July 05--BEAVER FALLS -- The River City Brass has found a new home in Beaver County.
The 28-piece regional brass ensemble will hold its 2014-15 concerts at Beaver Falls Middle School Auditorium. The season starts there Oct. 8, and will feature five concerts.
River City Brass had staged its subscription shows at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland since 2011-12, and before that at Beaver Area High School.
The RCB is excited about the Beaver Falls move, based on subscriber feedback indicating that's a more central location than Midland, the group's operations and marketing director Cindy Geib said.
Beaver Falls also offered a better price, Geib said.
A Lincoln Park spokeswoman said it was the Midland facility that chose to cut the ties with the band.
"While we underwrote their performances substantially here these past few years, they were never able to attract the audience that we hoped," Lincoln Park media director Laura Humbert said.
"This year we are bringing in other performers including a favorite here, Johnny Angel and the Halos, as well as returning our popular Jazz in the Box series. We are certainly open to engaging them in the future if the opportunity presents itself but we are happy that they found another venue for their fans," Humbert said.
River City Brass concertgoers can pay $60 for a subscription; a 40 percent savings over the single ticket price of $20 for the Beaver Falls shows.
A special feature added for subscribers this year will include pre-concert talks either by the RCB's maestro or a lead musician.
Subscriptions can be purchased at 412-434-7222.
"Legends," Oct. 8.
"American Heroes," Nov. 12.
"Christmas Brasstacular," Dec. 12.
"Family Concert," March 15.
"Big Band Brass," April 15.
All shows start at 7:30 p.m., except for the March concert, which begins at 3 p.m.
The RCB also performs its shows at Upper St. Clair High School, Linton Middle School in Penn Hills, the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, Carson Middle School in McCandless Township and the Carnegie Music Hall of Oakland.
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