Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 5, 2013

The new season of Kokomo Community Concerts

A new sound and an introduction to social media round out the 57th season

By Lindsay Eckert Kokomo Tribune
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Kokomo Community Concerts is opening the curtain to its 57th season with stylish serenades and high-energy performances.

Mary Rusch, publicity co-chair for Kokomo Community Concerts, said the opening show, which will be held at Kokomo High School, will introduce its season with a major production and even more talent.

“We are bringing a Matt Davenport productions show complete with a set, costumes, light show, singers and dancers for a show called, ‘Back on Broadway,’” Rusch said. “It’s so exciting to have ten high-energy performers on the stage at Kokomo High School for our first show.”

Aside from a show – that has more energy than a can of espresso – to open the season, the happy-fueled acts will fill out the season for Kokomo Community Concerts with something unique and fitting for any genre interest, according to Rusch.

“We are bringing in The Gothard Sisters who will dance, sing and fiddle a fantastic Celtic show. The November concert is The Diamonds. Then, we have a bit of a break and start up in February with a piano-and-violin-husband-wife duo that will bring Chinese culture to Kokomo,” Rusch said as she highlighted the concert schedule.

In addition, a 19-piece band, Tom Gustin Big Band, will take the stage March 2014 and the Unexpected Surfer Boys will perform in May 2014.

Katina Dimitro, who is now heading up Kokomo Community Concerts’ social media presence, said some of the shows have a more youthful vibe while others stay true to young-at-heart to merge the audience’s ages with music.

“Music is an important tool. Oftentimes, we can communicate through music; even when we do not speak the same language,” Dimitro said. “We chose performers who will introduce different types of music to our audience.”

But, while social media and a new schedule of performers will be part of Kokomo Community Concerts 2013- 2014 season, Mary Lindgren, publicity co-chair for Kokomo Community Concerts, said the Kokomo Community Concerts’ established meaning of warm memories and upbeat music will remain.

“Kokomo’s tastes are like most Midwestern cities and we’ve tried to reflect that. We’ve also in recent years polled the audience about their likes and dislikes,” Lindgren said before explaining how special the concert performances are. “We are an all-volunteer group; bringing world-class entertainment, albeit a labor of love, is a tremendous undertaking from choosing the acts a year ahead of time to the day of the performance. And what a joy it is when all goes well and the audience loves the show.”