Bancroft Family Concerts
Bancroft Family Concerts is the name given to FACP’s monthly concert series during October – May. Once a month, FACP produces a concert of chamber music downtown at the Horchow Auditorium in the Dallas Museum of Art. Each concert is different, featuring various local performers who play in a wide range of ensembles. The repertoire we choose runs the whole gamut, from Baroque violin to modern percussion. A PARKING MAP for the Dallas Arts District is available here.
Bancroft Family Concerts began in 1984, when the Dallas Museum of Fine Art moved into the Dallas Arts District and became known as the Dallas Museum of Art. Fine Arts Chamber Players was invited to move with the museum, and that year we began offering a fall-winter-spring series of concerts in addition to our Basically Beethoven Festival. The daytime time slots of the Bancroft Family Concerts were expressly chosen to support FACP’s commitment to provide professional chamber music to those who would not traditionally be able to attend – particularly older adults and families with children. For almost three decades, FACP’s Basically Beethoven Festival and Bancroft Family Concerts have consistently attracted standing-room-only audiences. Musicians have included ensembles such as Iridium Brass, D’Drum, the Hall Ensemble, The Wyeth String Quartet, as well as individuals such as Anton Kerr and Emmanuel Borack of the Dallas Symphony, concertmaster of the Hong Kong Symphony Jing Wang, and other solo artists such as Jeewon Lee and Kyle Orth.
Bancroft Concerts are on Saturday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. They are completely free of charge and open to all ages. For most concerts, the house is completely filled by 2:50, so we advise you arrive early!
2:30 pm Doors to the Horchow Auditorium open
3:00 – 4:00 pm Feature Concert
More information about upcoming Bancroft Family Concerts can be found on the CONCERTS page.
Bancroft Family Concerts are generously sponsored by Sue and Christopher Bancroft. We are grateful to their family as well as many others who give of their time and resources to make our concerts a reality. If you would like to see chamber music continue in your community, you can easily become a part of our mission. Either donate now or sign up to volunteer. We will be pleased for you to become part of the Fine Arts Chamber Players family!
Basically Beethoven Festival
The Basically Beethoven Festival was Fine Arts Chamber Players’ initial concert series. Since 1981, the festival has provided the Dallas public with free chamber music concerts during the month of July, a traditionally slow time for performing arts events. The Basically Beethoven Festival feature musicians of the Dallas Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera, and other professional organizations in concert every Sunday afternoon in July.
At 2:00 pm, Doors open. Come early – the seats are known to fill up!
During this time you can chat with your friends, meet the FACP staff, enjoy the Dallas City Performance Hall, and peruse the various display tables in front of the auditorium. FACP offers tickets for a very popular raffle each year at the Festival.
2:30 – 2:50 pm Rising Star Recital: At every concert we feature a performance by young, emerging musicians who are just beginning to make names for themselves on the Dallas scene.
3:00 – 4:00 pm Feature Concert: The featured artist(s) will perform selections (usually) from the classical repertoire.
FACP events have no strings attached: just show up, enjoy the music and take part in the artistic community!
What to wear: Jeans, t-shirts and flip-flops are welcome, as well as dresses and ties. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Generally, FACP fosters a casual, fun environment at our concerts.
Where to park: Downtown parking can be tricky, but we’ve got hints and a map for you here on our Venues page.
Punctuality: If you come a bit late, there is late seating between pieces.
Photography: Please do not take pictures WHILE the musicians are performing. This can distract them from their music-making! You are free to take them at any other time during the event.
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