The Spencer Area Concert Association has been around, in
some form, for fifty years or more. Today it is a
nonprofit all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.
Every dollar received is spent to present concerts in
Spencer. Each year, the Concert Association presents four
or more concerts.
addition to our local concerts, season ticket holders can
also attend concerts presented by other community concert
associations in Sheldon and Algona, Iowa, and Windom,
Minnesota. This means that season ticket holders can
attend as many as 20 or more concerts a year at an average
price of only a few dollars each.
Concert Association tries to present a variety of
different kinds of concerts each year. Over the years, the
Concert Association has also presented fully staged
musicals, dance ensembles, chamber orchestras, string
quartets, soloists, duos, jazz, standards, Broadway
revues, and pops concerts.
recent years, the Concert Association has presented
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Barbary Coast Dixieland Band,
Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli” de Veracruz, Piano 4,
Philadelphia Virtuosi, the Golden Strings, the Black
Mountain Welsh Male Choir, and the gypsy/tango/jazz fusion
of Zum from London. Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand
performed in Spencer shortly before his New York city
In 2009, the Concert Association hosted the Vienna Boys Choir in a special Valentine's Day concert. Iowa Public Television was on hand to shoot footage on of the concert in the historic Old High School Auditorium.
The Spencer Area Concert Association dissolved in the spring of 2011. Its work is being carried on by Arts on Grand.