As the Artistic Director of the Mason Chamber Music Festival for four seasons since its creation in 2016, it has been my distinct pleasure to serve. That’s why it’s so difficult to announce to the fine people of Mason today that we have had to officially cancel our fifth season. Our original plan was to present the Festival this past March but we were forced to postpone at that time.
The Festival Committee, chaired by Cathy Terrell, and I worked together, throughout the Spring and Summer, to come up with a safe way to present at least part of the Festival. After rescheduling events several times, we have come to the sad realization that in the interest of the public safety of the citizens of Mason, and also fiscal responsibility to our wonderful patrons, business partners, and financial supporters, the Festival must cancel its 2020 season.
We will not put our audience and our treasure at risk! What we will do is plan for the Mason Chamber Music Festival to return stronger than ever in 2021, March 25-28. We will also keep our dedicated followers in our hearts, our business partners’ advertisements ready for next year’s program booklet, and our donors’ generous gifts in the savings account of the Odeon Preservation Association ready to bring great musicians and great music to the fine folks in Mason when these crazy times are behind us all!
And I must add my congratulations to you for being featured on the cover of this month’s Texas Highways magazine! It was especially nice to see two of the Festival’s venues highlighted in Clayton Maxwell’s article. The Festival musicians will look forward to seeing you at these and other venues next year!
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!