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Bakersfield Community Concert Association Brings Variety of Affordable Entertainment to Area

By Pamela Sosnowski

Whether you're into rock or Rachmaninoff, chances are the concert series organized by the Bakersfield Community Concert Association (BCCA) has something for you. For nearly 100 years the organization has been bringing quality entertainment from around the world to the Bakersfield community.

Some of the acts that have performed in recent years include the Czech Symphony Orchestra, The Masters of Harmony, The Four Preps, and The Golden Dragon Acrobats.

The association was first formed in 1920 as the Kern County Musical Association by a group of local citizens that wished to enhance the musical culture of the local communities. In 1963 the group joined with Community Concerts Association of New York City, allowing the non-profit to present a greater variety of quality national and international acts for an affordable ticket price.

In fact, the reason season tickets offered by the BCCA is a great value is because the organization has no paid staff. "Our entire organization is made up of volunteers," says Diane Ackley, Treasurer. "There are three main functions of the volunteers. First, get the word out to friends, relatives and the members of the community about the fantastic value of the entertainment provided by BCCA.

Second, on the days of the performances we assist the artists as necessary and help the members as they enter the auditorium, collecting their tickets, handing out programs, etc. Third we have the student outreach. The artists go to the various schools and give performances and the students of various schools give musical performances before each concert."

An adult season membership that allows access to all five concerts and acts for the 2016-2017 season is $75. High school and college students can enjoy an even lower price, and special pricing is available for families with children.

Some of the upcoming acts for the 2016-2017 season include classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva, pop-jazz vocal group m-pact, and a musical sister act, the Karkowska Duo. "This season we will also have Adam Trent, illusionist, who has been seen on TV several times recently," says Ackley. Starting this season, all performances are being held at Harvey Auditorium in Bakersfield and seating is open.

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