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Folk music, Elvis tribute among concert series lineup

From folk music to classical to a tribute of Elvis Presley, the lineup for the Mitchell Area Concert Series has it all. In just over a month, the first concert of the series will kick off on Sept. 29 with The Willis Clan. Following this performan...

To end the concert series, Tribute to the King will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on May 11. All shows are at the Corn Palace. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Area Concert Association
To end the concert series, Tribute to the King will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on May 11. All shows are at the Corn Palace. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Area Concert Association

From folk music to classical to a tribute of Elvis Presley, the lineup for the Mitchell Area Concert Series has it all.

In just over a month, the first concert of the series will kick off on Sept. 29 with The Willis Clan. Following this performance, the rest of the 2016-17 season includes performances by Fir, A Band Called Honalee, Kickin' Brass Band and Tribute to the King.

All of the concerts will be held in the Corn Palace, and according to past president of the Mitchell Area Concert Association (MACA) Karen Jorgenson, Mitchell residents will be very interested in this season's lineup.

"I think we have a nice variation of music this year, and like I said, there should be something in each of the concerts that people will enjoy," Jorgenson said.

Another highlight of the series is that all of the concerts are family-oriented, Jorgenson said. During the 2015-16 season, MACA held six concerts. Each year is different and dependent on the funds raised amount of memberships, Jorgenson said.

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And this year there is a noticeable increase in memberships according to Jorgenson.

"I do think our concerts are very appealing to the general public and that's the reason why we're increasing our membership," Jorgenson said.

An adult season membership is $55. Family memberships with one adult are also $55. Family memberships with two adults costs $110. If anyone is interested in going to a single concert, adult prices are $24 and students are $10.

Included in the membership is admission to the five Mitchell shows, along with access to the concert series in Yankton, Huron and Pierre.

"I just feel that our prices are so economical. If you like music and you like entertainment, they are very professional, each one in their own right," Jorgenson said. "You can't go anywhere else for this kind of entertainment for your dollar."

The Willis Clan

The Willis Clan, a family of 12 children made up of musicians, dancers, athletes, writers and artists, will be performing in Mitchell at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 as the debut act of the concert series.

"They are kind of amazing," Jorgenson said. "Those are 12 children in that family and each of them is very talented. And that one is definitely one people will have to see."

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The family lives near Nashville, Tennessee starring in their own reality television show on TLC called The Willis Family.

Fir

The second concert of the series will feature the Irish international singers of Fir.

The singing duo of David Shannon and Simon Morgan have traveled the world performing with some of the top orchestras in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Their music is described as a classical crossover with a modern Irish feel, blending two voices "seamlessly."

The duo will be performing on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

A Band Called Honalee

The third concert of the series is A Band Called Honalee, who will perform on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

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With a mission to share their folk/rock style of music, A Band Called Honalee is a modern-day folk trio inspired by the music and legacy of Peter, Paul and Mary. Some of their recordings have been featured on The Folk Connection radio and more recently, they participated in several educational outreach programs in the United States. While participating, the band worked with music students in songwriting and exploring cultural relevance in American music.

Kickin' Brass Band

With the Kickin' Brass Band will be giving Mitchell residents the opportunity to dance. The band, which contains ten Midwest musicians, plays music from today going back to the 1940s.

Styles include big band swing, latin, waltz, rock and blues.

The Kickin' Brass Band will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.

Tribute to the King

To end the series, Mitchell can take in an Elvis concert.

Tribute to the King, starring Travis LeDoyt, emulates Elvis Presley with his resemblance and performance. Specializing in the 1954-1959 years, LeDoyt will be making a pitstop in Mitchell for his performance on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Jorgenson said she can hardly wait to hear this performance, and it's one concert she said many people will be looking forward to.

"We have a great opportunity for our Mitchell residents," she said. "And we draw quite an area around Mitchell too."

Other concerts

The membership includes admission to the five Mitchell shows, along with access to the concert series in Huron, Yankton and Pierre.
Huron: Tribute to the King on Oct. 25; New Odyssey Christmas Show on Dec. 20; A band Called Honalee on Feb. 28; and Twin Fiddle Express with Scott Woods on May 14.

Yankton: The Willis Clan on Sept. 30; Tribute to the King on Oct. 26; A Band Called Honalee on Nov. 6; Chamber Orchestra Kremlin on Feb. 25; America's Roots of Pop on April 24; and Dallas Brass on April 28.

Pierre: Tribute to the King on Oct. 27; Duo Del Sol on Nov. 18, Acte II on Feb. 12; Chamber Orchestra Kremlin on Feb. 26; and Piano Conversations on March 24.

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