Sat. February 10 - 7:30pm
Naomi Wong, winner of the 2nd Betty Dickinson Award at the Texas State International Piano Festival, is Blanco Performing Arts’ Young Artist performer this season. Born in Toronto, in the fall of 2023 she will begin graduate school at The Peabody Institute with Hie Yon Choi. She is the Grand Prize winner of the International Music Festival and Competition, as well as a recipient of the Hnatyshuh Foundation’s Developing Artist Grant, awarded to a promising young Canadian performing artist.
This young woman plays with the soul and vigor of a true artist. BPA is honored to present this engaging artist in collaboration with the Texas State International Piano Competition.
Sat. March 23 - 7pm
NW X SW Jazz Quartet
This quartet is made up of musicians from Portland, OR and Dallas, TX: Dave Monsch - tenor & soprano saxophones, Larry Natwick - piano, Paul Unger - bass, Gerry Gibbs - drums. All four of these musicians are very accomplished with an impressive portfolio. Their repertoire consists of originals and jazz classics rooted in the Post Bop tradition. This quartet continues to tour in Oregon and Texas, and Uptown Blanco A&E is honored have them kick off our monthly concert series on the fourth Saturday of every month. This series is a chance to enjoy an up-close and personal concert by renowned artists at an approachable price in a beautifully restored building from the turn of the century and offering wine & beer on the ballroom patio.
The imposing two-story Masonic Building was constructed of rough-dressed limestone, on the west side of the square in the 1907. The lower floor provided rental space for commercial businesses while the second floor served as a meeting place for Masonic Lodge #216. After a fire in 1929 destroyed much of the original structure, it was rebuilt, and although the building had a new owner, the Masons continued to meet on the second floor until 1974. Since that time the Ballroom has been beautifully restored. Gleaming hardwood floors, mirrored walls, intimate lighting, a state of the art projection screen and sound system, among other beautiful amenities compose the remodel of this historic building. The Ballroom is available for private parties and rentals year round, please contact us for a tour of this stunning venue.
Blanco Ballet and Creative Dance is located in Blanco, Texas and operates out of the beautifully restored ballroom of Uptown Blanco www.blancoballet.com.
The Blanco Performing Arts utilizes the Ballroom as well and its mission is to present stellar performances, enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts, for the enrichment of the residents of Blanco and its environs www.blancoperformingarts.com.
In this season of Blanco Performing Arts and from this small town deep in the heart of Texas, stellar performers from far and near put heart into their music. Masters at communicating the music’s intention and their connection to it, they will touch a chord in every heart.