HCA presents 'America's Sweethearts'

The Huron Area Concert Association proudly presents “America’s Sweethearts” in concert on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Huron High School Auditorium, 701 18th St. S.W.

This program will consist of many older hits from the “Greatest Generation,” a term lovingly used to describe those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, or whose labor helped win it.  The term is thought to have been coined by former NBC Nightly News anchor and South Dakota’s own Tom Brokaw.

“America’s Sweethearts” have been compared to the Andrews Sisters, whose program after which this is modeled. They consist of a harmonizing female vocal trio plus piano accompaniment to bring joy and human connections through their music.  

The audience may hear such favorites as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree,” “Zip a Dee Doo Dah,” “Sentimental Journey” plus an Armed Forces Medley.  For a video clip of their performance, visit the Allied Concert Services website and click on the 2021-2022 Attractions tab.

Huron Area Concert Association is grateful to the citizens of Eastern South Dakota for the tremendous response to their recent membership drive. A record 526 numbered tickets have been sold to date, making this their most successful season in recent history.  

Of that number, 367, were renewals but 159 were new patrons who had not purchased a membership in the past. Additional funding for this season has been provided in part through the Huron Community Foundation, specifically the Wheeler Family Fund, and the Craig Mathesen Fund.

And what a great year to join.  HACA is offering seven concerts for the regular price of five. The first two concerts were widely enjoyed, but The Benson Family Singers concert was a major success and created much buzz around the area. The beautiful James Valley Christian School auditorium saw in excess of 400 patrons enjoy a Christian music concert complete with humor.

The school appreciates the free offering to support Christian education while its drama department is well satisfied with the freewill offering during intermission.

The concert on Tuesday will be the final concert for 2021, but a very strong lineup of concerts will entertain audiences in Huron, Mitchell, Redfield, Gettysburg and Pierre starting in February 2022. The mutual reciprocity agreement allows Huron season members to attend concerts in these other venues for no added charge.

Plus Huron Concert Association is celebrating its 50th anniversary season and has been giving way cash door prizes at each of seven Huron concerts.

With Christmas right around the corner, season memberships will make a timely and lasting gift, especially considering the majority of the season’s concerts are still in the future. And next year promises to continue the momentum of outstanding family friendly concerts in Huron. Tentatively scheduled are a classic sister ensemble, an American/Irish folk fest, a jazz instrumental trio featuring ‘60s TV themes and Disney standards, a country nod to singer Patsy Cline and a Simon & Garfunkel tribute.

Patrons are reminded that the Huron concerts begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Those patrons arriving late will be held in the high school commons until applause is heard, then they will be seated in the back of the auditorium until intermission to avoid distracting those patrons who arrived prior to the concert beginning.

Admission is by season membership. Both season (numbered) and individual (unnumbered) tickets will be available before each concert and also during intermission. Concessions will be available during intermission for a freewill offering to benefit music scholarships through the Huron Musicale Club. For more information, visit the HACA Facebook page, call 350-4118 (leave a message) or call 353-4939.