P.O. Box 1069, Alton, Illinois 62002
Phone: 618-468-4222

Concerts are held in the Ann Whitney Olin Theatre in Hatheway Cultural Center
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Concerts

The Malpass Brothers

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 | 7:30 pm (Rescheduled date and time)

The Malpass Brothers

These guys don’t just sound retro…they are retro!

As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Today, they promote the work and music of the classic country artists they treasure, while also creating new music and making their own mark on the rich, cultural lineage of genuine country music. Their smooth vocal blend and skillful musicianship layer infectiously into the deep respect they pay to legends who have paved the way. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two 20-something year old siblings, and the engaging concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned supreme.

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams, have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours, and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to the Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest.  Gifted musicians and songwriters, the brothers have shared billing with country music legends like Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Marty Stuart, Doc Watson and more. The title cut video from their album Memory That Bad hit CMT Pure Country’s Top Ten.

If you like cornbread & hush puppies, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers!  If you like sweet tea, barbecue & collard greens, you’re gonna love the Malpass Brothers! This is the real deal, folks!

This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. & others.  Count on classic, real country, new Malpass tunes, and old-time gospels. This is authentic, down-home country!

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Ronan Tynan

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 7:30 pm

Ronan Tynan

A member of the Irish Tenors since 1998, Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire – from Puccini’s Nessun Dorma to Over the Rainbow, and everything in between. Dan Barry of the New York Times wrote, “Through his clear tenor voice, tired Irish ballads ache with the passion of their ancient birth: dirty Dublin streets echo with Molly Malone's haunting cry; Danny Boy's snow-hushed valley becomes as sacred as a church. All the while Mr. Tynan's large hands beckon the audience to draw near and listen to his gift.” 

Singing internationally well as throughout the United States, he is a Sony recording artist who has released more than 10 titles, 4 of which have achieved platinum status. Dr. Tynan has performed for four U.S. Presidents and as the soloist at the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Dr. Tynan has performed for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict. He performed at numerous benefits and memorials for the New York Police and Fire Departments following 9/11, and maintains a strong bond with those devoting their lives to public service.  

Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres. Dr. Tynan first gained international attention in 1994 after having won Go For It, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. A practicing orthopedist at the time, Dr. Tynan continued his music training at the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, Ireland and continued at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England earning a post-graduate Diploma in Voice.

In 1998 he became a member of The Irish Tenors, a group with whom he continues to tour with today. Through the years he has participated in Master Classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor Ugo Benelli, Australian tenor Ken Neath, American tenor James King, and American soprano Cynthia Lawrence.  Dr. Tynan is currently the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre teaching Vocal Performance, Voice and Repertoire classes with a focus in oratorio and opera at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dr. Tynan has appeared in concert halls across the United States and internationally. He is a Sony recording artist who has released more than 10 titles, 4 of which have achieved platinum status. Additionally, between 1981 and 1984, Dr. Tynan, a bi-lateral amputee, amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records while participating in the Paralympics, of which he still holds nine.

His is accompanied by William (Bill) Lewis:

Bill is a fluent pianist and a hand-in-glove accompanist. Since his New York debut, Lewis has enjoyed a successful career as an accompanist with opportunities that have taken him all over the world. He has performed in South America, Canada, a dozen countries in Europe, and China. 

Lewis has been involved with making music – mostly with singers – for opera, musical theatre, cabaret, and concert stages. It is the melding of the text and the beauty of the supporting music that interests him the most. He has served as vocal coach for the Santa Fe Opera, Denver Lyric Opera, Texas Opera Theatre, Opera/Omaha, Natchez Opera, Central City Opera, and Opera Music Theatre International (OMTI) with Jerome Hines. He has directed four operas for Opera Oggi of New York. Other musical duties have utilized his talents as teacher, arranger, singer, actor, producer, and designer. He has a private coaching studio in New York City, and has taught master classes across the country. Lewis has served on the faculties of both the Boston and New England Conservatories, and at Rutgers University. He has recorded and collaborated with many singers, including Marcello Giordani, Victoria Livengood, and Alan Seale.

For the past 15 years Lewis has been the sole accompanist for Dr. Ronan Tynan.  Together, they have played for audiences throughout the United States and internationally, recorded multiple albums, and performed in concert for President Reagan and Clinton and both Bush Presidents, as well as offering Master Classes at the University of Kentucky.

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The Lesters and The Chosen Ones - Celebrate America, Family Style

Saturday, May 4, 2019 | 7:00 pm

The Chosen Ones

The concert, “Celebrate America – Family Style” will honor God, family and country.  Thanks to the commitment and sacrifice of our military men and women, we are blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world - "…one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.".

Join The Lesters & The Chosen Ones for an evening of fun, laughter, music and memories spanning the last 75 years.  The concert includes video images enhancing patriotic, Americana and gospel music.  The evening also includes a special salute to veterans.  It’s an evening you won’t want to miss.

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Greater Alton Concert Association

P.O. Box 1069, Alton, Illinois 62002
Phone: 618-468-4222