Association concert season kicks off Saturday

The Sauk Valley Community Concert Association 2013-14 season kicks at 7 p.m. Saturday with the first concert, featuring Sixth Floor Trio, in the Dixon High School Auditorium, 300 Lincoln Statue Drive.

This year marks the 22nd year that the association has been bringing fine music and entertainment to the Sauk Valley area at a price everyone can afford.

Individual memberships are $40, with family memberships available for $95.  Other membership categories exist as well. Admission to concerts is by membership only.

Membership forms are available at or call 815-677-6676 for a brochure.

Sixth Floor Trio was formed in 2008 by Teddy Abrams, Harrison Hollingsworth, and Johnny Teyssier. Each member of this chamber group is an accomplished soloist and has received critical acclaim for his musical contributions. The Trio’s genre-bending style is as unique as its instrumentation, collectively performing on piano, violin, clarinet, and bassoon. Inspired by a mission to bring music to the masses, they received a grant in 2011 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to present “Random Acts of Culture” across the United States.

Trio Voronezh will play Nov. 5 in the Centennial Auditorium at Sterling High School. With astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation, Trio Voronezh has the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk, and contemporary repertoire.  They play traditional Russian folk instruments including the double-bass balalaika, domra, and bajan.

National Lutheran Choir will play Feb. 27 at Historic Dixon Theatre in Dixon. The National Lutheran Choir is a mixed voice chorus based in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. area. Choir members come from a variety of choral backgrounds including singers from such college choirs as the St. Olaf Choir, Concordia Choir, Luther Nordic Choir, Augustana College Choir and more. The National Lutheran Choir program will consist of classical, sacred, spirituals, and a few very lively gospel songs, with Dr. Cherwien, the director, at the piano. 

The Abrams Brothers will play April 10 at Abiding Word Hall in Sterling. The Abrams Brothers, John, James, and cousin Elijah, skillfully combine the music of their roots with their own distinct sound. Their music is a combination of bluegrass, country, and folk-rock. The brothers are fourth-generation musicians (guitar, violin, bass) with musical roots reaching back to their great-grandparents. The members are in their early 20s and have been performing and touring together for almost a decade.

Included with membership in the Sauk Valley Community Concert Association are reciprocal privileges to see the shows of the Ottawa and Freeport Concert Association shows for no additional cost.

For more information, go to, search for them on Facebook, or call Roberta Vanderlin at 815-677-6676.