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Sammons Jazz Spring 2016 Season ~ 2
March 2

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7789
Music: Jazz
Launched in 1989, Sammons Jazz is the longest-running jazz series in North Texas that features local jazz artists. Held on the first Wednesday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series presents both legends and rising stars performing the many styles of jazz. Each concert consists of two sets, each about an hour long, with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, a light dinner, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 2, Leigh Tomlinson Memorial Concert with Candace Mahogany Miller and Jambox and the Nina Katrina Quintet; April 6, The Legacy of Jazz with the William Foley Quintet and Four Brothers in B'­; and May 4, Artistic Director's Concert with Arlington Jones & The Brethren and The Soul Gents. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

North Texas Irish Festival
March 4-6

Fair Park, Dallas, TX; 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd, Dallas, TX

Southwest Celtic Music Association
Marsha Singer, Director
7324 Gaston No. 124-382; Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 823-4370; Fax
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Celtic, Irish
Activities: Music festival, Arts & Crafts
Three day festival celebrating Celtic music, dance, food and beverage.  Live music on 13 stages; Urchin Street kids area, horse demos and activities, culinary demos, craft beer sampling, whiskey tasting and much more.

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
March 5, April 23, May 21

St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church

Chamber Music International
P.O. Box 140092; Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 385-7267
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
IMAGINE the world's most acclaimed musicians brought together for a single performance “ not in London, New York, or Prague, but here in North Texas. Our 28th season presents 30 superstars of classical music in six unique concert programs “ just for you. March 5, CMI is proud to present a lovely tribute dedicated to the memory of the beautiful harpist Deborah Hoffman written by her brother Joel Hoffman and co-commissioned by Chamber Music International. The program also includes the fiery and Gypsy-inspired G Minor Piano Quartet of Johannes Brahms. Program: ˜of Deborah, for Deborah'....Joel Hoffman, Dance sacre et danse profane for Harp and String Quartet....Claude Debussy and Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25....Johannes Brahms. Performances: Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 7:30PM St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church. Artists: Jon Kimura Parker - Piano, Nancy Allen - Harp, Cho-Liang Lin - Violin Felix Olschofka - Violin, Paul Neubauer - Viola and Bion Tsang - Cello.

Kingwood Jazz Festival
March 5

Lone Star College Student Conference Center; 20000 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood, TX

Lake Houston Musical Arts Society
Alfredo Velez
P.O. Box 6610; Kingwood, TX 77325
(281) 318-4335
Music: Big Band, Jazz
Activities: Music festival
The Lake Houston Musical Arts Society and Lone Star College-Kingwood join forces to host the Kingwood Jazz Festival with guest artist, Eric Marienthal, saxophonist; 4:00 pm Master Class with Eric Marienthal (Free); 7:30 pm Performance with the Kingwood Big Band

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Season 2015-2016
March 6

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; 2301 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Chuck Moore
3630 Harry Hines Blvd.; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 528-7747
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
One Thousand & One Tales of Young Virtuosos - On Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7:30pm, Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra will feature a young virtuoso. Each year, the GDYO program offers concerto competitions for four of the ensembles, including the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. These competitions cultivate solo performance, encourage personal excellence, and acknowledge the high degree of talent and hard work exhibited by individual musicians in the program. Dallas area professional musicians will judge the orchestra members at their competition in mid-September, 2014. The winner of the competition will be featured on this concert, along with Sibelius's Pohjola's Daughter and Rimsky-Korsakov's, Scheherazade.

Society of Talent & Entertainment Professionals Conference & Showcase
March 6-7

Society of Talent & Entertainment Professionals
Dave Granger, Vice President
225 South Heights Blvd., No. 1110; Houston, TX 77007
(972) 222-2233; Fax
Activities: Trade show/convention
Join us for STEP's annual conference & showcase in DFW featuring guest speakers from industry and government and a showcase that will spotlight more than a dozen entertainment acts.

Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals (STEP) Conference
March 6 -7

Austin, TX

Society of Texas Entertainment Professionals
C.W. Kendall
6610 Grant Drive; Richmond, TX 77469 76051-5344
(817) 552-9200; (903) 882-8586
Activities: Trade show/convention
You're invited to join us in Austin, Texas this year for Educational Seminars. Featuring discussions on Business Solutions, Politics and more¦. Networking with Industry Peers and our incredible Entertainment Showcase/Pub Crawl.

Texas Rising Stars
March 8

Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas, Butler School of Music; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive Austin, TX

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-2261
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The ACO returns to Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas for the 4th annual Texas Rising Stars Concert. The concert combines the best of the Austin community orchestras with the best from the Butler School of Music string studios in a collaborative concert free of charge to the Austin community. The concert opens with Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, then moves to concerti featuring as soloists the winners of the annual Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. On the second half of the concert, guest organist Storm Knien will perform in Walter Piston's Prelude and Allegro for Organ and Orchestra, and the orchestra will follow with the Second Essay for Orchestra by Samuel Barber. Come experience the talent of these young artists who are on the precipice of a career in music with ACO members who have a life-long dedication to music in Bates Recital Hall, one of the premiere performance spaces in Austin. Admission is free.

Marfa Myths
March 10-13

Ballroom Marfa; 108 East San Antonio Street, Marfa, TX

Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer
Nicki Ittner
108 East San Antonio Street, P.O. Box 1661; Marfa, TX 79843
(432) 729-3600
Music: Ambient, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Punk, African, Experimental, Indie Rock, Psychedelic
Activities: Concerts, Film screenings
Marfa Myths is a cultural program taking place March 10 “ 13, 2016 in Marfa, Texas. Curated by Ballroom Marfa and Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer, Marfa Myths features artists and musicians from within and outside of the label's roster working creatively and collaboratively across music, film, and visual arts contexts.

National Accordion Convention ~ 2
March 10 - 12

Hyatt Regency Hotel; Richardson, TX

National Accordion Association, Inc. 
Greg Klugiewicz, Convention Chair
P.O. Box 2298; Allen, TX 75013
(214) 938-5984; (214) 538-5651
Music: Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Folk/Acoustic, Polka, Tejano
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
Accordion training, instruction, workshops, performance techniques, educational how-tos. All levels and age groups of accordion enthusiasts are invited. Accordion ensembles and orchestra. Evening events are open to the public. They include accordion performances and (accordion) orchestral concerts. Dance instructions in various styles will be taught. All musical styles will be explored: big band, bluegrass, blues, Cajun, folk, rock, acoustic accordion, electronic accordion, polka, conjunto, tejano. Accordion dealers, trade representatives, repair workers, accessories, and sales. Related electronics equipment will be displayed, demonstrated, and offered. New/used equipment swap shop. Don't want to fly with your accordion? Not a problem, we have accordions for rent this year.

Young Texas Artists Music Competition
March 10-12

Crighton Theatre; 236 North Main Street, Conroe, TX

Montgomery County Performing Arts Society
Susie Pokorski, Chairman
1608 Pine Oak Drive; Conroe, TX 77304
(713) 574-9820; (936) 756-7017
Music: Classical
Activities: Awards show, Singing contests, Classical instrumental and voice competition
The Young Texas Artists Music Competition, an official music competition of the State of Texas, is a multidisciplinary classical music competition for ages 18-30 (20-32 for singers). Over $20,000 in prizes and performance opportunities are available for winners in divisions of Piano; Voice; Strings; and Winds, Brass, Percussion, Harp, and Guitar.

FREE Concerts Gershwin and All That Jazz
March 11-12

First United Methodist Church “ Round Rock (Friday); Klett Performing Arts Center “ Georgetown (Saturday); 1004 N Mays St, Round Rock, TX; 2211 N. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, TX

Williamson County Symphony Orchestra
John B. Gordon, Chairman of the Board
Attn: John Gordon, 1007 Green Meadow; Round Rock, TX 78664
(512) 789-5073
Music: Jazz, Pop, Orchestral
Activities: Concert season
The national award winning Williamson County Symphony Orchestra will perform 2 FREE family friendly concerts with the theme Gershwin and All That Jazz. Both concerts are FREE and start at 7:30 PM. The concert program will include your jazz favorites, including: Duke Ellington! (A Medley for Orchestra), Gershwin by George arranged by Jerry Brubaker, Cuban Overture by George Gershwin, An American in Paris by George Gershwin, Satchmo! arranged by Ted Ricketts, Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway and Irving Mills, AND more! There's definitely music for the entire family and concert goers of all ages. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show ~ 2
March 11-20

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds; 1000 North Texas, Mercedes, TX

Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show
Sam Magee
P.O. Box 867; Mercedes, TX 78570
(956) 565-2456; Fax
Music: Country
Activities: Concert season, County fair, Rodeo, Parade, Carnival, Concessions
The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show, Inc. chartered in 1940, is a nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to help educate and develop young people, particularly in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, in the care, grooming, management, showing and marketing of livestock. Funds to operate the Show come solely from donations, revenues realized from gate, carnival receipts, commercial exhibit rental, entry and concession fees. Hundreds of volunteers from throughout Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr Counties, working without any financial compensation whatsoever, make the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show possible.

South by Southwest Music and Media Conference (SXSW)
March 11-20

Austin Convention Center; 500 East First Street, Austin, TX

South By Southwest, Inc.
Roland Swenson
P.O.  Box 685289; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 467-7979
Music: A cappella, Ambient, Americana, Big Band, Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Classical, Country, Cover/Tribute, Dance/Electronic, Folk/Acoustic, Gospel, Jazz, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Metal, New Age, Polka, Pop, Punk, Soul/R&B, Rap/Hip Hop, Reggae, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly, Tejano, Western Swing, World Beat
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery. Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events' conclusion.

Bancroft Family Concerts
March 12

Dallas Museum of Art; 1717 North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX

Fine Arts Chamber Players
Rachel Assi, Executive Director
3630 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 302; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-2219; Fax
Music: Classical, Chamber Music
Activities: Concert season
Fine Arts Chamber Players presents seven concerts of classical chamber music during the 2015-2016 season of the Bancroft Family Concerts. These free concerts are 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 3:00pm, doors open at 2:30pm.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
March 12, April 9-10, 29, May 13, 28, June 4

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

Carver Community Cultural Center
Teresa V¡squez-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 remarkable 2015-2016 performance season featuring many masters of the art. This season, Carver performances include a rock blues icon considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, several all female ensembles in dance and in music, 2 world-class drummers, each with their rhythmic domination, and a Tony Award-winning artist whose style of dance has revolutionized the art form of tap. Highlights of the 2015-2016 Performance Season include: Urban Bush Women on October 17, 2015, Robert Cray on November 7, 2015, The Jones Family Singers on December 12, 2015, The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour on January 23, 2016, The Renaissance Guild on Jan. 29, 31, Feb. 5 & 6, 2016, Jazz in Pink on March 12, 2016,Tamara Adira ~ Arte y Pasi³n on April 9 & 10, 2016, Lisa Fischer on April 29, 2016, Alfredo Rodriguez on May 13, 2016, An Evening with Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette on May 28, 2016 and Sheila E. on June 4, 2016. Season subscriptions for the 11 performances are available for only $300 per seat and are available through the Carver Box Office.  For additional season subscription information, please call the Carver Box Office (210) 207-2234. Jazz in Pink- Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8 p.m. The stunning all-star female ensemble of musical women in jazz featuring talent, beauty, power and femininity is known and loved as JAZZ IN PINK.  Originated and nurtured by highly regarded keyboardist, Gail Jhonson, JAZZ IN PINK showcases each and every star player in the band, including contemporary flautist, Althea Rene; bassist Robin Bramlett; drummer Dee Simone; and guitarist Angela Swan. It's pink power with an emphasis on groove and melody.

Round Top August To April Series
March 12

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jaster Road, Round Top, TX

The International Festival-Round Top Festival Institute
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 2015-2016 August-to-April Series presents James Dick, Founder and Artistic Director of Round Top Festival Institute. He will perform a Solo Piano Concert on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The program includes works by Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin. Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, Steinway artist James Dick has brought to life the works of classical composers for audiences from New York Carnegie Hall to Academic Capelle in St. Petersburg, Russia. His playing melds modern-day energy and technique with an Old World graciousness and civility, resulting in a passionate sound that keeps audiences engrossed. Doors open at 2: 00 p.m. for general seating. Tickets are available online. Concert ticket prices $30 for adults. All student tickets are $10. A buffet dinner will be served in the Menke House Dining Hall at 6:00 PM. By reservation only. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the internationally renowned concert pianist who not only founded Round Top Festival Institute, but also designed the acoustically-astounding Festival Concert Hall! Purchase dinner reservations online or call the office. Overnight accommodations are available. Call 979-249-3129

Women In Jazz Concert Series presents This Will Be! An Unforgettable Tribute to Great Divas
March 13

One World Theatre; 7701 Bee Cave road, Austin, TX

Women in Jazz Association, Inc.
Pamela Hart
P.O. Box 200576; Austin, TX 78720
(512) 258-6947; Fax
Music: Jazz
Activities: Concert season, Music concert production
Women in Jazz presents This Will Be! - An Unforgettable Tribute to Great Divas. The Women in Jazz Concert Series takes time out to remember legendary vocalists of jazz and R&B -- Natalie Cole, Phyllis Hyman, Ella Fitzgerald and more. This will Be! evening filled with soft soul, gutsy R&B plus smooth and traditional jazz as Tatiana Ladymay Mayfield, Pamela Hart, Sondra Johnson and Valarie Scott pay tribute to these great singers with sweet melodies, scatting and soulful delivery.  Accompanied by Vince Wiley, keys; Kevin Scott, drums; Mike Stevens, bass; Mike Malone, sax; Dave Manley, guitar.  Hosted by Jabari Warfield.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
March 17

The Grapevine at Gruene Historic District; 1612 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, TX

Gruene Historic District
Nicole Heath, Party & Events Coordinator
1601 Hunter Road; New Braunfels, TX 78130
(830) 629-5077; (830) 606-0093
Music: Americana, Folk/Acoustic, Jazz
COME AND TASTE IT. Sample Texas' best wines and craft brews at The Grapevine in Gruene Historic District. On the third Thursday of each month throughout the year (except January), a featured winemaker showcases three of their newest released, top-selling or hardest to find wines, alongside a craft brew hand-picked by The Grapevine staff. The complimentary tastings are held on the patio and garden of this popular tasting room. Samples of food that is offered for sale will be provided, and each event features live music and three prize giveaways. This is a great opportunity to learn directly from the winery and The Grapevine staff, engage with other visitors interested in wine and beer and enjoy the natural surroundings and all the other offerings of Gruene Historic District. For more information, visit or call (830) 606-0093.

Sammons Cabaret Spring 2016 Season
March 17

Sammons Center for the Arts; 3630 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX

Sammons Center for the Arts
Deborah Marine, Administrative/Marketing Coordinator
3630 Harry Hines Boulevard; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 520-7788
Activities: Concert season
Created as an adjunct to the acclaimed Sammons Jazz series, the Snyder Family Series of Sammons Cabaret showcases the top vocalists in North Texas performing music from the Great American Songbook, Broadway show tunes, ballads, torch songs, and jazz standards. Held on the third Thursday of each month, February-May and September-December, the series is held in an intimate setting where the singer is the focal point and the audience is able to create a connection with each song. Each concert consists of two sets with an intermission between sets. Admission includes the concert, light appetizers, beverages, and valet parking. The spring season lineup includes: March 17, Corey Breedlove; April 21, Janelle Lutz; and May 19, Denise Lee, the 2013 Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year.

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair ~ 2
March 17 - 20

Historic Market Square; San Antonio, TX

Texas Talent Musicians Association
Felix Mendoza
P.O. Box 761358; San Antonio, TX 78245-6358
(210) 320-4200; (210) 224-7592
Music: Tejano
Activities: Fan Fair
Performances by Elida Reyna y Avante , Solido, Shelly Lares, Los Desperadoz, Stefani Montiel, Michael Salgado, Gary Hobbs, Sunny Sauceda, Zamorales, Stephanie Lynn, Lucky Joe , TexManiacs, Patsy Torres , Dwayne Verheyden, Las Fenix, Anna Roman, La Fiebre, Jaime y Los Chamacos, Boni Mauricio, Noemy , Xelencia , Ricky Valenz , Cacy Savala, La Sombra , K1 and  many more. Special Autograph Sessions featuring Grupo Siggno, Ruben Ramos El Gato Negro, Suzette Quintanilla, Chris Perez, and many more.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
March 19

Church of the Incarnation; 3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Bach's dramatic setting of the Passion of Christ, complete, featuring Dann Coakwell in the role of the Evangelist and David Grogan as Christus, along with the Dallas Bach choir, soloists, and orchestra. Although not as grand as the Saint Matthew Passion, this amazingly theatrical work gives the lie to the idea that Bach was not an operatic composer. The action sizzles as the story of the Passion unfolds!

Austin Classical Guitar International Concert Series
March 23, April 16

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

Austin Classical Guitar
P.O. Box 4072; Austin, TX 78765
(512) 300-2247
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
VICENTE AMIGO Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 8:00 PM - AISD Performing Arts Center Vicente Amigo is one of the most famous flamenco guitarists of all time. Since the beginning of our FlamencoAustin Series, he has been one of the most-requested artists. His troupe's appearance in Austin will be epic. See you there!