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Concert association brings performances to local auditorium

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Concert Association kicks off its new season with "Take Me Home: The Music of John Denver" starring Jim Curry at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Judy Benson, president of the concert association, said membership cards, as well as single tickets will be sold at the door.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m. for members, and single ticket purchasers may enter at 7:15 p.m. Benson said that normally single tickets aren't available, but will be offered this time in anticipation of high interest in the performance.

"We think there's a lot of interest in his music," Ben-son said. "Some people are driving from the (Twin Cities for the show) because they follow his music."

According to Curry's website,, the show specializes in songs that share "John's positive messages of love, humanity and environmental aware-ness."

"These songs blend the images of our natural earth with a love for each other as people," Curry said. "Making that connection to our earth and to each other is the goal."

In addition to Friday's show, there will be three more concerts this season: London Quartet -- Cantabile, an a cappella male quartet; Classic Gas, a piano-violin duo; and Two on Tap, a tapping and singing performance.

Memberships are good for the four Worthington concerts, as well as reciprocal performances in Slayton, Windom and Sheldon, Iowa.

Benson said names are not on the membership cards, so if members can't attend a certain performance, they may allow others to use the card.

The association tries to keep ticket prices low, but that doesn't mean the shows aren't first-rate according to Benson.

"When I first moved here, I thought the tickets were so cheap, the acts couldn't be that wonderful," Benson said. "So I didn't go for years, but the first time I went I was astounded."

Allied Concert Services of Plymouth provides videos of performers to choose from each season. Benson said it only took a few seconds of watching Curry's act for the members of the selection committee to know they wanted "Take Me Home" to be part of the 2012-2013 season.

Event memorabilia will be sold during intermission and after the show.

Benson said the memberships are a group bargain because some concerts in Worthington are also booked at the reciprocal locations, so if members like a certain show they can see it again that season in another town.

"Some people say that we almost charge too little," Benson said. "We keep our prices down because we have benefactors, patrons and supporters who pay more money (than the average membership fee). It's only because of them that we can keep our prices low."

Daily Globe Reporter Kayla Strayer may be reached at 376-7322.