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Eddie Durham Celebration
February 3

Evans Auditorium, Texas State University; 601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX

Texas State University Jazz Studies
601 University Drive; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-3020
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The 2017 Eddie Durham Celebration will be held on Friday, February 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. This year's celebration will feature members of the Count Basie Orchestra, Conrad Herwig, and include a talk by NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern.

Annual Asian Festival ~ 2
February 4

Institute of Texan Cultures at UTSA; 801 East Cesar Chavez Blvd., San Antonio, TX

UT Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio
Jo Ann Andera, Director, Special Events
801 East Cesar Chavez Blvd.; San Antonio, TX 78205-3209
(210) 458-2224; (210) 458-2300; joann.andera@utsa.edu
Music: Chinese Orchestra
Activities: Food, Craft sales, Displays, Entertainment, Parade
The Asian Festival is a one day event that builds bridges within the Asian community and presents a unique and educational event to the community at large. It celebrates the Chinese New Year and the many Asian cultures of Texas. Each participating Asian country brought their unique culture and traditions to Texas. Asian Festival blends together local Asian communities to create a fun educational event.

Austin Civic Orchestra - Spotlight on Southwestern
February 4

Alma Thomas Theater; 1001 E. University Ave. Southwestern University Georgetown, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steve Coufal, Business & PR Manager Austin Civic Orchestra
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Each year the ACO travels north to Georgetown to perform in Southwestern University's beautiful Alma Thomas Theater. This season’s concert, Spotlight on Southwestern, is on Saturday, February 4th, and will feature SU music faculty and students. Kenny Sheppard will lead the SU Chorale and alumni guests in music from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. The second half of the concert will feature J. Michael Cooper’s edition of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony as well as Jason Hoogerhyde’s contemplative Lament for string orchestra. Join Drs. Cooper and Hoogerhyde for a pre-concert lecture. Join us as we celebrate the No. 1 ranked liberal arts university in Texas!

Hill Country Jazz Festival
February 4

Texas State University campus

Texas State University Jazz Studies
601 University Drive; San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 245-3020
Music: Jazz
Activities: Music festival
Texas State University San Marcos is proud to announce the twenty-fifth annual Hill Country Jazz Festival. The festival will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015, on the beautiful Texas State University campus. In addition to our excellent facilities, our outstanding adjudicators, clinicians, and performers promise to make this a memorable experience. A non-competitive event, The Hill Country Jazz Festival does not select winners but does recognize exemplary big bands, combos, and individual instrumentalists with “Outstanding Performance Awards.”

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
February 7

The Legacy Event Center; Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
Winter Chamber - This season’s Winter Chamber concert includes mixed ensembles featuring LSO principal musicians in the intimate setting of the Legacy Event Center. These talented musicians will perform an assortment of the greatest chamber music ever composed. Gain a personal appreciation of the art of chamber music and enjoy the sumptuous receptions catered by Lubbock's premium caterer, Ambrosia.

Texas Music Educators Association Annual Convention
February 8-11

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center; 200 E. Market Street, San Antonio, TX

Texas Music Educators Association
Robert Floyd, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140465; Austin, TX 78714-0465
(512) 452-0710 ext. 101; (888) 318-TMEA
Music: Big Band, Children's, Classical, Jazz, Concert bands, Orchestras, Choirs
Activities: Trade show/convention
The annual TMEA Clinic/Convention is for current and future music educators and musicians. The convention features hundreds of professional development clinics, musical performances, and exhibit halls filled with top music industry representatives and more.

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
February 9-26

AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum Grounds; 3201 East Houston/One AT&T Center Parkway, San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc.
Mallory Schrade Hines, Entertainment Director
P.O. Box 200230; San Antonio, TX 78220-0230
(210) 225-5851
Music: Country, Cowboy, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Concert season, Rodeo, Parade, Cook-off, Arts and Crafts
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo showcases the music industry’s most outstanding country, contemporary and Latin artists in appearances held during the 21 Rodeo performances. Named the 8-time consecutive PRCA Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year. See this year’s lineup at www.sarodeo.com.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
February 10-11

The Meadows Museum at SMU; Dallas TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Repertorio Español with Nell Snaidas - Soprano Nell Snaidas was awarded “Best Classical of the Year” by Theater Jones following her brilliant House Concert in 2015, and we agree! We are bringing her to the seat of Spanish Art in Dallas, the Meadows Museum, for masterpieces of the Baroque and Renaissance befitting the magnificent art that will surround us. With Baroque Guitar and Lute and chamber ensemble.

LaMardi Gras
February 10-11

Lamar VFD; 302 Bois d'arc, Lamar Peninsula

Lamar Volunteer Fire Department
Georg Ober and Ms. Zella Hunt (Co-Chairmen)
302 Bois D'Arc; Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 205-1556; (361) 205-0912; georgober@rocketmail.com; zfhunt@gmail.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Rockabilly
Activities: Parade
The Lamardi Gras celebration is a fundraiser for the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) and is hosted by the LVFD. The Lamardi Gras features terrific Cajun-style foods, beer/wine, Mardi Gras souvenirs, live music, casino, Chinese auction, live auction, and vendors. The highlight of the event is the parade. Parade participants toss beads to people on the parade route. You won’t want to miss this parade to see who this year’s Lamardi Gras King/Queen is as they ride on the royal float. The cost of admission is only $3 with children under 12 admitted free.

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp • Winter Camp
February 17-19

Mt.Wesley Conference Center; 610 Methodist Encampment Road, Kerrville, Texas

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
Bob Miller
P.O. Box 291574; Kerrville, TX 78029-1574
(830) 459-2120
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Cowboy
Activities: Music Camp, Jam Sessions, Classroom Instruction
Summer HCAMP is a 3 day acoustic music camp. Our staff consists of world class musicians and teachers from around the United States. Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and song writing classes are offered. The camp is a residential camp located on the Mt. Wesley grounds. The camp classes focus on instrument skills with one formal jam class daily working with a group of similar skill levels playing among the different instruments. Specific camp details, faculty line up, daily schedule and registration information are available at www.hcamp.org.

Austin Chamber Music Center - 2016-2017 Season: In Motion
February 11-12

St. Andrew’s Upper School; 5901 Southwest Parkway, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican
Activities: Concert season
Black Composers Concert, February 11/12 Celebrating the contributions of African American composers! FREE and open to the public! Saturday – St. Andrew’s Upper School, 5901 Southwest Parkway, 7 PM concert Sunday – The Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina Street, 4 PM concert. Featuring Rochelle Sennet, piano | Igor Klanin, violin | James D. Rodriquez, baritone | Icy Simpson-Monroe, soprano Artina McCain, piano | Martin McCain, bass trombone Led by Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann, programs are designed to engage beyond the concert hall and to personally interact with music lovers from across Austin’s diverse communities. Composers depict their deepest and most personal thoughts and desires in these autobiographical works. Friday, January 20 concert is in a Private Home, 7:30 PM – $80.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
February 11, March 4, April 8, May 5, 20, June 3

Carver Community Cultural Center; 226 North Hackberry, San Antonio, TX

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season
The Carver Community Cultural Center announced its 2016-2017 Performance Season filled with a dynamic collection of quality music, dance & stage performances. Performances include multiple GRAMMY winners featuring a prominent trumpeter, a powerful baritone voice and a pianist whose contributions to Afro-Cuban jazz has garnered him much respect. In the genre of dance, the season will feature two dance companies who share the love of movement whether traditional African dance, modern, jazz or spiritual works. Theatre performances share their passion for history and storytelling. The stunning DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE returns to the Carver on Saturday, February 11th. Dallas Black Dance Theatre celebrates its 39th season as the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas. The ensemble, a contemporary modern dance company, consists of 12 professional, full-time dancers performing a mixed repertoire of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. dbdt.com

High Plains Public Radio presents the Living Room Concert Series
February 11, March 10, May 6, June 24

Chalice Abbey; 2717 Stanley, Amarillo, TX

High Plains Public Radio
Jenny Inzerillo, Music Director
104 SW 6th Ave., Suite. B-4; Amarillo, TX 79101
music@hppr.org; (806) 367-9088
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
High Plains Public Radio’s Living Room Concert Series provides an open forum for live music on the High Plains, enriching our community connections and cultural awareness. Primarily hosted in Amarillo, TX and Garden City, KS, these shows support musicians from our region, as well as those passing through the Plains. January 27: Putnam Smith & Ashley Storrow at Chalice Abbey, February 11: Beppe Gambetta at Chalice Abbey, March 10: David Berkeley at Chalice Abbey, May 6: Gabrielle Louise at Chalice Abbey and June 24: Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines at Fibonacci.

Round Top August To April Series - Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith & Friends ~ 2
February 11

Festival Hill at Round Top; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top

The International Festival-Institute at Round Top
The James Dick Foundation
P.O. Box 89; Round Top, TX 78954-0089
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: A cappella, Americana, Classical, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
The 2016-2017 August-to-April Series presents: Split Second Piano Duo Concert on Saturday August 20, 2016 at 3:00pm, Celil Refik Kaya, Guitar on Saturday October 8, 2016 at 3:00pm, University of Texas Wind Ensemble on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 3:00pm, PraiSingers Holiday Choral Concert on Saturday December 3, 2016 at 3:00pm, The Nutcracker Ballet on Saturday December 10, 2016 at 4:00pm, Texas Guitar Quartet on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 3:00pm, Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends on Saturday February 11, 2017 at 2:00pm, James Dick in Concert on Saturday March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm, and Piano Duo: Elena Martin and Jose Meliton on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 3:00pm.

Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 Season - Scalable Heights
February 12

Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX

Ars Lyrica Houston
Kinga Ferguson, Executive Director
4807 San Felipe, Suite 202; Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-7443; (713) 315-2525
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Two common features of virtually all music, regardless of era or national culture, are its capacity for storytelling and its value as sheer sounding matter. Over the years, music has been mingled with epic poetry, drama, myth, and all kinds of poetic verse. Our earliest ancestors likewise recognized the pleasure and usefulness of pitch, rhythm, and timbre long before the idea of “music” came into being. Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 season of Fables & Follies celebrates these two fundamental aims of music with six programs that juxtapose potent stories with gratuitous fun. The season opens on September 9 with a work that is both fable and folly: Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles, in which Music herself tries to prove her superiority to mere Conversation, with hilarious results. A much darker tale animates Handel’s Jephtha, which will be given its Houston première on October 15 & 16. One of this composer’s last efforts, Jephtha brings its Biblical characters to life with great power and poignancy. Bachanalia on New Year’s Eve 2016 features seldom-heard seasonal works from the great Leipzig cantor plus a folly-filled holiday gala. Spring offerings include a February 12 program of virtuosic Baroque showstoppers, an April 2 evening of musical apparitions from J. C. F. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven; and a May 21 season finale featuring music inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ beloved Don Quixote.

Dallas Chamber Music Concert Season
February 13

SMU Caruth Auditorium; 6101 Bishop Boulevard, Dallas, TX

Dallas Chamber Music Society
Candace Bawcombe
6611 Hillcrest Avenue, Suite 220; Dallas, TX 75205
(844) 326-7844
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Cuban Classical Guitarist Manuel Barrueco joins the Casals String Quartet from Spain for an unforgettable evening of chamber music. They will perform: Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458; Shostakovich: Quartet in A-flat Major, Op. 118; Boccherini: Quintet in D Major for guitar and strings, G. 448 “Fandango” and more.

Ameripolitan Music Awards
February 15

Paramount Theater; 713 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Ameripolitan Music
Austin, TX
Music: Country, Rockabilly, Western Swing
Activities: Awards show
Ameripolitan music’s biggest night returns to Austin’s Paramount Theatre Wednesday, February 15th 2017. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m. The Ameripolitan Music Awards celebrates the sounds of honky-tonk, Western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw with awards and performances

Symphony Arlington Season - Symphony Goes Wild!
February 16, March 16, April 13, May 11

Arlington Music Hall; 224 North Center Street, Arlington, TX

Symphony Arlington
Bethany Thomey, General Manager
P.O. Box 202051; Arlington, TX 76006
(817) 385-0484
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Romance is in the air as we feature Symphony Arlington’s very own principal bassoon, Leslie Massenburg, performing Hummel’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra. During this magical evening, the audience will also hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 in C Major and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major!

Annual Stage Door Canteen
February 17

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay; 2914 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
F.W. Rocco Montesano
P. O. Box 23076; Corpus Christi, TX 78403
(361) 888-4873 ext. 307
Music: Big Band
Activities: Annual Event
Polish up your dancing shoes and enjoy performances by a star-studded cast at the Annual Stage Door Canteen at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dance to the big band sounds of The USS Lexington Big Band. The event is held on the Hangar Deck of this National Historic Landmark.

Austin Chamber Music Center - 2016-2017 Season: In Motion
February 17-18

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026; (512) 454-7562
Music: Latin Pop, Regional Mexican
Activities: Concert season
Videos, February 17/18 Images of dreams, dance, and faraway lands energized by foreign rhythms and imaginative colors. Friday – Private Home, 7:30 PM – $80 Saturday – First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Avenue 7:00 PM complimentary pre-concert wine reception, 7:30 PM concert. Featuring Sandy Yamamoto, violin | Amy Levine-Tsang, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano American composers! FREE and open to the public!

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp • Winter Camp
February 17-19

Mt.Wesley Conference Center; 610 Methodist Encampment Road, Kerrville, Texas

Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
Bob Miller
P.O. Box 291574; Kerrville, TX 78029-1574
(830) 459-2120
Music: Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Cowboy
Activities: Music Camp, Jam Sessions, Classroom Instruction
Summer HCAMP is a 3 day acoustic music camp. Our staff consists of world class musicians and teachers from around the United States. Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and song writing classes are offered. The camp is a residential camp located on the Mt. Wesley grounds. The camp classes focus on instrument skills with one formal jam class daily working with a group of similar skill levels playing among the different instruments. Specific camp details, faculty line up, daily schedule and registration information are available at www.hcamp.org.

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra Season
February 17

The Legacy Event Center; Lubbock, TX

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra
Mary Jones Saathoff, President and CEO
601 Avenue K; Lubbock, TX 79401-1842
(806) 762-1688
Music: Classical, Pop
Activities: Concert season
A Night At the Movies - The LSO brings the big screen to the music stage with a performance of popular selections from your favorite movies. This special concert will transport you to the past and present with the music of timeless classics.

Mardi Gras Galveston
February 17-28

Saengerfest Park; 22nd and Strand, Galveston, TX 77554

Yaga's Entertainment, Inc.
Erin Dhonau/Marketing Coordinator
2314 Strand Street; Galveston, TX 77550-1567
(409)770-0999; (956) 778-4624; dean/mdean@yagaspresents.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Rodeo
Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parades, balcony parties, concerts, tons of beads and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks.

Stage Door Canteen
February 17

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay; 2914 North Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, TX

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
F.W. Rocco Montesano
P. O. Box 23076; Corpus Christi, TX 78403
(361) 888-4873 Ext. 307; Debbie Crites
Music: Big Band
Polish up your dancing shoes and enjoy performances by a star-studded cast at the Annual Stage Door Canteen at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dance to the big band sounds of The USS Lexington Big Band. The event is held on the Hangar Deck of this National Historic Landmark.

Texas Yoga Conference and Music Festival
February 17-19

ISKCON Houston; 1320 W. 34th Street, Houston, TX

Texas Yoga Conference and Breathe the Cure
Jennifer Buergermeister
5611 Briarbend Drive; Houston, TX 77096
(713) 539-7418
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Bhakti
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Arts & Crafts, Yoga
Now in its 8th year, The Texas Yoga Conference (TYC) brings some of the best yoga teachers and motivational speakers to Houston, offering a city retreat full of presentations, yoga classes for all levels, lectures and fun music concerts during three complete days in Houston.

Austin Classical Guitar 2016/2017 Season
February 18

The Mansion; 2312 San Gabriel, Austin, TX

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247 ; James Fidlon, Director of Operations
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Guitars Under the Stars: Grisha - Guitars Under the Stars is our annual gala for ACG Education. With the support of our community, ACG Education has built an entirely new course area, and established for-credit classical guitar programs now in place in over 50 Austin schools. And we know that arts-engaged kids do better in school on almost every indicator. Join us and flamenco wizard Grisha Goryachev as we celebrate the achievements you have made possible and look to the bright future ahead for this, our most important service. Tickets include complimentary valet parking, open bar, and an elegant, sit-down dinner & dessert. Cocktail attire suggested. Table sponsorships are also available; for more information please contact James Fidlon by email or call (512) 300-2247.

Chamber Music International Concert Season
February 18

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church; 1220 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson, TX

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Gold Medalist Jinjoo Cho performing Romantic works of Schubert and Schumann with a fun side trip to England. Program: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano, ͞Duo͟, D. 574 - Franz Schubert; Suite Op. 6 for Violin and Piano - Benjamin Britten; Piano Quartet in E♭ Major, Op. 47 - Robert Schumann.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra Season - Symphony Goes Wild
February 18, March 18, April 15, May 13

Irving Arts Center; 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 141446; Irving, TX 75014
(972) 252-4800
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Romance is in the air as we feature the LCSO’s very own principal bassoon, Leslie Massenburg, performing Hummel’s Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra. During this magical evening, the audience will also hear Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 in C Major and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in Bb Major!

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse Spring Season
February 18, March 25, April 15, May 20

144 East Mosley Lane, Huntsville, TX

Pam Johnson
144 East Mosley Lane; Huntsville, TX 77340
(936) 661-4313
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse, located at 144 East Mosley in Huntsville, hosts eclectic blend of acoustic singer-songwriters in a smoke free, family friendly environment. Gourmet Fair Trade coffee and a variety of pastries and snacks are available during each show. The Spring 2017 Season includes February 18: Bernice Lewis with The Great Trumpet opening; March 25: Rhett Butler with Jordi Baizan opening; April 15: Libby Koch with Amanda Pascali opening; May 20: Berkley Hart with Grifters & Shills opening

Austin Symphonic Band 2016/2017 Season
February 19

AISD Performing Arts Center ; 1500 Barbara Jordan Blvd. Austin, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762
(512) 956-7420
Music: Classical
Activities: County fair
"The Stars Come Out" Tito Carrillo, Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the University of Illinois Tito Carrillo is the long time "First Call" jazz trumpet recording artist in Chicago. He will be performing Dreaming of The Masters III for Jazz trumpet and wind band accompaniment by Allan Gilliland.

Charro Days Fiesta
February 19-26

Jacob Brown Auditorium; 600 International Boulevard Brownsville, TX

Charro Days, Inc.
P.O. Box 3247; Brownsville, TX 78523-3247
(956) 542-4245; Elsa Cisneros, Interim Executive Director; Lucy Escamilla, President
Music: Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance
Charro Days includes public dances, live entertainment, Youth Parade, Twilight Parade, Costume Ball, Grand International Parade, carnival and Noche Mexicana.

Texas Medal of Arts Awards
February 21-22

Long Center for the Performing Arts; Austin, TX

Texas Cultural Trust Council
823 Congress, Suite 707; Austin, TX 78701-2435
(512) 478-5289; (877) 651-8282
Music: Bluegrass, Country, Cover/Tribute, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Latin Pop, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Western Swing, World Beat
Activities: Awards show
The Texas Medal of Arts Awards will honor outstanding Texans in a variety of disciplines: film, music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts, folk arts, architecture, arts education and arts patronage. Past awardees include such luminaries as: Willie Nelson, Van Cliburn, Charley Pride and may more!

San Antonio Choral Society - Mozart's "Great" Mass in C Minor
February 22

Tobin Center for the Performing Arts; San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Choral Society
P.O. Box 12186; San Antonio,TX 78212
(210) 228-4147
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
In partnership with the San Antonio Symphony’s 2017 Mozart Festival, the San Antonio Choral Society will join with the choirs from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Trinity University, musicians from the San Antonio Symphony, and professional soloists, to present Mozart’s most grandiose and virtuosic choral work. Over two hundred singers will fill the stage of the Tobin Center for this thrilling performance. We'll be joined by Angela Malek (soprano), Dr. Jacquelyn Matava (mezzo-soprano), Kirby Traylor (tenor), and Dr. Chia-wei Lee (bass-baritone).

Charro Days Festival
February 23-March 5

Amigoland Convention Center; 1000 Mexico Blvd., Brownsville, TX

Charro Days, Inc.
Elsa Cisneros, Interim Executive Director; E.J. Martinez, President
P.O. Box 3247; Brownsville, TX 78523-3247
(956) 542-4245
Music: Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, Parades
Charro Days includes public dances, live entertainment, Youth Parade, Twilight Parade, costume ball, Grand International Parade, carnival and Noche Mexicana.

Cliburn at the Kimbell
February 23-24

Kimbell Art Museum Piano Pavilion; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, TX

Van Cliburn Foundation, Inc.
2525 Ridgmar Blvd, Suite 307; Fort Worth, TX 76116
Music: Classical
All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at the new Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, located at 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. In the midst of our busy, multitasking lives, the recital experience offers something different, something needed: a pure connection. With our fellow audience members, with the artists on stage—but, more than anything, with the music. We stop for an hour or two, put down our phones, and allow the music to speak to us through its finely-trained and consummate ambassadors, who are—as described by Van Cliburn—but its witnesses and messengers. It is a seemingly paradoxical, uniquely valuable time when we can commune with others for a journey that is, at its core, introspective. Our guarantee for these Cliburn Concerts is to bring the world’s best witnesses and messengers to Fort Worth’s finest concert venues each season to deliver some of the best music ever written directly to you. We hope to connect with you soon.

Sombrero Festival
February 23-25

Washington Park; 701 East Madison Street, Brownsville, TX

Sombrero Festival, Ltd.
Roy De Los Santos, Jr.
P.O. Box 5240; Brownsville, TX 78523-5240
(956) 550-9682; travelagency@lycos.com
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Regional Mexican, Rock, Tejano, Mariachi, Norteño
Activities: Music festival, Singing contests, Street dance, jalapeño eating contest, grito contest, chili cookoff, frijolympic cookoff, food booths, adult and kids events, kids rides
Sombrero Festival, Ltd. is a 501 c 4 non-profit corporation founded in 1986 to enhance the spirit of the local Charro Days celebration. The annual Sombrero Festival is held the last weekend of February each year and is staffed almost entirely by volunteers. We maintain a cooperative agreement with numerous local nonprofit groups whereby the group performs volunteer service and we make a donation to their organization. To date, Sombrero Festival, Ltd. has returned approximately $1.5 million back to the community through nonprofit organizations and direct donations for tourism, beautification, recreation and higher education. Sombrero Festival is the largest event in the city and the county annually and provides the single best marketing opportunity during Charro Days. Our 3 day event attracts a large segment of the regional population, draws from across, and has traditional tourists extending their visits just to attend this unique local holiday and event by featuring well-known Hispanic Artists, local music, unique food-booths, and popular events such as the Jalapeño Eating Contest, Waiters Race, Grito Contes, Charro Days Classic 5K Run, Tortilla Frisbee Toss, Hat-Stack Relay, the Chili Cook-off, and Frijolympics (Charro Bean Cookoff). We provide a safe, secure, and family oriented event

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering ~ 2
February 24-25

Sul Ross State University; Highway 90 East, Alpine, TX

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering Committee
P.O. Box 395; Alpine, TX 79831
(432) 837-5459
Music: Country, Cowboy
Activities: Cowboy poetry, Cowboy Gear Auction
The Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering features traditional cowboy music in most of the poetry and storytelling sessions. All music is live and performed on acoustical instruments by working cowboys. By working, we mean that at least part of their time and livelihood are or were at some time ranch related. Activities include cowboy church service with music. Confirmed acts: Don Cadden, Joel Nelson, Jack Sammon, Rod Taylor, Andy Hedges, Andy Wilkinson, , Jim Wilson, Karen McGuire, Jill Jones, and many more.

Bancroft Family Concerts ~ 2
February 25, March 25, April 15, May 13

Dallas Museum of Art; Dallas Arts District

Dallas Museum of Art
Virginia Haak, Office Manager/Education Director
1717 North Harwood; Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 520-2219; (214) 521-7558
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents the Bancroft Family Concert series: FREE classical chamber music concerts held in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October through May. Concerts feature outstanding professional musicians from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in an informal setting. This popular series attracts capacity crowds filled with music enthusiasts, young professionals, families with children, senior citizens, and symphony, opera, and museum patrons from across the entire North Texas area. Concerts begin at 3 p.m., doors to the auditorium open at 2:30. Overflow seating available as needed.

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 25

Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road

Carnaval Brasileiro
Mike Quinn
379 North McNeil; Memphis, TN 38112
(512) 452-6832; mquinn@sambaparty.com
Music: World Beat, Samba
Activities: Music festival, Costume Ball
Carnaval Brasileiro is Austin's annual Brazilian-style Mardi Gras featuring authentic Carnaval music: samba, marchinha, frevo, batucada and more. It has been an Austin tradition for FORTY! years and attracts attendees from across the US for dancing, costuming and unbridled merriment. The largest Rio-style escola de samba has grown up in Austin around this event with 80 drummers and 80 dancers, the group, Austin Samba School, is unequaled anywhere in the United States.

Houston Brazilian Carnaval
February 25

Ayva Concert Hall; 9371 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX

Next Brazilian Productions
Lydia Pinto, Producer
11250 Briar Forest Drive No. 154; Houston, TX 77042
(281) 903-0037; Lydia Pinto
Music: Latin/Spanish, World Beat
Activities: Music festival
The much-anticipated, annual Houston tradition of Brazilian Carnaval (now in its 10th year) erupts on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 at Ayva Concert Hall . This celebratory spectacle and authentic demonstration of Carnaval dance, costuming, music, drink and food occurs on the same day as Brazil's own Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. Big screens will project Carnaval Live from Rio de Janeiro. The 2017 celebration features acclaimed Brazilian bands, DJ's from Brazil, samba dancers, and Axe Dance performance and drumming. Serving Brazilian appetizers and food, and providing souvenirs of Mardi Gras beads and masks. Costumes encouraged!

Mardi Gras / Carnival Celebration Concert
February 25

CUUC; 2875 East Parker Road, Plano, TX

The Texas Instruments Jazz Band
Paul Westbrook
440 Lakewood Drive; Fairview, TX 75069
(214) 882-4685
Music: Jazz, Latin/Spanish
Activities: Concert season
The full 18-piece TI Jazz Band will celebrate Mardi Gras and the music of New Orleans, and Carnival with the music of Brazil. Tickets are $12 at the door or via the website.

African American Music Gala
February 26

Westbury United Methodist Church; 5200 Willowbend, Houston, TX

Houston Ebony Music Society
P.O. Box 300996; Houston, TX 77230-0996
(713) 335-3800
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
A concert of works by Roland M. Carter celebrating Maestro Carter's 75th birthday and the 25th anniversary of Friends of the Houston Ebony Opera Guild. At 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Orpheus Chamber Singers Concert Season
February 26

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church; 9800 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Orpheus Chamber Singers
P.O. Box 25132; Dallas, TX 75225-1132
(214) 546-1252
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Expressions of Love- This concert presents music from around the world expressing the myriad emotions concerning human love. Music from France (of course), Sweden, Italy, Argentina, China and the USA will be presented. Plus, you won’t want to miss our superb soloists singing art songs and opera arias.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28

Eugene Clark Library; Lockhart, TX

Evenings With the Songwriter
P.O. Box 82; Lockhart, TX 78644
(512) 376-0340
Music: Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Concert season
Hosted by Fletcher Clark the last Tuesday of each month, this series is free to the public as these artists present the art and craft of their songwriting. Evenings With The Songwriter is back for their 7th Season in 2017. Featuring Dan Weber on January 31, Bernice Lewis and Ken Gaines on February 28, Shelly King on March 28, Sarah Pierce on April 25, Bill Oliver, Paul Pearcy and Beth Galiger on May 30, Walt Wilkins on June 27, Mo McMorrow on July 25, Craig Hillis on August 29, Bianca De Leon & Butch Morgan on September 26, Freddie Krc on October 31, and Claudia Nygaard on November 28. Host Fletcher Clark says, “This is not strictly a performance, nor interview, nor song swap, nor workshop – the program incorporates all these, exploring the art and craft of songwriting.”

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras Celebration
February 28

Lake Dallas City Hall; 212 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75065

City of Lake Dallas
Lynn Hillis
212 Main Street; Lake Dallas, TX 75065
(940) 497-2226 ext. 132; (940) 230-5684
Music: Jazz
Activities: Jazz Band, Food, Vendors, Contests, Prizes, Parade
Celebrate all that is Mardi Gras – Music, Parades and Food! Wear your festive greens, purples and golds and collect all the beads you can as the amazing floats pass by during the parade. Visit with your neighbors and stroll the vendor market. Be sure to check out all the entries in the Mask Contest. If you don’t participate in the crawfish eating contest, make sure you are there to watch it! 5-9 pm.