The Community Concert Association is back in business, with two performances scheduled for this spring and three more next season.

A March 23 concert by Pavlo, who is billed as “The Greek God of the Guitar,” will mark the rebirth of the community’s longest-lived arts series.

The Community Concert Series started offering concerts here in 1937, with only a one-year break up to last year. Falling ticket sales to an aging audience led the group’s leaders to call it quits after the 2012-13 season.

However, a new partnership with Lower Columbia College and the LCC Foundation has been a deciding factor in the concerts’ return, according to concert association President Susie Kirkpatrick.

A chance conversation backstage during a rehearsal of the Southwest Washington Symphony lead to the partnership, she said.

LCC has been using funds from its $3.5 million Hanson endowment to produce concerts. “As for us, we didn’t have enough money to continue to fund the high quality performers we felt were necessary to attract new members,” Kirkpatrick said. “LCC had money -- we had experience.”

And LCC has the performance space with the best acoustics in town, the Wollenberg Auditorium in the Rose Center. “Here they were with this gorgeous facility and they didn’t feel it was being used enough,” Kirkpatrick said.

The college won’t charge the concert association rent to use the auditorium, and will contribute part of the cost of bringing performers, Kirkpatrick said.

In recent years, the Community Concert series was presented in the Columbia Theatre.

The college will continue to bring in some acts itself, said LCC spokeswoman Sue Groth. “We’re excited about the opportunity to have more people come to the concert hall because it’s so beautiful,” she said.

The Community Concert Association will continue to emphasize selling season tickets in advance, so it can raise enough money to book quality acts. Season tickets will cost $65 for adults, $30 for students and $150 for families.

Tickets will go on sale at the end of the month. People who previously held Community Concert tickets will be contacted, and tickets also will be available at

Upcoming Concerts:

• Pavlo, “The Greek God of the Guitar” whose group plays music from Greece, Spain and Latin countries. 3 p.m. March 23.

• Jesse Lynch Jazz 101, which traces through the history of jazz from Scott Joplin to Charlie Parker and beyond. 7:30 p.m. May 2.

Concert dates for next season are tenative:

• Habeneros, a Cuban quartet, 3 p.m. Sept. 14.

• Karrnnel, “Cutting Edge Violinist,” 3 p.m. March 15, 2015.

• Simply Sinatra, a tribute show with Steve Lippia, 3 p.m. May 3, 2015.

Tom Paulu is a features writer for The Daily News. He covers Outdoors and Entertainment, among other things. Reach him at 360-577-2540 or

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