Lisa Thomas to perform Native American Concert at Chrystal Opry House

Lisa Thomas to perform Native American Concert at Chrystal Opry House

Sherman Texas | April 14, 2018

Lisa Thomas will perform a Native American Concert at the Chrystal Opry House located at Melody Ranch on April 20, 2018.

Lisa Cheryl Thomas has performed internationally as well as in various venues throughout the United States, including Edmonton, Alberta and St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and Cuzco, and Lima, Peru as a 2017 Fulbright Scholar, the Smithsonian NMAI, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  She has earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree and her research and lecture recitals regarding Native American Classical Piano Repertoire have awakened a new enthusiasm and interest in this music.

She is an accomplished performer and has recorded three CDs of the solo piano music of Arthur Farwell on the classical international London label, Toccata Classics.  Her CDs have garnered rave reviews in Fanfare Magazine and International Record Review.  She has a busy performance schedule and also presents many lecture recitals.  She was the center attraction for the Ruidoso, New Mexico Winter Concert Series in December of 2014.  Her unique concerts incorporate Piano, Native American Flute, Drum, Poetry, and Dancing, all I Native buckskin and fancy shawl regalia, with an atmospheric Native artwork and life slide presentation.  We look forward to having perform at the Chrystal Opry House on April 20th.

Chrystal Opry House is located at 1977 White Mound Road, off of Hwy 902 just Southeast of Sherman, Texas between Howe and Tom Bean.  Doors open at 6:30 pm. An authentic Native American meal will be served following the concert.  Advanced tickets must be purchased by April 18th.  Contact Lisa Thomas – or call 214.763.8028 or Contact Bill Hayes at 903.546.6893.  Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

A Grand Night for Singing

A Grand Night for Singing

Sherman Community Players presents A Grand Night for Singing

A Grand Night for SingingIt’s that time of year again, where Sherman Community Players dazzles the audiences of Texoma with good ole’ Branson style entertainment. This year’s benefit performance promises to serve up just the right amount of pep and cheer to take patrons minds off all the negative stories in the news, and to replace the negativity with “A Grand Night for Singing”. A musical revue of all the hits which the musical team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein penned over their long musical careers; the evening will be filled with such favorite songs from shows like Oklahoma, the Sound of Music, and Allegra. Cast to bring these wonderful show tunes to life are featured performers, Amanda Pillow, David Lewis, Pamela Sanza, Jennifer Becherer, Les McConnell, Caroline Kellam, and Rafe McConnell, all who have performed in various shows for SCP and Theatricks during the past season. “With the benefit we don’t hold auditions” explains Sherman Community Players Artistic Director Anthony Nelson, “I hand-pick the talent after observing how people work over the course of the year or season, and if someone stands out to me, not just from the talent they have exemplified on stage, but their general attitude about being involved with Sherman Community Players, I ask them to be involved. In a way, it’s a way of thanking them for all the work they put in, both on stage and behind the scenes.”

This year’s performance opens August 5th and runs through the 14th on the weekends. Tickets can reserved by calling 903-893-7652. The evening is not only filled with the glorious music of R&H but a three-course meal is served during the act breaks, catered by “Feast on This!”.   The price of admission is $45 per seat and sponsor tables are still available for $600.00. “It’s a great way to support live theatre in Texoma, as we round up our 67th season; it helps raise money for Sherman Community Players and helps up with the end of the term budget, so of course I encourage everyone to attend.” concludes Nelson.

Featured in photograph: (from left to right)
Amanda Pillow, Les McConnell, Jennifer Becherer, David Lewis, and Pamela Sanza
Photo Credit: John Spears

Article submitted by Anthony Nelson, Artistic Directory Sherman Community Players

Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

Evening of Chamber Music and JazzAustin College Presents an Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz

The instrumental ensembles of Austin College, under the direction of Dr. Ricky Duhaime, will present their annual spring concert “Evening of Chamber Music and Jazz” on Monday, April 18, at7:30 p.m. in Wynne Chapel at Austin College. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Music Department at Austin College at 903.813.2251.

The first half of the concert will be devoted to chamber ensembles, including a trombone quintet (with rhythm section), a cello quartet, and a set of traditional Austrian dances by Schubert as arranged for chamber orchestra.

The second half of the concert will feature the Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble performing a variety of big band charts in both traditional and contemporary styles. Featured performers include jazz soloists James Carter (alto saxophone); Mason Bird and Paul Onspaugh (tenor saxophones); Jesse Speer and Michael Waters (trombones); John Vietta and Andrew Gregg (trumpets); and Richard Burleson (drums).

The Chamber Orchestra is comprised of Austin College woodwind and string students, joined this semester by some community members from across northeastern Texas.  Students in the group represent a variety of majors and minors, with varying professional goals but a continuing interest in music.

The Greater Texoma Jazz Ensemble consists of students, faculty, and adults from throughout the region. The ensemble has performed in several locations this year, including Denison, Sherman, Durant, and Bells high schools, as well as at Austin College.  Duhaime, who joined the Austin College faculty in 1978, holds the Mildred S. Mosher Professorship of Music.

Austin College, a private national liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas, has earned a reputation for excellence in academic preparation, international study, pre-professional foundations, leadership development, committed faculty, and hands-on, adventurous learning opportunities. One of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change LivesAustin College boasts a welcoming community that embraces diversity and individuality, with more than 36 percent of students representing ethnic minorities. A residential student body of 1,250 students and a faculty of more than 100 allow a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and personalized attention. The College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA) and cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that supports students’ faith journeys regardless of religious tradition. Founded in 1849, the College is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original name and charter.