Dayton Music: The Energy of a Live Performance

 Dayton Music: The Energy of a Live Performance

Miami Valley Community Concert Association brings a variety of concerts to the Dayton community.

High quality, live performance at an affordable price has been the mission of the Community Concert Association since 1922. The Miami Valley Community Concert Association continues that mission in the Greater Dayton area.

“The [Community Concert] organization started because people were not able to afford the grand live concerts,” says Carol Heine, president of the Miami Valley Community Concert Association. “It was designed to bring the arts and the audience together.”

The Community Concert Association numbers were small during the Great Depression, but grew to 335 in the 1940s. Today, the Community Concert Association has 400 affiliates, including the MVCCA, which began in 1991.

Heine has been a volunteer with the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization for 22 years, working with several affiliates of the Community Concert Association.

She was asked to serve on the board of the MVCCA and gladly accepted out of love for live musical performance. The other 18 members of the MVCCA accepted their nominations to serve for the same reason, including Mary Fran Ransbottom and her husband, Bob.

“My husband and I were asked to be board members two years ago,” says Mary Fran.

Heine says all board members donate “an incredible amount of hours” and, though being on the board is a three-year commitment, some have been on the board for as long as the MVCCA has existed.

Each October, the board decides on the artists and groups that will perform during the season. Through the winter, contracts are sent out and finalized.

“We found that if we present a whole season of classical music, our audience wouldn’t be as interested. That’s why we choose our concerts carefully and listen to suggestions,” says Heine. “Because we sell [tickets] before we hire artists to come perform, the financial risk is eliminated.”

Offering four concerts a year, Ransbottom says the MVCCA “exposes people to different types of music.” For example, two performances in 2015 include the Ohio State Men’s Glee Club March 29 and The Diamonds, a classic ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll band, May 18. Four Aces, a ‘50s pop band, is one of the popular groups that the MVCCA has hosted, along with Tonic Sol Fa and Elizabeth Von Trapp. The MVCCA’s next season will be announced mid-March.

“We don’t do fundraisers. Every penny we earn from ticket sales and ads in our program goes to the artists,” says Heine. “At least one of the concerts is performed by a local Ohio group.”

All MVCCA concerts are held at the 1,200-seat Centerville Performing Arts Center in Centerville High School. “Artists and other performance groups have told us that they love the acoustics and sound,” says Ransbottom. “It’s an amazing venue.”

While board members are nominated, Ransbottom says, “The best thing people can do to support the organization is by coming to the concerts.”

Ransbottom, Heine and the MVCCA want the word to get out.

“We’d love to see every man, woman and child give us a try,” says Heine.