On behalf of the Festival Committee and all of our Patrons and Sponsors, it is my privilege to welcome you to the 5th Annual Mason Chamber Music Festival. It’s hard to believe that more than two years have passed since we have been able to make music for the good people of Mason and Central Texas. So much has happened during that time. That’s why we are especially delighted to present three performances during this most special 2021 Festival, including two Classical concerts featuring the Artisan String Quartet and guest artists and the Festival Pops performance with Javier Chapparo and “Salud.”
While we celebrate the opportunity to enjoy great music together at Heritage Park, the First United Methodist Church, and the Odeon Theater, we will miss performing for Mason’s students as we have for every previous Festival. We also mourn the loss of one of our favorite concert venues, the Mason County Courthouse. The first public concert ever presented at the Mason Chamber Music Festival happened on April 1, 2016, in that grand old building. We will miss the wonderful sense of history, the intimate atmosphere, and the beautiful acoustics of the courtroom.
Our concerts at the school and in the courthouse are significant to us. We eagerly anticipate the return of our school performance next year and the noon courthouse concert when the new building rises like the Phoenix.
So sit back and relax to the distinctly Latino beat of Javier Chapparo and the sweet, classic sounds of the Artisan String Quartet and Friends! The Mason Chamber Music Festival and the Odeon Preservation Association kick off the Summer season in Mason. It will be the first post-Covid performance as the Odeon reopens for movies and concerts, and entertainment in Mason starts to get back to normal. Enjoy!
Cheers, Bruce Williams, artistic director.
In appreciation of your tax deductible donation to the Mason Chamber Music Festival we will list all donors’ names in all of our programs and thank all donors at curtain time at the Odeon Theater. Gifts in kind and volunteer hours will also be recognized. Mason Chamber Music Festival falls under the umbrella of the Odeon Preservation Association and is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization.
Odeon Preservation Association
(write MCMF in the Memo line)
P. O. Box 1647
Mason TX, 76856
Welcome to the 5th season of the Mason Chamber Music Festival! The Artisan Quartet and I want to, once again, thank the people of Mason, and the Odeon Preservation Association for their partnership in helping us create and support this classical chamber music festival here in Mason, Texas. We are truly fortunate that it occurs during the Spring Wildflower season.
The MCMF is dedicated to presenting the greatest works from the vast string quartet and chamber music repertoire. This season, performances during the 5th annual Festival will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig von Beethoven’s birth with the great one’s chamber works on almost every concert. The Artisan Quartet welcomes the collaboration of guest artists Richard Kilmer, violin, Stephen Girko, clarinet, Rick Rowley, piano, jazz pianist Jeff Hellmer and friends, and Mason’s own Scott Haupert, viola.
We are also delighted to again perform at the Mason County Courthouse, the First United Methodist Church, and of course the Odeon Theater; these are the venues for the Festival “Classical” concerts. The MCMF would not be possible without all the time and effort the Odeon Preservation Association has invested in renovating and restoring their historic building, and we are excited about the new seats for you, our audience! Lea-Lou Co-op also returns as our “Pops” venue on Festival Friday, and we’re really looking forward to hearing classic Big Band Jazz favorites performed by Jeff Hellmer & Friends. The free performances in the Mason County Courthouse, the First UMC, and Lea-Lou, ensure that every member of the community has the opportunity to hear great live music performed by world-class artists!
We are very interested in making a lasting contribution to the community of Mason, and that is why we will always schedule a school concert as part of the MCMF. These concerts include members of the Artisan Quartet or guest Artists performing for and speaking with, hundreds of Mason County students. We believe that music education, and especially playing an instrument or singing, is an essential part of a well-rounded educational program. We are delighted to have the opportunity to share our love of music with so many fine young people again this year. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy some great music for a while. After all, we are here to entertain as well as inspire. I think with the wonderful combination of music, musicians, and locations we have assembled, inspired entertainment will ensue!