Bancroft Family Concerts
Saturdays at 3 p.m.
At the Dallas Museum of Art
Monthly, October—May (excluding December)
Bancroft Family Concerts are a free chamber music series presented in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art on Saturday afternoons from October—May. Each concert features local professional performers who play in a wide range of ensembles. Repertoire runs the gamut from Baroque violin to modern percussion.
Bancroft Family Concerts began in 1984 through a partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art. The free admission and daytime timeslot 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 nearly four decades, the concerts have consistently attracted full-capacity audiences. Musicians frequently include members of the Dallas and Fort Worth symphonies, the Dallas Opera orchestra, other professional ensembles, and faculty members from local universities such as Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas.
Bancroft Concerts are on Saturday afternoons at 3 p.m. and last roughly an hour. They are completely free of charge and open to all ages. The performances are simulcast in a nearby auditorium with overflow seating. Most programs are followed by CODA: a moderated post-performance dialogue with the musicians.
Bancroft Family Concerts are generously sponsored by Sue and Christopher Bancroft. We are grateful to their family as well as to many others who give of their time and resources to make our concerts a reality. Your contributions help us keep these concerts free for all.
Basically Beethoven Festival
Sundays in July at 2:30 p.m.
At Dallas City Performance hall
The Basically Beethoven Festival was Fine Arts Chamber Players’ inaugural concert series. Since 1981, the Festival has provided North Texas with free chamber music concerts during the month of July, a traditionally slow time for arts events in Dallas. The Festival features professional musicians from local ensembles performing a diverse range of music.
Every program includes a Rising Star Recital at 2:30 pm and a Feature Performance at 3 pm. Rising Star Recitals present local, gifted young musicians, many of whom are winners of area music contest and concerto competitions, and Feature Performances showcase professional musicians from across the Metroplex. Admission is free and performances fulfill FACP’s commitment to produce classical music concerts with no barriers to attendance. Performances are easily accessible by public transit and are attended both by longtime arts patrons and area residents who are new to classical music. Families with children are welcome.
Festival performances are routinely standing room only—arrive early for the best seats!
Where and when are your performances? We have two concert series: the Bancroft Family Concert series, and our annual Basically Beethoven Festival. The Bancroft concerts are staged at 3:00 on Saturdays in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. The BFC season runs from October – May, with no concert in December. The Basically Beethoven Festival concerts are at 2:30 on Sundays in July at Dallas City Performance Hall. Doors for both concert series open 30 minutes before the concert start-time.
How do I buy tickets? All of FACP’s concerts are free and open to the public – no tickets required. When you attend the Basically Beethoven Festival in July at Dallas City Performance Hall, you may be given a small ticket at the door. This is so we can get an accurate headcount. You simply give that ticket to the ushers at the auditorium doors.
Who plays for FACP? We contract with professional musicians in the area. Though there is no cost to attend, FACP pays the artists a competitive rate to appear on our programs.
Wait – how does that work? How do you pay the musicians without charging us ticket prices? Support from concert attendees, individual donors, corporations, and charitable foundations make it possible for FACP to offer free classical music programming to North Texans. Donations can be made online HERE.
What should I wear to your concerts? We encourage you to wear whatever you’ll be most comfortable in. Maybe that’s your Sunday best, maybe that’s cargo shorts and a t-shirt.
Darn it! Traffic was backed up. Is there late seating? As long as the auditoriums are not full, we will seat latecomers in between pieces in the program. There are rare exceptions to this, mostly tied to if the performers remain on stage between pieces.
Can children attend? Yes, please! We aim to make classical music concerts accessible to ALL, and that includes families. If your child is getting fidgety or fussy, you are welcome to exit the auditorium after a piece has concluded. If your child is audibly distressed, we thank you for discreetly exiting.
Can FACP provide music for an event I’m having? We do not have an ensemble-in-residence of musicians on staff or long-term contract, so typically we cannot staff events.
Do you do anything besides these free concerts? Indeed, we do! FACP serves over 12,000 Dallas youth each year through our music education programs. Read more about the music residencies staff at two DISD high schools and a local charter school HERE. Learn more about the in-school performance ensembles: Dream Collectors and Music A to Z.