Concert series at courthouse to begin Sunday evening

Concert Violinist Oksana, director and founder of Ovation Music Academy in Benton, has scheduled a monthly live music series to be held at the Saline County Courthouse from July through October of this year.

The concerts will be held at 6 p.m. on the last Sunday of each month, Oksana said.

“Because of the increasing popularity of the events that we have held on the courthouse lawn, we have decided to provide a commitment to the people of Saline County to experience free live music during the most comfortable months of the year in an outside venue,”she noted.

The first concert will take place this Sunday, July 21, at 6 p.m. at the courthouse gazebo.
Featured will be a string ensemble from the newly created Saline County Orchestra, students from Ovation Music Academy and Oksana herself. 

“During the first weekend of August I will be presenting a concert in Kentucky, so we will be playing the music that will be featured at that show," said Oksana.

“To appeal to the tastes of the audiences we will be playing for in Kentucky, our concert will feature an emphasis on country music," she said.

"We feel that Saline County audiences will also enjoy this as well," she added.

Oksana will play the fiddle tunes she is known for, and she also will play songs by Willie Nelson, John Denver and Johnny Cash, among others.

Accompanying her in Kentucky and at the courthouse will be Slavek Bolubah on drums and Brian Hamby on piano, accordion and Hammond organ.  

Performers at future events will be announced, but promise to include the full Saline Community Orchestra and Choir.

The Saline Community Orchestra Choir will be starting a new season during the middle of August, Oksana said.

Musicians and singers interested in becoming involved may contact Ovation Music Academy at 870-405-6856 for more information.