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Fall 2019


Spring 2019

Michael Ramirez announces:

My musical "Loving" will have it's premiere performance on April 12 at 5 PM in the MEIT at UNT's College of Music. Below is the page where you can reserve free tickets. Thank you so much for your interest in my work!

The reserved seating is sold out, but the event is NOT sold out! There will be 20-30 additional general admission seats, so get there early! Doors open at 4:45.

Loving tells the story of real-life couple and inadvertent civil rights figures, Mildred and Richard Loving. They were an interracial couple in Virginia whose marriage in the 1950s began a decade-long legal battle to reverse bans on interracial marriage. They suffered a few obstacles along the way, but their struggle ultimately culminated in a unanimous Supreme Court decision in their favor, Loving v. Virginia. Yes, a unanimous SCOTUS decision, can you imagine? Their story is remarkable in its simplicity: they simply wanted to live in their tight-knit, open-minded community of Caroline County, Virginia.

Mason Bynes as Mildred Loving and Alex Poole as Richard Loving
Accompanied by chorus, piano, string quartet, double bass, guitar, and drum set
Music, lyrics, and book by Michael Ramirez

Date and Time: Fri, April 12, 2019
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

Location: Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (UNT)
415 Avenue C
Denton, Texas 76201

Summer/Fall 2018

Diversitá Opera Arts Company's event

Saturday, July 21 at 5 PM
Latino Cultural Center - 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX 75204
Tickets: $0-$20

Diversità Opera Arts Company presents the concert version of Verdi’s comic opera, Falstaff! It’s a hilarious, hip, and modern take on a classic!

Conductor: Amy Wilson
Stage Director: Sergio Garcia
Chorus Master: Nancy Bartke
Falstaff: Jeffrey Snider
Alice Ford: Kathryn Frady
Ford: Mason Jarboe
Nannetta: Christina Dragoo
Fenton: Jake Rodriguez
Quickly: Walteria Caldwell
Meg Page: Erin Thomas
Dr. Cauis: Kenny Clymer
Bardolfo: David Thompson
Pistola: Joseph Canuto Leon
Ensemble: Patrick Jones, Nancy Bartke, Audrey Davis, Robert Allen, Ryan McDonald, Laurel McConkey Allen, Brianna Clancy, Justin Mangrich, Jazmin Luevano, Raul Cervantes, LeAnn Ducker

Fine Arts Chamber Players
What:  Eclectet, Presented by Texas Capital Bank
The first concert of the 2018 Basically Beethoven Festival. Always FREE.

When:  Sunday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m.
doors open at 2:00
Where:  Moody Performance Hall in the Arts District
2520 Flora Street
formerly Dallas City Performance Hall here for our concert FAQs.
Click here for details on the Festival.


Spring 2018

January 11-13, Melissa Youth OnStage presents Heathers 101, directed by Ashley Bouras. The performance will take place at Cox Theater in Plano each evening at 7, and then a Saturday matinee at 2 pm. Tickets are expected to sell out, so it is recommended to reserve ahead of time. If anyone wants to come, contact Ashley and she will take care of it. Tickets are $10 each. The content of the show is for middle school age and up.

Fall 2017

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MelissaYouthOnStage presents Little Mermaid
September 29, 30
Church Street Auditorium
306 N. Church St, McKinney TX

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Ensemble 75 Season 
Saturday Sept 29, 8 pm
Sammons Center for the Arts
3630 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219

Concert 1 - Double Treble:  Chloe Trevor, violin
  Stirling Trent, violin
  Jonathan Tsay, piano


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MelissaYouthOnStage presents Pippin
October 12-14
Cox Playhouse
1517 H Ave

Free Organ Concert - Bradley Reznicek
October 19, 7 pm
Custer Road United Methodist Church
6601 Custer Road, Plano

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Wei-Shu Tsai​, Baritone
​ Meng-Jung Tsai, Soprano
Jazmin Luevano, ​Soprano
Yana White, ​Soprano
Lu Herman, Guitarist & Soloist
Annette Harris, Mezzo-Soprano
Katya Chernaya-Oh, Accompanist
Walteria Caldwell, Accompanist

Lyric Sosa, Pianist
Liberty Hayes, Pianist & Soloist
Nina Imamovic, Pianist
Aria Bethea, Pianist & Soloist


Messiah Sing Along

     December 17, 2017 - 6:00 pm
     Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
     10701 E Lake Highlands Dr.
     Dallas TX


Pei-Chi Lin, Conductor
Lori-Ann Christian, Soprano Soloist
Walteria Caldwell, Contralto Soloist
Kenneth Clymer, Tenor soloist
Jeffrey Tarr, Bass Soloist                            


Astraious - 2016-2017 Season

Better Than One 

Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell, Harps

Sunday, November 13, 2016
3:00 pm
Frisco City Council Chambers
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
$10 Suggested Donation

Duo harpists Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell, aka Better Than One, are bringing new works written and arranged for two harps to the audiences of Texas and beyond. Join us in November for a unique concert with two dynamic performers.
Dr. Jaymee Haefner is Assistant Professor of Harp and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas. 
Emily Mitchell is Artist in Residence at Stephen F. Austin State University and recently appointed to the faculty of Sam Houston State University. NOTE: She is the daughter of Laura Nell Mitchell, a former member of Dallas Alumni Chapter.

As always, our concerts are presented free with a suggested $10 donation. You can reserve your seat here. Be sure to join us after the concert for a reception with the musicians that will also celebrate Astraios's 9th birthday!
Wind Trio
Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Jeremy Reynolds, Clarinet; Michael Jones, Bassoon

Saturday, January 14, 2017
7:00 pm
Expedition Frisco
9073 Berkshire Drive 
Frisco, TX 75033
$10 Suggested Donation

Dr. Jeremy Reynolds returns to Texas to perform with Ruth Ann Ritchie and Michael Jones. Join us for this concert at a new venue, the community center at Expedition Frisco. You can reserve your seat here. As always, join the musicians for a post-concert reception!


DFW Brass 
Lacey Hays, Trumpet; Adam Miller, Trumpet; Steve Peterson, Trombone; Jeff Baker, Tuba

Sunday, March 26, 2017***
3:00 pm
Frisco City Council Chambers
6101 Frisco Square Boulevard
Frisco, TX 75034

Founded in 2014, DFW Brass is comprised of top musicians from the North Texas area and is enthusiastic about sharing   music with audiences everywehre.
The mission of DFW Brass is to promote excellence in brass performance and education. 

 ***This concert is still pending approval of the Frisco City Council. We will open seats for reservation once we receive offical permission.

Women in Music

Sponsored by Dallas Public Library
Saturday, March 4 - 10 am at J. Erik Jonsson Library Auditorium (downtown), 1515 Young St.

Concert of women composers. Mu Phis from our chapter will be participating, including Nancy Laine,       Kimla Beasley, Claudia Jameson and others.

Music of Dallas Mu Phi Katherine Freiberger will be included.

Richland College Concerts

Each week, the Division of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts at Richland College presents its Recital Series. All performances are Tuesdays at 12:30 pm in Fannin Performance Hall unless noted otherwise and are free to the general public.

Richland College is one of the Dallas Community Colleges, located at 12800 Abrams Rd. Dallas, TX 75243. Fannin Hall is on the east side of the campus -  better accessed from the parking lot north of the college off Walnut St. For more information about this series, contact Melissa Peden, 972-238-6284.

Spring 2017

Ensemble 75
Jonathan Tsay, Director
Location:  Collora Piano, 1451 Wycliff Avenue, Dallas Texas 75207

April 8, 2017 - 7:00 PM - American Composers
Collora Piano, 1451 Wycliff Avenue Dallas, Texas 75207

Elizabeth Lee, cello
- Artina McCain, piano

Nathaniel Dett (1882 - 1943)
Juba from "In the Bottoms"

Phillip Glass (1937 - )

Margaret Bonds (1913 - 1972)
Troubled Waters

Mark Summer (1955 - )

Amy Beach (1867 - 1944)
Berceuse and Dreaming

George Walker
Sonata for Cello and Piano
I. Allegro Passionato
II. Sostenuto
III. Allegro



Mu Phi Epsilon receives awards

The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving presented its first "Grace Note" awards October 4, 2009 - 3:30 pm at the opening concert in their Sundays at the Symphony series in the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur. Five organizations will be honored.

"We want to recognize some of the creative efforts in north Texas to build an audience for great music," the orchestra's president, Gretchen Cabrera, explains.

Grace notes are the small, extra notes that make music more beautiful in classical scores, she says. "Our awards recognize these extra efforts that help create the audiences for our music."

The 2009 honorees include:

  • The Fine Arts Chamber Players, who since 1981 have attracted thousands each year to their free chamber music concerts at Fair Park and the Dallas Museum of Art, creating an audience for chamber music in this area.

  • Big Thought's "Thriving Minds" program receives an award for taking music and the arts to students in their schools and neighborhoods, helping to create the audiences of the future.

  • The Friends of WRR is being honored for its work in building an audience for classical music, by providing needed support for a unique city-owned classical music radio station whose reach extends throughout the north Texas area.

  • The Dallas alumnae of Sigma Alpha Iota and Mu Phi Epsilon, two groups whose members begin their membership in college, are being recognized for sharing those talents with the community through free concerts, including Sigma Alpha Iota's young artists concerts each spring and Mu Phi Epsilon's weekend concerts at the Dallas Public Library, offered continuously since 1937.


"Every musician knows that it's the audience that creates the excitement in a concert," the New Philharmonic's president explains. "We want to honor our audiences."

Members of the Grace Note Award-winning groups were honored at a reception during the October 4 concert. 

Receiving the awards were Gae Hatton, executive director of the Fine Arts Chamber Players; Gigi Antoni, president/executive director of Big Thought, for their "Thriving Minds" program; Pat Hill of Friends of WRR; Angela Pendleton, president, Sigma Alpha Iota; and Susan Poelchau, Dallas Public Library concert series chair for Mu Phi Epsilon.

Also recognized during the Grace Note Awards ceremony were eight other music groups in the north Texas area nominated for the award: The Wagner Society, The Puccini Society, Music Study Club, Melodie Club, Pro Musica, Musical Arts, Van Katwijk Club and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Sponsors and in-kind contributors include the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board, Irving Arts Center, Texas Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, WRR 101.1, NorthLake College, LMP Specialties and The Communications Department, Inc.

The concert was held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 4, in Carpenter Auditorium at the Irving Arts Center,3333 North MacArthur - about a mile north of Highway 183, and a mile south of NorthLake College. The Grace Note Awards were presented just after intermission.

Contact Information
Electronic mail / President / General Information - Nancy Laine:
Website - Mary Williams:
Concert Series - Kimla Beasley:
VP/Membership - Kimla Beasley:
Programs - Phyllis Wilson: and Claudia Jameson:

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