Two regional concert associations in the county bring a variety of performing arts to their neighborhoods - each offering five-concert series subscriptions for the price of a single ticket to one concert almost anywhere else.
In addition to offering individual subscriptions at $40, the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association and the South County Concert Association each offer full-time student subscriptions for $10, along with $50 single-parent family subscriptions, and $90 for two-parent families covering all dependent children through college age.
As a bonus to new subscribers, the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association invites those purchasing subscriptions to attend at no charge this season's final concert on May 5, when the Tamburitzens of Duquesne University offer their unique blend of Eastern European song and dance.
Despite earlier setbacks with former booking agencies, both all-volunteer concert associations have arranged what promises to be a stellar season.
Anne Arundel Community Concert Association will offer a season filled with homegrown and European charm.
On Oct. 9, Severna Park High School will be filled with "the sound of music" when AACCA opens its 52nd season with singer Elizabeth Von Trapp, of the renowned family whose Austrian life was the basis for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Von Trapp's program will include Austrian folk songs and music of Pete Seeger, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles.
The Nov. 18 program will feature Russian-American cellist Tanya Anisimova, a graduate of Moscow State Conservatory and Yale University. Called "wonderfully lyric and technically precise" by critics, Anisimova will be joined by Russian pianist Oksana Lutsyshyn in a program of classical works.
Jan. 20 brings Trio Voronezh, classically trained Russian musicians who have delighted American audiences with a diverse repertoire ranging from Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky to George Gershwin.
On Feb. 18, AACCA will play host to Strauss Damenkapelle of Vienna - soprano and tenor soloists with piano, strings, flute and clarinet in a program of 19th-century Viennese music by Lehar, Kreisler and Strauss.
The season will close with a spring concert by the renowned Morgan State University Choir in a program of classical, gospel and contemporary music.
All AACCA concerts will start at 8 p.m. at Severna Park High School except for the Feb. 18 concert, which will be held at Annapolis High School on Riva Road.
The South County Concert Association will present all five series concerts at Southern Senior High School on Route 2 in Harwood. The group opens its 28th season Sept. 29 with "I Get a Kick Out of Cole" - a big-band tribute to the music of Cole Porter.
Concert Association President Wallace Treiber said that Thomas Pandolfi, considered one of the finest young pianists of his generation, will be the featured artist in November. In January, Treiber has scheduled the phenomenal Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats.
February will bring a change of pace with young Ottawa Valley-based fiddler April Verch, in a fiddling and step-dancing program ranging from Appalachian bluegrass to traditional folk waltzes and reels.
Maintaining its exciting diversity, South County's season ends in April with Hudson Shad, a vocal sextet that sings the repertoire of the German Comedian Harmonists combined with American songs of the 1920s.
Subscriptions for the coming Anne Arundel Community Concert Association season may be ordered by calling Mary Benson at 410-647-6873 or Gale Gillespie at 410-647-4881.