The new concert year opens Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, 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 first concert are soloist and American Idol winner John Schulz, cellist Sarah Milnarich, the Brewer Family Singers, Fiesta Bee County’s Ballet Folklórico and other talented local 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 are admitted free so that Beeville students may have the advantage of musical exposure.
To facilitate those young people attending, this year, any adult accompanied by two young people will be admitted free.
The BCA’s season includes the following:
Thanks to a generous gift from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, the Flying Balalaika Brothers in colorful traditional costumes will bring a taste of Russian and world music to Beeville on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9.
The acclaimed Mariachi Campanas de América will present the BCA’s next concert Sunday, Oct. 23. H-E-B is a major sponsor of this exciting program, which will combine traditional Mexican mariachi music with Latin and mainstream pop rhythms.
Circa Paleo will draw upon varied global influences to present a program of acoustic, folk and roots music on a variety of instruments, including violin, guitar, percussion, saz, oud, ney, cittern, clarinet and charengo. This concert is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
A major gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation and additional support from Coastal Bend College will make possible another spectacular concert by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra at the A.C. Jones High School Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
Korean native Su-Ryeon Ji will present an organ recital at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, March 4, 2012. A winner of the American Guild of Organists’ Competition for Young Organists and a doctoral organ student in Southern California, Ji attended A.C. Jones High School in the 1990s and studied organ in Beeville with Patricia Powers.
Ji was scheduled to present her concert last year, but, because of health issues, it was rescheduled for the current season. Her concert has been designated the Cathryn Berninger Memorial Concert in recognition of her gift bequeathed to the BCA and is co-sponsored by the “Music in the Nave” concert series of St. Philip’s.
Concluding the 2011-2012 season will be a musical comedic dance spectacular presented by Kathy and James Taylor, owners of the Dance Studio in Beeville, on Friday, March 23, 2012. The couple have made numerous television appearances all over the world and entertained many cruise ship audiences with Kathy’s “Ginger Rogers” dancing and “Lucille Ball” comedy routines.
All this year’s programs, with the exception of the San Antonio Symphony and the organ recital, will be presented in the Gertrude R. Jones Auditorium at Coastal Bend College.
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,” Mrs. Past said. “We can continue to offer them at affordable prices because of the Joe Barnhart Foundation, the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, Coastal Bend College, H-E-B, and our other generous local sponsors and friends of the arts. Tickets for any one of these programs would cost $15 to $100 at performances in large cities.”
“The concert memberships make it possible for the BCA to continue bringing musical events to Beeville,” she added.
“Last year, 80 percent of our income was from the memberships and friends, patrons, benefactors and sponsors, while only 20 percent came from door admissions. So we again strongly encourage the purchase of memberships!”
Season tickets may be purchased at the Sept. 25 concert, from a BCA volunteer or by mailing a check to the BCA, P.O Box 1511, Beeville, 78104. Members who purchase their tickets before the first concert may pick them up at the door on Sept. 25. Tickets will be mailed to those who cannot attend that concert.