A group of brothers called SIX was named “Best Show” in Branson, Mo., but McKinney music lovers didn’t need to travel far to enjoy this “orchestra of musical voices,” a stellar performance void of instruments and music tracks. Instead, the McKinney Community Concerts Association (MCCA) brought them to our own backyard. Various professional shows like SIX are booked for a season of awe-inspiring entertainment.
MCCA is one of the longest-running community concert associations in Texas and one of the most heralded in the country. Other community concert groups have come and gone, but MCCA continues to deliver top entertainment to McKinney year after year. Having celebrated its 40th season, MCCA continues to bring first-class live musical entertainment to McKinney. MCCA was founded in 1974 under the direction of Lynette Weiss, who retired in 2013. Her leadership navigated them through hard economic years, when many other concert organizations and performers were not able to succeed. Because of Lynette’s personal relationships with many top entertainers in the country, she could persuade them, and the patrons, to support MCCA.
This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers. Besides season membership dues, MCCA is funded by grants from the McKinney Arts Commission, as well as tax-deductible contributions from local businesses and sustaining members known as Friends of McKinney Concerts.
MCCA is dedicated to bringing diversified and exceptional entertainment to families for a reasonable price, and McKinney students-in-training benefit with hands-on camera operations during the concerts.
“Travel to Las Vegas, Branson or Nashville to see these same shows isn’t necessary, we keep you right here,” says Tomm Schultz, President of the Board. “We keep your entertaining dollars right here too. Many are amazed that they can see such world-class live entertainment so close to home.”
Visit mckinneycommunityconcerts.org for concert schedule and tickets
Both performers and members enjoy the benefits of the venue. Christ Fellowship is equipped with a professional Bose sound system, comfortable seating, ample, well-lit parking and the friendly High Connections Coffee House.
The original four-concert season featuring Harry James and his orchestra sold out in four days. From that humble beginning, the association now consistently boasts seven professional concerts per season.
The dynamic Brian Gurl concert in February featuring “Gershwin with a Twist” was the 200th concert presented by McKinney Community Concerts. A spontaneous standing ovation following his medley version of Rhapsody in Blue, which he called “Rhapsody in Gershwin,” was the evening highlight. Gurl is one of the entertainers most in demand, and this repeat performer did not disappoint.
This year’s final concert with Jim Curry, who sings the John Denver Celebration tribute, was a show-stopper. Nature scenes provided the backdrop for the talented musicians who brought nostalgia and sentimentality to the eager audience.
The 2014-2015 fall-winter season brochures are now out and memberships are available. Visit mckinneycommunityconcerts.org for more information.
About the author: Terry Martin is a retired American Airlines captain. Terry and his wife Dyna are McKinney residents who serve as Directors of Publicity and Programs for MCCA.