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Music for your heart and soul: CLCA kicks off season September 20

The Central Lakes Concert Association is excited about its upcoming season.

Not only because of this year's performers, but also because the association has a new website, according to Randy Morken, CLCA president.

The public may go online to to not only learn about the association, but also to explore the artists who will be performing during this year's concert season.

The 27th season will kick off September 20. All concerts will take place in the gymnasium at Jefferson High School in Alexandria. Admission is by season ticket only.

Those wishing to purchase season tickets can do so by calling Jan Johnson at (320) 762-1350 or Bernita Darveaux at (320) 763-6248. Season tickets will be mailed the first part of September.

Through the reciprocity agreement, CLCA members may also attend 26 other concerts, at no admission cost, in Wadena, Sauk Centre, Fergus Falls, Brainerd and Ortonville/Milbank.

Here is a look at the upcoming schedule in Alexandria:

•Monday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Jeri Sager's Broadway. Singing the Broadway songs she loves and has performed for thousands of people, Sager will leave audience members with a smile on their face and a song in their heart.

•Sunday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. - The Four Freshmen. Guests may recognize this American male vocal band quartet that blends jazz arrangements with big-band-vocal-group sounds like the Modernaires, who sang with Glenn Miller and The Pied Pipers, who sang with Tommy Dorsey.

•Saturday, November 27 at 7:30 p.m. - Leon William's Noel. Williams, an alumnus of the Harlem Boys Choir and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, will present a program of Christmas favorites, spirituals, show tunes and classics. This concert is the Endowment Recognition concert.

•Sunday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. - River City 6. A brass ensemble of six dynamic players from the famed River City Brass Band will dazzle the audience with lightning-fast licks, laughable antics and unforgettable charm.

•Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. - Simon and Son. Come to an evening of keyboard acrobatics with this one-of-a-kind father and son piano duet team with lots of high energy, humor, popular and classical music.

•Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. - Redhead Express. The Walker Family, who is also known as "The Redhead Express" from Alaska via Branson, will perform original and traditional bluegrass, gospel and old-time music, showcasing their four daughters' beautiful harmonies and original songs.

For more information, visit the CLCA website at