Concert Association cancels 2020-2021 season

Pictured are some members of the Harlingen Concert Association Board of Directors conducting a virtual meeting to plan for their next concert season. COURTESY PHOTO

HARLINGEN — As part of this nonprofit’s mission, performers from around the world are brought to the area every year to showcase their talent and spark inspiration in learning more about the arts.

Since its inception in the 1930s, the Harlingen Concert Association (HCA) has been bringing internationally-acclaimed, touring artists to the Rio Grande Valley for audiences that include both the general public and students from local schools.

However, unforeseen circumstances have caused this organization to undergo changes and adjustments this year.

The HCA Board of Directors canceled its 2020-2021 concert season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This includes the cancelation of six evening performances at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium this fall and winter, as well as six educational outreach programs with featured artists at local schools.

The Harlingen Municipal Auditorium box office is closed indefinitely, according to a press from the organization.

HCA season subscribers will receive refunds for the face value of their tickets within the next six weeks.

HCA Vice President Cheryl LaBerge said the nonprofit’s board of directors is working on plans for its 2021-2022 concert season.

On Sept. 24, the HCA Board of Directors held a virtual meeting with its Live On Stage representative to finalize the artists for the upcoming concert season.

“This all-volunteer, nonprofit organization is committed to enriching the cultural life of the Harlingen area through live performances, and hopes to do so for generations to come,” she said. “We certainly appreciate the corporate and community sponsors that help support and make it possible for us to do all we do and keep the prices affordable.”

From bringing live entertainment to the community and working alongside a great group of people to creating educational outreach, LaBerge said there’s so much she enjoys about being a member of HCA.

“The outreach programs are always amazing because the kids get so excited,” she said. “Many of the artists say that’s actually their favorite part of their tour because they hope they’re touching lives and may be changing lives through music and the exposure to new forms of expression that these kids may not have experienced otherwise.”

For more information, email harlingenconcert@gmail.com or visit HCA’s website at www.harlingenconcert.com.

ahernandez@valleystar.com