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From Broadway to Alexandria: CLCA presents Jeri Sager in first concert of the season

The Central Lakes Concert Association (CLCA) is beginning its 27th season with "Broadway by Jeri," a performance by singer Jeri Sager.

The first concert of the season will take place Monday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Jefferson High School.

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.

Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She starred as Grizabella in CATS and appeared as Fantine in Les Miserables.

Her Broadway debut was as Frumah-Sara in the 25th anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Sager has performed in Japan, Europe, the Caribbean, the West Indies, Mexico, Canada and every town in the United States represented on the television show Jeopardy!.

She sang the National Anthem on the Fourth of July at the Baltimore Orioles game, performed with Bob Hope for the USO and made her debut at the Grand Ole Opry.

During her Alexandria performance, Sager will be accompanied by piano, drums and reed.

Concertgoers can expect to hear familiar songs including, If They Could See Me Now, I Dreamed a Dream, Memory, All That Jazz, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Edelweiss and Cabaret.

For more information about the CLCA and to listen to sound clips from Sager, visit the CLCA's new website at

Upcoming performances

•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 Williams' 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