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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

Margaret Clauder

Margaret Clauder

Is she a puppeteer? A ventriloquist? A storyteller? A comedian? A singer? A magician? A clown? Margaret Clauder is all that and more. Margaret puts fun and humor into every one of her children’s shows. Children laugh as they learn important points such as what a rhyming word is or that books can be fun. Trained in theater, her puppetry and ventriloquism skills will entice children to pay close attention as magic and mayhem ensue. A former teacher, Margaret knows kids and knows how to reach them, never boring them. She has over 20 years of experience entertaining and educating children. All programs include storytelling, puppets, and ventriloquism. Available programs include: Reading and Rhyming with Mother Goose, Let's Read with THE Bookworm, I Detect a Tale with Detective Imma Sleuth, Fiesta de Mexico with Senorita Margarita, Weather Wonders with Maggie the Meteorologist, and Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie. All programs tie in with children's books to promote literacy. All programs utilize Margaret's artistic skills of puppetry and ventriloquism, and may include storytelling, music, and special effects (magical moments). For public schools TEKS-aligned study plans are provided.

contact
Margaret Clauder
916 Wayland Drive
Arlington, TX  76012

phone 817/980-1760
fax 817/274-2123
e-mail margaret@mcpshows.com
public performance/concert $250 - $1200
school performance $495 - $895
optional service after school balloon sculpture workshop $200 - $300
website http://www.mcpshows.com

 

Martha Hannah

Martha Hannah

Actress and zany comedian Martha Hannah performs as Maid Martha, Medieval Comedienne & Stand-Up Historian in "Tudors & Fleas & To Be or Not to Be," making the Middle Ages and Renaissance come alive! Her hilarious, irreverent look at village life and the Tudor reign is a unique show of medieval jokes, songs, ghost stories, multimedia, and audience participation, accompanied by recorded and live period music. Projected medieval images and art along with "The Ghost of Hampton Court" book illustrations on a stage set with Medieval banners complete the look of the production. With over twenty-six years' experience on many arts commissions' touring rosters, Martha's hilarity and charm evokes enthusiasm, laughter, and such glowing accolades as "Our audience was charmed by her genuine personality and delightful mischief!" and "She is a delight on and off stage!"

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Martha Hannah
PO Box 90834
Austin, TX  78709

phone 512/913-6263
fax /
e-mail marthahannah@cicadasun.com
public performance/concert $1200 - $4000
school performance $600 - $2500
optional service author visit The Ghost of Hampton Court & Henry VIII $500 - $1200
website http://www.marthahannah.com

 

Mary Grace Ketner

Mary Grace Ketner

Once upon a time, Mary Grace Ketner worked as a teacher, then a director of religious education, and finally a museum educational specialist, but along the way, (I cannot say when) this goal-oriented M.Ed discovered storytelling, and off she went on a quest! She authored one children’s book (Ganzy Remembers, Atheneum 1991) and recorded two award-winning story CDs ("Ghostly Gals and Spirited Women" and "1001 Years of 1001 Nights," Three Swans Productions 2008 and 2010). A recent recipient of Tejas Storytelling Association’s prestigious John Henry Faulk Award, Mary Grace has been a member of the Texas Touring Roster since 2008. From Ali Baba to Baba Yaga, La Llorona to Jack, storyteller Mary Grace Ketner brings traditional folktales, fairy tales and legends to life. Her engaging story programs circle the globe, finding common ground in humor, love, courage, wisdom and-- yes!-- horror while affirming family and community values. Her interactive programs for schoolchildren stimulate higher level thinking skills as described in the TEKS and reflect each grade’s scope and sequence as well as its essential knowledge objectives.

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Mary Grace Ketner
109 Fir Street
San Antonio, TX  78210

phone 210/887-0628
fax /
e-mail mgk@talesandlegends.net
public performance/concert $250 - $1000
school performance $350 - $1000
optional service keynote address $750 - $2000
optional service after dinner speaking (storytelling) $250 - $600
website http://talesandlegends.net

 

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Amie Maciszewski/Sangeet Millennium

Sitarist Amie Maciszewski is an award-winning artist and educator. Audiences describe Amie’s classical sitar/tabla and Indo-jazz fusion ensemble performances as “stunning” and “amazing.” Her Sangeet Millennium Ensemble (Texas Top Ten award, 2008 and 2011 Austin Chronicle polls) seamlessly blends traditional Indian melodies with jazz/world grooves, creating an ever-evolving boundary-defying sound. Passionate about sharing North Indian music culture, Amie has traveled three continents completing artist residencies, hosting recitals, and conducting lectures on Hindustani music. She also conducts dynamic all-ages workshops on classical, folk, and world fusion. Amie’s musical credits include four CDs and a number of independent films. Programs include: (1) Sangeet, the Classical Music of India- sitar and tabla performance, other instruments and/or voice optional; (2) Songs & Colors of the Seasons- multimedia performance showcasing music & visual imagery celebrating North Indian seasonal festival/s; (3) Collaborative multimedia and/or multidisciplinary theme performance/installations exploring various topics such as women in contemporary South Asian music, dance, and film; (4) Sangeet Millennium Ensemble's Indo-Jazz Grooves- traditional & original material performed on sitar, saxophone, & tabla (vocal, bass optional). Photo by Ed Lehmann.

contact
Amie Maciszewski
327 S. Edgefield Ave.
Dallas, TX  75208

phone 512/965-2368
fax /
e-mail sangeetmil@yahoo.com
public performance/concert $900 - $3900
school performance $500 - $1400
optional service cultural festival $900 - $1800
optional service collaborative production $2500 - $6000
website http://www.sangeetmillennium.org

 

The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre

Find out what over 2 million children and their families have discovered - a performance where books come to life on stage! Experience children's theatre with the Magik Theatre-- where imagination is education. Want to take your students on a journey but can’t afford the rising cost of buses? Magik Theatre On the Road brings fun and lively performances to children ages 3–18. At the host facility, the only thing the shows require is an empty space. The Magik Theatre will bring all of their own equipment and can perform in a large variety of venues, from classrooms to cafeterias to gymnasiums. Magik Theatre touring offerings include their current national tour production "Jungle Book" and local tour productions of "Pirate Pete’s Story Ship", "Dr. Krashunbang", "Rumpelstiltskin", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Three Little Pigs", "Goldilocks", and our special Theatre for the Very Young (5 years and younger) "Wake Up, Brother Bear!". Each offering is literature-based and easily integrated into the curricula of pre-school, elementary, middle, and high schools and complemented by a TEKS-linked study guide that extends the play experience and facilitates discussion. Photo: David Frank for ArtGives.

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Lilly Canaria
420 S Alamo
San Antonio, TX  78205

phone 210/227-2751; 210-683-5089
fax 210/227-2753
e-mail lilly@magiktheatre.org
public performance/concert $300 - $800
school performance $300 - $600
optional service CPE workshop $300 - $700
website http://www.magiktheatre.org

 

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater

Main Street Theater has a long history of touring plays based on children’s literature, Shakespeare works, and issue-oriented pieces throughout the state. Founded in 1975, Main Street Theater reaches over 130,000 children, educators, and families yearly through their resident and touring productions. Tours include a short question and answer session with the students as well as a photo opportunity, following each performance. The company also provides free educational materials for teachers and students to supplement the learning experience. For the 2015-2016 season, Main Street Theater will tour "Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans," based on the book "Magic Tree House: A Good Night for Ghosts" by Mary Pope Osborne, and targeted to elementary age children.

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Arianna Day
PO Box 524020
Houston, TX  77052

phone 713/524-9196
fax 713/520-7581
e-mail arianna@mainstreettheater.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3000
school performance $800 - $3000
optional service character visits $175 - $175
website http://www.mainstreettheater.com

 

Colleen Mallette

Colleen Mallette

“Rapier wit with a mesmerizing voice,” says the Dallas Observer, "Colleen Mallette is charming audiences from Manhattan to Scotland." She is a favorite with orchestras as well as cabaret venues. Ms. Mallette discovered her funny bone with her spoof “How to Birth a Song!”, deliciously sacrificing music’s most sacred cows. Ms Mallette is a former, Musical Awakenings artist for The Cliburn and on the TCU faculty. In 2016 she will perform for, Austin’s Frontera Fest, Willcox Theater in Arizona, and directing opera scenes in Wisconsin for young professionals. Touring programs include: How to Birth a Song! Exhale as Colleen tweaks opera’s sacred cows with irreverent frivolity; Evenings in Paris- Revel in the ambiance of Paris complete with strolling violin, Edith Piaf, and more--you add the chocolat (Ideal in gallery or museum venue); La Danza Fiesta! Colleen y amigos percolate passion! Ready to tango? Audiences close this show with a conga line; and Insert your City Here! Allow the High C Diva to create entertainment for a Kickoff, fundraiser, or gala with grace, humor, and style—customized for your organization.

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Colleen Mallette
3751 Trail Lake
Fort Worth, TX  76109

phone 817/694-2561
fax 817/257-7344
e-mail highcdiva@aol.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $4000
school performance $350 - $600
optional service directing and script writing $650 - $1000
website http://www.highcdiva.tumblr.com

 

Marshall Ford Swing Band

Marshall Ford Swing Band

With firm roots in traditional country music, the Marshall Ford Swing Band found more than inspiration when studying under Texas fiddle legend Johnny Gimble. Namely, they met Emily Gimble, Johnny’s granddaughter, who became the band’s co-lead singer and pianist, while pushing them deep into the world of western swing. Greg Harkins leads the Marshall Ford Swing Band on guitar and vocals, Kris Wade plays upright bass, and James Gwyn is the band's drummer. This core quartet is often augmented by Austin violinists Danny Levin or Katie Holmes. The Marshall Ford Swing Band tours as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet. The band showcases western swing traditions, while drawing inspiration from artists as diverse as Nat King Cole, Bob Wills, T-Bone Walker, and Django Reinhardt. The Marshall Ford Swing Band's combination of toe-tapping western swing and bebop jazz can swing any dance floor into a full tilt boogie.

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Book Marshall Ford Swing Band
PO Box 41808
Austin, TX  78704

phone 512/667-4954
fax /
e-mail bookmfsb@gmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $4000
school performance $1500 - $3000
optional service workshops/camps $1500 - $3000
website http://www.marshallfordswingband.com/

 

Matt the Electrician

Matt the Electrician

Key words: honest, tender, hilarious. Matt the Electrician’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark and haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. "I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future," musician Scrappy Jud Newcomb says. "What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans." Matt will tour solo or with his band, and he will play one or two sets of original songs. Matt can also be available to teach songwriting workshops with children or adults. "Matt is a wonderful musician and captivating performer… He is an artist who has serious weight to his music, yet it's delivered in a beautifully light and accessible manner… He would be a great edition to any festival" (Martyn Joseph).

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Laura Thomas
7513 Hart Lane
Austin, TX  78731

phone 512/423-7667
fax /
e-mail laura@comboplatebooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3000
school performance $500 - $2000
website http://www.matttheelectrician.com

 

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott has been described as a "Texas treasure" by the Texas Library Association. His performances are dynamic and highly entertaining for children as well as parents. His awards include the NAPPA Gold Award, several Parent’s Choice Awards, and the grand prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his song "Great Big World." Joe has written songs for a Michael Eisner company and set 6 books to music for Stan and Jan Berenstain. He plays solo or with his five-piece band, and has scores for full orchestra. His music is in regular rotation on Sirius/XM Radio. Joe’s shows are highly interactive, combining age-appropriate movement, music, and storytelling. The performances can be geared for preschool, family concerts, school shows, and concerts with symphony orchestras. During his shows, his audience will be asked to ride a porcupine, have some alien ice cream, and learn what happens when a little brother brings a skunk home. Joe’s Montessori training allows him to easily help the audience transition from energy-filled movement songs to sit-down story songs. In addition to his music performances, Joe offers a recording and video workshop. This is a two or three day workshop where Joe and the students shoot a music video to an original song written by Joe and the students. The video can be placed on the school website, YouTube, or can be sold to the students on a DVD disc.

contact
Joe McDermott
PO Box 270111
Austin, TX  78727

phone 512/689-5361
fax 512/339-9528
e-mail joemcdermott@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $450 - $3000
school performance $450 - $850
optional service libraries $350 - $700
optional service recording & video workshop for students $1200 - $2500
website http://joemcdermottmusic.com

 

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott

A first generation Irish-American, Tom travels the US as a storyteller, guitarist, theremin player, percussionist, and virtuoso ukulelist at festivals, conferences, and schools. He addresses comparative cultural studies, character education, memoir, problem solving, and creative writing. A John Henry Faulk Award recipient for storytelling, Tom accompanies his original stories, adapted folktales and Texas lore with humor, participation, and music to create an unparalleled experience for all ages. Tom was the US performer at the 2012 International Storytelling Festival in Sneem, Ireland. His children’s books include "Otis Steele and the Taileebone: A Southern Tall Tale" (Pelican, 2013) and "The Ghouls Come Haunting One by One" (Pelican, 2010). Programs for elementary and middle schools include: "Please Make Me Care– Stories to Make Life Interesting" (folktales, original and personal stories with music and humor, illustrating how stories make us and make us interesting: pre-K – 6th grades), "Sometimes You Gotta Mess With People" (trickster tales, ghost stories, Irish folklore, and historical tales of trickery and lessons learned: 5th – 9th grades), and "Cooperation Garden Time" (global tales of cooperation, bully prevention, and paying attention: pre-K - 5th grades).

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Tom  McDermott
PO Box 470593
Fort Worth, TX  76107

phone 817/846-4295
fax /
e-mail uketeller@aol.com
public performance/concert $450 - $1500
school performance $450 - $1000
website http://www.tommcdermott.com

 

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald

Susan McDonald has delighted audiences the world over- from the Amazon to Iraq, community concerts to Carnegie Hall, Holocaust survivors in Vienna to the President of the United States. A protegee of Pepe Romero, Susan's recordings and performances have been heard on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Susan has created an art form called "Animal Ballets," in which she combines original music and video footage to create performances in which animals are the "dancers" and she is their "orchestra." She is also on the rosters of Young Audiences of Houston and the YES Academy in Iraq. Susan can provide solo concerts, including several themed performances: Spanish Caravan; Gilgamesh; Animal Ballets- original compositions for guitar with choreographed video footage of wildlife; soloist with orchestras performing Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para un Gentilhombre (Rodrigo), Concerto in D Major (Vivaldi).

contact
Susan McDonald
3609 Turkey Creek Drive
Austin, TX  78730

phone 512/795-3933
fax /
e-mail mayflyartists@juno.com
public performance/concert $500 - $3500
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.animalballets.com

 

Vickie McMillan

Vickie McMillan

Vickie McMillan, a native Texan, is considered a world-renowned wildlife conservation artist in her field of painting. Vickie conducts collaborative community paintings and murals for installation in public buildings, hospitals, schools, correctional facilities, and other government organizations, and in treatment centers, foster-care, health and human service centers. Vickie delivers specialized workshops, residencies, lectures, live performance painting, team-building, staff development, and judging. Her collaborative paintings/murals integrate TEKS curriculum goals for schools, fosters unity in community, advances global conservation causes, and encourages the use of recycled materials when possible. Projects are envisioned and executed by Vickie or with engagement of the organization and participants. Vickie specializes in large-scale collaborative paintings and murals. Each will be designed/conceptualized in advance with set project goals, or designed under Vickie's guidance during workshops. She teaches and demonstrates technique, use of materials, research, team-building, cooperation, creative learning through educationally relevant objects, life skills, and pride. The project would be executed during designated workshops with participants. Murals can be based on the curriculum (including topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, the earth, life cycles, rain forests, geography, and history) or other interests. Students are engaged in the project from concept (brainstorming/themes) to installation and unveiling. A teaching curriculum is available.

contact
Vickie McMillan
23 White Bark Place
The Woodlands, TX  77381

phone 404/771-8084
fax /
e-mail vickiemcmillan@mac.com
public performance/concert $250 - $700
school performance $250 - $850
optional service large collaborative paintings $2500 - $15000
optional service murals $5000 - $50000
website http://vickiemcmillan.com

 

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklórico

Bring the flare of Mexican culture to your event! Mexico 2000 Ballet Folklorico concerts are fast-paced and nonstop, featuring dances from different regions with their European, Afro-Caribbean, and South American influence. This includes Mayan/pre-Columbian dances that highlight the beauty, romance, and culture of traditional México. During interactive and educational school shows, audiences will learn about Mexican holidays and enjoy beautiful traditional dances, costumes, and music from México while connecting to TEKS in language arts, social studies, visual arts and music. Study guides are available. The programs "Fiestas de México!" & “Christmas in México” are now available. Presentations range from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Audiences will learn history about Mexican holidays and enjoy the most beautiful and representative dances, costumes, and music from México (Veracruz, Jalisco, the Mayans, Chiapas). During the interactive shows audiences will participate by clapping, yelling (cheers of joy/gritos), stomping, and even trying out steps with music on stage with hats, rattles, etc. Presentations are strictly focused to preserve and promote Mexican traditional heritage. Questions and pictures are allowed at the end.

contact
Alex Palencia
2807 Bissell Way
Wylie, TX  75098

phone 214/364-2629
fax 972/429-1082
e-mail info@mexico2000.net
public performance/concert $2800 - $8500
school performance $900 - $3000
optional service DFW libraries performances $400 - $600
optional service dance workshops $500 - $2000
website http://www.mexico2000.net

 

Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson

Michael "Mr. Blue Shoes" Dyson

With his easygoing style, backwards baseball cap, iconic blue shoes, and comedic persona, Mr. Blue Shoes is anything but a conventional bluesman... Mr. Blue Shoes is the brainchild of Michael Dyson, GRAMMY Award-winning producer, youth entertainer, guitarist, and performer. Since 2008, Dyson has shared his unique version of the blues story with over 200,000 children. As a senior in high school, Michael served as a mentor, offering third graders a helping hand and an understanding ear. His funny and humble demeanor became infectious. Through these experiences and his interest in the blues, the Mr. Blue Shoes program was created to help continue to educate the youth about this important genre. The primary program that will be touring is the Mr. Blue Shoes assembly program and youth concert, which takes kids on a journey through the blues, starting with its origins in West Africa leading all the way up through rock and roll. During the program, audience members will hear stories about influential blues men and women as well as the songs that made a profound impact on Texas music and American music history.

contact
Michael Dyson
PO Box 181255
Dallas, TX  75218

phone 214/267-8879
fax /
e-mail mike@mrblueshoes.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $5000
school performance $800 - $2200
website http://www.MrBlueShoes.com

 

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Under the baton of Maestro David Mairs, the 36-year-old Mid-Texas Symphony enjoys an outstanding and growing regional reputation. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, composed of the most outstanding players in the Mid-Texas Symphony, presents engaging, high quality chamber concerts, educational concerts, and specialized events. Concertmaster Craig Sorgi serves as Artistic Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, planning concerts that meet the specific requests of the presenting organization. Other musicians, as required by repertoire, include Mid-Texas Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Laura Scalzo, Windecker Chair violist Eliza Thomason, cellist Ryan Murphy, principal oboe Jennifer Berg, and principal clarinet Vanguel Tangarov, among others. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players present chamber concerts featuring the best of the standard chamber literature and specially created programs. Whether performing works from Thomas Jefferson's music library (in a library) or helping celebrate Canyon Lake Reads with works by composers mentioned in the community's chosen book, the MTS Chamber Players present programs that are engaging, connect with audiences, and meet the presenter's objectives. Interesting, witty commentary to great music performed at the highest level.

contact
Patricia Schofield
PO Box 3216 TLU
Seguin, TX  78155

phone 830/372-8089
fax 830/372-8112
e-mail mts@tlu.edu
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.mtsymphony.org

 

MilkDrive

MilkDrive

Austin jazz-grass band MilkDrive features Texas award-winning instrumentalists Brian Beken on fiddle and lead vocals, Noah Jeffries on guitar and harmony vocals, Dennis Ludiker on mandolin and harmony vocals, and Matt Mefford on double bass. Fueled by equal parts tradition and innovation, MilkDrive delivers a distinctive acoustic experience marked by sophisticated arrangements and fierce musicianship. The Austin-based band's second studio album, WAVES, featuring Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers and Futureman of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, was released in 2012. The band performs a mix of traditional music with influences from bluegrass, jazz, swing and old-time music.

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Heidi Labensart
9013 Palace Pkwy
Austin, TX  78748

phone 512/698-2621
fax /
e-mail heidi@mcguckinpr.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1500
optional service workshops/camps $500 - $3500
website http://www.milkdrive.com

 

Lucas Miller

Lucas Miller

Imagine an auditorium packed with kids who are laughing, smiling, singing, and dancing as they learn about the migrations of monarch butterflies, the importance of wetlands, the life cycle of bluebonnets, and much more. Picture how happy their educators and parents will be, knowing that this performance fulfills a wealth of educational objectives. This is what you’ll enjoy when you bring Lucas Miller, the “singing zoologist,” to your event. With a degree in zoology and over twenty years’ experience working with kids, Lucas’ dynamic, multimedia presentations are celebrated across the continent for their unique blend of humor, arts, and accurate science. Typically 45-50 minutes, each of Lucas' multimedia programs addresses a major science theme such as life cycles, adaptations, ocean ecology, and endangered species. Programs normally feature 4-5 original songs and 1-2 stories to teach about photosynthesis, food webs, metamorphosis, symbiosis, and other age-appropriate science content. With a blend of humor and interaction, Lucas aims to create a dynamic, memorable experience for students and to provide educational touch points for educators and parents.

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Lucas Miller
12805 Winding Creek Rd.
Austin, TX  78736

phone 512/567-2626
fax 512/373-3145
e-mail jlucasmiller@gmail.com
public performance/concert $350 - $1700
school performance $450 - $1700
website http://www.lucasmiller.net

 

Miró Quartet

Miró Quartet

Celebrating 20 years in the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. In the 2013-2014 season, the Quartet premiered a new Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. The Miró Quartet has served as the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music since 2003. Based in Austin, the Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works are some of the most original of the 20th century. In the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet offers the works of classical visionaries such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bartok. Included in these offerings are the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven and Schubert, among several other works. Presenters are encouraged to work with the Quartet to plan the most suitable program for their needs. For this reason, the Miró offers a wide range of repertoire that is sure to please all audiences.

contact
John Zion
115 College Street
Burlington, VT  05401

phone 802/658-2592
fax 802/735-2465
e-mail john@mkiartists.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service lecture-demo $500 - $1500
website http://www.miroquartet.com

 

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell

Evan Mitchell’s performances have been heard in New York’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), FM 91 (Northwest Ohio), and WFHB (Bloomington, IN). He has played concerti with ensembles including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony. Recent highlights include debuts on Chicago's prestigious Myra Hess recital series, and at Shanghai's Oriental Art Center. Touring programs include "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas," plus an extensive concerto repertoire. "From the New World: Piano Music of the Americas" is a full-length program of solo piano music. The first half comprises works written by American composers, with music of Brazilian and Canadian composers filling out the second half. Evan can provide original program notes and enjoys discussing these pieces with the audience. Additionally, he is happy to tour as a concerto soloist and offers an extensive and varied repertoire, from Beethoven to Bernstein.

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Evan Mitchell
3209 Lawndale Avenue
Fort Worth, TX  76133

phone 201/704-2644
fax /
e-mail evan@evanmitchell.net
public performance/concert $650 - $1600
school performance $350 - $1200
optional service concerto with orchestra $1400 - $3200
website http://www.evanmitchell.net

 

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

The Montopolis Chamber Ensemble performs the modern classical music of composer Justin Sherburn. The group is composed of Austin Symphony Orchestra string players and members of Okkervil River, a world-renowned group from Austin. Montopolis combines a traditional approach to string chamber music with folk instrumentation: pedal steel, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. The group strives to create concert music that is unique to Texas, progressive and inventive, and accessible to all. Leading the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble is Justin Sherburn, a critically acclaimed composer, producer, and musical director. Offerings include "Yakona," a feature film score performed live to a beautifully photographed nature documentary about the San Marcos River. "Monolith" is a performance inspired by the Central Texas landmark, Enchanted Rock, combining music, a projected photo essay, and audio recordings of interviews about the legends associated with Enchanted Rock. Montopolis also performs live scores to several public domain films.

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Justin Sherburn
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX  78741

phone 512/964-7979
fax /
e-mail jsherburn1@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.montopolismusic.com/

 

State Artist Karla Morton

State Artist Karla Morton

Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is an award-winning author and a celebrated poet and presenter. She has been described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” but don’t let the title “poet” fool you– Karla is an outgoing, warm and energetic ball of fire that loves to promote poetry and the arts. She has spoken, offered workshops, and performed her poetry at venues and events across Texas. From small town classrooms to cancer support groups to large corporate conferences, Karla is comfortable in any crowd. Her poetry spans many subjects and forms and evokes laughter, tears, and inspiration. Karla is the author of Wee Cowrin' Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Becoming Superman, Stirring Goldfish, Redefining Beauty (a 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner written during her journey through cancer), and 6 additional books. She has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News and in newspapers across Texas. A Texas native and mother of two, Karla is a graduate of Texas A&M University and currently resides in Denton, Texas. Karla also offers presentations on her photography.

contact
Kelly Kirkendoll
236 River Bend Trail
Combine, TX  75159

phone 972/330-2882 or 817-236-6075
fax 972/330-2881
e-mail kelly@thrivepublicrelations.com
public performance/concert $400 - $1200
school performance $400 - $600
optional service workshops $400 - $1200
website http://www.kkmorton.com

 

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon began as a jam session of classically-trained high school cellists and has since blossomed into an indie chamber orchestra of twenty young musicians, creating an intricate soundscape of rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms. The band’s albums have been praised by NPR, and they have collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Amanda Palmer, Tony Trischka, and Ben Sollee. Continually creating new work, Mother Falcon debuted an extract of Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” and an orchestral interpretation of Radiohead’s OK Computer. Committed to music education, Mother Falcon conducts a summer songwriting camp for orchestra students. Mother Falcon tours its own music and also tours in collaboration with other artists, as it recently did with cellist Ben Sollee.

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Erik Selz
PO Box 12783
Austin, TX  78711

phone 773/489-3500
fax 773/489-3535
e-mail erik@windishagency.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.motherfalconmusic.com/

 

Mark Shelton

Mark Shelton

The warmth and humor of Mark Shelton combine with his percussion prowess to create a family-friendly concert experience that connects with audiences. Mark entertains (and educates) with his trademark high-energy style as he romps and stomps his way through an arsenal of percussion paraphernalia that can include marimba, doumbec, bones, bodhran, cajon, hammered dulcimer, snare drum, handpan, and electronic percussion. In his one-man show, Music From My Galaxy, Mark draws upon a background that includes classical, folk, pop, jazz, gospel, ethnic, and new music to create an engaging collage for "the drummer in all of us." All the selections are original compositions, improvisations, or arrangements by Mark.

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Mark Shelton
PO Box 293621
Lewisville, TX  75029

phone 214/507-6366
fax /
e-mail markshelton@verizon.net
public performance/concert $335 - $2500
school performance $500 - $2500
website http://www.marksheltonmusic.com

 

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux

This professional performing artist and instructor has over 35 years of experience touring throughout the US and abroad. Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux is sought after for historical performances which teach history, motivate, inspire, and promote literacy. She also works with incarcerated youth in Harris County teaching theatrics and historical re-enactment. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux is a co-author of "Places of the Underground Railroad" (Greenwood Press, 2010). One of her programs, "The Resurrection of Harriet Tubman in Escape to Freedom," travels worldwide, providing a historical account of this woman’s life story and showing how it relates to today. This national touring artist explores the lives of women in history and how their accomplishments made a difference in our country's history. Ms. Waddy-Thibodeaux portrays various women via costuming and theatrical storytelling techniques to teach US history. Harriet Tubman, Mrs. Rosa Parks, Ms. Lavinia Bell of Texas, "The Story of Bessie Coleman," and "The Buffalo Soldier Female Story" are all available for classroom and auditorium presentations, festivals, churches, libraries, and museums across the country.

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Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux
PO Box 740606
Houston, TX  77274-0606

phone 713/884-9655
fax /
e-mail info@aflyinggeese.com
public performance/concert $650 - $1500
school performance $550 - $1100
website http://www.flyinggeese.org/

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson headlines numerous concerts and private events each year both as a solo performing artist and with the acclaimed Matt Wilson Band. In 2015 he released his 6th CD, “Hundred Bucks," and began limited touring with his most recent production, "Matt Wilson - On the Road and Off the Record." This Dallas native first gained national exposure as the "Piano-Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out." In 2005, Matt was honored with a resolution by the Texas State Senate for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Drawing from his vast repertoire of original and pop/rock standards, Matt relates his experiences from over 20 years of performing on Broadway and throughout the world through story and song. While performing at schools, churches, concert venues, and theaters, Matt prefers to work with and incorporate students, church members, and local artists into his performances. The show’s material focuses on useful life lessons and “behind-the-curtain” practical entertainment know-how.

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Michael Mordecai
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.mattwilsonband.com/

 


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