The new concert year opens Sunday, Sept. 26, 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 Donna Dirks, saxophone soloist Gene Stephenson, cellist Sarah Milnarich and other talented local musicians.
Past encourages parents to bring children to this performance and to the others scheduled for the 2010-2011 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.
The BCA’s season includes the following:
Thanks to a generous gift from H-E-B, the award-winning Ballet Folklórico Ozomatili of Mission will present a lively and colorful program of traditional Mexican dances, accompanied by Mariachi Los Lobos on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 10.
Flamenco guitarist Ronald Radford will have the audience chanting “Olé” during his Oct. 31 concert, funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance with generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
On Sunday, Nov. 14, audience members will enjoy a taste of the South Pacific, as the Hawaiian Kona Isle dancers present an entertaining revue of the islands, including the graceful storytelling dances of Hawaii, the fast pulsating hip movements of Tahita and the fascinating Maori poi ball dances of New Zealand. Mary Jane and Aurora Kesler, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, respectively, of Beevillians Jeannie and Justin Kesler, are members of the dance troupe.
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, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Korean native Su-Ryeon Ji will present an organ recital at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church on Friday, Feb. 4. 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.
Tin Roof Tango returns to Beeville to present a variety of American and Celtic music, old-time fiddling and Cajun dance tunes with a high energy acoustic fusion sound on Sunday, March 6.
The Chocolate Divas, composed of soloist Hope Shiver and her sister, pianist Kay Pace, also return to present a variety of classical, popular and Broadway music, as well as spirituals, on Sunday, March 27. They will be accompanied by percussionist David Keepman.
All this year’s programs, with the exception of the San Antonio Symphony and the organ recital, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sundays 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.
“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, Coastal Bend College, H-E-B, the Mid-West Arts Alliance 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.
“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. 26 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. 26. Tickets will be mailed to those who cannot attend that concert.
Individuals or businesses that 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 2011-2012,” Past explained.