Live on Stage concert series kicks off with Maureen McGovern on Sept. 10

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Now in its 80th year, Live on Stage Marshalltown (LOSM) begins its 2018-2019 concert series with a performance by award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Marshalltown High School Auditorium. McGovern rose to international acclaim with her 1972 number one hit song “The Morning After” from the film “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Now in its 80th year, Live on Stage Marshalltown (LOSM) begins its 2018-2019 concert series with a performance by award-winning vocalist Maureen McGovern at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 at the Marshalltown High School Auditorium.

LOSM, an all-volunteer non-profit concert association, brings six events to the community each season.

“The brand we’ve tried to establish is bringing world-class talent at affordable prices to the central Iowa area,” Board Member Bill Fitzgerald said.

Each summer, several LOSM board members travel to Nashville to sit in on auditions of around 30 acts before deciding what talent to sign for the concert series.

“It’s a very intensive two days, but it’s really fun that we get to see the actual performers in person, and it’s really important for us to make sure they establish a good rapport with the audience,” he said. “Maureen absolutely blew us away. During her finale, she sang ‘Over the Rainbow’ a cappella, and without a mic. She’s got a very strong voice and will be accompanied by a pianist.”

McGovern rose to international acclaim with her 1972 number one hit song “The Morning After” from the film “The Poseidon Adventure,” with the tune winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song. She attained further success with singing other movie tunes including “We May Never Love Like This Again” from the 1974 motion picture “The Towering Inferno,” which also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. McGovern has starred on Broadway, as well as in regional theater productions and a one-woman musical memoir entitled “Carry It On.” Her albums span pop, jazz and adult contemporary.

Tickets are available online and at the door and cost $25 for adults and $20 for students. Fitzgerald said people can save money purchasing a season ticket, which also gives you the bonus opportunity of attending free shows through the Waterloo Metro Music Series and Jasper County Concert Association in Newton.

“For $120 (season subscription), a couple can see six shows,” Fitzgerald said. “In many cases, if you went somewhere else it would cost $65 or more for one ticket for one show.”

The other concerts this season will be Vocal Trash at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21; My Funny Valentine at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13; Cellisimo at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20; Ilya Yakushev at 7 p.m. on March 9 and the Abrams at 7 p.m. on April 30. In most cases, performers will have merchandise available for sale, and sometimes are able to sign autographs after the show.

“We really strive to have something for everyone,” he said. “Vocal Trash is amazing — they use trash cans and brushes and have breakdancers. Ilya Yakushev is an amazing Russian pianist, and the Abrams Brothers out of Canada are really good, and are country/folk/rock.”

For more information visit losmarshalltown.org or contact Fitzgerald at 641-750-5707.

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com