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Tickets now on sale for Heartland Concert series

The Heartland Concert Association 2012-13 season in Park Rapids has a rich variety of musical entertainment in store.

Admission is by season ticket, which may be purchased at Beagle Books and Thrifty White Drug-Walker.

The 7:30 p.m. performances will be in the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Reciprocity concerts this season are Brainerd, Wadena and - new this year - Bemidji.

n Thursday, Oct. 4, Home Free Vocal Band will bring a fusion of comedy and four-part harmony to the stage. Built upon the acoustic beauty of a cappella singing and combined with an "astounding" vocal percussionist, Home Free has been entertaining audiences in the Midwest since 2000.

Home Free is carving new ground in the a cappella experience, expanding audience horizons.

n Acoustic musicians Carpenter and May will perform a repertoire with elements of swing, rock, blues, jazz, Celtic and original material Tuesday, Nov. 13.

A quartet of fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin and vocals, they make beautiful music together.

They are fine vocalists, published songwriters and have contributed their instrumental skills to Grammy nominated projects.

Their latest CD, Carpenter and May, was released in 2010 and charted as the number one album and number one artists on Folk Radio with seven songs in the top 40.

n Thüringer Salonquintett, a chamber music ensemble committed to the central European tradition of light and entertaining music, will perform Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Their program transcends the notion of "classical" and "popular" music, combining spontaneous musicality with fun and innovative programming.

The group's repertoire ranges from the Viennese classics of the mid-1700s to the eternally renowned waltzes, gallops and fantasies of the 19th Century. Cole Porter and George Gershwin, as well as commissions by leading composers writing in current idioms, complete the evening.

n Gold medal winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition Ilya Yakushev will perform Monday, March 25.

The native of St. Petersburg, Russia won his first award at 12 in the Young Artists Concerto Competition. He has subsequently performed in major venues on three continents.

n The Abbey Road Band, a group of veteran musicians who also happens to be passionate Beatles fans, will close the season Tuesday, April 9.

The challenge of performing Beatles music live, especially from later albums, is met through the use of synthesizers and digital drums. Every part is live.

They engage audiences ranging from teens to seniors with timeless Beatles music.

The reciprocity concerts in Brainerd will feature Rodney Mack's Big Brass, Cahal Dunne, Intersection, New Odyssey and Two on Tap.

Wadena's performers are Rodney Mack's Big Brass, Hunt Family, Thuringer Salonquintett, Classical Gas and New Odyssey.

Bemidji will host Hunt Family; A Second Helping, Church Basement Ladies, and Abbey Road.

Tickets may also be purchased from Bill Zigmant, treasurer of the Heartland Concert Association. Price is $40 for adults, $5 for students and $85 for families.

Checks made payable to the Heartland Concert Association can be sent to Zigmant at PO Box 43, Park Rapids, MN 56470.