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Washington's Birthday Celebration
February 1-22

Laredo; Laredo, TX

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
Nino Cardenas, Public Relations / Marketing Manager
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589; (956) 722-0589
Music: Country, Jazz, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Tejano
Activities: Pageants, Galas, Live Concerts, Car Show, Air Show, 5K Races, Standup Comedy, Food Tasting, Wine Tasting, Tequila Tasting, Theater and Dance Performances
What started 119 years ago as a single day of events has grown to be one of the largest celebrations in the United States with 28 major events packed into 33 fun-filled days and nights. The Washington's Birthday Celebration truly has something for everyone--music, comedy, parades, debutante pageants and formal galas, a carnival, an air show, athletic events, beer, wine and tequila tastings, street parties and more. Each event brings out some of the unique flavor and history of our city whose special blend of Mexican and American cultures can be found nowhere else. The Washington's Birthday Celebration is a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers who work throughout the year to throw the best party you'll ever attend. Dozens of organizations and sponsors join forces to show our many visitors what a warm, friendly and fascinating place Laredo is. Please take a look through our calendar of events and plan your fun during the 2016 Celebration. It is a time for family and friends to enjoy a good time and make memories you will share for years to come. As a native Laredoan, I am proud of the team effort that comes through each year as we work towards a bigger and better party every time.

Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
February 4-7

Downtown Port Arthur; Procter Street, Port Arthur, TX

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, Inc.
Laura Childress, President
3830 Highway 365; Port Arthur, TX 77642
(409) 721-8717; Fax ibookbands@aol.com
Music: Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Activities: Music festival, Street dance, arts and crafts, carnival, parades, street entertainment, fireworks
Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas is a traditional Mardi Gras celebration, featuring parades with larger than life floats with icons. Arts and crafts, assorted foods, carnival rides, and street entertainers. Three stages featuring live music with star entertainers, local and regional talent, variety acts and more.

Carver Community Cultural Center Performance Season
February 5-6, 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 Vásquez-Romero
226 North Hackberry; San Antonio, TX 78202
(210) 207-2234; (210) 207-7211
Music: Jazz, Soul/R&B
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 Pasión 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. The Renaissance Guild - Friday, Jan. 29 – Sunday, Jan. 31; Friday, Feb. 5 & Saturday, Feb.6, 2016 The Renaissance Guild, San Antonio’s Black Theatre Company, presents an original musical revue, DIVAS OF EASTWOOD. Johnnie Phillip’s Eastwood along with Don Albert’s Keyhole Club and what would eventually become the Carver Community Cultural Center were part of The ‘Chitilin’ Circuit: a pre-civil rights era network of venues. These 3 emblematic locations celebrate the circuit and the many divas that graced those stages such as Dinah Washington, Etta James, Sarah Vaughn and many more.

Winter Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp
February 5-7

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.

Houston Brazilian Carnaval
February 6

Warehouse Live; 813 St Emanuel Street, Houston, TX

Next Brazilian Productions
Lydia Pinto, Producer
2400 South Gessner Road; Houston, TX 77063
(281) 903-0037; (832) 881-1569; Fax lypinto@yahoo.com
Music: World Beat
Activities: Concert season, Music festival, Parade
The much-anticipated, annual Houston tradition of Brazilian Carnaval (now in its 9th year) erupts on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Hughes Hangar. Celebrating Love & Peace and bringing people together!! 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 2016 celebration features acclaimed Houston Brazilian bands, DJ's from Brazil, samba dancers, and Axe Dance performance and drumming performed by Batala Band. Serving Brazilian appetizers and food, and providing souvenirs of Mardi Gras beads and masks. Costumes encouraged! Ticket Information: www.nextbrazilian.com

Midwinter Traditional Music Festival
February 6

Daugherty Arts Center; 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

Austin Friends of Traditional Music
Tim Wooten
409 Wilson Ranch Road; Cypress Mill, TX 78663
(512) 644-0212; (830) 825-3108
Music: Bluegrass, Cajun/Zydeco, Country, Cowboy, Folk/Acoustic
Activities: Music festival
The AFTM Midwinter Festival on Feb. 6, 2016, from 12:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center will feature eight bands playing traditional music and will also feature several workshops related to traditional music such as how to play fiddle, banjo, guitar, or other traditional instruments, how to dance in an old-time style, and traditional singing.

On the 20th Century
February 6

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

Austin Civic Orchestra
Steven Coufal
P.O. Box 27132; Austin, TX 78755
(512) 200-ACO1 (2261)
Activities: Concert season, Music festival
Guest composers Anthony Iannaccone and David Whitwell will join the ACO for an exciting performance of 20th century music at Southwestern University's Alma Thomas Theater in Georgetown. Dr. Iannoccone's composition From Time to Time, Fantasias on Two Appalachian Folksongs will be performed. And Dr. Whitwell will conduct the world premiere of his Symphony of Songs. Also on the first half of the concert will be the Polka and Waltz from the opera The Good Soldier Schweik, by 20th century American composer Robert Kurka. The second half of the concert will feature Igor Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird. Join Dr. Iannccone, Dr. Whitwell, and ACO Music Director Dr. Lois Ferrari for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in the SU Ensemble Room, located above the entrance foyer of the Alma Thomas Theater and adjacent to the theater balcony.

St. Cecilia Music Series
February 6, April 14

First Presbyterian Church of Austin; 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, TX 78731

First Presbyterian Church of Austin
8001 Mesa Drive; Austin, TX 78731
(512) 345-8866
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
It is St. Cecilia's 21st birthday and she couldn't be more excited! We've lined up a season of special performances to help her celebrate. This season, we will offer discounted season subscriptions in addition to individual concert tickets. Featuring Elaine Barber and Friends on September 25, Anonymous 4 on November 13, Vox Luminis on February 6, 2016 and The Tallis Scholars on April 14, 2016.

Valentine’s Concert with Dick Smith and Friends
February 6

Festival Concert Hall; 248 Jester Road

Round Top Festival Institute
James Dick
248 Jaster; Round Top, TX 78954
(979) 249-3129; (979) 249-3086
Music: Jazz, Pop
Activities: Music festival
Festival Hill Library Fundraiser, Concert and Reception. Music by George Gershwin. Special Guest: James Dick, concert pianist.

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras Celebration
February 9

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!

All in a Garden Green - Ars Lyrica’s 2015/16 Season
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
Songs about springtime animate our 2016 Houston Early Music Festival program, entitled All in a Garden Green after an English folksong. A menu of delectable tunes mixes items from English, Italian, French, and Spanish musical cultures and includes Vivaldi’s Spring, along with songs and cantatas by William Byrd, Thomas Morely, Clément Jannequin, Juan del Encina and others. Love will definitely be in the air at this Valentine’s weekend program!

Annual Stage Door Canteen
February 12

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.

Hug-In & Valentine Ball
February 12-13

Luckenbach Texas; 412 Luckenbach Town Loop, Fredericksburg, TX

Luckenbach Texas
Jamie Glover
412 Luckenbach Town Loop; Fredericksburg, TX 78624
(830) 997-3224; (888) 311-8990
Music: Country
Activities: Annual Events
It's that time of year again for folks to get back to the basics of love, and you can do it here at our annual Hug-In and Valentine Ball! There will be live music, cold beer and plenty of boot scootin' to be had. Performing for our Valentine Ball this year will be Gary P. Nunn! During the day our picker circle will be hosted by Greg & Lisa at 1pm.

LaMardi Gras
February 12-13

Lamar VFD; 302 Bois d'arc, Lamar Peninsula

Lamar Volunteer Fire Department
Georg Ober and Bob Gordon (Co-Chairmen)
302 Bois D'Arc; Rockport, TX 78382
(361) 205-1556; (361) 205-0912
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.

Annual Asian Festival ~ 2
February 13

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; Fax 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.

Chamber Music International 2015/2016 Season ~ 2
February 13, 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. February 13, Join CMI for an wondrous concert of Mozart and Brahms including the greatest Piano Quintet of all time. Program: Selected Duos for Violin and Viola....Béla Bartók, Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87....Johannes Brahms and Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34....Johannes Brahms. Performances: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:30PM at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church. Artists: Alexandre Moutouzkine - Piano, Philip Lewis - Violin, Paul Rosenthal - Violin, Che-Yen Chen - Viola and Jungshin Lim Lewis - Cello.

Winter Sounds Concert Series
February 15-16

Port Aransas Community Theatre; 2327 TX-361, Port Aransas, TX

Port Aransas Parks and Recreation
Pam Greene
710 West Avenue A; Port Aransas, TX 78373
(361) 749-4158
Activities: Concert season
Winter Sounds Concert Series is held monthly in January and February each year. Music and musicians vary each year to entertain in all genres. Concerts are free courtesy of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.

Ameripolitan Music Awards
February 16

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 Tuesday, February 16th 2016 hosted by Music Legend Ray Benson. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with Awards Ceremony at 8 p.m. The third annual Ameripolitan Music Awards celebrates the sounds of honky-tonk, Western swing, rockabilly, and outlaw with awards and performances, including by Charley Pride (a 2016 Master Award winner), James Hand, Kim Lenz, and Wayne Hancock. February 12-15, the event will showcase Ameripolitan bands at clubs around Austin, as well as performances at the State Theater of The Doyle and Debbie Show.

Come and Taste It at the Grapevine
February 18

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 GrapevineInGruene.com or call (830) 606-0093.

Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña
February 19-20

El Metro Park and Ride; 1819 East Hillside, Laredo, TX

Washington's Birthday Celebration Association - WBCA
Nino Cardenas
1819 East Hillside Road; Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 722-0589
Music: Country, Dance/Electronic, Pop, Rock, Tejano, Norteño
Activities: Music festival
The Washington’s Birthday Celebration festivities get smoking with the two-day Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña that takes partying and competitive eating to scalding heights! American and Mexican influences join together in this unique tribute to the father of our country and the tiny green giant which, although small, is known to pack quite a punch -- in this rowdy celebration that will leave you burning for more. Cooking contests, a blind Jalapeño toss, delectable food booths and games-galore offer plenty to do, eat, and drink at this multicultural festival-within-a-festival; but remember to leave some energy for the tear-jerking, edge-of-your-seat excitement of the event’s signature attraction, the La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest. There are also several bands playing live music.

Texas Yoga Conference and Music Festival
February 19-21

India House; 8888 West Bellfort Blvd., Houston, TX

Texas Yoga Conference and Breathe the Cure
Jennifer Buergermeister
5354 Edith Street; Houston, TX 77096
(713) 539-7418
Music: Folk/Acoustic, Jazz, Bhakti
Activities: Music festival, Trade show/convention, Arts & Crafts, Yoga
Now in its 7th 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.

Bancroft Family Concerts
February 20

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 rogene@fineartschamberplayers.org
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.

Conspirare 2015-16 Season
February 20 - 21, May 11 - 13

AISD Performing Arts Center

Conspirare • Craig Hella Johnson & Company of Voices
505 East Huntland Drive, No. 155; Austin, TX 78752
(512) 476-5775
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Celebrating our 23rd season, Conspirare is a Grammy® award-winning choral ensemble that creates exceptional concert experiences. With the world-class artistry of its extraordinary voices and the incomparable direction of conductor Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is one of the finest choirs performing today. Inspired by the power of music to transform lives, Conspirare performances are musical magic. February 20 - 21, 2016 - Considering Matthew Shepard. Presenting Craig Hella Johnson's first concert-length work, this world premiere is his passionate musical response to the tragic death of a young man who has become an American icon and a symbol for hope and empowerment. Johnson has set a rich variety of texts from Lesléa Newman, Hafiz and Hildegard von Bingen.

Ghosts of Shakespeare
February 20

First Unitarian Church; 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX

Austin Chamber Music Center
Maureen Cross, Director of Operations
7600 Burnet Road, Suite 190; Austin, TX 78757
(512) 454-0026
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Poems and scenes by Shakespeare set to music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn. Beethoven “Ghost” Piano Trio, Prokofiev “Romeo and Juliet” for Violin and Piano, Mendelssohn Scherzo from a Mid-Summer’s Night Dream, Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor

Charro Days Festival
February 21-28

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.

Fiesta Edinburg
February 25-28

Edinburg Municipal Park; Edinburg

Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
Noe Ronnie Larralde
P.O. Box 85; Edinburg, TX 78540
(956) 383-4974; (800) 800-7214
Music: Country, Latin Pop, Latin/Spanish, Mariachi, Pop, Punk, Rap/Hip Hop, Regional Mexican, Tejano
Activities: Carnival, Children's Special Events
Experience four days of fun and exciting activities for the whole family during the last weekend of February. Enjoy live concerts and carnival rides at the Edinburg Municipal Park, as well as the traditional parade, a diverse assortment of food booths, clowns and other special events and much, much, more! The Fiesta Parade begins at Edinburg County Court House, and traveling down South Closner to Palm Drive. Concerts on Friday and Saturday at the park.

Sombrero Festival
February 25-27

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) 371-7221; (956) 545-4758; Fax 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 Gospel Music Excellence Awards
February 25 -28

Marriott South Houston at Hobby Airport; 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX

Larry Davies Ministries
Pastor Larry Davies
1106 Juniper River Court; Rosenberg, TX 77471
(281) 935-3573
Music: Gospel
Activities: Awards show, Music festival, Singing contests
We welcome all of our past and new delegates. The website shall be updated periodically for your convenience and point of information.

Dallas Bach Society Concert Season
February 26

Montgomery Arts Theater – Booker T Washington High School; 2501 Flora Street, Dallas TX

Dallas Bach Society
Hillary Coyle, Executive Director
P.O. Box 140201; Dallas, TX 75214
(682) 325-2224
Music: Classical
Activities: Concert season
Pleasures of the Baroque - experience the best early music in the region. A special evening on the life and times of the illustrious Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George, son of a French planter of the lesser nobility in the Caribbean and a woman of African heritage. The story of the improbable rise of this amazing man to prominence as one of the most important violinists and conductors in 18th-century Paris will be told in this multimedia evening featuring a new ballet by Valerie Shelton Tabor of Contemporary Ballet Dallas, with period social dance by Baroque choreographer Catherine Turocy and Haitian dance expert Marcea Daiter. Prominent of course will be lots of intriguing music by the Chevalier, also one of the great swordsmen of the time, who conducted the premieres of Franz Josef Haydn’s Paris Symphonies with his Orchestre de la Loge Olympique, which commissioned them, with the Chevalier contracting with Haydn on behalf of the Count d’Ogny. This unique evening, funded by a grant from the Donna Wilhelm Family Fund of TACA, will be given in cooperation with the Booker T. Washington School for the Arts, in their fabulous Montgomery Arts Theater.

Austin Classical Guitar 2015/2016 Season
February 13, 27, 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
Guitars Under the Stars: ANA VIDOVIC Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:30 PM - The Mansion. Guitars Under the Stars is our annual gala in support of ACG Education. With the support of our community, ACG Education has built an entirely new course area in over 50 Austin schools, reaching thousands of diverse kids in rigorous, daily, for-credit courses. And we know that arts-engaged kids do better in school on almost every indicator. Join us, and Ana Vidovic, as we celebrate the achievements you have made possible, and as we look ahead to the bright future ahead for this, our most important service. Major support for Guitars Under the Stars 2016 is provided by Mercedes-Benz of Austin. DAVID RUSSELL Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:00pm - AISD Performing Arts Center. Grammy Award-winning superstar David Russell is a brilliant artist whose virtuosity is outshined perhaps only by his generosity. Talk with David for just a few minutes about his philanthropic efforts in India and Africa and you will realize that his global perspective and transcendent talents have led him to a place of tremendous insight and civic leadership. Get ready for a night of inspiration on many levels.

Carnaval Brasileiro
February 27

Palmer Events Center; 900 Barton Springs Road

Carnaval Brasileiro
Mike Quinn
379 North McNeil; Memphis, TN 38112
(512) 452-6832; Fax 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 thirty-seven 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 Acadêmicos da Opera is unequaled anywhere in the United States.