The Arts count in the lives of people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and economic demographics. That fact has been true for generations, and probably since the beginning of humankind. Arts Count provides the theme for Darke County Center for the Arts upcoming 2017-2018 season; therefore, let me enumerate the ways that the new Artists Series season at historic Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall should count as a factor in your personal schedule for the next year.
1. The season opens with Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Myles performing his timeless music on Saturday, September 9. David, known for his always growing, shape-shifting songwriting abilities and an exceptional ability to entertain, injects any song with irresistible energy as well as energy and grace. The nimble artist cohesively moves from classic country to doo-wop to modern pop to jazz, making his show quadruply appealing to all those who love good music regardless of genre.
2. Take a melodic journey through the decades when world-class a capella ensemble Six Appeal takes the stage on Saturday, November 4. In addition to displaying the energy and vitality of a rock band, these six young gentlemen with the somewhat cheeky name utilize sharp comedic timing and far-reaching repertoire to win over audiences at college campuses, state fairs, corporate functions, K-12 classrooms, and theaters across the nation.
3. Beginning when she was a child in her family’s band, Rhonda Vincent’s musical career has spanned four decades; the reigning queen of bluegrass and her backing band of six world-class musicians, The Rage, will bring their award-winning music to Greenville on Saturday, January 20. Rhonda’s warm, appealing personality and amazing instrumental skill added to her versatile vocal ability create an aura of wonder that reaches far beyond the boundaries of bluegrass to gain uncountable fans across the world.
4. The 65-member Toledo Symphony Orchestra will truly fill the Memorial Hall stage on Saturday, May 19 when they perform “Oh, What a Night” featuring the vocal talents of Connor Bogart singing Broadway hits from Jersey Boys, Sweeny Todd, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and more. Bogart has been credited with sounding authentic whether singing Gun ‘N’ Roses or Puccini, counting among his many credits leading roles in Broadway hits, touring with Grammy nominee Jim Brickman, and headlining on various cruise lines.
5. Additionally, DCCA’s Special Event on Saturday, October 27 will bring to our community the number one official tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley. One Night In Memphis, based on a memorable gathering recorded by Sun founder Sam Phillips on December 4, 1956, is an exuberantly exhilarating show recreating an impromptu jam session featuring four legendary performers in differing stages of their professional careers but at the height of their talents.
You can count on DCCA to provide nothing but the highest quality artists who not only entertain, enlighten, and inspire, but will also exponentially enhance your life with numerous delights. Tickets for the entire Artists Series season go on sale July 1 at a cost of $80, a savings of $20 from individual ticket prices; One Night In Memphis tickets cost $30. You can add to your savings and multiply your enjoyment by purchasing tickets to the four Artists Series shows plus the special event for $105. Tickets can be ordered online at www.centerforarts.net, or by mailing your order to DCCA Tickets, P.O. Box 718, Greenville, OH 4533-0718. Tickets can also be purchased at DCCA’s office on the third floor of Greenville Public Library; call 937-547-0908 to schedule your visit during office hours.
Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.