Four acts scheduled for Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series

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Four acts scheduled for Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series

August 23, 2010

 Kerry Strayer Orchestra
Kerry Strayer Orchestra

 The Alley Cats
The Alley Cats

 Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin

 Garrett "Big G" Jacobson
Garrett 'Big G' Jacobson

The Kerry Strayer Orchestra will kick off the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Sept 14, as the first of four scheduled acts for the season.

The Kerry Strayer Orchestra is a 17-piece big band under the direction of baritone sax player, Kerry Strayer, and featuring vocalist Kathleen Holeman. They perform a variety of numbers from the Big Band Era along with arrangements of rock and pop standards.

All performances will be in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets now are available at Holder Drug, Schuhmacher’s, the NWOSU Bookstore or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $40 and student season tickets are $20. Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

The Alley Cats, “America’s premier doo-wop group,” will perform on Nov. 2. Formed at Fullerton College in 1987, The Alley Cats have made it to the top of a cappella music with their renditions of doo-wop classics and their improvisational comedy. The Cats have performed with notable celebrities such as Jay Leno, Rascal Flatts and The Beach Boys.

Starting off the 2011 Concert Series year, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform on Feb. 24. This group was founded in 1991, and is comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players. Under the direction of its founder Misha Rachlevsky, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

Garrett "Big G" Jacobson will be the final performer of the Concert Series on March 29. Jacobson is recognized throughout Oklahoma as a soulful and dynamic guitarist and singer. Garrett, along with his blues and soul band, perform regularly at clubs, casinos, restaurants and festivals in the area.

This year, seven different sponsorship packages are being offered, each including season tickets, reserved seating and program advertisements.

“Each year, the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series strives to bring outstanding music and cultural events to Alva and the entire northwestern Oklahoma region,” said Dr. Stephen Kingsbury, chair of the Department of Fine Arts and coordinator of the Concert Series.

“The Concert Series has a long tradition of providing quality performances that contribute profoundly to the artistic and cultural life of the community.

“However, such quality acts are expensive. Funding for the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is provided, in large part, by ticket sales, as well as the generous support of our patrons. Money that is raised through sponsorship and ticket sales is what enables us to continue to bring the best possible performers to Alva.

“Put simply, the concert series relies on the continued support of the community in order to survive. Purchasing season tickets or one of our sponsorship packages is a tangible way for individuals, families, businesses and organizations to support this wonderful community asset.”

The sponsorship packages are as follows:

Member Circle, $150 to $249 contribution—three season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

Partner Circle, $250 to $349 contribution—five season tickets, seating in reserved section and name recognition in concert program.

Friend Circle, $350 to $499 Contribution—seven season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and quarter-page ad in concert program.

Associate Circle, $500 to $749 contribution—nine season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a quarter-page ad in concert program.

Sustainer Circle, $750 to $999 contribution—11 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a half-page ad in concert program.

Patron Circle, $1,000 to $4,999 contribution—18 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

Benefactor Circle, $5,000 or more contribution—25 season tickets, seating in reserved section, name recognition in concert program and a full-page ad in concert program.

The reserved seating section at each concert will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Anyone interested in buying a sponsorship package should contact Kingsbury at (580) 327-8692 or sakingsbury@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for Fine Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust of Alva.

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