“Cabaret Night” Concert opens El Paseo Arts Foundation’s 13th Season

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El Paseo Arts Foundation Opens its Thirteenth Season of Events with “Cabaret Night” Concert

September 6th, 2017

El Paseo Arts Foundation kicks off its thirteenth season of events with an amazing evening of music on September 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. Cabaret Night is an engaging evening of musical theater songs and dramatic lyrics about people at a crossroads: choosing a soulmate, declaring love, losing love, and occasionally looking for love in all the wrong places. Your musical tour guides for the evening, vocalist Liz Cass and pianist Graham Yates, share stories through the music and about the music that will make you laugh, cry, and maybe even pause and reflect on our shared humanity. Music by the famous young Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) and the wildly imaginative cabaret and ragtime composer William Bolcom feature strongly in the program. Works by Bob Dylan, Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) and classical composers Bizet (Carmen) and Samuel Barber (Adagio for Strings) make appearances too. Even the performer Graham Yates presents his “Spam Songs” – miniature and eclectic art songs inspired by the junk in everyone’s email inbox. Cabaret Night is inspiring, funny and a little bit zany. Liz and Graham believe passionately in the power of concerts to

The two virtuoso musicians for “Cabaret Night” are Liz Cass and Graham Yates. Liz Cass is an Austin-based mezzo-soprano, Executive Producer of LOLA – Local Opera Local Artists, voice teacher, and public speaker. Ms. Cass holds the position of Community Liaison for the Armstrong Community Music School where she has been a member of the faculty and staff for over 12 years. Liz is a regular soloist with Austin Opera, The Austin Symphony, Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Classical Guitar Society, and Chorus Austin. Each year, Ms. Cass travels to Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala to perform Handel’s Messiah. Liz Cass is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music. She began studying with Inci Bashar at UMKC in 1997, and continues studying with her to this day.

Graham Yates on piano found his element when he learned that even as a pianist he did not have to play all by himself. His performing career is almost exclusively in collaboration with singers, instrumentalists, choirs, chamber groups, pit bands and orchestras. Mr. Yates holds a BA in piano performance, a Master of Music with an emphasis in piano accompaniment, and an MBA in nonprofit management. In 2014, he relocated from his homeland of British Columbia, Canada where he was the director of two music schools, to Texas, where he owns North Austin Piano Studio and is the founder, producer and pianist for “A Room with A Few” house concert series in Austin.

“Cabaret Night” is a special kind of chamber concert performance in the intimate setting –an evening of wildly imaginative music that includes some story-telling songs that may even impart some life-affirming wisdom. It will be a very romantic and entrancing evening of beguiling and provocative chamber music to stir your soul – inspiring, funny and a little bit zany. Liz and Graham believe passionately in the power of concerts to unite people and they hope you’ll leave the performance having run the gamut of emotions, forged a deeper appreciation for wonderful music, and with a renewed zest for life.

Tickets for “Cabaret Night” are $30 per person, $25 for El Paseo Arts members. A cash bar will be available to patrons to enjoy beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale August 7th, 2017 at Paragraphs Book Store, SOS, PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at http://www.elpaseoarts.org. Share the night with a special person or special friends and celebrate the start of our thirteenth season of local arts events here in the bay area. Thirteen is going to be a wonderful season for El Paseo Arts Foundation.

A Season Brochure will be available at the ticket table that evening.  The ticket table will open at 6 p.m. to purchase season tickets and sponsorships for the new season or to renew / get an annual membership and receive the discount on that nights tickets.

EPAF Presents 2016-17 Scholarships

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After 10 years of continuous growth in providing a diverse program of the Arts to the lower Rio Grande Valley due largely to the loyal and generous support of our magnificent sponsors and members, The El Paseo Arts Foundation, Inc. decided by a unanimous positive vote of our Board of Directors to give back to our community. We also decided that the youth, the next generations of leaders and art lovers in our communities, should be the direct recipients of this action. Thus, in 2012, we began the “El Paseo Scholarship Program” to recognize local high school seniors who have chosen to continue their education in a field of study in any of the Arts Genre. In 2012 we awarded one $500 scholarship. In 2013 we awarded two, then three in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2013 we all lost a wonderful, talented, giving person so special to El Paseo and so many others in our local area—Guy Blatnik.  Our Board immediately moved to name our scholarship program “The Guy Blatnik Memorial Scholarship Program”. This year not only are we awarding two new scholarships, but we are also awarding one renewable award to a recipient from our 2016 program. So long as an awardee continues their successful studies in an arts genre, and verified by our documented process, we will renew the scholarship for up to two years. The ability of El Paseo to execute this wonderful program for the deserving youth of our communities is only possible through the goodness, big-heartedness, and generosity of all of the members of our communities who have played such an active role in this magnificent program. In April, for example, our friends and partners at Paragraphs Bookstore, hosted a superb concert by two of our fabulous local musicians, Nancy Cook and Brett Marshall, raising over $2000 for our Scholarship Program. The winners of this year’s awards are (from left to right): Abigail Cisneros and Dalton Swink. Marina Wise-Herring, (renewal, not pictured). Abigail hopes to pursue a music education career at West Texas A&M University. Dalton plans to begin a career in screenwriting and directing. Marina is currently completing her first year of study at Austin College and will continue arts course in 2018.


 

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“Rio Grande Valley ABC” 

Rickey E. Pittman, storyteller, author, and folksinger

Friday, July 28th 1 to 3 PM

Along the banks of the mighty Rio Grande River lies the heart of Southern Texas—the Rio Grande Valley. Steeped in tradition at the crossroads between the United States and Mexico, the Valley’s residents have established a unique way of life, honoring their past and reaching for their future.

Rickey E. Pittman, often called “The Bard of the South”, is an award-winning storyteller, author, and folksinger. The author of more than a dozen books and four CDs, Pittman earned a BA in New Testament Greek and an MA in English Literature from Abilene Christian University. He currently teaches college level freshman composition and literature. Pittman is a tireless performer, constantly conducting appearances at schools, libraries, festivals, conventions, and workshops, including many in the Rio Grande Valley. A certified secondary gifted English teacher, originally from Dallas, Texas, he claims the Rio Grande Valley as his second home. Pittman loves and appreciates the Rio Grande Valley, its history, its culture and its people.


These events are free and open to the public.

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