HERMISTON - The Desert Arts Council board of directors announce the 2004-2005 season of entertainment at a reception Wednesday at the home of David and Dorothy Smith.

The board members served a variety of light hors de oeuvres and beverages. John Pringle played guitar as people mingled and discussed the upcoming season.

Ray Jones, president of DAC, announced the entertainment season line up.

"We have a tremendous season line up," Jones said. "I want to thank the entire board for all their hard work. Desert Arts is truly a working board, they set up the tables, did the food and will tear down. They work hard to make sure the money goes back into the performance line up."

Linda Jones just completed her second year and is beginning her third as entertainment booking chairwoman, taking over for her husband, Ray.

"I go to Northwest Booking Conference every fall and take a few people with me," Linda Jones said. "We watch acts and pick up lots of literature. We put together a proposal and bring it to the board. So far they've never denied us. You can OD at the booking conference, so you always want a few others to go with you so you can brainstorm together."

Linda and Ray Jones have been around the Hermiston community for a while and know what it likes, said Linda Gilleese of the DAC.

"But we try to stretch the audience," Gilleese said. "Desert Arts tries to bring in a balance for adults and to expose children to the arts through our entertainment."

The DAC tries to have at least one outreach program into the schools with the visiting artists as a way to introduce students to the arts, Ray said.

The season begins in just a few weeks when the Pavlo trio take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Hermiston High School Performing Arts Center.

"Linda thought he was really hot," Ray said. "We saw the Pavlo Trio at the N.W. Booking Conference a year ago. They are high-energy Mediterranean entertainers and are a great opening event."

The acts for the season promise to be varied and diverse.

DAC relies on corporate sponsors donations for about 50 percent of its operating cost and 50-60 percent comes from membership and ticket sales.

"We need your memberships to be on going, to bring and have this type of entertainment in our community, " Ray said. "The bottom line is if you don't have pen for your check, I do."

For more information on Desert Arts Council, season tickets and memberships contact Debbie Pedro at 567-6151, chamberdebbie@eotnet.net, or visit the Web site.

2004-05 DAC season

Desert Arts Council 2004-2005 lineup:

Sept. 25 - High-energy composer, musician, guitarist and recording artist Pavlo and his trio. His music is described as Mediterranean, with influences of Flamenco, Latin and classical guitar mixed together with Greek Bouzouki.

On Oct. 26 - The Bottom Line Duo offers entertainment, comedy and virtuosity, featuring music from 300 years ago. The chamber ensemble reaches out to audiences of all ages and musical sophistication.

Nov. 30 - Trent Arterberry presents the mastery of mime and movement for the young audience and the young of heart.

Feb. 5 - Dinner theater featuring the return of the New York-based repertory troupe Mixed Company, performing "Master Harold and the Boys." Leonard Stephenson stars in the dinner theater production exploring a young white man's coming of age in 1950s apartheid South Africa.

March 10 -Waters Carvers Guild, an acoustic ensemble that combines contemporary music with Celtic and a touch of bluegrass. The group performs vocals and plays guitar, mandolin, piano, bass and Bouzouki.

April 3 - Boston Brassa a brass quintet. The spirited ensemble's lively repertoire includes humor, personality and crowd interaction.


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