Long Beach Community Concerts launches new season with the Gary Bonner Singers “Sing America”

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The Long Beach Community Concert Association (LBCCA) begins its 51st season on September 27 with one of Southern California’s premiere Choirs. The Gary Bonner Singers “Sing America” concert takes place Sunday, September 27 at the Carpenter Center on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. LBCCA has been presenting high-quality, affordable, family-friendly entertainments to the greater Long Beach area since 1948, and has called the elegant and welcoming Carpenter Center its presenting home since 1999.

The Gary Bonner Singers, launched in October 1995, have distinguished themselves as a choral ensemble of musical excellence and versatility. They have completed 18 recordings, and have twice performed at the White House Holiday Open House, in 2006 and 2008 when they were se-lected from over 10,000 applicants. The Gary Bonner Singers were also the featured choir in the 1996 Salvation Army “Army of Stars” Christmas Eve radio program with narrator Jack Lemmon and guest artist Steven Curtis Chapman. They have performed at the Crystal Cathedral, Church on the Way, Knotts Berry Farm and in numerous Community Concert Series. Ranging in age from 18 to 60, the singers represent a wide diversity of backgrounds and occupations. Audiences respond enthusiastically to the 60-voice ensemble’s full range of choral music and unique style which emphasizes communication and relationship with the audience.

On October 27, LBCCA presents the second show of its 2009-2010 season – a Saturday afternoon devoted to the exhilarating art of Ballroom Dance. Back by popular demand, the Brigham Young University Ballroom Dancers will grace the Carpenter Center stage, showcasing the precision, virtuosity, choreography and exuberance that have won them multiple national and international ballroom championships. This performance always sells out, so audiences are en-couraged to get their tickets early!

The final two shows this season are the Calico Winds performing on Sunday, February 28, 2010, and the ever-popular Banu Gibson with her tribute to Cole Porter, I Get A Kick Out of Cole, concluding the season on March 28, 2010.

The Calico Winds is recognized for their work “artfully reinventing the conventional wind quintet.” The name “Calico” reflects the many colors and textures offered by the instruments of their ensemble. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of classical music as well as a diverse collection of original and arranged works reflecting the music and life of early Americans. Their recordings have been critically acclaimed and their live performances have earned kudos, grants, awards and competitions.

Banu Gibson has performed for Long Beach audiences before as a headliner for the Long Beach Symphony Pops and for Long Beach Community Concerts. A superior and swinging jazz singer, Banu is one of the few vocalists of her generation to maintain exclusive loyalty to songs of the ‘20s, 30s and ‘40s. Rather than mimic singers of the past, she mixes fresh renditions of Tin Pan Alley standards, for this concert focusing on the genius of Cole Porter. With the help of friends and fellow vocalists Rick Graham and Sheelah Black, they’ll offer a swellegant, elegant musical party of Cole’s best tunes.

Subscriptions for the full 4-show season are still available and are $81. All seating is general admission, and each performance begins at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for the Gary Bonner Singers concert on Sunday, September 27 are $27.50 for adults, and $17.50 for children 16 years of age and younger. Parking at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located on the northeast corner of the CSULB campus, is $5.

For more information about the Long Beach Community Concert Association or to purchase subscription or single tickets, visit www.lbcca.org or call (562) 985-7000.

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