Dance will be the highlight of this year's season of the Dawson-Boyd Arts Association, which includes a performance of a well-known ballet.
The Dawson-Boyd Arts Association is kicking off its 2012-2013 season Saturday, Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Upper Minnesota River Meander Arts Crawl. All of the shows are in Memorial Auditorium in Dawson.
Luanne Fondell, performing arts director for the association, said the first concert features Salsabrosa, an award-winning Afro-Cuban group of musicians and dancers. The show is at 7:30 p.m.
"(It's) something completely different that fits our mission for presenting a variety of quality arts events," Fondell said. There will also be a silent auction fundraiser prior to the concert, she said.
Five By Design's "Club Swing" takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
"(It) is a musical tribute to the swing era: rich harmonies, elaborate costumes, a great show," Fondell said. Five By Design has performed all over the country and will perform with the Boston Pops Orchestra this December, Fondell said.
"The Accidental Hero," a one-man show, will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. It is written and performed by Patrick Dewane and is based on the events of World War II through the eyes of Dewane's grandfather, an American soldier of Czech descent.
"It's a powerful performance," Fondell said. "It includes photos and original film footage taken during the liberation of European cities."
Lorie Line and her Fab Five will perform "Immanuel," the 2012 Holiday Extravaganza, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
"Tickets for this concert are already on sale and selling steadily," Fondell said.
The "Nutcracker" ballet, to be performed by the Continental Ballet Company at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, is a first for the Memorial Auditorium stage, Fondell said.
"The Arts Association has presented many forms of folk dance but never professional ballet," Fondell said. Both the "Nutcracker" and Salsabrosa's performances were funded by a Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Legacy grant and include student and community activities.
Two performances are on tap for February. Pop Wagner, a singer/songwriter, poet and rope-trick master, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, as a part of Winterfest. During that show, there will be a crop art exhibit by award-winning crop artist Sandra Fjerkenstad Budel in the auditorium lobby.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, physical comic Kenny Ahern will present a family-friendly show titled "To Laugh is to Live!"
The Prairie Arts Chorale, under its new director John Leinwolterink, will perform its spring concert, "Sing Me A Story," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Curt and Paula Soine of Granite Falls will have an exhibit in the lobby.
The Minnesota Traditional Morris Dancers round out the season on Sunday, June 30 as a part of Dawson's Riverfest.
"The dance form (Morris) originates in Cotswold, England," Fondell said. "(It) should be very fun."
Fondell noted that the season has three performances of dance.
"Each year we will focus on a different arts discipline, and when possible, provide additional adult or student activities to strengthen the experience in the community," Fondell said. "We appreciate the support of our sponsors, our funders, our volunteers and especially our audiences. Every year we meet new people who find it worthwhile to drive to Dawson for quality arts performances."