A swing ensemble reminiscent of both the Andrew Sisters and ABBA … live marionette theater … dixieland jazz … a quartet of Russian cellists … and a group of vocalists who could put those kids on “Glee” to shame.
Those are the unique and once again wildly varied offerings being brought to local audiences by the non-profit Bishop Community Concerts Association, which announced its lineup this week for the upcoming 2011-12 concert season.
“Once again, we have a wonderful array of performers,” a BCCA spokesperson said.
The concert season doesn’t officially begin until late September, but the BCCA is hoping residents will mark their calendars now for all five engagements, in addition to considering buying memberships ahead of time that guarantee season-long admission.
Membership information is available by contacting Mary Mae Kilpatrick at (760) 873-6690.
Following is a look at the 2011-12 season.
• Thursday, Sept. 29 – The Swing Dolls: The toothsome trio specializes in songs of the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, including such classic hits as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” “It’s My Party,” and “Mamma Mia.” The BCCA said The Swing Dolls just may remind listeners and concertgoers of the Andrew Sisters, the Maguire Sisters, Lesley Gore and even ABBA.
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 – The Cashore Marionettes: Described as a “very popular program for young and old” alike, the Cashore Marionettes appeared on the BCCA stage five years ago to rave reviews. According to the BCCA, their show is “a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life, with a combination of virtuoso manipulation, beautiful music, theatrical illusion, and artistic insight.”
• Tuesday, Nov. 15 – Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz Band: This six-man ensemble bills itself as “jazz with a Southern accent.” Although the group is based in Atlanta, it promises to set “your feet firmly on Bourbon Street in Old New Orleans.”
• Tuesday, Feb. 21 – The Rastrelli Cello Quartet: Comprised of four cellists from Russia with a mission to perform music “between the genres,” the Rastrelli Cello Quartet presents a program that, according to the BCCA, comfortably mixes works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson. “We’re elated to get hold of them,” a BCCA spokesperson said.
• Friday, April 20 – The Long Beach City College Studio Singers: The acclaimed jazz/pop vocalists and their band, all under the direction of Tom Dustman, make their annual return to Bishop as part of their spring tour.
All performances will be held at the Bishop High School Dorothy Joseph Auditorium. All concerts will start at 7:30 p.m.
The Studio Singers closed out the BCCA’s 2010-11 season, another series of concerts made possible by community support.
“We thank all those who have supported us this past season,” the BCCA spokesperson said. “Please note that memberships and ticket sales cover only a fraction of the costs associated with the presentation of these programs. We rely on the generous support of our donors to ensure the quality and quantity of our events.”