Free Outdoor Concert Series Begins 27th Season on May 20
The Dallas Museum of Art announces a sizzling new lineup for the 27th annual series of free outdoor concerts – Chase Presents Jazz Under the Stars. The 2010 series hosts a diverse schedule of performances from Latin jazz fusion and percussionists to mainstream jazz. The extremely popular concerts attract as many as 7,000 listeners to the Dallas Arts District each Thursday night, and this is the fourteenth year Chase has sponsored the jazz series.
The free outdoor concerts begin Thursday, May 20, continuing on consecutive Thursdays through June 24, on the Museum’s Ross Avenue Plaza. Bring a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverages on-site before the music starts at 8 p.m. This year’s schedule includes:
May 20: Danilo Pérez
Kick off the 2010 season of Jazz Under the Stars with Danilo Pérez. Known for his distinctive blend of Pan-American jazz, Grammy Award–winner Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time.
May 27: Margo Reymundo
Margo Reymundo blends Latin jazz and R&B and has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Roy Hargrove, James Clay, Earl Harvin, and Shelly Carroll.
June 3: The Stockton Helbing Quintet
Drummer, composer, and producer Stockton Helbing performs modern jazz with his quintet.
June 10: The Shelley Carroll–Brad Leali Big Band featuring Sandra Kaye
Two saxophone legends, Shelley Carroll and Brad Leali, along with one of Dallas’s premier jazz divas, Sandra Kaye, lead this big band for a performance of classic and original compositions.
June 17: Clint Strong
Clint Strong is considered by many to be one of the best of a new generation of jazz guitarists. He has performed and recorded with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Red Garland and fellow guitarists Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis.
June 24: Mario Cruz
Tenor saxophonist and Texas native Mario Cruz has a unique and eclectic style. He has toured with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Dave Edmunds, Natalie Cole, and blues artist Willie Deville.
“Chase is proud to return as the presenting sponsor of the 2010 Jazz Under the Stars series at the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Elaine Agather, Chairman Chase Dallas. “Chase celebrates our 14th year as the sponsor of this outstanding series of free outdoor concerts, underscoring our commitment to the arts in Dallas, where our customers and employees live and work.”
In addition to the annual six-week outdoor jazz series, the Dallas Museum of Art presents even more live sounds with Jazz in the Atrium, featuring some of Dallas’s most talented musicians, every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hamon Atrium. Jazz in the Atrium concerts continue throughout the year as part of the DMA’s Thursday Night Live activities, which also include numerous family friendly events with the price of general admission. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Museum until 9 p.m. on Thursday evenings with general admission fees of $10 and under.
Jazz concerts are one of hundreds of programs and experiences offered by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Museum remains open until midnight every third Friday with Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art, featuring a full spectrum of programs including musical performances, gallery tours, family programs, films and other dynamic events.
Love performing arts? Then you’ll want to be part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Encore!, a special benefit for Museum members current at the $125 Sustainer level or higher.
Throughout the year, Encore! members receive exclusive invitations to special events and discounts on performing arts and music-related programs, both at the Museum and in the community. Encore! members receive reserved seating at the Jazz Under the Stars series.
For more information about Encore! or to join the Dallas Museum of Art, call 214-922-1247 or e-mail membership@DallasMuseumofArt.org.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 7,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.