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.
NEWS & NOTES:
Blanco Ballet and Creative Dance
Blanco Ballet and Creative Dance is located in Blanco, Texas and operates out of the beautifully restored ballroom of Uptown Blanco for more information please contact Erin Rice-Oyler or visit the website www.blancoballet.com.
BBCD is owned by Erin Rice-Oyler. 830-833-4276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Blanco Performing Arts Concert Series 2014-2015 Calendar
The mission of Blanco Performing Arts is to present stellar performances, enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts, for the enrichment of the residents of Blanco and its environs. Please visit their website for more information: www.blancoperformingarts.com.
In this fifth 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.
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7:30pm
The One I Love
Described as a "violinist who most often takes your breath away" by Gramophone Magazine, and praised as an "expressive and passionate chamber musician" by the San Antonio Express-News, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has performed as a soloist on the foremost stages of the U.S., including Carnegie, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru and Chile. In addition to her active performing career, Stephanie is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many who have won positions in America's symphony orchestras and universities. Currently Associate Professor of Violin and Viola and the Director of the Orchestral Career Studies Graduate Program at the University of Nevada, Reno, she is also a member of the University's trio-in-residence, Argenta.
Soli Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3pm
Deep in the Heart of Texas
Founded in 1994 in San Antonio SOLI Chamber Ensemble presents seasons of innovative programs and breaks down stereotypes linked with classical music by performing in art galleries and other intimate spaces, allowing audiences to get up close to the performers and the music and therefore enhancing their concert going experience. Naturally, this concept fits perfectly with the beautiful Uptown Blanco Ballroom. SOLI's touring schedule has taken them to such cities as Houston, Denver, Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville and Dallas among many others. SOLI was one of the first chamber ensembles invited to perform in the first-ever classical music event at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music & Media Festival in Austin, Texas. Known for breathing life into the music of living composers, SOLI has twice been voted "Best Chamber Ensemble" by The San Antonio Current and continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting edge performances around the country. The ensemble consists of clarinetist Stephanie Key, cellist David Mollenauer, Ertan Torgul, violinist, and pianist Carolyn True and is the ensemble in residence at Trinity University.
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7:30pm
Big and Bright
Demarre McGill is principal flutist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is one of the most entertaining and sought-after flutists of his generation nationally and internationally, and Blanco Performing Arts is extremely honored by his performance on our series. His achievements are many. He has been principal flutist in Seattle, San Diego, Florida, and the Santa Fe Opera and performed concerti with numerous major orchestras. He is an avid chamber musician and is co-founder and Artistic Director of Art of Élan, a chamber music organization in San Diego that aims to expose new audiences to classical music. He has just returned from teaching and performing at Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa. Originally from Chicago, McGill began playing the flute at age seven. His degrees in flute performance are from the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School.
All performances will held in the Uptown Blanco Ballroom, 317 Main St (Highway 281) on the Blanco Square.
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