For 75 years, the residents of Williston have been treated to the harmonious sounds and mesmerizing performances thanks to the Williston Concert Association. The association's commitment to bring world-class performances in music, dance and theater to the city has been unwavering since its start in 1946. There is no change in experience this year, as it is sure to be a spectacle once the season starts with Phat Cat Swinger on Sept. 29.
Originally known as the Williston Community Concert Association, Inc., the organization was founded by a group of people who wanted to make top-notch performances accessible without having to leave town. Historically, the performances have been so grand that attendees would show up in their best attire, from top hats and coats to gowns and jewels. It was about the experience.
The association's commitment to music and arts education was evident when in 1983, they took up the initiative to fundraise for a grand piano for the Williston High School stage, the original home of their events. The piano, which was placed in 1984, continues to be used for musical performances by both the school and the community.
Today, the concert series, which takes place at the Bakken Elementary School auditorium, is an experience that you won’t want to miss. With ticket prices set at $60 for adults, $30 for students, and $150 for families, members not only get to attend the five concerts held in Williston but gain access to concerts in Watford City, Dickinson and Crosby. The association also offers a Patron Level membership, providing patrons with perks like advanced ticket purchasing opportunities, additional tickets, name recognition during concerts and more importantly, the knowledge that they are directly supporting student outreach opportunities throughout the season.
The 2023-2024 concert series promises to be electrifying, starting with the dynamic Phat Cat Swinger on September 29th, an 11-piece band known for its high-energy Hollywood-style music. Fans of Karen Carpenter won't want to miss Yesterday Once More – The Sound of Karen Carpenter in October, a heartfelt tribute to the late singer. November will see Charlie Albright, a captivating solo pianist, take the stage, followed by the Divas 3 in February, showcasing three powerful female vocalists. The series will conclude in March with Quartetto Gelato, a virtuosic instrumental quartet that's sure to leave audiences in awe.
With such a rich history and an exciting lineup of performances, the Williston Concert Association continues to play a crucial role in enriching the cultural landscape of Williston. As the city grows and welcomes new residents, the association remains a true testament to the community's love for the arts and its dedication to making world-class performances accessible to all.
For those looking to experience the magic of live performances and become a part of this historic association, now is the perfect time to join. Whether a longtime resident or a newcomer to Williston, the Williston Concert Association promises a season of unforgettable performances. Don't miss out.