Concerts on Carter Creek begins tonight

Concerts on Carter Creek opens its 35th season of free concerts at 7 p.m. today with Houston-area group Brass Beats. The concert is at First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway in Bryan. The concerts will range from music by Johann Sebastian Bach to Edith Piaf’s haunting La Vie en Rose to hits by Earth, Wind and Fire, as well as Chicago. The concert is a gift to the community by the congregation of First Presbyteian Church.

Concerts of Carter Creek will begin its new season at 5 p.m. today with Brass Beats in the sanctuary of Bryan's First Presbyterian Church.

The concert is free -- a gift from the congregation of First Presbyterian Church -- and includes free child care.

Brass Beats is composed of talented musicians from the Houston area. Robert Chambers is principal trumpet of our own Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra.

Brass Beats plays music from the Baroque and Classical eras all the way to the jazz, funk and rock of today.

The band was formed in 2015. In addition to Chambers, members include James Kwon Lee, trombone; Phillip Scoles, trumpet; Emily Nagel, French horn; Victor Gomez, tuba; and Luke Hubley, percussion..

The program for tonight's concert is scheduled to include My Spirit Be Joyful by Johann Sebastian Bach; Arioso by Bach; La Virgen De La Macarena by Monterde; In the Stone by Earth, Wind and Fire; La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf; and Barber of Seville by Giochino Rossini.

Also, Saturday in the Park by Chicago; Married Life from Up by Michael Giacchino; Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; Star Trek by Giacchino; Armed Forces medley; That's a Plenty; and America the Beautiful.

Concerts on Carter Creek is marking its 35th anniversary of providing great music by professional musicians at no charge to the community. It is funded by the John G. Otts Jr. estate, the Gilbert and Thyra Plass Arts Foundation, the Ham Trust and donations by concert patrons.

Beautiful music

Jungjin Kim, a native of Seoul, South Korea, who now makes her home in Bryan-College Station, will present an classical organ concert at 5 p.m. today.

Location of the concert has been changed to First United Methodist Church in Bryan due to delays in installing the new organ in the original location. The church is located at 506 E. 28th St. Kim is associate director of music ministry at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, where she plays organ and piano and oversees the adult handbell ensemble and children’s chime choir.

She began studying the piano at age 4 and later majored in organ studies in the church music department of Yonsei University, earning a bachelor’s degree in organ performance with highest distinctions. She came to the United States in 2008 and earned a master’s degree and doctor of musical arts degree in organ performance at the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin.

Today’s concert will include Prelude and Fugue in G Major BWV 541 by Johann Sebastian Bach; Allegro ma non troppo op.18 no. 7 by Alexandre P. F. Boëly; 24 Préludes liturgiques by Gaston Litaize; Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major BWV 530 by Bach; Messe pour orgue by Nicolas de Grigny; and Toccata in F Major BWV 540 by Bach.

Kim has won several organ competitions, including firsts prize in the 39th William C. Hall Pipe Organ Competition. She was the quarter-finalist in the 2012 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance, as well as finalist in the 2012 North American Classical Organ Competition. Her performance in that competition was featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.

She recently was invited to perform at the 2017 Oregon Bach Festival and, later this month, will participate in the 2017 Marchal-Litaize International Organ Competition in Paris.

Today’s concert is presented by the Brazos Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

Free afternoon

The Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley will have a Free Sunday today with free admission.

The museum, at 4001 E. 29th St. in Bryan, will be open today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Exhibits include a giant piano, a reading nook, a family pet center and its new Illumination Station donated by BTU.

On Oct. 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the museum will host Night at the Museum: A Mummy-Son Night of Fun. Mothers and son will enjoy games, slime, food, Lego robotics and costumed characters.

There will be a contest for the best mother-son costumed duo.

Tickets are $30 per mother and son, with an additional $10 for each additional child. To RSVP, go to cmbv.org.

Hands on

The Museum of the American G.I. will host a World War I Hands on History weekend Saturday and Oct. 15. Visitors will be able to explore the challenges as America equipped itself for the "war to end all wars" a century ago.

There will be weapons and artillery demonstrations, living history displays and hands-on activities. Learn how American "doughboys" put on their leggings. Explore the differences in uniforms and weapons of both sides and meet with living historians for both sides.

A World War I artillery demonstrations at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. both days.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Cost at the door is $6 for adults and $5 for children.

The Museum of the American G.I. is located at 19124 Texas 6 S. between College Station and Navasota.

Overtures

Today through Oct. 22 -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The Theatre Company behind JoAnn Fabrics in Bryan's Tejas Center, Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., $7 to $20, several shows close to selling out. (www.theatrecompany.com)

Thursday through Oct. 21 -- The Desk Set, StageCenter at 201-B W. 26th St. in Downtown Bryan, above Mr. G's Pizza, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., $10 to $15. (www.stagecenter.net)

Through Oct. 15 -- A Grand Night for Singing, a tribute to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Unity Theatre, 300 Church St. in downtown Brenham, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. $30. (tickets.unitybrenham.org)

Friday and Saturday -- Laugh Out Loud! improvisation show, Brazos Valley TROUPE, 29th Street Studio, 3702 E. 29th St. in Bryan's Town & Country Center. (bvtroupe.com)

Oct. 20 through 22 -- Lights, Camera ... Action!, Brazos Valley TROUPE, 29th Street Studio, 3702 E. 29th St. in Bryan's Town & Country Center. (bvtroupe.com)

Every Sunday -- Open mics and poetry slams sponsored by Mic Check Poetry, 8:30 p.m. Revolution Café in Downtown Bryan, (miccheckpoetry.com)

Items for Arts Watch should be emailed to robert.borden@theeagle.com. Deadline is noon Tuesday before the weekend you want it to run.

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