The Arts League, a volunteer and fundraising arm of the Arts Council Northeast, hosted its annual coffee and general meeting to a packed room March 24 at the Colleyville Center in Colleyville.
Guest speaker Jacques Marquis, president and CEO of the Cliburn, shared not only the amazing work that the Cliburn has been doing lately, but also gave a glimpse of an upcoming PBS documentary, Virtuosity, the story of the Fourteenth Cliburn Competition, directed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson.
After viewing those clips, it was easy to hear everyone whisper, “where can we see the entire documentary?” Virtuosity is slated to air on PBS on July 10.
Attendees also enjoyed a special piano performance by Danny Zelibor, who kept the room spellbound with his rendition of several classical pieces. Zelibor, grandson of member Chris Ortegel, is pursuing his Ph.D from the University of North Texas.
In the “who knew” file, it was interesting to find out that this organization has supported the Arts Council Northeast since 2008, raising well over $500,000, which has supported community arts programs, including free MasterWorks concert series, Summer Arts College and a very special extension of the Summer Arts College for disadvantaged children served by GRACE, Community Enrichment Center and The Community Storehouse.
I also understand that these ladies not only help support the Summer Arts College for disadvantaged children with their checkbooks, they also roll up their sleeves and make the kids lunches themselves.
Speaking of Arts Council Northeast, it is almost time for the 2015 Triple Crown Affair held at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie.
Plan to pick your ponies and throw back your bourbon from 1-6 p.m. May 2 in the Alysheba Ballroom.
Tickets are $150 each, and tables of 10 are available, which includes wonderful libations and great food. To reserve your spot, go to the Arts Council Northeast website and click on the Triple Crown Affair 2015 logo or call 817-283-3406.
This is the ultimate event that celebrates the heritage, traditions and style of the Kentucky Derby with Southern hospitality. And with a great party atmosphere.
This event always sells out, so don’t delay. The ponies wait for no one.
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