A “siren of song,” tenors with a comedic tendency, “Celtic with a twist” and two musicians with a sense of humor will help Coast Community Concert Association celebrate its 69th year of bringing entertainment to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Each year the Coast Community Concert Associations’ Board brings four live concerts through membership subscriptions. Concerts have been moved to Sunday afternoon matinees held at the Biloxi Saenger Theatre for Performing Arts.
You might have seen some of these performers on a more national platform. Concert Association President, Sandy Steckler said, “This year we are particularly pleased with the artists selected to perform our concerts. There are ‘America’s Got Talent’ and ‘American Idol’ finalists, Juilliard graduates, and critically acclaimed virtuosic talent,” Concert Association President Sandy Steckler said.
All concerts begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets for each concert are available at the Saenger box office starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert. Adult tickets are $15 each; tickets for students age 18 and under are $10 each. Season tickets may be purchased for all four concerts at $50. Preview upcoming concert videos at communityconcert.biz. Details: Julie Love, 228-424-7146.
The Three Redneck Tenors
The Three Redneck Tenors are known for their classically trained backgrounds as Broadway and opera stars in their own right. These young men bring fun and comedy through audience interaction and are considered a new breed in the “tenor genre.” Presenting classical themes from Rigoletto and the Barber of Seville to TV theme songs, they combine down home laughs with big city music.
Piper Jones showcases her “Sirens of Song” program by highlighting the songs and stories of legendary ladies of song: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Etta James to Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Accompanied by piano, acoustic bass and a suitcase full of costumes and props, she brings the same voice that impressed “American Idol” judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
Presenting “Celtic with a twist,” Shawn Wyckoff (flutist, chamber musician and soloist) and Maria Millar (violinist and composer) also sing, dance and tell stories. Their hyper-instrumentals have landed them on stages across 40 North American states, provinces and beyond.
The musical comedy team of Duo Baldo is comprised of renowned violinist Brad Repp and pianist/actor Aldo Gentileschi. Their concerts across Europe combine performances, theatrical humor and pop culture. Duo Baldo made their debut with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in 2004 and have gone on to win prizes in competitions such as the National Short Theater Competition in Florence and the 2009 Musicomicontest. Repp performs on a 1736 Testore violin and has appeared as a violin soloist with Jose’ Carreras. Gentileschi performs on whatever piano he can find.