforarts.net.

So many reasons

By Marilyn Delk

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at [email protected]. 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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