By CHERIL VERNON
The Anderson County Arts Council is planning five concerts in May to promote the arts in the area — a special Nimble Fingers Concert II and four concerts featuring the Hwy. 19 Band.
The council’s Nimble Fingers Concert II featuring young artists is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at First United Methodist Church in Palestine.
Featured artists will be Aaron Jackson on organ and Thomas Willingham on piano.
“Both were in the first Nimble Fingers Concert and both have continued their interest in music. If there are other students who return, they will also be our featured guests,” Anderson County Arts Council board president Rosemary Biel said.
Students under piano teachers Julie Bell, Michelle Bolton and Paula Ellis also may perform.
Guest artists will include Jessica and Rachel Zhang from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
“They were invited because they have won in the Dallas Symphonic Festival Piano Competitions. Their first visit to Palestine was about five years ago,” Biel said, noting the family was in Palestine recently for Dogwood Trails Celebration festivities.
“I really want the rural kids here to hear the metro kids play and vice versa,” Biel said.
Tickets for the Nimble Fingers Concert II will be $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 16 and free for children age 5 and under.
“This will be a mixed genre concert, not just straight classics,” Biel said. “It will be the Saturday night before Mother’s Day, so I would encourage everyone to come, relax and enjoy the music of these young people who we may not get a chance to hear again as they go on further with their music.”
Three concerts are planned with the East Texas group Hwy. 19 on May 16-17. The band plays a little of everything from blue grass, ‘50s, Beatles, etc.
A concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Ben E. Keith Community Center in Palestine.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 6 to 16 and free for children age 5 and under.
A concert featuring Hwy. 19 will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Slocum School for the Slocum Elementary students. Concerts also will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, May 17 at Elkhart Elementary for the elementary and intermediate students.
All three of the concerts planned at the local schools will be free to local senior citizens.
The Anderson County Arts Council raised funds to plan the concerts. Donations can be sent to: Anderson County Arts Council, P.O. Box 2323, Palestine, Texas, 75802.