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Closing out one year, looking to next

Lineup now set for 2014-2015 season

STERLING – The Abrams Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. April 10 at Abiding Word Church, 806 Lynn Boulevard, in the final concert of the Sauk Valley Community Concert Association 2013-2014 season.

The Abrams Brothers are fourth-generation musicians with musical roots reaching back to their great-grandparents, according to a news release. They are the youngest Canadians to appear at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. They’ve toured throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The Abrams Brothers recently released their fourth album, “Northern Redemption,” which follows last year’s release of “Blue On Brown,” an album of songs by Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan.

This record was the group’s tribute to songwriters they had always admired. According to a news release, Guthrie recognized the talent of these youngsters after he heard them playing his own songs at one of his shows and thought they were “way too young to be playing that good. I know I will be hearing from The Abrams Brothers for a long time to come.”

The Sauk Valley Community Concert Association also has announced its lineup for the 2014-2015 season and this year’s membership drive is underway.

n Alliance Brass Quintet will play Oct. 6 at Historic Dixon Theatre. The group has shared the stage with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

n Tony DeSare will play Nov. 14 at Dixon High School. DeSare covers old and newer pop and jazz standards,singing songs by Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and the Doobie Brothers, as well as the songs of Rodgers & Hart, and Duke Ellington.

n Jaimee Paul will play Feb. 19 at Dixon High School. Her first album, released in 2008, reached No. 1 on the iTunes jazz charts.

n Ben Gulley will play May 4, 2015, at Centennial Auditorium in Sterling High School. Gulley grew up singing church and popular music before studying opera, and continues to sing spirituals and pop plus songs from Broadway shows like “Guys & Dolls,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Les Miserables.”

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

Included with membership in the Sauk Valley Community Concert Association is admission to see the shows of the Ottawa and Freeport concert associations at no additiona cost.

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

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