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AUSTIN EDITION Concert season will target families

Admission to all Austin Artist Series events is by season-ticket only.

Season tickets can be purchased during the sales campaign, which starts Wednesday. Anyone who donates $50 to $1,000 to the artist series receives free season tickets. Donors' names also are added on the show programs. For more information, call Jeannine Buechner at 437-4834 or Karen Anderson at 433-7701.

By Roxana Orellana

rorellana@postbulletin.com

The Austin Artist Series hopes to expand its fan base by featuring shows for the whole family this season.

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The 2006-2007 season is scheduled to begin with its sales campaign Wednesday and it runs through Sept. 20.

Organizer Phil Burkhart said that over the last 63 years, the concert season has been fairly balanced, but it mostly appeals to adults. This year, however, organizers want to pull in the whole family.

Shows like the Church Basement Ladies and the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats were included to the line up for families to enjoy.

"We have a great variety of music this year," Burkhart said. "We're bringing in more of the family base to it."

The first show, the Golden Strings is scheduled for Oct. 21. The show features a total of 10 musicians performing pieces ranging from classics to pops.

The Woods Tea Company will follow on Nov. 18. The folk music company includes more than a dozen instruments in the performances. The company also plays bluegrass and Celtic ballads.

The musical comedy, the Church Basement Ladies is a new addition this year. It is scheduled for Feb. 3.

Uptown Lowdown Jazz will perform March 27.

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The last show of the year will be the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, which is described as "a thrill for all ages."

Burkhart said the Dragon Acrobats show is always a local favorite for the whole family. This will be the third time the acrobats have performed in Austin.

"With this lineup we hope to sell out the house," Burkhart said.

All five shows begin at 7 p.m. at the Knowlton Auditorium. Four other shows in connection to the series are performed in Osage Iowa at the First United Methodist Church. All season ticket holders can attend the nine concerts.

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