Warren Civic Music Association

Making Music for 72 Years

Warren Civic Music Association, located in Warren, Ohio, was founded in 1940, and is the oldest community arts organization in Trumbull County.
The goal of Warren Civic Music is to provide quality entertainment, at affordable ticket prices, to residents of the community and surrounding areas and the opportunity to enrich their lives by enjoying a variety of musical genres.
In the early years, concerts were held in the Konold Auditorium of Warren G. Harding High School.
The concerts moved to the new Packard Music Hall for the 1955-56 season and has called PMH “home” ever since.
Early ticket sales were solicited through a six-week campaign and were available only during that six-week period.
Ezio Pinza, Metropolitan Opera Company baritone, performed the first year. In 1949, he became the star of Broadway’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.”
Isaac Stern, violinist, played the first half of his 1949 concert without an accompanist.   The accompanist refused to fly with Mr. Stern and drove to Warren instead.  He did not arrive until intermission.
Receptions after the concerts were held in private homes to honor the performers in the early days of WCMA where tuxedos and formal dress were the norm.
After the concerts were moved to the new location, receptions were held in the hospitality rooms of the Packard Music Hall. Receptions no longer take place, but performers often greet attendees and sign autographs after the performances.
Many musical greats of the world have appeared on the stage in a variety of programs. Early performers included:  Jerome Hines, Roberta Peters, Roger Williams, Peter Nero, Guy Lombardo, Woody Herman, Ferrante & Teicher, New Christy Minstrels, The Ohio State University Band, Vienna Boys Choir, Fred Waring, Warren’s own Irene Oliver, Gene Krupa Orchestra, Broadway plays, as well as ballets performed by various companies from the United States and other countries.  More recently performers have included America’s Got Talent finalists, The Texas Tenors; Debby Boone, The Diamonds,  Oak Ridge Boys, and numerous other talented artists.
The continuation of Warren Civic Music for 72 years is a testimonial to the endless hours devoted by enthusiastic volunteers, along with the overwhelming interest of our many subscribers and generous support of benefactors and patrons throughout the years.

 

Andre Previn

with the Houston Symphony Orchestra - 1969

The Diamonds

Double Grande

The Duttons

Phantoms Leading Ladies

The Texas Tenors

Crystal Gayle

Debby Boone

Eleanor Steber

Soprano - 1957

Ferrante & Teicher

1971 & 1974

Frank Guarerra

Baritone - 1958

Fred Waring

1960 & 1973 & 1974 & 1976 & 1977 & 1981

Guy Lombardo

1963

Horacio Gutierrez

Pianist - 1985 & 1991

Isreala Marqalt

Jean Madiera

Contralto - 1959

Jerome Hines

Baritone - 1956

John Browining

Pianist - 1979 & 1985

John Davidson

Jose Greco

Dance Company - 1974

Kim Borg

1961

Larry Gatlin

Les Brown & this Band of Renown

1980

Ludwig Olshansky

Melissa Manchester

Mitch Miller

& Orchestra - 1972

Mr. Jack Daniels Silver Cornet Band

1984

New Christy Minstrels

1978

Oakridge Boys

Peter Nero

Pianist - 1969 & 1989

Roberta Peters

Soprano - 1978

Robert Merrill

1977

Roger Wagner Choral

1963

Roger Williams

"Mr. Piano" - 1984 & 1988 & 1992

Rhythm of the Dance

Strecher & Horowitz

Pianists - 1962

Swingle Singers

1989

The King Family

1976

Varel & Bailly

Vocalists - 1964 & 1965

Virgil Fox

Organist - 1975

Woody Herman

& his Band - 1964

Captain & Tennille

1997

Tom Chapin

1998

Anna Maria Alberghetti

2000

B.J. Thomas

2001

The Four Lads

2002