Glenwood Springs CCA keeps on entertaining, 7 decades strong
Every year for the last 71 years the Glenwood Springs Community Concert Association has been entertaining the Roaring Fork Valley with music.
The association was developed in 1947 by community members who wanted to bring culture through classical music to the rural areas.
Evolving over the years, the organization now offers five concerts for its paid member group starting in the fall and running through the spring every year.
“We want a variety of music, maybe some jazz, dance, classical and some popular stuff,” board president Sue Ludtke said.
In the 1960s the nonprofit became a membership-based organization, helping bring high-level performers yearly with the ability to budget and pay for the concert series.
“We encourage our members to join during our spring membership drive, and all you have to do is pay $40 to become a member,” Ludtke said. “It’s a really inexpensive way to expose your family to a wide variety of really excellent performances, that they wouldn’t otherwise have a chance to see.”
The association still has memberships available for this season, with the second concert in the series happening at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Springs High School.
The Dallas String Quartet, an international internet sensation known for its fusion of classical and contemporary music, featuring both traditional and electric strings, will take the stage at Jeannie Miller Auditorium.
“They sort of exemplify the diversity of our music. They are a highly talented group of young musicians who play a fusion of classic and more modern music,” board member John Burg said. “It should be intriguing. They have played for presidents Bush and Obama. We are really excited to hear them.”
Normally, a concert like this would cost $40-$50 in Denver, Burg points out. With a membership, the association concert series costs around $8 per concert.
“They are a real up-and-coming group on the internet,” Ludtke said. “We are hoping a lot of young people will have heard of them and will want to come to this particular concert.”
As part of the association outreach program, DSQ members will be playing and discussing their music with music students at Glenwood Springs High School Tuesday morning.
“Our goal is to reach young people, and we are hoping to do more outreach programs with the school,” Ludtke said. “If people want to come to the concert and pay their $40 for the year, they will still get four concerts at $10 a piece, which is not a bad deal at all.”
After Tuesday’s show, the series will take a break during the holidays before starting back up in 2019 with acts including baritone Leon Williams on Feb. 12; rock/opera mash-up sensation the Jersey Tenors, March 2; and America’s Got Talent finalists Sons of Serendip, wrapping up the season on May 4.
“We really provide a diverse offering of wonderful music of varied talents, musicians all the way from classical to bluegrass, at very affordable prices to the public,” Burg said.
Ludtke and the association board are in the process of securing the lineup for next season.
“We have a very nice variety for next year; some really wonderfully talented people coming,” she said.
Next year’s membership drive will begin at the end of April 2019 and go through June.
“We encourage every one to come enjoy the music, and become members and support the organization in any way they can,” Burg said.
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