Summer Concert Series marks its 27th season

Preservation Hall Jazz Band opens the Summer Concert Series on June 7.

This summer, June 7 through Aug. 16, within the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s intimate, historic Spanish-revival style setting, concert goers will have the unique opportunity to be awed and entertained by the music industry’s most-talented and revered classical and jazz figures. These artists will perform and delight audiences on the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series.

The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 62,000 people since it began in 1985. The series has grown into a valued tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that also provides music education to children within its Conservatory for the Arts.

“The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” said Shelton G. Berg, dean of the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music.

“The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides high-quality music education to children, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to the wonder of music and the beauty of the artistic spirit,” he added.

“We are very excited to again present a diverse and world-class lineup of artists,” says Mark Hart, executive and artistic director of the Community Arts Program. “It’s an honor to welcome concert goers from across the state and as far away as Europe, and rewarding to see the growth of our music education program for kids. In all, we’ve come to provide exceptional cultural and educationally enriching experiences for more than 3,000 children and adults each year.”

The series begins on June 7 with the Preservation Hall jazz Band. By popular demand, Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to the Summer Concert Series for another incredible opening, as the band celebrates its golden anniversary. The band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Once again, there is no better way to begin the Summer Concert Series than with toes a tapping and spirits a soaring.

Other performances include June 21, Andrew York, classical guitarist; July 5, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra; July 19, Ahn Trio; Aug. 2, Roseanna Vitro, jazz vocalist, and Aug. 16, Christian McBride Trio.

Individual general admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (based on availability). Individual patron tickets are $45 in advance; $50 at the door (based on availability). Individual patron tickets include reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows and catered pre-concert receptions. Patron Series is $240. (Save $30 and receive prime seating to all concerts. Patron Series includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered preconcert gatherings). Mini-Patron Series is $170. (Save $ 10 and receive prime seating to four concerts. Choose four concerts. Mini-Patron Series includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered preconcert gatherings.)

Order tickets by calling 305-448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime; order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at <www.CommunityArtsProgram.org>. All concerts are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available.

Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Blvd. (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables).

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