‘Tis the season of giving. Although this can be a joyous experience, the time and effort required to discover the perfect gift at an affordable price can also wear down one’s enthusiasm, produce a sense of fatigue rather than fun, and detract from the true spirit of the season. However, I have the cure for this gift-giving frustration; tickets to upcoming attractions presented by Darke County Center for the Arts are not only inexpensive, but also easy to obtain and can bestow benefits that continue long after the holiday season is a distant memory.
Families and groups of friends or co-workers as well as individuals can celebrate the holidays on Saturday, December 19 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall with Glenn Miller Orchestra’s “In the Christmas Mood” concert. Timeless songs performed in a beautiful and acoustically perfect venue by the world’s most popular big band will undoubtedly soothe souls harried by holiday hustle and bustle, providing comfort and joy to all in attendance. Tickets cost just $20 (half price for students), but don’t tarry, as fewer than 100 seats remain for this highly anticipated DCCA presentation.
Many of the adults on your gift list will be ready for a post-holiday party by mid-January; DCCA has just the event for those folks. “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXIV” will make Montage Cafe the place to be on Jan. 15; the food, wine, invigorating music, and inimitable friendly vibe of the event will provide the energy and motivation one needs to merrily proceed through another local winter. More fun awaits at Montage on March 11, when DCCA’s “Irish Wave” presents a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with lively traditional Irish music, luscious Irish food, and lots of varieties of craft beer. Tickets for these inviting evenings of food, drink, fun, and songs are $35; and don’t forget to gift yourself and join the festivities.
VoicePlay, a unique a capella group that appeals to audiences of all ages, will take the Memorial Hall stage on Jan. 23; tickets cost $20, and should thrill an admittedly difficult to please demographic, the high school students who will experience the amazing talents of VoicePlay at their schools during the week prior to the Artists Series show, as well as delight almost everybody else on your list. Any or all of these options will provide comfort and joy even after the holiday season is long gone, as will the beautiful and forever relevant music of Rodgers and Hammerstein played by the skilled musicians of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra on May 14. And the incredibly popular Texas Tenors will sing in Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall on April 16; those tickets are almost sold out, so if that’s the perfect gift for somebody you know, you’d better act now! Tickets for each of these shows are $35.
Just $10 buys admission to performances in a welcoming relaxed social setting where food and drinks are also available. Cleveland-area blues artist Kristine Jackson will perform at The Bistro Off Broadway on Feb. 25; folksinger Sarah Goslee Reed will bring her lovely voice and beautiful songs to Wayne Trail Historical Society House in downtown Arcanum on March 31, and multi-talented Southern Ohio duo Noah and Alex will share their talents at Montage Cafe on April 21.
DCCA provides sparkling entertainment for all ages regardless of the season; little ones on your list will be thrilled by DCCA’s Family Theatre Series presentation of Moon Mouse—A Space Odyssey on April 3. This Christmas present will welcome Spring with an imaginative cosmic adventure from Lightwire Theater who wowed local audiences with their electro-luminescent production of The Ugly Duckling a couple of seasons ago.
You don’t even have to leave home to please almost everyone on your gift list. You can purchase any or all of these tickets online at www.centerforarts.net; if you need more information contact DCCA at 547-0908 or [email protected]