A six-concert package of performances is being prepared for Brownwood Area Live on Stage audiences in the coming season, and shows will be staged at a new venue because of renovations under way at the usual location, Howard Payne University’s Mims Auditorium.
Victory Life Church on C.C. Woodson Road will be the site for the concerts during the 2007-2008 season, Ed Golden, BALOS president, said.
“One of our board members knew about Victory Life’s new facility, and a group from our board approached representatives of the church,” Golden said. “They recently moved into a new sanctuary, and we realized it will be quite adequate for our needs. The facility is really nice, and parking will be easier, too. We reached an agreement that will be beneficial for the church and for Brownwood Area Live on Stage.”
Golden said accessibility has been a concern for some of the association’s members, and that will not be a problem at Victory Life, with its covered drive-through entrance and ground-level seating.
“You’ll be able to drive right up to the door for people to get out of their cars,” Golden said.
New memberships and renewals are currently being accepted, and anyone interested may call Golden at 646-8517, Margaret Perry at 646-6690, Mary Belle Fryar at 646-9488 or Jo Ann Manigold at 643-6049.
“This is really great entertainment, and at $45 it’s a bargain, too, considering you’re getting four to six concerts,” Golden said. “This is live entertainment, and it’s a great cultural event for our area.”
He said during the season, the series will offer programs that will interest almost everyone, and the membership pricing is low enough that joining is worthwhile even if a member can attend only one program.
“You’d spend that much or more driving to another city to see a comparable concert,” Golden said. “And we really don’t have any bad shows.”
A committee of Live on Stage board members attends an annual showcase of possible performers, this year held in Nashville, and Golden said choosing performers to invite to Brownwood is difficult because of the talent represented.
“We try to bring a diverse mix of concerts,” Golden said.
The board has scheduled six concerts for the coming year, beginning with the Juggernaut Jug Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25.
The second performance will be Franc D’Ambrosio 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, dazzled 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 a concert set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2008.
A sixth concert that had been previously booked will not be available, and another artist is being secured for next spring.
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.