Local Concert series boosts youth music appreciation, cultural awareness
by Adrian Jackson
Sep 09, 2009 | 1098 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to the West Texas A&M Opera Workshop to Houston’s Ballet Folklórico Mixteco, the 2009-2010 Beeville Concert Association season has a variety of exciting performances for many musical tastes.

The new season opens Sunday afternoon, Sept. 27 at 3:00 pm 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 soloists Sally Friedlander, Nancy Jones and Jeff Brewer; marimba player Victor Hinojosa; saxophone soloist Gene Stephenson; trumpet duoLinda Switzer and Al Past; cellist Sarah Milnarich; the CBC Mariachi Los Puma; French horn soloist Angie Villarreal; Fiesta Ballet Folklórico; the Beeville Community Chorus and other local musicians.

Past encourages parents to bring children to this performance and to the others scheduled for the 2009-2010 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.” 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 Mixteco of Houston will present its unique style of choreography in traditional folkloric dance on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 25 at 3 p.m.

A major gift from the Joe Barnhart Foundation and additional support from Coastal Bend College make possible another spectacular concert by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra at A. C. Jones High School Auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Talented musician and Beeville native Rolando Salazar will perform with the West Texas A&M Opera Workshop on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. This group of undergraduate and graduate music students has been producing fully-staged operas and smaller operatic performances since 2003. They will present scenes from a variety of operas for their Beeville audience.

Hungarian pianist Csaba Király will play classical piano from Bach, Beethoven, Liszt and Bartók to modern composition on Sunday, Jan. 17. The Chopin Society of Corpus Christi is bringing him to Texas for a second tour and the BCA was able to book him through the assistance of former Beevillian Philip Young, a member of the Chopin Society.

San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble will return to Beeville Feb. 28 with a diverse program of music from the time of Christ, Spanish and indigenous music from the era of San Juan Diego of Mexico and well-loved American revival hymns.

A. C. Jones graduate Mario Barbosa, now a piano performance student at Baylor University, will return to Beeville for a concert on Sunday, April 18. He will play a variety of classical music and some of his own neo-classical compositions.

All this year’s programs, with the exception of the San Antonio Symphony, are scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday afternoons 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 $7 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 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 eighty percent of our income was from the memberships and friends, patrons, benefactors and sponsors, while only twenty percent came from door admissions. So we again strongly encourage the purchase of memberships!”

Season tickets may be purchased at the Sept. 27 concert, from a BCA volunteer or by mailing in the application printed below. (Or send 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. 27. 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 2010-2011,” Past explained.

Beeville Concert Association P.O. Box 1511 Beeville, Texas 78104-1511
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