Three regional concert associations have completed their lineups for next season and are offering early-bird discounts to make an even greater entertainment bargain.
Each five-concert series, whether from the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association, South County Concert Association or Performing Arts Association of Linthicum, costs what a single moderately priced concert ticket might cost elsewhere.
The Anne Arundel Community Concert Association is in its 55th season of offering five concerts at Severna Park High School.
"We have an upcoming season that should appeal to a wide range of tastes," President Gale Gillespie said.
Its program includes:
Sept. 16: Broadway star Ken Page, who was seen in Ain't Misbehavin' which won the 1978 Tony for Best Musical. Page originated the role of Old Deuteronomy in Cats.
Nov. 28: The eight-piece Manhattan Ragtime Orchestra, formed in 2004 by renowned clarinetist Orange Kellin. It will play jazz classics.
Jan. 5: Award-winning Russian pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine.
April 14: The Abaca String Band, which will offer a program ranging from Bach to the Beatles.
May 15: The Brooks Tegler Orchestra, re-creating the music of Glenn Miller during World War II.
For more information, call Gale Gillespie at 410-647-4881 or Grace Shapiro at 410-263-9553.
A season subscription costs $40 before the end of this month and $45 afterward. A reciprocal membership with the South County Concert Association allows patrons to attend all 10 concerts put on by both groups.
In addition to individual subscriptions, AACCA and SCCA offer full-time student subscriptions for $10, along with $55 for one parent and all dependent children or $100 for two parents and all dependent children.
The South County Concert Association will offer its 31st concert season at Southern High School on Route 2 in Harwood.
"I can tell you that our opening concert in tribute to Irving Berlin will feature the same great guys we had five years ago when they did a Gershwin tribute," SCCA President Frank Gouin said.
"We have a great season, and this year we've contributed $2,000 for a new PA system, and we also have new comfortable seats," Gouin added. "So now we need some new members."
South County's concert season includes:
Oct. 5: Puttin' On the Hitz, featuring songs written by Irving Berlin done by eight singers and dancers and a quartet of jazz musicians.
Jan. 26: Alpin Hong.
March 2: A harp concert by Bronn Journey along with a vocalist doing pop, classical, folk and sacred music.
April 10: Bay Street Brassworks, formed in Baltimore in 1995, performing classics and show tunes.
May 6: A return engagement by the National Concert Band of America, consisting of 60 retired members of major military bands. This will be a free concert open to the public.
Subscription costs are the same as the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association. For additional information, call Betty Knupp at 410-956-4881 or Frank Gouin at 301-261-5802.
The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum finished last season with its first sold-out concert, by the Raleigh Ringers, and President Jo Barker said that each of its five concerts earned top ratings on questionnaires sent to subscribers.
"I'm most proud of offering something right in the eyes and ears of our respondents," she said. "Although we don't expect to have many more sellout crowds, we hope to increase our audience for our special 25th anniversary season this year at Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park."
PAAL's season includes:
Sept. 30: Simply Sinatra, starring Steve Lippis as "Ol' Blue Eyes" and backed by a 14-piece orchestra.
Oct. 28: Baritone Jason Stearns, who has sung leading operatic roles in the United States and Europe, will sing favorite operatic arias and show tunes.
Dec. 10: Mr. Jack Daniel's Original Silver Cornet Band's Christmas program.
March 4: The Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra.
April 29: Organist Hector Olivera. PAAL will also offer two bonus concerts that are free and open to the public at North County High School: the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors on Dec. 13 and the U.S. Navy Band of Washington, D.C., on May 12.
The Performing Arts Association of Linthicum offers subscriptions for $34 to those signing on before May 31 and for $39 afterward.
For more information, call Jo Barker at 410-859-3308 or Bill Skillman at 410-859-1082.