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.
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.
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