Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 3pm
A joyous celebration of everything Irish kicks-off LCCCA's 86th consecutive season.
14 energetic, exciting young stars that are called Celtic Angelswill share their zeal and passion for Ireland’s musical traditions with the Lebanon audience. This troupe of Irish performers enables audiences around the globe to experience the Real Ireland for the price of a concert ticket. Celebrating their cherished heritage through Irish dance, music, and song is something these entertainers take very seriously. You’ll be enthralled from the moment the lights dim as the sweet and stirring songs of Ireland, rigorously precise dances, and traditional musicianship carry you to Ireland on wings of music.
Some of the sweetest voices under heaven make up the Celtic Angels: Victoria Kenny, Emily Carroll, Tammy Browne, Amy Penston, and Ellie Mullane - Irish to the core and seasoned entertainers all. These ladies cut their teeth in musicals such as West Side Story, Grease, and in Jury’s Irish Cabaret.
The Celtic Knight Dancers, that will feature Patrick O’Mahoney of Riverdance, perform with athletic precision in routines that leave audiences breathless. Their rhythm and artistry are astonishing.
The Trinity Band Ensemble of Dublinround out the show with flawless interpretations of authentic Irish Trad instrumentals, and their backing of both singers and dancers is sure to amaze.
Some of the songs the ensemble will be performing may include (but won’t be limited to the following)… Ireland I am coming Home, Danny Boy, Road to Kildare, Rose of Tralee, Carrickfergus, The Prayer, Caledonia, You Raise Me Up, Galway Girl, I Can Almost See Ireland From Here,and Song For Ireland.
Sunday, October 13, 2019 @ 3pm
From traveling throughout the Caribbean as a featured, headline act on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to opening arenas and large festival dates for Peter Frampton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, The Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Kenny Rogers around the world, Savannah Jack has honed their skills as outstanding live entertainers who captivate audiences from the very first note.
How do you describe this band from Nashville, Tennessee? Joe Guercio, Elvis Presley’s longtime music and orchestra director, called Savannah Jack “the absolute best band I’ve seen in music today.”
Savannah Jack has been the preferred opening act for the legendary Kenny Rogers, having performed onstage with him in excess of 66 times including a 21-city tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the Spring of 2009. The band's live show was recognized as one of the "Top Concerts of 2010" in the Greater Pittsburgh area by Beaver County Times writer, Scott Tady. Other top ten selectees included Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Lady Gaga.
Exceptional songwriters as well as versatile musicians, band members infuse their individual style to collectively create Savannah Jack's unique sound. All have a strong musical background and have been singing and playing their individual instruments from a very young age. Their musical influences range from Ronnie Milsap, The Gatlin Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Restless Heart, The Beatles, Tom Petty, and the Eagles just to name a few.
Savannah Jack is led by the dynamic and energetic lead singer Don Gatlin with Tony Haan on lead guitar and vocals, Jay Smith on fiddle, guitar and vocals, and Kenny Ames on bass.
“We truly are like family…we have a lot of fun on the road and you never know what we’ll do next,” said Gatlin, also a gifted songwriter. Gatlin grew up in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he has now been inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall Of Fame.
The guys are currently in the process of promoting their second studio album entitled, “Night of Your Life”. This recording features special guests, Love and Theft, Ronnie McCoury of the Grammy Award winning Del McCoury Band, Vince Gill and the Grammy Award winning guitarist, John Jorgensen. It is available for purchase at the band's live shows as well as here on the website, Amazon, and iTunes.
It is obvious that the band loves making music and is having a blast, whether they are performing in a small venue in Nashville or playing in front of thousands of people in sold out amphitheaters across the country. Savannah Jack brings a highly entertaining and energetic show to the stage, commanding standing ovations night after night at virtually every venue in which they perform.
Let's Hang On
Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 3pm
Let’s Hang On has established itself as America’s preeminent Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group by combining spot-on vocals and crisp choreography with a genuine ability to entertain an audience. Its performers respectfully pay tribute to all these classic “Seasons” details while also saluting to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. This powerhouse group will perform all of the Frankie Valli mega hits including: Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You, December of 1963 and Who Loves You!
Let’s Hang On combines 4 amazing performers with an energized 4 piece band and has been performing to sold-out venues from coast to coast for over a decade. They have done 1,000 plus shows from New York to Hawaii, and from Florida to Canada. They continue to perform for groups as intimate as 150 to audiences as large as 5,000. Many of these dates are return engagements and sell out again and again... including 6 sold out appearance in Las Vegas!
Let’s Hang On consistently gets rave reviews from audiences and presenters, alike. Audience members are saying: “This brought back so many great memories,” “We saw the show on Broadway and enjoyed you just as much,” and “When are you coming back and where else can we see you?” Presenters’ comments are even better: "This is more than a tribute to Frankie Valli. It's a brilliant piece of musical showmanship that will leave you breathless!”, “Let’s Hang On had our audience singing along to all of their favorite songs, and they wanted an encore,” and “They are phenomenal. We have been inundated with email and phone calls on how much they loved them. We were really blown away.”
Let’s Hang On continues to work passionately to live up to their well-deserved title: America’s #1 Frankie Valli and The Four Seasonstribute show.
Take3 - with Lauren Jelencovitch
Sunday, April 5, 2020 @ 3pm
One of the 86th spring concert features is the exciting Take3 with Lauren Jelencovitch. This classical-pop crossover group brings an exciting twist on classical music to the stage. These classically trained artists take modern, pop songs and play them in ways you haven’t heard before. Music from Bruno Mars, Leonard Cohen, Hans Zimmer, Billy Joel and the Beatles are all re-imagined by Take3.
With a flair for the wild and unexpected, the genre-bending trio, Take3, brings the refinement of a rigorous classical background and mixes it with rock star charisma. Whether performing their take on pop, jazz, or classical tunes, they bring enthusiasm to their interpretations and impart their love of music to audiences of all musical preferences.
Their rigorous classical training at Colburn School and The Juilliard School has ignited their passion for musical exploration and is aiding them in revolutionizing the piano trio experience. Take3 is known for their adrenalized performances of classical, movie, tango, pop and oldies music, live on stage, as well as through their dynamic music videos. They are fervently seeking new ways to heighten their audience’s concert experience by using technology, multimedia, and collaboration with guest artists.
Take3’s fan base continues to grow around the world through each individual’s solo, chamber and orchestral engagements, such as violinist, Lindsay Deutsch and vocalist, Lauren Jelencovitch’s tours with Yanni. Their mission is to connect with fans around the world and impart their love of music to audiences of all ages and musical preferences. They continue to release new music videos and will be releasing a trio album in the 2019-2020 concert season. Members have appeared in major music venues such as Disney Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Radio City Music Hall in New York, Venice Performing Arts Center and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Lindsay Deutsch, violin, with her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, is a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene. She has thrilled audiences world-wide with her passion for music and brilliant display of technique and musicianship. Lindsay Deutsch is a much sought-after soloist and entertainer and is presently touring as solo violinist with Yanni - having toured with him in Saudi Arabia, U.S., and future tours in China and Korea.
Van-Anh Nguyen, piano is fresh off hitting the No.1 spot on the Australian iTunes Classical charts (2017, 2016), and becoming the first Australian-Vietnamese to ever in history enter the US iTunes Classical Charts in 2017. Concert pianist and composer, Van-Anh Nguyen has become a worldwide sensation and in-demand artist, leading an intense touring career across the globe and is the newest Artist addition to the Universal Music/Decca Records family.
Lila Yang, cello, was born and raised in Southern California. She began her cello studies at the age of six. Her love for music grew rapidly as she toured throughout Indonesia, Thailand, and Korea with her mentor, Professor Bong Shin Ko, during her elementary years. After receiving numerous awards and extensive training in chamber, orchestral and solo repertoire she made her first debut with the USC orchestra at Colburn Zipper Hall under the mentorship of Professor Jun Joon Sung in 2007.
Lauren Jelencovich, vocals, has garnered great acclaim for her affecting and sparkling portrayals of opera and musical theater roles throughout the United States and abroad. Lauren is currently on a World Tour with Yanni as his featured vocalist, and recently returned from Egypt, India, South America, China, Thailand, Russia and Dubai. She is featured on his album "Inspirato" alongside artists such as Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming. Additionally, she performs on the DVD/ CD and PBS special: “Yanni: Live at El Morro!” Lauren is also featured on the PBS special "Yanni: World without Borders." Featured in People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People and Teen Magazine, Ms. Jelencovich was a grand prize winner on Ed McMahon’s Star Search and the recipient of Andrea Bocelli’s National Italian American Foundation World Scholarship.
Don’t miss … Take3… a perfect assortment of the classics, pop culture, and virtuosity.
Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver
Sunday, May 3, 2020 @ 3pm
Closing out the 86thconcert season is Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver as presented by Jim Curry. He’s not your usual “Vegas style” impersonator. In fact, he is not an impersonator at all. Jim sings, in his own natural voice, a tribute to the music in a way that has to be seen and heard to understand the pure honesty of his amazing performance. His looks and his voice are simply a pleasant coincidence that captures the true essence of John Denver’s music. Curry’s heartfelt delivery rolls out multi-platinum hits like Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Songand Calypso thatfill the room with countless memories of days gone by. To compliment the performance visually, slides and video are played in sync with each song. Some of the video is the original video John Denver used in his own shows.
Jim believes that John Denver’s words still ring true in these difficult times of turmoil and environmental crisis. John Denver grew rapidly into a mega celebrity when the world was looking for some hope in the late 60’s and his lyrics in songs like, Take me Home Country Roads,gave America a new lift abroad as well as at home. People all over the world found pride in the natural wonders of the earth and love for John’s message of caring for our planet and each other. Jim delivers these songs in the same spirit, with the same heartfelt care and desire to make a difference.
Curry began his music career writing and performing the opening song, The Time of Your Lifefor his senior play. The song was then voted to be the 1975 class song and Jim was awarded a Rotary Scholarship to study music in college. Even at this early stage in life, Jim’s natural voice resembled that of singer/songwriter John Denver. Embracing the similarities, Jim continued to sing and specialize in the songs of John Denver, sharing positive messages of love, humanity and environmental awareness.
The untimely death of John Denver’s in 1997 left a void in the musical world that left John's ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: Take Me Home, the John Denver Storyin which Jim landed an off-camera role singing as the voice of John Denver. This experience inspired Jim to produce full–length John Denver tribute concerts.
On the 10th anniversary of John’s passing, Jim Curry brought a landmark concert to Aspen Colorado. It included many of John Denver’s former band members,: Bass player, Dick Kniss (who also tours with Peter Paul and Mary); Songwriter, guitar and dobro player, Steve Weisberg (who penned many of John Denver’s recordings); Banjo player, Jim Connor (a former member of the New Kingston Trioand author of the hit song, Grandma’s Feather Bed); Legendary guitarist, James Burton (Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson and John Denver) in what would be one of his last major performances before his passing; and singer/songwriter, John Stewart of the famed Kingston Trio.
Jim continues to produce tribute experiences and is considered the top performer of John Denver’s music today. He often performs with John Denver’s former band members and his tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute in a Las Vegas Casino. It is a sell-out favorite at the Silverton Casino Hotel time after time. The show has been seen in Performing Arts Centers and Casinos in the US and Canada and out to sea as one of the most popular shows on the Holland America Cruise Line.
Ben Gulley with the Mark Lowery Trio
Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 3pm
The 2019-20 Patron Concert featuresBen Gully with the Mark Lowrey Trio. Ben Gulley’s operatic tenor career includes lead roles in Mozart’s Requiem, Aida and Bernstein’s Broadway and more. Joined by the critically-acclaimed Mark Lowrey Trio, the program takes the audience on a musical journey featuring famous selections from Broadway, classical and Americana genres.
Ben Gulley's career continues to grow with lead and feature roles in opera, solo engagements, concert work, film work, nationwide touring, and prestigious appearances abroad. He was a member of the SONY/BMG Masterworks recording group The American Tenors2010-14 and the 2011-12 National Tour through Live On Stage. He has been twice featured on the PBS nationally televised Memorial Day event, Celebration,with the Kansas City Symphony under the baton of Michael Stern. Additionally, he has performed numerous crossover concerts and events with mainstream artists and entertainers such as David Foster, Natalie Cole, Brenna Whitaker, Blues Traveler, SNL alumni Darryl Hammond, Mark O'Conner, Cherry Holmes, JoJo, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, Jesse Lynch and others.
Most recently he made his company debuts with Hamburg Staatsoper where he covered Enée in Les Troyensunder Maestro Kent Nagano, Opera Orlando in the role of Rodolfo in La Bohéme, Sarasota Opera as Pedro in Tiefland, Opera San Luis Obispo as Radames in Aida, and with Opera Idaho where he debuted as Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus. In addition, Ben made his Carnegie Hall debut with The American Symphony as the tenor soloist in Haydn's Mass in the Time of War. He was also the featured artist with The Band of America, the Canadian National Bagpipes, and the US Presidential Old Guard at Estes Park, among multiple symphonic concerts, gala performances and much more concert work throughout the seasons.
Mr. Gully is backed up by the internationally renowned Mark Lowrey Trio. Mark Lowrey is and has been for 2 decades one of the hardest working musicians in Kansas City, a town that continues to experience a many faceted artistic renaissance. Though most of his heart is a jazz musician, Mark’s contributions regionally and internationally span from hip-hop to chamber music; from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Argentinean music to pop and rock. While Lowrey performed with Tango Lorca at theFirst Annual Tango Ensemble Competitionat the Argentine Consulate in NYC, the group won second place amidst prestigious competition. After curating the live collaborations that were Mark Lowrey Vs. Hiphop, he went on to record with many emcees, most notably improvising source material for Tech N9ne’s critically acclaimed album Special Effectswhich also features Lil Wayne and Eminem. Mark is an Escape To Createartist in residence alumni, and holds an honorary degree from the London College of Music. The Pitch Music Awards gave him the title Best Jazz Artist for 6 years in a row before retiring his name from nominations.