As Brownwood Area Live on Stage prepares to open its 2007-2008 season later this month, the final show of its six-performance schedule has been announced by Ed Golden, president.
The “Voice of Aggieland,” the Texas A&M Singing Cadets, has been booked to perform here at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1.
The opportunity for the show developed when an artist previously scheduled for next spring withdrew from the national tour.
Season memberships and renewals will remain available until the first concert of the season, which will begin with the Juggernaut Jug Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. Subscriptions to all six shows will be sold before the curtain rises that night. Interested people may call Golden at 646-8517, Margaret Perry at 646-6690 or Mary Belle Fryar at 646-9488.
All performances this year will be held at Victory Life Church on C.C. Woodson Road.
The performance of The Singing Cadets will be open to the public, however, at $5 per person. BALOS members will be admitted with their season tickets. Individual tickets to other shows are not sold.
Board member Jo Ann Manigold said the Singing Cadets’ itinerary is usually set a year in advance, but the group’s scheduler found that the singers’ schedule, which finds them in San Antonio on Feb. 29, would allow a Brownwood appearance that weekend. She said it is rare that a show is added to the group’s schedule in the middle of its tour.
The Singing Cadets is considered Texas A&M’s premiere men’s chorus, consisting of approximately 70 members. Now in its 102nd touring season, the group plans to perform 60 to 70 concerts this year in Texas and the United States. Last summer, the group traveled throughout South America.
The group was formed in 1894 when nine young men got together to sing. Their music includes a wide variety of contemporary, traditional, show tunes, inspirational and popular music. Texas A&M has no formal music program, so the men devote their own time to this in addition to their regular college courses.
“The appropriate boot” will also be available to accept donations to the Brownwood, Texas, Aggie Moms Club for the scholarships its members provide and the goodie bags they fix for the students.
The Singing Cadets will be the fifth of six shows BALOS will offer this season. The second performance will be Franc D’Ambriosio in an encore appearance in Brownwood. The veteran Broadway, film and television star, who set a record with more than 3,000 performances as the phantom in “Phantom of the Opera” over a six-year period, wowed the BALOS audience in February 2005. His return concert is set for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14.
The Celtic Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, and Angela Jia Kim will sing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. The Jeni Fleming Acoustic Trio has the season’s final concert, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2008.
Adult memberships are $45 each. Senior citizen tickets for those age 60 and older are $40, and family memberships are $85. Howard Payne University faculty and staff memberships are $35, and student memberships are $25.
Contributions are accepted at four levels: platinum at $1,200 or more, gold at $600 or more, silver at $300 or more and bronze a $150 or more. Those levels also include a packet of memberships of 16, eight, four and two, respectively.