The new concert year opens Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. at the Coastal Bend College Gertrude R. Jones Performing Arts Auditorium, with a multi-faceted celebration of musical talent from the Beeville area, announced BCA President Kay Past.
Among the performers for the opening concert are trumpet duo Chuck and Taylor Knowlton; several students from The Dance Studio; violinist Lindsey Ray; trumpet soloist Linda Switzer; vocal soloists Nancy Jones, Albert Garcia, Donna Davis and Katheryn Mylnar; and several other talented musicians.
Mrs. Past encourages parents to bring children to this performance and to the others scheduled for this concert season. “There is considerable evidence that music benefits children’s development and gives them an advantage over those who are not exposed to a variety of music from a young age,” she said. The BCA admits all young people through high school age free so that Beeville students may have the advantage of musical exposure.
To facilitate those young people attending, any adult accompanied by two young people will be admitted free.
The BCA’s season includes the following:
Corpus Christi’s first Salsa band, Ritmo Caribe, consisting of 12 musicians on percussion, trumpet, saxophone, keyboard, bass and trombone, will present a lively program of Caribbean music and Latin jazz on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. in the CBC Auditorium..
Legendary comedian Marty Allen of Hollywood Squares fame will entertain the BCA audience on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m., also in the CBC Auditorium, with music and comedy, along with songs by Karon Kate Blackwell.
A major gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation and a generous grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation will make possible another spectacular concert by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra at the A.C. Jones High School Auditorium Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the A.C. Jones High School Auditorium.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers, now based in Austin, will return with their blend of traditional world music with a Russian influence on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 at CBC. Their featured instrument is the triangular-shaped balalaika, which sounds strikingly similar to a banjo.
Rebecca Pechefsky and Rachel Evans, both of New York City, will present a program of innovative fusion of folk melodies and baroque standards on harpsichord and violin on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. at CBC.
Tenor Austin Dean will sing opera, pop and Broadway tunes on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at CBC.
Concluding the 2011-2012 season will be English organist Stephen Cleobury from King’s College Cambridge in concert at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. This program is co-sponsored by St. Philip’s “Music in the Nave” series.
Season memberships are $40 for adults, with all children through high school age admitted free. CBC students are admitted with their student ID’s through CBC sponsorship. Single tickets at the door are $10 for adults, and each adult accompanied by two children will be admitted free.
“Season memberships for the BCA are probably one of the best musical bargains anywhere,” Past said. “We can continue to offer them at affordable prices because of the Joe Barnhart Foundation, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and our other generous local sponsors and friends of the arts. Tickets for any one of these programs would cost $20 to $100 at performances in large cities.”
“Concert memberships help make it possible for the BCA to continue bringing musical events to Beeville,” Past added.
Season tickets may be purchased at the Sept. 30 concert from a BCA volunteer or by mailing a check to the BCA, P.O Box 1511, Beeville, TX 78104. Members who purchase their tickets before the first concert may pick them up at the door on Sept. 30. Tickets will be mailed to those who cannot attend that concert.
Everyone who includes an e-mail address with their check or sends their address to firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent reminders of concerts.
Individuals or businesses who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the BCA may have their names listed on each concert program in the following categories:
Friend of the Arts, $50 (receives one season membership);
Patron of the Arts, $100 (receives two season membership);
Benefactor of the Arts, $150 (receives three season memberships); or
Corporate Sponsor of the Arts, $250 or more (receives five season memberships.)
“These contributions will enable the BCA to pay for this year’s concerts and to plan another exciting concert season for 2013-2014,” Past explained.