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Letters: Thanks for the continued support

As the Heartland Concert Association begins its 28th season this fall, the Board of Directors would like to thank all the faithful members who have made the concert series a reality over those years. Both individual members and sponsors have made it possible to bring year after year of wonderful, professional performances to the area.

The association has members from many local communities including Park Rapids, Akeley, Nevis, Menahga, Walker, Hubbard and Hackensack. Old and young, singles or families have enjoyed everything from Chinese acrobats to string quartets, folk music to jazz, play performances to piano concertos over the years. This season starts with a bang, when the "Hot Club of Cowtown" brings its mix of jazz, country and western swing to the Park Rapids High School Auditorium Oct. 18.

Concerts in November, February and March will provide a nice variety of performers, including Tony Desare singing tunes from the Great American Songbook; Ten O'Clock Classics featuring four talented, young string musicians; and Jasper Wood, violinist playing the music of Jascha Heifetz. The season culminates in a performance by the Harry James Orchestra on April 13, with a big band salute to the music of World War II.

Season tickets give the option of attending all five Park Rapids concerts and up to 11 more concerts in Wadena and Brainerd. New this year, members can purchase guest tickets so that they may bring in interested friends to expose them to the fine entertainment value presented. In the past, guest tickets could only be purchased for folks living at least 50 miles away, but now members may bring guests from the local area, as well.

Again, the Heartland Concert Association could not provide this wonderful entertainment without the support of the community and we are truly thankful for that continued support. If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the upcoming season, stop by Park Snyder Pharmacy or Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Thrifty White Drug in Walker or call 732-9293 for ticket information.

Sue Gray, Heartland Concert Association