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Werner Chamber Quartet to kick off three-part classical music series

SHERIDAN — A three-concert classical music series by the Sheridan Arts Council and First Baptist Church will kick off Friday.

According to Sheridan Arts Council President Jack Burke, the idea for the project came when Nick Johnson, the former executive director of the WYO Theater, told the council that the WYO would no longer include classical music offerings. Burke said the decision was made because classical programs are expensive, and ticket sales usually don’t come close to covering expenses.

However, at the same time the council was debating how to fill the void, officials at First Baptist Church were considering the purchase of a Bechstein concert grand piano. The council and the church formed a partnership to create the concert series after the purchase. Under the arrangement, the church will provide, free of charge, the use of its 400 seat sanctuary and the piano and the council will organize and promote the concert series.

“First, we will seek out outstanding young artists who are already building national and international reputations, but who have not yet reached the level of recognition where they can command high fees for their performances,” Arts Council Vice President Ron Krikac said.

He added that by enlisting support from community members and organizations the council intends to keep ticket prices affordable.

The initial concert is Friday and features the Werner Chamber Quartet, four siblings who play the cello and the piano.

The concert will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, located at 3179 Big Horn Ave.  Tickets can be purchased from the WYO Theater Box Office, First Baptist Church and members of the Sheridan Arts Council. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military and $5 for students.

Two other concerts will follow throughout the season.

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