Coast Community Concert will launch its 68th season on Sept. 18 with a Sunday afternoon matinee performance by Canadian singer-songwriter Victoria Banks, the organization recently announced.
In a major change for the concert series, the 68th season will feature all matinee shows in an effort to make shows more accommodating to families and other concert-goers across the Coast, organizers said.
All concerts for the new season will be Sunday afternoons at the Biloxi Saenger Theatre, 170 Reynoir St.
The decision to make all shows matinee performances this season is "experimental" in hopes it will make the performances more accessible to concert members in surrounding areas, including Jackson and Hancock counties, said Julie Love, the organization's membership chair.
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She said they hope the change also will make "attending concerts for families easier, since weeknight concerts are not convenient for school children."
Providing family entertainment is a long-standing objective for the nonprofit, volunteer performing arts organization that is dedicated to live on-stage performances, Love said.
Several categories of season ticket memberships are offered: regular adult, youth (18-under), patron, sponsor, benefactor and corporate, and season tickets are on sale now and into May.
The upcoming season, which begins Sept. 18 and runs through April 9, 2017, includes the following four concerts:
Victoria Banks, Sept. 18
Singer-songwriter Victoria Banks is a native of Canada who currently lives in Nashville. Her show, "Natural Woman: Songs and Stories for the Soul," brings a program of greatest female hits of all time. She is the 2010 Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year. She has toured with superstars such as Reba McEntire, Wynonna Judd, Lonestar, Randy Travis and Johnny Reid, but songwriting is her first love.
Alina Kiryayeva, Nov. 30
Ukranian musician Alina Kiryayeva is known for her unique interpretations and command of the piano. Her light classical program will include music from motion pictures that connect with all age groups. The Ukraine government lauded her with its highest arts achievement honors.
Tenore, Jan. 22, 2017
This trio of tenors -- Mark David Williams, Jason Catron and David Wise with swing tenors Gabriel Burrafato and Carlos Santiago -- is best known for their powerhouse vocals and charisma. Their program celebrates a repertoire of diverse cultures that include pop/op songs. They are the winners of GMA Canada's Covenant Awards for Traditional Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Fan Choice of the Year.
George Bugatti, April 9, 2017
A vintage crooner and pianist, George Bugatti performs pop standards from the '50s, '60s and '70s. Discovered by the legendary Steve Allen, he is an accomplished Las Vegas headliner, having performed with Tony Bennett, who invited Bugatti to perform with him at the Thousand Oaks Civic Auditorium. He has been featured on "Inside Edition," "Extra" and CBS and NBC news in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
He also is a songwriter and has three CDs in wide release.
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Love said proceeds from the annual membership campaign determine the budget for the annual meeting in August.
More than three dozen volunteers are covering the Coast in search of new and renewable season ticket subscribers.
Love said non-members interested in becoming members can request a promotional brochure by calling 243-3940.
In addition, the brochure is available from any concert volunteer and in Jackson County: Antiques, Treasures and Treats, 605 Krebs, Pascagoula. Peck Stout, 762-8133; in Hancock County: Hancock Medical Center Rehab, Sheppard Square, Ted McCabe, 255-4778.
Season tickets are not available after the drive ends in May, Love said, but limited, nonmember door tickets will be offered at every concert the day of performance.
A special offer is available to any nonmember attending the 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, performance of Vivace, the last concert of the current season at the Biloxi Saenger Theatre.