CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's Community Music Association has a new home: the University of Charleston's newly renovated Geary Auditorium.
The announcement was made, along with other details regarding the group's 79th season, Monday morning in the rotunda of Riggleman Hall.
University of Charleston President Ed Welch said he is proud the school could join with the Community Music Association and thinks the two have a lot in common.
"Just as higher education has changed, Community Music has changed," he said.
Trudy Oliver, the music association's president, said her organization was glad to be bringing its shows to UC and that Geary Auditorium was a better fit for them.
"It's a more intimate venue," she said.
Geary Auditorium seats 962. The Municipal Auditorium, the CMA's former venue, seats almost 3,500.
Attendance at CMA events has dwindled over the years. The nonprofit volunteer group has long struggled with filling seats, and few shows over the past decade have come close to capacity.
On Monday, Oliver highlighted Community Music's long history with the Municipal Auditorium and noted that the organization was responsible for getting the hall built in the 1930s. Times have changed, she said, and Geary Auditorium better suits the types of performances the group is bringing to Charleston.
She hoped the new location might encourage new people to attend their shows, particularly UC students. She also hopes this year's schedule will attract a broader audience than in previous years.
"We offer great things for families and some great culture," Oliver said.
The season opens Sept. 30 with "Liverpool Legends: The Beatles Tribute." Louise Harrison, the sister of deceased Beatles guitarist George Harrison, manages the Grammy-nominated tribute band, which performs in character as John, Paul, George and Ringo. The group tours extensively but has been a mainstay in Branson, Miss., since 2006.
On Nov. 11, pianist Mac Frampton will perform "Fanfare for the American Hero." The Veterans Day-themed show will include patriotic selections as well as some popular music. The show will feature several singers and a full orchestra.
The Jan. 20 show features "The Water Coolers," a comic musical troupe that takes on daily life with jokes, parody songs and original music.