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10/23/2012 1:07:00 PM
Letter: What a great kick-off for VV Concert Association


What a treat was missed by those unfortunate folk who failed to attend Brian Lockard’s “Rhapsodic Rapture” concert last Saturday night at Mingus Union High School auditorium.

This was the first concert of the season presented by the Verde Valley Concert Association, and the attendees were treated to an exceptional evening of virtuoso piano playing by Brian Lockard, who won the prestigious “Pranspill Award” at the VVCA’s Scholarship Competition in 2003. Augmenting his astonishing solo offerings, was the superb singing by Quentin Oliver Lee, Andrew Surrena, Staci Dickens, Emily Wells, Samantha Gorham and Scott Ballantine - students from NAU’s music program. The quartet from Act III of “La Boheme” received a well-deserved enthusiastic response from the audience.

An unexpected surprise was the performance of Brittany Smith - truly a case of “local girl makes good” - who wowed the audience with her glorious soprano voice and stage presence at her first appearance in front of a home crowd.

The concert was a great way for the Verde Valley Concert Association to kick off their diamond jubilee season. In spite of having to face fierce competition, the VVCA is still going strong, and with concerts like this first one, no doubt will do so for many years to come.

Continuing their reputation for presenting premium quality performing art, the VVCA’s next concert on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at Mingus Union High School will feature “Sons of the Pioneers”, who need no introduction. A call to 639-0636 will elicit details of that concert, and the rest of the VVCA’s concert season.

Merlyn Brown


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

Yes, and it was particulary exciting to see our own local gal Brittany Smith performing for the first time in her hometown. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, she knows how to teach. I have taken lessons with her for the past 6 months and she has so many tricks , you can correct any and every vocal problem you may have. Check out Verde Valley Discount Music for Brittany's schedule.

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