The Golden Belt Community Concert Association celebrates more than 79 years of providing high-quality, affordable musical entertainment to the Golden Belt community.
The season features six concerts selected by the association's local board members with the goal of pleasing a variety of musical tastes. Concerts are performed at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
New Memberships Still Available at First Concert Sept. 19
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association begins its new season in September. Association memberships will still be on sale at the first concert of the season, Equinox Little Big Band, set for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Great Bend Municipal Auditorium, Lakin and Stone.
Memberships offered include $50 for adults; $10 for full-time enrolled students; $110 for a family membership including two adults and all dependent children living in the same household; and $110 for a grandparent package for two adults and up to four minor grandchildren. Those purchasing memberships at the first concert are advised to arrive early. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. Season membership tickets will be given at the time of purchase at the concert. The season includes six shows.
The 2016-2017 concert season includes the following quality entertainment:
Equinox Little Big Band Monday
September 19, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
This band plays from the Great American Songbook with style and swagger. Audiences have fallen in love with Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson and The Fabulous Equinox Little Big Band. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage.
David Burnham's Broadway Saturday
October 1, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Described as charismatic, versatile and regal, David Burnham performed in the mega-hit musical, “Wicked,” as Fiyero. Winner of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award, he is an original Broadway cast member of the musical, “The Light in the Piazza,” performing both on the Tony Awards® and the PBS telecast, “Live from Lincoln Center.” He performs songs from his numerous roles on Broadway.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet Saturday
October 15, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Singing traditional southern gospel, the Blackwood Brothers Quartet was formed in 1934 with brothers Roy, Doyle, James, and Roy's son, R.W. That heritage of gospel music is carried on today as James' younger son, Billy, along with tenor Wayne Little, bass singer Butch Owens and lead voice Mike Helwig re-create that famous Blackwood sound.
Next Generation Leahy Tuesday
November 15, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Building on more than three generations of Leahy musicianship, Doug Leahy with wife Jennifer and their children, are keeping their family traditions alive. Performing high-energy infectious Celtic-based music on fiddle, cello, French accordion and piano, also including French-Canadian step dancing and vocals, these talented children are a rare inspiration.
Alina Kiryayeva Saturday
January 28, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
Professional concert pianist and chamber musician, Alina is globally renowned for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound. She has won numerous awards and has been honored by Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk with the State Award for Achievement in Arts. She gives a brilliant light-classical music performance.
All-American Boys Chorus Thursday
March 16, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
The All-American Boys Chorus performs the best of America's musical heritage. Acclaimed for its musical excellence and fostering leadership skills in its membership, the All-American Boys Chorus presents an uplifting and patriotic program.