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Musicians get ready to perform in Park Rapids starting this fall

"Hot Club of Cowtown" is a trio that will kick off this season's Heartland Concert series. (Submitted photo)

This season's Heartland Concert series promises a variety of music entertainers.

Membership tickets are now available for the 2009-2010 season of the Heartland Concert Association that will begin this fall and continue until next spring.

The season kicks off Sunday, Oct. 18 with a performance by the "Hot Club of Cowtown," a Texas based western swing and jazz trio - violin, guitar and upright bass - who will bring the tamest audience to is feet.

The Hot Club of Cowtown has grown to be the most globe-trotting, hard swinging western swing trio. The group has produced five CDs released in North America, Japan and Europe. The trio has been featured on numerous radio programs.

The second performance of the series featuring Tony Desare will be Nov. 24. Tony is a tenor who also composes songs. His infectious joy, wry playfulness and robust musicality have earned him a reputation as one of New York City's most thrilling young talents. His repertoire is the Great American Songbook - from Gershwin to contemporary classics by Tom Waits. Tony also plays his own piano with backup bassist and drummer.

"Ten O'Clock Classics" will perform Feb. 23, 2010. The young musicians are determined to change the audience's perception of classical music by taking it to places visited by non-classical music lovers, like bars, apartments, health clubs and even as half-time entertainment for the NBA.

The fourth concert of the season will take place March 19, 2010 and will feature Jasper Wood who will celebrate the life and music of the 20th Century's greatest violinist. Jasper Wood will present a program with music by Beethoven, Debussy and Prokofiev. Additionally, he will perform a selection of the master violinist's most popular arrangements, including Saraste's Zigeunerweisen, Stephen Foster's Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair and Manuel Ponce's Estrellita (Little Star).

Concluding the season will be the Harry James Orchestra with a performance scheduled for April 23, 2010. The Big Band Salute to the music that won World War II, directed by Trumpet Virtuoso Fred Rake, will perform all the tunes Harry James made, including "I had The Craziest Dream," "Sleepy Lagoon," "You Made Me Love You," and "I Don't Want to Walk Without You."

All concerts will be held at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Membership tickets are sold at Park Snyder Pharmacy, Beagle Books, Thrifty White Drug in Walker and the Menahga Snyder Drug. Members are also granted admission to concerts in Wadena and Brainerd.

For more information, call Bobbie Zigmant at 732-9293, Karen Andress at 652-3082 or Fred Rogers at 237-5263.