The new concert year opens Sunday afternoon, Sept. 29, 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 vocal soloists Sydnie Maguire, Halei Williams, Nikki Rojas, classical guitarist Zack Rowe, trumpeter Martin Rivas, the Beeville Community Chorus, dancers from The Dance Studio and a number of other talented local musicians.
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.
This year’s concert offerings are supported by a generous grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.
The BCA’s season includes the following:
• San Antonio’s acclaimed all-female Mariachi Las Alteñas will present the next concert Sunday, Oct. 13, at CBC. They are known for their choreography, their musical diversity which appeals to crowds of all generations, and their interaction with the audience.
• Guitarist Jack Williams will play folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and popular music at his Friday, Nov. 8, concert at CBC.
• Award-winning Belarusian pianist Viacheslau Spiridonov will entertain the audience with his interpretations of classical piano on Sunday, Nov. 24, at CBC. This concert is co-sponsored by St. Philip’s Music in the Nave series.
• Cellist Lars Hoefs and organist/pianist Su-Ryeon Ji will team up for an exceptional program of classical music on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church or at the CBC auditorium, depending on the completion date of St. Philip’s sanctuary renovations. (For the location, check www.facebook.com/beevilleconcertassociation, Bee-Picayune publicity or call 358-6717.)
Ji attended A.C. Jones High school from 1992-93 and studied organ with local music teacher Patricia Powers; she recently completed her doctorate in organ performance at the University of Southern California.
• Soprano Mary Jane Johnson and pianist, conductor, baritone and music director Rolando Salazar will present a love-themed Valentine performance Friday, Feb. 14, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, with an elegant Valentine dinner preceding the concert, hosted by the Women of the Church. Salazar is a Beeville native who directed the Palo Duro Canyon musical drama “Texas” for several years before moving to Georgia to obtain a master of music degree and an artist diploma in orchestral conducting.
A major gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation will make possible another spectacular concert by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra at the A. C. Jones High School Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the A. C. Jones High School Auditorium.
Concluding the 2013-2014 season will be an interactive presentation by the Drum Café of San Antonio, also at the high school auditorium. Each member of the audience (up to 400) will receive a handmade drum and learn to work in harmony to break down barriers and bring people together. In addition to the evening event, the team will provide four programs with an anti-bullying message for school children during the day.
Season memberships are $40 for adults, with all children through high school age admitted free. CBC students are admitted with their student IDs 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, the Cathryn Berninger Endowment 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,” Past added.
Season tickets may be purchased at the Sept. 29 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. 29. Tickets will be mailed to those who cannot attend that concert.
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);
• 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 2014-2015,” Past explained.