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CONCERT SERIES OFFERS MEMBERSHIP AND MORE

When pianist Earl Wild sits down at the keyboard at 8:15 p.m. next Tuesday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, it will mark the launching of a unique series of classical music concerts in Buffalo.

An interview with Wild will be published in the Sunday Arts section of the Buffalo News.

The new series is the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series, named in memory of the man who founded the QRS Great Performers Series, which, for more than 20 years beginning in 1973, brought the world's greatest recitalists to Buffalo.

In 1998, Tick tried to get a new concept in concert-recital programming started in Buffalo. Tick and his associates applied great energy to the marketing of his Universal Concert Association, but costs outran subscriptions and the plan never got airborne.

Tick died Oct. 31, but his idea remained as part of his legacy. Now a group of backers of the Universal Concert Association, in conjunction with Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, has revived Tick's plan on a modified basis and renamed it in his memory.

What's unique about the Ramsi P. Tick Memorial Concert Series is that only the entire series of five concerts is being offered for sale.

There will be absolutely no single tickets sold at the door.

The cost of a series ticket for all five concerts is $150 and considering the caliber of the artists that's about half of what one might expect to pay to hear similar artists in New York, Chicago or San Francisco.

For your $150 you will receive a membership card, good for admission to each of the series' five concerts. There is nothing to keep two or more people from chipping in and buying a joint membership, then splitting up the use of the membership card. Nor is there any reason that a member who is out of town for one of the concerts could not let someone else use the card in his or her absence. But again, there are no single tickets available.

After Wild's kickoff recital next Tuesday, here's what the rest of the season's series looks like:

Oct. 16 -- Cellist Janos Starker

Jan. 22 -- Violinist Gil Shaham

March 5 -- I Musici de Montreal chamber orchestra

April 2 -- Guitarist Angel Romero

Only a limited number of series tickets will be sold, and when they are gone, the audience will be closed for the season.

Those who prefer to order by mail may send a check for $150 to RPT Concert Series, c/o Dr. Richard Lee, 17 Mayfair Lane, Buffalo, N.Y. 14201. Membership cards will be mailed well before the opening concert.

e-mail: htrotter@buffnews.com

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