Concert series announces 2019-2020 season

Published 6:42 pm Friday, July 19, 2019


The Franklin-Southampton Concert Association has announced its 2019-2020 season. All performances will be in the auditorium of Southampton High School.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., the Concert Association will host Shades of Bublé, a three-man tribute to Michael Bublé. Shades of Bublé will perform songs like “Feeling Good,” “Come Fly With Me” and “Save the Last Dance for Me,” as well as the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé.

Then, on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m., Sons of Serendip will take the stage. This group of four friends who, through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University, consists of three teachers and a lawyer who create music through the use of instruments including a harp, piano, cello, and voice. This billboard-charting quartet has rapidly gained popularity since appearing on America’s Got Talent as finalists, where they were judged the most musically talented contestants of Season Nine.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., The Raleigh Ringers, under the direction of David M. Harris, will perform. This group is an internationally-acclaimed handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group performs sAcred, secular and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes on an extensive collection of bells and bell-like instruments. Members of the group are selected by audition, with members having to re-audition each year.

On Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 7:30 p.m., the Virginia Symphony will perform. Ranked in the top 10 percent of professional orchestras nationwide, the Virginia Symphony was founded in 1921, serving the entire southeastern Virginia area with classical, pops and family concert series, as well as performances in outlying Virginia and North Carolina communities. The Symphony, under the direction of Gonzalo Farias, is sponsored by The Camp Foundation. This performance is free to the public as well as members.

On Friday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., Jason Lyle Black, a nationally acclaimed pianist, composer and entertainer known for his unique blend of music and comedy, will take the stage. Black has reached No. 1 and No. 2 on the iTunes and Billboard charts for his album, “Piano Preludes.” He has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Finally, on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., Sail On — Beach Boys Tribute, a new show out of Nashville, Tennessee, will perform music by The Beach Boys. In 2018, they performed over 70 dates across the country. Occasionally, they fill in for Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, while accompanied by the famous Nashville Symphony.

Membership prices have had to increase, according to association president Nancy Rowe, who encourages people to take advantage of the early bird special. That’s available if membership is postmarked by Wednesday, Aug. 7.

Individual tickets for adults may be purchased for $55 each if membership is postmarked by Aug. 7, or a contribution of $60 after the deadline. Student tickets may be purchased for a contribution of $10 or more.

A donor ticket may be purchased for a contribution of $75 or more, or $85 after the deadline. Sponsor membership ($145 before Aug. 7, $170 or more after) gives the member two tickets. Supporter membership ($205 before Aug. 7, $230 or more after) gives the member three tickets. Endorser membership ($265 before Aug. 7, $290 or more after) gives the member four tickets. Producer membership ($325 before Aug. 7, $350 or more after) gives the member five tickets, and Contributor membership ($385 before Aug. 7, $410 or more after) gives the member six tickets.

Sustainer membership for $500 or more and benefactor membership for $1,000 or more is also available.

For more information, contact Nancy Rowe at 653-2498 or Sandy Holloman at 304-9586.