The history of Community Concerts parallels in many ways that of the 20th century. Begun in the 1920s, the New York City-based cultural organization, Community Concerts®, began booking outstanding professional musical artists to travel to small communities throughout the country and present concerts. For an annual membership fee, anyone could join and enjoy four concerts each season.
During the 1940s several local women, including Charlotte Rupner, Lucille Cleveland, Besse Sipherd, Adelaide Ladd and others felt that bringing world-class performers here would benefit our Valley. These determined ladies were willing to go door-to-door to promote interest in the effort to bring Community Concerts to the Antelope Valley. Early concerts were held were held in the A.V. College gym and since 1991 have been offered at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center. As a bonus, members can attend concerts in neighboring communities throughout Southern California at no additional cost under the reciprocity program.
Concerts are designed to suit the tastes of “the average person who likes music.” They encompass a variety of music including classical, jazz and popular artists. The volunteer board of directors works to provide high quality entertainment to residents and guests. Also, of great importance is our sponsorship for the “Arts for Youth” and “Student Outreach” programs—exposing our youth to the art of live performances by some of the world’s finest musical artists.