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DNACA sets season lineup

A variety of acts is headed our way from November to April

The 2013-14 season of the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) opens at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Crescent Elk Auditorium.

The keynotes of DNACA’s performances are — and have always been — quality, variety and authenticity. This year, the nonprofit local arts agency’s series features performing artists from around the United States, as well as an exciting but benevolent incursion from a unique part of Spain.

This season’s lineup will include:

Maura O’Connell kicks off the DNACA season Nov. 19 at Crescent Elk.
Maura O’Connell kicks off the DNACA season Nov. 19 at Crescent Elk. Submitted
Maura O’Connell

First up will be an artist from Nashville who originally hailed from Ireland, where in the early 1980s she sang with a band called DeDannan, then embarking on a “solo” career (note she will be accompanied onstage by a guitarist and bass player).

Maura O’Connell has a rich, distinctive voice and chooses a selection of music by a wide variety of songwriters. Her songs cover styles including popular, contemporary folk and the occasional traditional Irish ballad.

If you haven’t seen O’Connell in concert or want to again, you need to be there Nov. 19, as she is retiring from touring as a solo vocalist at the end of the season. 

Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson. Submitted
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson

On Sunday, Dec. 8, a newly minted duet from Louisiana will take the stage. Up until now, Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson have each had independent careers with different groups.

An accordionist, songwriter, vocalist and fiddler, Watson toured as part of the Eric Bibb String Band in 2012, and fiddler, banjo player, singer Powell had roots in Appalachian music and is a former member of the band Balfa Toujours.

Together, they will present a program called “At the Old-time Creole-Cajun Crossroad,” melding the flavors of both those musical styles.

Carlos Nunez.
Carlos Nunez. Submitted
Carlos Nunez

Carlos Nunez is from northwestern corner of Spain known as Galicia, where the big mystery is how Celtic music came to be transplanted and thrive there. One theory involves a shipwreck many, many years ago.

In any case, Nunez is a bagpiper, flutist and an honorary member of the Chieftains, and he and his quartet will take the stage by storm on Tuesday, Feb. 18, playing Celtic music with Latin passion. Nunez is “the Jimi Hendrix of bagpipe,” lauded Billboard magazine. 

Two on Tap.
Two on Tap. Submitted
Two on Tap

From the Northeast — in particular, New York City — comes Two on Tap, who will sing and dance (yes, at the same time!) in the traditional Broadway style, though the choreography is their own.

The song-and-dance duo of Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano, who have performed in musical theater on Broadway, London’s West End and some of the world’s leading cruise ships, will bring a “Tribute to Song and Dance” to Crescent City on Thursday, March 20.

This performance is made possible in part by the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Turtle Island Quartet.
Turtle Island Quartet. Submitted
Turtle Island Quartet

The concluding concert of DNACA’s 31st annual season stars Turtle Island Quartet (TIQ, formerly Turtle Island String Quartet), featuring two violins, a viola and cello. Since 1985, this group has been an influential and singular force in forging bold new trends in chamber music for strings, fusing classical esthetic with contemporary American musical styles including rock and jazz. 

In “Have You Ever Been....” on Sunday, April 13, TIQ will spotlight the music of two pioneering giants: John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix.

Season tickets

Season tickets provide deep discounts compared to the price of all five performances individually and are transferable and replaceable.

They are currently available at Del Norte Office Supply, Wright’s Custom Framing in Brookings, through the mail at DNACA, P.O. Box 1480, Crescent City, CA 95531, or at the door of the first two performances.

Cost is $70 for general, $50 for seniors 65 years and older, $45 for full-time students grades K through college, and $150 for a family pass.

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in Crescent Elk Auditorium. As an important part of the association’s arts education mission, three of these performing groups will go out into the community or into the public schools to give workshops, lecture/demonstrations and/or master classes.

DNACA is a State/Local Partner, funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. If you have not already received a season brochure and would like one, call 464-1336, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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