The season starts Sept. 21 with country/pop artist Collin Raye. He shot to fame in 1991 with the song “Love, Me,” which continues to be used for wedding, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals.
ALTON — The Greater Alton Concert Association’s opening concert will be country artist Collin Raye at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Ann Whitney Olin Theater in the Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.
In 1941, the Alton High School Auditorium stage was the scene for the Community Concert Association to present the VonTrapp family singers. Eventually the concerts were moved to Monticello College’s new Hatheway Hall and the organization became the Greater Alton Concert Association. From the early days of gowned ladies singing beautiful arias with folded hands and string ensembles and pianists performing chamber music, the association has moved to Branson-type entertainers, big bands and Motown.
One of the true hitmakers of the 1990s, Raye has 24 top 10 records, 16 No. 1 hits, and is a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee.
There is still time to purchase season tickets for this 74th season. At only $80 for five concerts, it is one of the bargains of the Riverbend. All performances are held in the Ann Whitney Olin Theater in the Hatheway Cultural Center at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey. Doors will open at 2:30 for the 3 p.m. performance with open seating. Groups of 15 or more enjoy reserved seating as well as a 20 percent discount. Call (618) 468-GACA to make reservations as early as possible.
Individual concert tickets are available at the following:
- Alton: Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau, CNB Bank and Trust, Dick’s Flowers, Halpin Music, Liberty Bank, Picture This and More, Senior Services Plus
- Bethalto: Liberty Bank, Bank of Edwardsville.
- Brighton: CNB Bank and Trust.
- Carlinville: CNB Bank and Trust.
- Carrollton: CNB Bank and Trust.
- Edwardsville: Bank of Edwardsville on Vandalia Street.
- Godfrey: Liberty Bank.
- Jerseyville: Jerseyville Library
- Wood River: Dick’s Flowers
Tickets may also be ordered online through www.Metrotix.com and by phoning GACA at (618) 468-4222. Credit card purchases may be made through Metrotix and Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Orders have already been filled for fans in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The season continues with Beatle Mania Magic on Oct. 26, Al Simmons comedy and music on Feb. 15, The Ambassadors of Harmony on March 7 (evening) and Dean Christopher on April 19.
“If you have not been to a GACA performance before, come hear Collin Raye,” Vice President Of Publicity Bud Shultz said. “You will undoubtedly want to come to our other programs then, and you’ll be able to buy a season ticket while you’re here. Our programs are all family-friendly and entertaining.”