Anne Arundel County’s best kept concert series secret just might be the Anne Arundel Community Concert Association (AACCA), which has quietly been presenting internationally acclaimed artists to the community since 1952.
AACCA is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization committed to enriching the cultural life of Severna Park and surrounding communities through live performances. Concerts are held at Severna Park and Southern high schools in conjunction with the South County Concert Association (SCCA). After serving the county for more than 70 years, specifically Severna Park, the association is struggling to regain its footing in a post-COVID world and introduce new members to its world-class lineup of performers.
Association president Gale Gillespie is excited for the 2022-2023 season.
“We have an awesome lineup this year!” Gillespie said. “Our professional performers cover all genres of music, and the Severna Park High School auditorium is excellent for live events with its state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.”
Seating is comfortable and there is always ample parking.
Concert tickets are $25 each, however, a $70 annual subscription will allow guests to attend every concert for free, including those held at Southern High School in Harwood.
“Where else can you get to see 10 different concerts for just $7 each?” questioned Patti Durst, AACCA board member, referring to the number of concerts available to an annual subscriber when considering both venues. “With an annual subscription, members will get an incredible value and exposure to a really wide range of events that every member of the family will enjoy.”
The association is looking for fresh voices and opinions on their board to help set even more dynamic programming in the future.
“We have this amazing association right here in our backyard and we need help letting people know it’s here, interesting and fun!” Durst said. “We need to broaden our appeal and awareness and add board members and volunteers or the future of the AACCA could be in jeopardy.”
After a two-year slowdown due to COVID, the board is looking to add new members and volunteers to help revitalize the relatively unknown community gem. Whether you’re ready to take on a board position or you simply want to hang posters, pass out programs or usher people to their seats, the AACCA has plenty of possibilities for residents to get involved. If you’re social media savvy, an experienced marketer, a computer pro or prefer an active behind-the-scenes role, Gillespie said the board is ready to welcome you.
Get to know the AACCA at its next concert on Monday, October 24, at 7:30pm, when The Everly Set will perform at Severna Park High School. The Everly Set will take the audience on a journey back in time to the 1950s when Phil and Don Everly dominated the radio. Other entertainers scheduled this concert season include Sultans of String, The Eric Byrd Trio, Brother Ray Band, Vinyl Radio, and Yakushev & Mesa.
For more information on AACCA and SCCA, ticket or concert information, or to inquire how you can get involved as a volunteer or association leader, visit www.aaccaconcerts.com or call Gale Gillespie at 410-647-4881 or Roberta Mason at 410-647-6830.
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