August 21 – Over the next month, the Jasper County Concert Association will kick off its 39th season hosting live musical performances in Newton.

To kick off the 2022-2023 season on September 16, Steve Leslie performs How Sweet It Is, a heartwarming tribute to James Taylor. Leslie will perform some of Taylor’s most famous and memorable songs like “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight”, “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved By You” and “Country Road”.

The second concert of the season will take place on November 15 and will feature Cherish The Ladies, an all-female ensemble based in New York City consisting of flute/whistle, guitar, violin, keyboard and accordion. The group, who have performed all over the world, will play an evening of lively Irish music.

Forever Simon and Garfunkel will perform the third concert on March 30, 2023. The band includes Sean Altman and Jack Skuller celebrating the iconic duo’s famous tunes like “The Boxer”, “Sound of Silence”, “America”, “Mrs. Robinson” and so many others.

JCCA will end the season with Jim Witter and Ian Tanner performing their new show Brothers on April 27, 2023. The show features hits from “musical brothers” like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Hall and Oates, The Righteous Brothers, The Beach Boys and Suite .

All concerts start at 7 p.m. Association memberships are sold for the concert season. Three types of memberships are available: adults for $40, students for $25 and families for $90. Membership allows a member to attend four concerts in Newton, four in Indianola and five in Marshalltown.

In 1983, the Jasper County Concert Association was founded by the late Murray and Jean Nelson, a group of 24 community members. They have contracted with Allied Concert Services of Plymouth, Minnesota to help them select a varied professional program suitable for families. A relationship that continues to this day.

Each year, the association’s Board of Directors selects four professional groups or one individual to come to Newton to perform at the Center for Performance at Newton High School. Many artists have performed on Broadway and around the world.

Anyone interested in membership should contact Nancy Schwickerath at 641-521-7046 or mail a check to JCCA, PO Box 1252, Newton, Iowa 50208 for the type of tickets you would like. The names and dates of the concerts in Indianola and Marshalltown will be printed on your ticket.

Contact Christopher Braunschweig at 641-792-3121 ext. 560 or [email protected]