The Brazos Chamber Orchestra will present a gala dinner and concert on May 5 at the Cleburne Conference Center.

The Brazos Chamber Orchestra will present a gala dinner and concert celebrating the conclusion of the “Partners in the Arts” concert season.

This event will include the final concert of the 2010-11 season, as well as a wonderful dinner for the patrons of the concert.

The gala will be presented on May 5 at the Cleburne Conference Center. The formal dinner, which will be prepared by the Cleburne Culinary Arts, will begin at 6 p.m. Members of the orchestra will perform dinner music during the meal.

The performing groups will be Forté Strings, Strings for All Seasons and the BCO Woodwind Quintet.

After dinner at 7:30 p.m., the patrons will move to the Performing Arts Center to hear the Brazos Chamber Orchestra present what promises to be one of the most exciting and entertaining concerts ever.

Pianist Dean Peiskee will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. This piece is one of the Russian composer’s most enduringly popular pieces. It was premiered on Oct. 27, 1901, with Rachmaninoff, one of the finest pianists of his time, as the soloist.

Patrons will also enjoy hearing members of the Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players and Plaza Theatre Co. troupes, headed by Dick Helmcamp, perform a number of enjoyable and well-known Broadway selections along with the orchestra.

These will include selections from “Les Miserables,” “West Side Story,” “Camelot” and “Oklahoma.” Along with Dick Helmcamp, the vocalists entertaining the audience that evening will be Christine Atwell, Caroline Rivera, Daron Cockerell, Hillard Cochran, Jay Lewis and JaceSon Barrus.

Artwork created by members of the Johnson County Art Guild will also be displayed in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center prior to the dinner and concert and will be on sale throughout the evening. The talent that has been assembled for this gala is sure to result in an evening to remember.

Tickets will be needed for this event. They will be $50 each or $400 to reserve a table for eight. They are currently available, but limited.

To secure your tickets, call by Sunday. For information, call Todd Evans at 817-938-4356 or Frances Hafford at 817-645-5847.

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