Editorial: Back again, beginning their 30th

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 05:19 PM

They will host the country’s most widely seen ballet troupe. They will host their most frequent visitor, the N.C. Symphony. There’s an engaging show featuring use of modern-day technology, very unlikely seen in these parts before.

There’s an 11-year-old prodigy for the piano. And then there’s a guy many remember from the television police comedy as the character Barney Miller — Hal Linden, who starts it all on Friday night.

Award-winning on stage many times over, Linden has returned to his musical roots, a clarinetist performing pop, jazz and Broadway standards.

The phrase “nothing good to do in Henderson” takes a holiday more times than most townspeople will admit. Perceptions and choices die hard that way. We’ll attest Friday night’s opening of the Henderson Community Concert Association brings evenings of entertainment and fun not often found in many communities our size.

The group is starting its 30th year. The 1984 debut lineup was Steven and Nadya Gordon, the American Boychoir, the Manhattan Rhythm Kings, and From Opera to Broadway.

The series has wonderfully brought us shows that included Vance County’s two main public high schools, performers who have traveled the globe, unknown future stars, and entertainers on the September side of their career who can still strike our emotional chords.

Tapping a foot, creasing a smile, making us laugh out loud — the series has that and much more.

The season ticket cost is extremely economical for the talent assembled and the association continues to add layers of fabric to our cultural arts.

The association is a strong group. It has to be for no other reason than it is volunteers coming together to make a team. And with tugs and demands on everyone’s time, volunteers are a lifeline to many organizations.

Again this year, the series is partnering with the Wayne County Community Concert Series. That means no extra cost in order to catch their series as well.

The arts come in various forms. No matter what our favorites may be, the concert series gives us a chance to sample a little bit more.

We encourage support of the series, grabbing tickets and knowing one day soon, there could be that exchange of, “Remember when they played in Henderson?”