Appreciation of Music Is Association's Goal

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Byline: Erica J. Ballard Daily Herald Staff Writer

Lake County Community Concert Association

The association brings nationally and internationally famous musicians and dancers to Lake County audiences. Each season features five concerts.

All concerts are presented at Waukegan High School auditorium, 2325 Brookside Ave.

Volunteers sell subscriptions on a planned-audience basis. Rather than selling tickets separately for each concert, the entire series is sold at once, allowing subscribers to see the concerts at a reduced rate.

Call Fred or Donna Fortney at (847) 244-7465 for membership information.

Waukegan resident Fred Fortney fondly recalls a day some 30 years ago when the Vienna Boys Choir performed as guests of the Lake County Community Concert Association.

Fortney, vice president in charge of publicity for the association, says Waukegan High School's 2,000-seat auditorium was often over-sold for community concerts, to make up for ticket-holders who didn't attend the concert. But this was no ordinary event.

"For that particular concert, so many people came that we ended up putting people on the stage because there were no seats," he said.

The association since 1953 has provided world-class music for audiences in Lake County and the surrounding area. …