Though the winter winds will likely continue to blow for a month or more, Spring is just around the corner and includes the spring performances of the Community Series.
For 46 years, the Community Series has partnered with Austin College and various other community members to bring outstanding musical performances to Texoma. Austin College professors Cecil Isaac and Bruce Lunkley founded the Community Series in 1967.
The 2013 edition of the series kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 with the Capriccion Benefit featuring Cuarteto Latinoamericano at the Sherman Municipal ballroom. Tickets to the event are $50.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2012, Cuarteto Latinamericano is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers (violinists Saul and Arón and cellist Alvaro), along with violist Javier Montiel.
Those who can’t make the benefit but who want to see Cuarteto Latinoamericano may do so at its second performance on Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus. General admission is $10 and student admission is $5. The following events are also a part of the Spring season:
• Duo Amal, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Wynne Chapel and costs $10 general admission and $5 student admission.
The International concert pianists, Yaron Kohlberg and Bishara Haroni, met in Jerusalem. At Yaron’s suggestion, they joined forces in 2008 for a concert at the New Opera House in Oslo. Following the great success of the concert Yaron and Bishara decided to form a permanent Israeli-Palestinian piano duo. They performed in Europe, USA, Asia, and also toured the Far East. Their repertoire ranges from the baroque to the modern period, and includes works by Israeli and Palestinian composers.
• Sherman Symphony Orchestra will perform Schumann’s Rhenisch Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2nd at Kidd-Key Auditorium. $10 general admission, free student admission.
• Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist Hoachen Zhang at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23 at Wynne Chapel, Austin College. $10 general admission, $5 student admission.
Zhang became the youngest and the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in June 2009,. Immediately after his Gold Medal win, Zhang embarked on an extensive three-year tour across the United States and abroad.
• Three River Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at Wynne Chapel, Austin College. $10 general admission, $5 student admission.
Three River Quartet is a group out of Durant, Okla. made up of Texoma musicians saxophonist Chris Dickson, drummer Tony Tiger, bassist Dr. Steven Emge, and pianist Dr. Tristan Eggener. The Three River Quartet is rooted in jazz and breathing new life into jazz standards.
• Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Carmen, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Kidd-Key Auditorium.