Season of entertainment set for Encore
PLYMOUTH — It’s a new year and that means a new lineup of entertainment from Encore Performing Arts.
It promises to be an exciting and groundbreaking year for Encore as they expand the successful “Dinner and Music” series to include two shows this year and also work in conjunction with two other local agencies to bring acts in for the first time as well as unveiling a new website for the organization.
“Last year Dinner and Music at the Vine was very successful,” said Deb Gidley, Executive Director of Encore Performing Arts. “In the future we would love to expand it to its own season. We are also working in conjunction with two other organizations — the United Way and the Friends of the Library — to bring shows to town.”
Leading off the season are the two Dinner and Music shows at the Plymouth Country Club. First is a Valentine’s Day flute and piano program featuring Rebecca Hovan and Christine Seitz. Hovan is the flute instructor at the Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend. Seitz is an assistant professor of music at Goshen College. Dinner is included in the cost of the ticket.
Music lovers will be thrilled on March 14 as Dinner and Music presents 18-year-old classical guitarist Chaconne Klavernga from Lafayette. She will also perform at the Plymouth Country Club with dinner included in the price of the show.
On April 12 Encore joins with the United Way of Marshall County to welcome Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra back to Plymouth. The evening of music is part of the United Way’s 50th Anniversary Celebration and will feature a meet and greet with the local musician that has thrilled audiences all over the world and became a household name while part of the Fox-TV show “The Next Great American Band”.
Zelda Fitzgerald will come to Plymouth on May 4 in the form of Debra Connor’s one woman show about the famous author and wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The show is presented in conjunction with the Friends of the Library and is part of the “One Book, One Town” series. Connor will hold three workshops in conjunction with the show that will be at Lincoln Junior High Audit-orium.
Music in the Park kicks off the summer with the big band sound of Sentimental Journey on June 26 at the Young Amphitheater. The show is free, those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Neighborhood Center.
The Jimmy Buffet tribute band Parrots of the Caribbean will play on July 15 and the folk rock style of Taylor Brown will highlight July 23 at the Amphitheatre. Special guest Kevin Cott and Wilson’s Reservoir will join Brown that night.
July 29 will feature jazz saxophonist Danny Lerman, a South Bend native and the series ends on August 5 with the sounds of the Sulentic Brothers Band.
“Tickets for the Dinner and Music series are available right now people can order them by phone or by coming to the Encore office,” said Gidley. “We’ll have our usual outlets set up for people to purchase tickets for the Music in the Park series and once the website is up you will be able to go there for tickets and lots more information.”
The sight is undergoing a renovation and should be back up and running in several weeks at www.encore performingarts.org.