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CLCA presents first concert of the season: Stringfever

The Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) is beginning its 26th season with the Broadbent family string quartet, Stringfever.

The first concert of the season will take place Saturday, October 3 in the gym at Jefferson High School at 7:30 p.m.

The group will perform on their five- and six-stringed electric violins, which are called violectras, along with a viola and a cello.

The group has been hailed as the world's first "genetically modified" string quartet.

Stringfever is truly a family affair, as brothers Giles, Ralph and Neal Broadbent, along with their cousin, Graham, dazzle their audiences with their musical talents.

They come from a long line of great musical abilities, dating back to their grandfather, who was a renowned organist, choirmaster and singer, with three of his four sons finding careers in music as well.

Some of the unique features of the show include Stringfever's acclaimed version of "Bolero," with all four members playing one cello at the same time.

During their performances, the members of the group will challenge the audience to a game of "Name that Tune," trying to guess 20 of the most popular theme songs, including a rousing rendition of a James Bond medley.

For more information about Stringfever, visit the group's website at

Newcomers to the Alexandria area interested in joining the Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) may contact Jan Johnson at (320) 762-1350 or Bernita Darveaux at (320) 763-6248 to purchase season tickets.

Upcoming concerts

•October 17: Home Free - An a cappella quartet, combined with one astounding vocal percussionist, a perfect fusion of comedy and four-part harmony.

•November 7: Robert Robinson - Seen and loved for 15 years with the Lorie Line Christmas Show, Robinson has been hailed as "God's Canary." This concert is the CLCA's Endowment Recognition Concert.

•March 13: Jasper Wood - One of Canada's top violinists who celebrates the life and music of Jascha Heifetz by presenting music by Beethoven, Debussy and Prokofiev.

•March 27: Girl Singers of the Hit Parade - A salute to the great female vocalists of the 1950s, including Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Doris Day, Connie Francis and Peggy Lee.

•April 19: Boston Brass - A fabulous, young brass quintet treating audiences to a unique musical experience for all ages from exciting classical arrangements to breakthrough vocal harmony to burning jazz standards, along with humor and boisterous fun.

All concerts will be held in the gym at Jefferson High School. Admission is by season ticket.