Concert series offers new, familiar talent

Published 11:45 am Saturday, August 6, 2016

Blues, Broadway, Burt and Barry will be among the six featured musical themes offered by the Franklin-Southampton Concert Association for its 39th annual season.

• To begin with, “Birth of the Beat” will showcase American music starting with the early years of the blues and progressing through jazz, Broadway and movie musicals. Eight performers will be featured in this production, written by Matt Davenport. The show is set for Saturday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

• There are tributes, and then there are TRIBUTES. Homage will be paid — and rightfully so — to Diana Ross and The Supremes. Three women will perform the songs that earned the group its place in the pantheon of Motown deities. The show’s set for Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

• Who doesn’t love the sweet, clear sound of tenors? To satisfy that appreciation, Tenore will perform on Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The trio is composed of three Canadians who will bring a Christmas show from the 49th Parallel.

• Combing the fiddle with being funny is Chris Pendleton, who will include a nod to the Jack Benny. Her show is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

• Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will weave a musical tapestry when he brings “Burt, Barry and Beyond” on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3:30 p.m. The music of Bacharach and Manilow will be featured.

• Through the continued generosity of the Camp Foundation, conductor Benjamin Rous and the Virginia Symphony will bring a memorable performance on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m.

All shows will be in the auditorium of the Southampton High School in Courtland.

Association director Nancy Rowe is not only urging regular members to re-subscribe, but also is calling for new membership. The cost is still $50 per adult; $10 for students.

There are, of course, sponsorship opportunities as well, which can include extra tickets for your guests.

For details about this or for other questions, contact Rowe at 653-2498; or Bill Vick at 653-2892.