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Cedar Valley College and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians Outreach Program

The collaboration brings free instruments and lessons to elementary-age students in southern Dallas County.



The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has joined Cedar Valley College to provide free instruments and music lessons to elementary-age students in southern Dallas.

The “Young Musicians Saturday Conservatory” is aimed at building interest and passion for music among young school children. The training will take place at Cedar Valley College, part of the Dallas County Community College District. Cedar Valley is well noted for its award-winning music program.

“Research shows that learning a musical instrument has a very positive impact on young children,” says Dr. Kathryn D. Brown, music program coordinator and faculty member at Cedar Valley College.“Music is not just a school thing but a lifelong practice. In this conservatory, not only do participants get to learn about appreciating music, but they get to actually make music.”

The program is for students in grades 2-5 and includes singing and drum circles. Along with the specific skills needed to play the instruments themselves, these experiences instill confidence and social and emotional learning. With many schools cutting or de-emphasizing music programs, many students miss out on these skill-building opportunities.

“The thing about getting instruments in their hands and this connection to the Dallas Symphony is the hope that these young students have a better understanding that making music and orchestral music are not these inaccessible things that are just for other people,” remarks Dr. Brown.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has expanded its reach to include underserved communities. The organization is committed to developing and promoting the musical talents of children by introducing them to the orchestra and providing free instruments, along with other resources.

“The ultimate goal is for every child in southern Dallas to have access to an instrument, lessons and performances free of charge,” says Kim Noltemy, president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “Our Young Musicians program is off to a great start, and we are happy to be able to provide another location at Cedar Valley College. The Saturday classes provide a flexible way for new and existing Young Musician participants to enjoy the program.”

The Young Musicians Saturday Conservatory workshops will be held on the following consecutive Saturdays: July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10 and August 17. On the final day, the students will host a concert to showcase their talents.

Click here learn more about the program and here to apply for the workshops.

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Chinese New Year Dinner

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. Come celebrate at The Chinese Neighbor.



Photo courtesy of The Chinese Neighbor

The Chinese Neighbor will host an 8-course feast of special dishes by Chef Bob Tam on Sunday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Prosper, TX location.

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. The Year of the rat celebrates wealth, surplus and the beginning of a new day.

The menu has been set, but may change due to availability of ingredients & Chef Bob Tam’s whimsey.

First Course – Malted Shrimp Chips, Chinese Onion Dip
Second Course – Century Deviled Eggs
Third Course – Smoked Salmon “Everything” Eggroll
Fourth Course – Mustard Green Egg Drop Soup
Fifth Course – Grilled Cheese Dumpling, H.K. Borscht
Sixth Course – Golden Boy Pizza’s Clams Clams & Garlic, Lo Bak Go (Daikon Crepe)
Seventh Course – Mala (Sichaun Peppercorn), Carbonara Lo Mien
Eight Course – Truffle & Crispy Egg Custard Fried Rice

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to purchase tickets.

This information was provided as a press release.

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Al Biernat’s North & Samuel Lynne Galleries Hosts Exclusive VIP Closing Reception for Fine Art Photographer David Yarrow

Yarrow returned to Dallas for the weekend to preview his latest exhibition.



Photo courtesy of Tamytha Cameron

Al Biernat’s North and Samuel Lynne Galleries hosted a private VIP reception for fine art photographer David Yarrow Sunday, November 17.

Yarrow returned to Dallas for the weekend to preview his latest exhibition.

Guests enjoyed a brief presentation by Yarrow and viewed selected work from the exhibition.

In closing, all were invited to purchase Yarrow’s second book, a comprehensive collection of his photographic travels through the Americas, Africa, Antarctica, the Arctic, Asia, and Europe.

The book, featuring a foreword written by global NFL star Tom Brady and an afterword written by American cultural icon Cindy Crawford, is available at Samuel Lynne Galleries.

In addition, Yarrow’s exhibit will be open at Samuel Lynne Galleries until February 1, 2020.

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Cool Thursdays Concert Subscriptions for 2020 On Sale

Prepare to enjoy great tunes and an amazing view.



Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

The Dallas Arboretum’s premier concert series “Cool Thursdays” season subscriptions, sponsored by Wells Fargo, are on sale now.

As Dallas’ only concert series overlooking the picturesque White Rock Lake on the award-winning Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn, concert subscriptions have a history of selling out quickly.

In addition to the coolest view of White Rock Lake, attendees can bring picnics and beverages or purchase food from some of DFW’s favorite food trucks. The gardens are also open to stroll through before the concert to enjoy the stunning floral displays.

The 2020 lineup will feature nine new exciting tribute bands.

New bands for spring include “Hotter Than July”, A Stevie Wonder Tribute Band, “JT”, The Incredible Tribute to Justin Timberlake and “Kids In America”, Totally 80s Tribute Band.

New bands for fall include “The Troubadour Experience”, A Tribute to George Strait, “Hot August Night”, A Tribute to Neil Diamond and “The British Are Coming”, World’s Greatest British Rock Tribute Group.

Subscription packages are the smartest deal for tickets, offering savings of up to 66 percent, and make for unique and long-lasting Christmas gifts.

All packages purchased by December 3 will be delivered in time for the holidays.

Complete series subscriptions – 22 concerts – are on sale for $333. Spring series only – 13 concerts – are $210, and fall series only – 9 concerts – are $165.

See the full band lineup with dates and purchase concert subscriptions here.

The concert series continues every Thursday this spring and early summer and again in the fall. Gates open at 6 p.m., spring concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and fall concerts begin at 7 p.m.

For group tickets of 15 or more, call 214-515-6520.

On-site parking is complimentary for all concerts and we encourage our guests to take advantage of the close covered parking available at the parking garage.

Hotel Accommodations for Cool Thursdays Concert Series are sponsored by: The Westin Dallas Downtown.

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