Sept. 27, 2012 4:06 p.m.

Cheyenne Concert Association brings shows

The Cheyenne Concert Association has an array of performances planned for this coming season.

The CCA has been in operation since 1935, and Mary Cox, publicity chairman, explained, “It serves to get kids interested in the arts.”

New Odyssey kicks off season

To kick off this season, New Odyssey (three performers with 30 instruments) has been perfecting its craft for 30 years. Some of the instruments included in their performance are trumpet, banjo, sax and tuba. Also encompassed within their performance are some comedic stunts and music-oriented skits.

They are scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the School Administration Auditorium, 2810 House Ave.

Ignite music flame with Celtic Fire

The CCA website said the next group to perform, the American-based Celtic Fire, “brings a unique approach to Irish music——it was born out of a classical chamber music series in 2005, when a one-time special event performance turned into a lasting commitment to create a unique Celtic band.”

Along with using a variety of instruments, Celtic Fire also features two champion step dancers. This group will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Central High School auditorium.

Refershing, new pianist

Ilya Yakushev will follow Celtic Fire with a recall performance because he played with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra last September. The CCA website said, “Ilya Yakushev, a ‘fresh and exciting new presence in the piano world,’ has many awards and honors to his credit and has performed at major venues on three continents. Perhaps his most prestigious award is the Gold Medal Award at the 2005 World Piano Competition. As part of this award, he toured Ohio and Florida in the spring of 2006 and presented a solo recital at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City in April 2007.

Yakushev will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Central High School auditorium. This particular event is expected to be very popular.

Finishing the season will be the duo Two on Tap, a collaboration between two musical theatre performers, Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano. The website described their style as “reveling in the chemistry and artistry of iconic song-and-dance couples like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, ‘A Tribute to Song And Dance’ shows why those famous dancing duos continue to impress.”

Two on Tap will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at the School Administration Auditorium.

Pricing for individual events at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for students. Season tickets are $55 for adults, $25 for students and $130 for families for up to two adults and three children.

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