Three on a String coming to Pell City
by Laura Nation-Atchison
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Three on a String returns to the Pell City Center Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
Three on a String returns to the Pell City Center Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
Pell City Center has a continuing season of entertainment for all ages in 2014 and Feb. 22 begins the series of events with an all-time favorite.

Three on a String will return to the center with their fun loving form of outstanding music and home spun humor tossed in.

There’s just one performance, though, and it’s at 7 p.m. so everyone is urged to get their seats reserved well ahead of time to catch their visit, said Kathy McCoy, artistic director for Pell City Center.

“You can always count on the trio of Jerry Ryan, Bobby Horton, and Brad Ryan for a great time,” she said.

Audiences all over the country have loved the performers for more than 35 years.

“Wherever they appear, they always pack the house,” McCoy said.

“A combination of bluegrass, country and great old favorites top their play list, and from the opening number to the traditional standing ovation, you will be well entertained by these three talented Alabama Music Hall of Famers,” she said.

Ryan will also perform his one-man act that is a truly unique musical comedy presentation.

“I say unique because of his set of homebuilt, one of a kind, drums that are played entirely with Jerry’s feet and that allows him to perform simultaneously on the guitar, equipped with two bass strings, and the harmonica, which makes the music not only sound like but actually become a four piece band,” McCoy said.

Voices of the South, the performing chorus of the Central Alabama Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society performs at Pell City Center March 23 at 2 p.m.

Theirs is a performance of the musical heritage of barbershop and members are from throughout central Alabama, joining together to keep this form of musical history alive and well, McCoy said.

Voices of the South placed second in the Dixie District Chorus Contest for 2013.

There’s also an ice cream social planned for all ticket holders in the Pell City Center lobby ice cream parlor‚ that will be held just before the performance.

Pell City Center’s own Pell City Players bring “Dearly Departed” for your enjoyment with four performances April 3, 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. along with a matinee April 6 at 2 p.m.

The setting is in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, and features the beleaguered Turpin family who proves that living and dying in the South is very seldom tidy and provides lots of old time entertainment.

The family truly tries to get it together for the funeral of their patriarch, but everything goes asunder with the somewhat crazy characters involved and the other problems that pop up.

The family’s first-born, Ray-Bud drinks himself to extreme as the funeral bills pile up and then there’s Junior, the younger son, facing financial ruin, along with his pack of unruly kids. Then, there’s Junior’s wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car, an “old maid” sister named Delightful, who copes with death as she does life, by packing in all the junk food she can, and then all the neighbors who always add in more than their gracious two cents worth.

You’ll experience the expertise of the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra May 4 at 3 p.m., a classic performance of the best kind, McCoy said.

This orchestra held its first concert Nov. 2, 1980.

The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra is based in Birmingham, with some of the players from the city’s outlying communities. The Orchestra performs at least once a season outside the city.

Membership in the orchestra ranges from just 15 to 80, and the most veteran members of the orchestra have played in the Birmingham Civic Symphony.

The youngest among the members are students.

“The Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra is bound together by a passion that leads to working on concert materials well before rehearsals for the sake of the music,” McCoy said.

The orchestra includes physicians, dentists, professors and several band teachers, and most have studied their instruments seriously in university music department settings and at conservatories before finding other sources of daily income.

To reserve seats for the performances, you may call Pell City Center at 205-338-1974 or visit the center’s web site at www.pellcitycenter.