MAFAC?issues an invite

MARSHALL – For its upcoming performance series, the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council is including music from Nat King Cole and a former host of “That’s Incredible.”

The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council recently released its 2013-2014 performance series. All of the performances will be at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School.

The series also includes reciprocity concerts with Redwood Falls and Montevideo, said Karen Bakke, head of MAFAC’s performance series.

“I think we’ve got a good variety,” Bakke said. She said those who buy an adult series ticket will get 12 concerts for $50.

Kicking off the series at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, are the Abrams Brothers. This fourth generation group of musicians, which includes two brothers and their cousin, combines folk rock, country and bluegrass and have toured together for almost 10 years.

Bakke said MAFAC has contracted with the Abrams Brothers to do an inservice at one of the Marshall schools.

Next up is Allan Harris, performing “Long Live the King, The Songs of Nat ‘King’ Cole” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. He is a songwriter and guitarist who crosses genres from contemporary jazz to rock.

“It really sounded good on the promo we heard,” Bakke said.

Pianist Charlie Albright will take the stage at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Albright is the winner of the 2010 Gilmore Young Artist Award and the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He has performed in concert with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and he is pursuing his artist diploma from the Juilliard School of Music.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, John Davidson will bring his nearly four decades of entertainment experience to Marshall. He is known for his work on stage, television, film, nightclubs and recording. His notable work includes hosting “That’s Incredible!” “The New Hollywood Squares” and “The John Davidson Show.” He has also performed on Broadway in “Camelot,” “The Music Man” and “Oklahoma.”

“He sings, he does some comedy,” Bakke said.

Although it is not part of the series, Bakke said there will be a fundraiser concert in January – a tribute to ABBA.

Bakke said people can listen to audio bites of each of the performers on the MAFAC website at

“I think it looks like a great series,” Bakke said. “I invite people to give it a try.”