Folksy Fab Four Launch New Performance Season

It’s been two years since they played the last Gala, and now Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band is coming back to kick off Mount Vernon Music’s (MVM) 13th season on Saturday, August 25, in The Loft of the M.L. Edwards building, overlooking Mount Vernon’s Plaza Square at 103 South Kaufman Street.

The North Texas version of the Fab Four never fails to delight with everyone’s favorite Beatles songs, made even better through first-rate bluegrass playing.

This year, the Gala will be emceed by comedian Daryl Felsberg, who can be heard on XM Comedy and seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Dinner will be provided by Creative Catering of Mount Pleasant, and will feature double staffed beer, wine and coffee bars.

Proceeds from silent and live auctions will support Mount Vernon Music’s Youth Outreach and Scholarship programs, and attendees can even enter a drawing to win two nights in a luxury cabin at Broken Bow.

Ticketholders are invited to meet and mingle with champagne and hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m. Admission is $50. Tickets and auction information are online at, or by calling Gala co-chair Roxanne Campbell at (903) 440-0626. Seating is limited, so interested parties are encouraged to reserve early.

Memberships in MVM start at $25 and support all the organization’s work, including scholarships for young musicians and outreach work for schools and seniors. Memberships are good for the year June 1 through May 31, and members receive discounts on ticket pricing. Details can be found at MVM’s website.

Mount Vernon Music formed in 2005 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas.­

The complete 2018-19 MVM Hall concert schedule is as follows:

Saturday, September 22, at 7:30 p.m. -- Ludwig’s Genius

The first time anyone ever heard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, the composer himself played it, and the audience was stunned. MVM presents this ground-breaking masterpiece in a version for piano and an orchestra of five, together with the gorgeously Romantic Piano Quintet by Czech composer Josef Labor. 

Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m. -- Virtuoso Horn Duo

The Luxembourg-based Virtuoso Horn Duo has traveled the world sharing their musicianship and dazzling horn playing. Hear these incredible artists in a program of music for horn and strings, including Kerry Turner’s own delightful Catalonian Serenade.

Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 3 p.m. -- Don Quixote!

Richard Strauss’ tone poem depicts episodes from the literary masterpiece by Miguel Cervantes, with starring roles by the cello and viola. Come experience the odd adventures of Don Quixote and his “squire” Sancho Panza in a special chamber version by Hungarian cellist László Varga. With leading players of the Dallas Symphony Jolyon Pegis, cello, and Alexander Kienle, horn.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. -- Frets and Bows

As an educator and performer he has introduced countless people to the world of music. MVM presents classical guitarist Andrew Daniel, along with the famously beautiful String Quartet No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, and a wartime portrait of redemption by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. -- Wind Synergy

Two classical treasures played by MVM's own master clarinetist Daryl Coad and a team of superb players, including Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra principal horn Molly Norcross in her MVM debut.

Monday, June 10, 2019, at 2 p.m. -- Summer Children’s Concert

Come with the kids to this perennial favorite concert celebrating the power of music to tell stories, and showcasing some of our area’s top young talent. In conjunction with the Franklin County Library’s Summer Enrichment Program.

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