It is with great sadness that I announced that the 20th Annual Brazos Valley Youth Concerto Competition, scheduled for Feb. 9, has been canceled. In insufficient number of entries was received from which to select at least three finalists.

The competition is sponsored by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and its support guild, the Friends Association of the Symphony Orchestra. On Monday, the FASO Board agreed to cancel this year's event and pledge to work to bring in more entries next year.

Entry forms for next year's competition will be posted on the Symphony website -- bvso.org -- by Oct. 1 and will be due in the Symphony office by Dec. 10. There is no cost to enter.

I have been privileged to chair the Concerto competition for several years and am disappointed in the paucity of entries this year. I strongly believe in music education and thrill every year when I hear the finalists in the competition. We made the decision that had to be made this year, but I am so excited about next year's competition.

To all the young musicians in the Brazos Valley, start preparing any movement from any concerto for any instrument, not to exceed 12 minutes. We look forward to hearing you perform next February.

That's the Way It Is

After an amazingly busy holiday season, area arts organizations have taken a well-deserved rest for the past several weeks. Well, that rest time is over as area favorite Terry Price and his band, the T-Birds, get ready to perform two special fundraiser concerts Friday and Saturday for StageCenter, the area's oldest community theater. The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. both nights at StageCenter, 201-B West 26th St. in Downtown Bryan. StageCenter is looking for a new, more accessible home and the money raised by the concerts will go to its building fund.

Tickets are $30 each or two for $50. They are available online at www.stagecenter.net. If any tickets are left, they will be available at the door.

Price has performed his Elvis tribute shows numerous times in the area. The upcoming concerts -- titled That's the Way It Is -- will feature classic rock and roll originally performed by legends such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Ricky Nelson and others. It sounds like a good time will be had both nights.

Members of the band include Price, Brian Lippman, Mike Holleman, Jack Carr and Eric Lindquist.

Strong start

Concerts on Carter Creek prepares to kick off its Spring season with the Neave Trio at 5 p.m. Jan. 21.

The free concert will be in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Carter Creek Parkway in Bryan. Concerts on Carter Creek are the church congregation's gift to the community.

The Neave Trio is one of the busiest chamber groups today, with concerts in Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States and around the world.

Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura comprise the Neave Trio, which formed in 2010.

Robert Sherman of WQXR Radio said, "Neave is actually a Gaelic name meaning 'bright' and 'radiant', both of which certainly apply to this trio's music making."

The Boston Musical Intelligencer included the Neave Trio in its Best of 2014 and Best of 2016 listings.

The Jan. 21 event includes free child care and a reception with the artists following the concert.

The concert is expected to include Joseph Haydn's Trio in D major, Hob. XV: 16; Johannes Brahms' Trio in C major, Opus 87; and Astor Piazzolla's Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires).

Overtures

Jan. 21 and 22 -- Auditions for Camelot, The Theatre Company, behind JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts in Bryan's Tejas Center, 7 p.m. both nights. Performances Feb. 23 through March 4. (www.theatrecompany.com)

Jan. 26 through Feb. 3 -- Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Brazos Valley TROUPE, 29th Street Studio, 3702 E. 29th St. in Bryan's Town & Country Center. (bvtroupe.com)

Feb. 1 through Feb. 18 -- Arthur Miller's All My Sons, Unity Theatre, 300 Church St. in downtown Brenham. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. $27, available at tickets.unitybrenham.org. (unitybrenham.orrg)

Feb. 8 through Feb. 24 -- Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, StageCenter, 201-B W. 26th St. in Downtown Bryan, above Mr. G's Pizza. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (www.stagecenter.net)

Feb. 9 through Feb. 25 -- Too Soon for Daisies, Navasota Theatre Alliance, 104 W. Washington Ave. in downtown Navasota. Fridays and Saturdays and Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and Sundays and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., $7 to $14. (navasotatheatre.org)

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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