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JCCA ready to launch new season

After a successful run last season, the Jasper County Concert Association is ready to launch its 2014-2015 season and it’s rewarding concert goers by adding an additional show this year.

“Last year went well. It was a good concert series. This year we have an excellent concert series as well,” said Mary Jo Niskin, JCCA spokesperson.

All shows will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Centre for Performance at Newton Senior High School.

On Sept. 23, Limeliters will give the first show of the new season. Originally formed in 1959, the Limeliters mix humor in with their folk music performances. The group has gone through a number of different lineups since those early days when they began playing in Colorado. Gaylan Taylor, Andy Corwin and Don Marovich are currently tasked with keeping the Limeliters’ tradition alive.

Newton’s own JJ Express will provide the entertainment for the second show of the season Oct. 23. The duo of John Mattingly and Jimmy Robison cover everything from electric rock to classic pop songs.

Two on Tap will be the featured performers on Dec. 12 and will feature the singing and dancing duo of Ron DeStefano and Melissa Giattino. Both DeStefano and Giattino are featured Broadway performers and are known just as much for their vocals as their dance moves. They will give a performance centered around Christmas carols.

The first show of 2015 will take place on Feb. 23 and will feature another duo, Rebecca and Kuba. This duo is made up of singer Rebecca Lowe and instrumentalist Jakub “Kuba” Kunik.  According to their website, they seldom perform the same show twice and are constantly adding new material to their act.

The season closes on April 18 with a performance by Alliance Brass Quintet. The quintet calls Chicago home and plays everything from classical Renaissance era music to modern jazz.

Individual tickets to shows are $20, however, Niskin recommends going with a season ticket package that guarantees a seat at every show. A single adult package is $40, $80 for families and $10 for students.

Season ticket holders are also permitted to attend all four shows put on by the Indianola Community Concert Association and for an additional $10 can attend the eight concerts hosted by the Marshalltown Community Concert Association.

Niskin said that even if you only attend one show, purchasing a season ticket package shows you support a wonderful nonprofit organization that strives to bring world class musical acts to Newton for a low price.

For more information on tickets contact Jody Gooch at (641) 792-6389 or Nancy Schwickerath at (641) 521-7046.

Contact Senior Staff Writer Ty Rushing at (641) 792-3121 ext. 6532 or at

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