The Diamonds

The Diamonds will kick off The Antelope Valley Community Concert Association’s 72nd season.

The Antelope Valley Community Concerts Association dedicates itself to promoting high-quality entertainment for residents and guests. This year, the nonprofit group will mark its 72nd season.

The four-concert package will begin with the “Let’s Rock Broadway” show by The Diamonds, at 2 p.m., Sept. 15, on the main stage at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

The Diamonds — Gary Owens, Adam Marino, Michael Lawrence and Jeff Dolan — will perform Broadway’s greatest musicals, such as “Grease,” “Beatlemania,” “Motown the Musical,” “Mamma Mia” and more.

Besides singing and playing saxophone and flute, Owens does much of the vocal arranging for The Diamonds, according to his biography.

“Our goal has always been to keep that classic Diamonds’ sound intact,” he said in the biography. “Although The Diamonds are four distinctive individuals.” “We have created one strong group personality. The four of us as a unit have a special chemistry and it is that chemistry that gives us our unique identity.”

The Lee Trio will perform the second show in the concert series at 2 p.m., Jan. 26.

The award-winning trio features violinist Lisa Lee, cellist Angela Lee and pianist Melinda Lee Masur, three virtuosic performers, educators and sisters from San Francisco.

According to The Strad magazine, The Lee Trio’s “rich palette of tone colours”  and “delicious sense of collusion … animates their ensemble playing.”

“From the outset, the players gripped the attention with the immediacy and freshness of their expression, and their sensitive balance between sumptuous Romanticism and introspection,” The Strad said.

The third concert in the series will see the return of organist David Hegarty at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 to showcase the organ as a virtual Pops Orchestra.

Hegarty is in his 40th year as senior staff organist of San Francisco’s landmark movie palace — the Castro Theatre.

He is a prolific composer/arranger, who, as a concert organist, specializes in his own transcriptions of film music from Hollywood’s Golden Age, according to his website.

The final show in the concert series is Quarteto Nuevo at 2 p.m., April 26.

The ensemble merges western classical, Eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic feel that packs a wallop, according to their bio.

“The ensemble’s razor-sharp precision is enhanced by jazzy interludes, lightly rumbling percussion motifs and mesmerizing rhythms,” the bio said.

Annual membership for the Antelope Valley Community Concerts Association costs $70 and includes admission to the association’s four-concert season. Youth memberships (18 years and younger) cost $20.

Single concert tickets cost $39 each for The Diamonds. Student rush tickets (one hour prior to the concert (cost $10 each.

For details, call the Lancaster Performing Arts Center at 661-723-5950, visit www.lpac.org, www.avcommnityconcerts.org or the LPAC box office at 750 West Lancaster Blvd.

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