Treat Mother to Great Music

Two gorgeous sonatas by Johannes Brahms are center stage in Mount Vernon Music’s (MVM) Mother’s Day program Woodwind Fireworks and Two Takes on Brahms on Sunday, May 13, at 3 p.m. at Mount Vernon Music Hall.

Because they were originally written for clarinet and piano, and then revised by the composer for his other favorite instrument, the viola, MVM presents one on each instrument, along with sweet and sparkling flute trios by Bohuslav Martinu and Reynaldo Hahn, and a bewitching work with folk-tune influences by Armenian composer Aram Khachaturian for clarinet, violin and piano.

Performing will be Ebonee Thomas, flute; Daryl Coad clarinet; Mark Miller, violin; Ute Miller, viola; and Evan Mitchell, piano.

Winners of this year’s Betty Whitlock Scholarship Awards will showcase their talent in a “Young Stars” pre-concert at 2:30 p.m. They include Randi Brannan, saxophone of Mineola; Seth Carter, tuba of Paris; Craig Crawford, piano of Texarkana; Sam Greenwell, marimba of Paris; Madeline Majors, voice of Mount Vernon.

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children's admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). For more information, visit

Evan Mitchell, piano

Mitchell's recent highlights include debuts on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. He has played concerti with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Fort Worth, among others, and collaborated in recital with such major figures as double bassist Gary Karr and clarinetist Corrado Giuffredi. His new recording with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” He is also featured on the 2012 release Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music. Since June 2014 he has been a TCA Texas Touring Roster Artist, and over the past four years he has given more than 150 performances for Cliburn in the Classroom.  Mitchell is currently completing his doctorate at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. More information can be found at

Ebonee Thomas, flute

Thomas is originally from Plano, Texas, and holds degrees from Southern Methodist University and the New England Conservatory of Music. She was most recently Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony for three seasons. She was previously Principal Flute of the Florida Grand Opera and held a one-year position as Second Flute with the Houston Symphony. She completed a fellowship with the prestigious New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson-Thomas where she performed the North American premiere of Christian Lindberg's flute concerto, “The World of Montuagretta.” She also performed John Adams' Chamber Symphony in Carnegie Hall under the composer's baton. Ebonee was principal flute for the “Star Wars: In Concert!” orchestra during their U.S., Canada, and Mexico tour. She also performed as Principal Flute in The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess: A Broadway Musical with the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Thomas has performed with Sarasota Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony and most recently the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies. In addition to performing, she has a passion for teaching and holds a full studio of private students.

Daryl Coad, clarinet

Coad is an active performer and teacher in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Formerly a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and the New Orleans Symphony, he has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He has been on the faculties of the Brevard Music Center and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he also served as music director for the University Symphony Orchestra. His recordings credits include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Claudio Abbado and Andre Previn, and he was featured on a recording of William Walton’s Façade with David Zinman conducting members of the Rochester Philharmonic. His principal clarinet teacher was Robert Marcellus. Other teachers include Larry Combs, Clark Brody and Robert Listokin. Coad studied conducting with David Zinman, and holds a B.M. in clarinet performance and an M.M. in conducting, both from Northwestern University. He frequently performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas since 1999.

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