Our opinion: Entertainment endures

Friday evening the Warren Concert Association will present its first offering of the season, a group known as Dr. Zoot, which specializes in the sounds of swing.

It is somehow appropriate that the association will lead off with a musical group which has been a local favorite over the years and plays a style of music that has endured for more than a half century.

In a way, the longevity of swing’s appeal parallels that of the association, which has endured recessions, a near depression, and a host of other hurdles to bring an ecclectic menu of music to the Struthers Library Theatre each autumn/winter season.

For more than 60 years, Warren County has heard Chopin and Ragtime, Celtic and Blues, even political comedy, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated board of directors.

The faces have changed over those years, but the mission has remained the same: To bring top-flight entertainment to Warren at a time when its residents are looking down the barrel of another winter.

And, top-flight is nearly an understatement, since there has not been a performance we’re aware of that hasn’t brought an audience to its feet and its performers back to the stage for a curtain call.

Following Dr. Zoot in the schedule are Ben Baia and the Big City Horns on Dec. 7; Scythian, a group with Irish, Celtic, Klezmer and Gypsy influences, on March 29; and the New Century Saxophone Quartet on April 26.

Season tickets are a bargain, but tickets are always available at the door.

The Warren Concert Association may be in its 60s, but it’s still going strong.