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Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
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, Latin/Spanish
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. ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, educator and director of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is best known for his contributions to contemporary Latin jazz, more specifically, Afro-Cuban jazz. O’Farrill received two GRAMMY Awards for albums, Song for Chico in 2009 and The Offense of the Drum in 2015; his newest album, (2015) Cuba: The Conversation Continues, is based on dialogue and cross-cultural collaborations by enlisting four of today’s premier Cuban composers and six world-class American composers/arrangers. O’Farrill’s longstanding devotion to bringing Cuba and the U.S. together through the power of music has garnered him much praise. Pianist and jazz orchestra are at the Carver on Friday, May 5th. arturoofarrill.com

Corporate Battle of the Bands
May 5

ACL Live at the Moody Theater; 2nd Street District, 310 West Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX

Health Alliance for Austin Musicians
Rikki Hardy, Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator
3010 South Lamar Blvd. Suite 200; Austin, TX 78704
(512) 541-4226; (512) 757-4448
Music: Cover/Tribute, Pop, Soul/R&B, Rock
Activities: Awards show, Rodeo, Battle of the Bands
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Corporate Battle of the Bands returns Friday May 2 to Antone’s. Local company's such as H-E-B and Cirrus Logic take the stage to battle for the crown of Best Corporate Band in Austin. The annual concert raises money for HAAM to provide affordable healthcare to Austin musicians.

Austin Record Convention Spring
May 6-7

Crockett Center; 10601 North Lamar, Austin, TX

ARC
Doug Hanners
P.O. Box 90806; Austin, TX 78709-0806
(512) 288-7288
Activities: Trade show/convention
The Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. There is more music and related memorabilia available here, at one time, than anywhere else. Ranging from the 78s of the 1930s to the latest compact discs of today, over one million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters and collectibles (probably even a few 8-track tapes!) are in the auditorium. Over 300 different dealers from all over the USA and Europe are spread out over 50,000 square feet of floor space. The show is so big that to see everything takes most of the weekend, so if you're in a hurry we have search announcements at 12, 2, and 4 o'clock from the concession area to help in locating specific items. The show brings together collectors and dealers from all over the world for a weekend of activity in Austin. Early Shopper Admission: $25.

High Plains Public Radio presents the Living Room Concert Series
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.

Psalms of Praise and Peace
May 6

Christ United Methodist Church; 4201 State Hwy 6 South, College Station, Texas

Brazos Valley Chorale
Larry Lippke, Administrative Director
P.O. Box 10644; College Station, TX 77842
(979) 476-8199
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
The Chorale concludes the season with a celebration of life, friendship, and relationships. With Joseph Haydn’s “Te Deum” as the centerpiece, the program will be comprised of diversified repertoire ranging from the sacred compositions of Vaughan Williams and Distler to secular music of Handel and Mulholland, and finally popular music such as “That’s What Friends Are For” and “To Everything There is a Season”.

Symphony Arlington Season - Symphony Goes Wild!
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
Join Symphony Arlington for a spectacular Season Finale featuring Italian pianist, Antonio Di Cristofano, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. The audience will also enjoy Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nümberg and Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun!

Chamber Music International Concert Season
May 12

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
Chamber Music International presents the Naumburg Piano Trio and Friends in an exquisite dance through Hungary, Germany, and Russia. Program: Serenade in C Major, Op. 10 for Violin, Viola, and Cello - Ernő Dohnányi, Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8 - Johannes Brahms; Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 - Dmitri Shostakovich.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
May 12-13

Private Residence; Dallas TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
A very special event: Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen - A site-specific staging of Purcell’s magical music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a brand-new al fresco setting worthy of the delightful comedy. Catherine Turocy brings her Hawaii Performing Arts Festival creation and her dancers for a once-in-a-lifetime production with the Dallas Bach soloists and players where you the audience will sit in a terrace garden setting as the performance goes on around you! Preference for The Fairy Queen goes to season subscribers.

Austin Civic Orchestra - Golden
May 13

Bates Recital Hall; 2406 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, 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
Get ready for a real treat on Saturday, May 13th, at Bates Recital Hall. The Texas Guitar Quartet (Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph V. Williams, II ) will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Andaluz for Four Guitars in recognition of this composition’s 50th Anniversary. Concierto Andaluz was first performed by Los Romeros and the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Victor Alessandro on November 18, 1967. The orchestra will then perform in celebration of the 140th anniversary of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s monumental Symphony No. 4.

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra Season - Symphony Goes Wild
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
Join the LCSO for a spectacular Season Finale featuring Italian pianist, Antonio Di Cristofano, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor. The audience will also enjoy Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nümberg and Debussy’s Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun!

Texas Early Music Project Concert Season
May 13

Northwest Hills United Methodist Church; 7050 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX

Texas Early Music Project
Daniel Johnson
2905 San Gabriel, No. 204; Austin, TX 78705
(512) 377-6961
Music: Classical, World Beat
Activities: Concert season
Monteverdi 1610 - The development from the early Baroque style of Schütz to the high-Baroque masterpieces of Bach was a century in the making. Likewise, Monteverdi (who, along with Giovanni Gabrieli, was highly influential on Schütz) was a major authority in the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. His Vespers of 1610 includes elements of both musical eras; at this time, the changes of style and fancy were lightning-fast. Monteverdi lived in both worlds.

Austin Symphonic Band Summer Concert Series
May 14

South Steps of the State Capitol ; 1100 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Symphonic Band
P.O. Box 6472; Austin, TX 78762
(512) 956-7420
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Mother's Day at the Capitol

SOLI 2016-2017 Season - Under the Ligurian Sun, Part II
May 15

Taylor Recital Hall; Trinity University, 2009 Northwest Military Highway, San Antonio, TX

SOLI Chamber Ensemble
Ertan Torgul, Violinist / Artistic/Managing Director
P.O. Box 6062; San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 317-8816
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival
Closing program of SOLI’s 2016-17 Season, Under the Ligurian Sun, Part II will be a sneak peek of the repertoire of great American chamber music the ensemble is planning on taking on their first international tour to Europe later that month. Last season, on Under the Ligurian Sun, Part I, the ensemble presented several works from their extensive repertoire under consideration for the tour and this year we will feature three new works by young composers Viet Cuong, Michael Gilbertson, and Dan Visconti to add to that list. The program will also feature a 2015 SOLI commission by composer Pierre Jalbert, and the world premiere of a new work for SOLI by L.A. based composer Miguel del Aguila. This program is a part of Chamber Music America’s National Chamber Music Month.

TCU Chamber Music Roundup festival
May 15-20

Ed Landreth Hall; TCU

School of Music, Texas Christian University
Dr. Misha Galaganov
2800 South University Drive,Ed Landreth 100 ; Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-6619
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival, workshops
The Chamber Music Roundup Festival provides an opportunity for amateur musicians and students of all levels to enjoy working in chamber music groups with other music enthusiasts and to learn great compositions written for small ensembles. Faculty artists play with amateurs and students in the same ensembles! Program for each participant includes rehearsals in two different groups, orchestra reading sessions, history and theory classes, technique/sectional classes, coordinated sight-reading sessions, lectures, attendance of faculty concert, and final informal performance. Optional individual lessons could also be provided at additional cost. Observer option is available.

PianoTexas International Academy & Festival
May 17-June 17

PepsiCo Recital Hall, Ed Landreth Auditorium; TCU Campus

Presented by The School of Music, TCU
Dr. Tamás Ungár, Executive Director
TCU Box 297456; Fort Worth, TX 78278
(817) 257-7456; info-pianotexas@tcu.edu
Music: Classical
Activities: Music festival, Piano Competition
World renowned artists and teachers are invited to participate in the program that focuses on bringing the profession closer to academia. It features master classes, private lessons, symposia, recitals by talented young pianists, and the opportunity to observe the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. There are two programs: Young Artists, and Teachers & Amateurs.

Cherokee Creek Music Festival
May 19-20

Los Valles Ranch; 4160 West FM 501, Cherokee, TX

Cherokee Crossroads, Inc.
3738 Oak Lawn Avenue; Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 981-0700
Music: Americana, Blues, Country, Folk/Acoustic, Rock
Activities: Music festival
Cherokee Creek Music Festival is a nonprofit event to raise money for children’s charities and local public service organizations by hosting an annual music festival in the Texas Hill Country.

Pasadena Strawberry Festival
May 19-21

Pasadena Fairgrounds; 7902 Fairmont Parkway Pasadena, TX

San Jacinto Day Foundation
Bert Muston
7603 Red Bluff Road; Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 991-9500; ibookbands@aol.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Gospel, Latin/Spanish, Pop, Regional Mexican, Rock, Rockabilly
Activities: County fair, Music festival, Street dance, BBQ cookoff, Beauty pageant, Mud volleyball, Children's area
3 days of family fun, concerts, carnival, 300 vendors, bbq cook off, mud volleyball tournament, world’s largest strawberry shortcake, specialty acts, children’s area, helicopter rides, wine tasting, beer tasting , 3 stages of entertainment and much much more, good clean fun for the whole family.

Carver Community Cultural Center
May 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
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. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, EVIDENCE, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, EVIDENCE provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and acquaints audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. EVIDENCE is now on tour to some 25 communities in the U.S.; arriving at the Carver on Saturday, May 20th. evidencedance.com

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse Spring Season
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

Wharton County Freedom Fest ~ 2
May 20

Monterrey Square and Riverfront Park; downtown Wharton

Wharton County Freedom Fest, Inc.
Susan Freese, David Copeland
1225 North Alabama Road; Wharton, TX 77488
(979) 532-1084; (979) 532-0927
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Children's, Country, Polka, Rock
Activities: Street dance, Boccee ball Tourney, Car show
The 14th annual Wharton County Freedom Fest starts with a bang with a barbecue cookoff and dance on Friday, June 28th, featuring music at Riverfront Park on the Colorado. Festivities continue the next day with helicopter rides, antiquing and other shopping, a veterans' salute, an antique car and motorcycle show, children's theatre and music in the historic Plaza Theater, and a street dance featuring Chris Brade Band, as well as food, fun and fireworks on Wharton's beautiful downtown square.

Ars Lyrica’s 2016/17 Season - Don Quixote's Excellent Adventures
May 21

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
Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season comes to a close with a program celebrating the warm and sometimes unpredictable winds of summer. Virtuosic flights of fancy abound on this program, which features Vivaldi’s Summer, J. S. Bach’sHarpsichord Concerto in D Minor, W. A. Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate, and three outstanding soloists.

San Antonio Choral Society - Zootopia
May 21-22

Oblate Chapel, Boerne FUMC; San Antonio, TX

San Antonio Choral Society
P.O. Box 12186; San Antonio,TX 78212
(210) 228-4147
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
This concert is sure to excite choral and animal enthusiasts alike! Music about creatures real and make-believe will be featured, including Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.Saturday, May 20th at 7:00pm at Oblate Chapel; Sunday, May 21st at 4:00pm Boerne FUMC

Chamber Music Roundup Intensive Quartet Workshop
May 22-26

TCU School of Music

School of Music, Texas Christian University
Dr. Misha Galaganov
2800 South University Drive,Ed Landreth 100; Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-6619
Music: Classical
Activities: Workshop, Performance, Video Broadcast
The Chamber Music Roundup INTENSIVE QUARTET WORKSHOP provides an opportunity for ADVANCED STUDENTS to experience rehearsing and performing chamber music on a professional level, alongside leading chamber music artists. This prepares participants for intense rehearsal and concert schedule in a professional setting. There are only 12 spots for students in the WORKSHOP: 6 for violin, 3 for viola, and 3 for cello. THE ADMISSION TO THE WORKSHOP IS BY AUDITION ONLY! Observer option is available. Registered observers will be able to attend all rehearsals, master classes and the final performances, and are entitled to receiving a recording of the final performance at no charge upon request. Training program for each participant: rehearsals in two different quartets, performance in a solo master class, final performance with live video broadcast.

20th Annual Memorial Day Gospel/Bluegrass Festival
May 25-28

Salmon Lake Park; 357 Salmon Lake Road, Grapeland, TX

Texas Bluegrass Music
Colee Biller/Littlefield, Festival Manager and Promoter
26717 Bayou Tesch Drive; Magnolia, TX 77354
(936) 697-5949; (281) 259-5453
Music: Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Gospel
Activities: Music festival
Texas Bluegrass Music hosts 3 outdoor events for the entire family with as many as a dozen live bluegrass and gospel bands performing at each festival. No alcohol is sold. The event features great food vendors and arts and crafts, and miscellaneous other merchandise. Full RVÂ hookups are available, 30 and 50 amp., water and sewer.

National Polka Festival ~ 2
May 26-28

Downtown Ennis, KJT, Sokol, & Knights of Columbus Halls; Ennis, TX

National Polka Festival
Jean Beebe/Michelle Slovak
P.O. Box 515; Ennis, TX 75120
(972) 878-2625
Music: Country, Polka
Activities: Street dance, arts and crafts, dancing at the 3 fraternal halls
The National Polka Festival is the oldest festival of its type in Texas. Texas' finest polka bands, as well as popular out-of-state polka bands, play the polkas and waltzes that everyone loves. Events include a king/queen contest, parade, live music, arts and crafts, costumes, USATF certified 5k or 10k/one mile fun run/walk, and street dancing. Authentic Czech cuisine (klobase, kolaches, etc.) is available. The festival is held in three air-conditioned halls. Join the fun starting Friday night at 7pm with a parade at 10am on Saturday. 19 live bands featured throughout the weekend. Shuttle buses will run to carry enthusiastic visitors both to-and-from the various entertainment sites. Downtown activities include street dancing, arts and crafts, food and children's activities.

Evenings With the Songwriter ~ 2
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.”