CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's Community Music Association returns this fall for its 80th season with a slate of shows at the University of Charleston's Geary Auditorium. The season includes a little bit of big band, some Motown hits and the return of a popular tribute band.
Association president Trudy Oliver said, "I always like to stress that this association is all volunteer. We don't have an office. We don't have an endowment. We're always working out of somebody's kitchen, but over 80 years, we've had a great effect on the area.
"In these later years, the competition has gotten a lot more fierce with the other groups, but we're still bringing in great entertainment and that's a wonderful thing."
The season kicks off with a special show -- "Back On Broadway" -- Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. It's an evening of Broadway hits from shows like "The Producers," "Avenue Q," "The Addams Family" and "Mamma Mia."
All other shows will be held Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.
On Oct. 27, Community Music presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Formed in 1938 by the legendary bandleader, the group has toured for decades performing many of the songs Miller and his orchestra were famous for, including "In the Mood," "Moonlight Serenade" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
On Nov. 10, vocal harmony group The Four Freshman comes to the Geary Auditorium performing jazz and classic pop highlights from its 65-year career.
On March 2, Community Music brings "The Legends of Motown and More," starring Horizon. The group performs songs by The Temptations, The Spinners, Smokey Robinson and more.
On April 5, the series concludes with the return of Liverpool Legends. The Beatles tribute band performed during Community Music's previous season and reportedly had people dancing in the aisles.
Season tickets are $100 for adults, $40 for college students and $20 for youth ages 18 and under. Single tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for college students and $5 for youth.
For more information or to subscribe to the season, call 304-744-1400 or visit www.communitymusicassociation.com.
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