Distinguished Artist Series

Dr. Spotz, Internationally-Acclaimed Pianist, to Perform at Bosque Arts Center

The Distinguished Artist Series of the Bosque Civic Music Association will present Dr. Leslie Spotz,  internationally-acclaimed pianist, in concert at 7 PM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, Texas.


Sonata in C minor                                                   Antonio Soler (1729-1783)

Sonata in C major, L. 104/K. 159      Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)

Sonata in C major, Op. 53 “Waldstein”         Ludwig van Beethoven                                                                                                                                   (1770-1827)  Allegro con brio

Introduzione: Adagio molto

Rondo: Allegretto moderato


Iberia, Vol. I                                                               Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)


El Puerto

Fe te-Dieu a Se ville

Nocturne in C# minor, Op. posth.    Fre de ric Chopin (1810-1849)

Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No.2     Frederic ChoFre pin (1810-1849)

Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31         Fre de ric Chopin (1810-1849)


Dr. Leslie Spotz, Professor of Piano at Tarleton State University, enjoys an international performing career that spans four continents and has included solo performances in Moscow at Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the famed Academy of Music in Philadelphia, her highly acclaimed tours of Germany, concerts in Italy at the Lorenzo de’Medici Institute, solo recitals in Taiwan and Brazil, and her performance at the inaugural opening of Philadelphia’s magnificent performance venue, the Kimmel Center.
In 2016 she performed solo recitals in New York City’s Tenri Cultural Institute, Indiana Wesleyan University, Dallas Public Library, and chamber music concerts in Dallas, TX, Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She returned to Italy in June 2013 for performances at the Conservatorio di Milano and the Ambrosianeum Foundation.
Also, in June 2013 she performed in Buenes Aires, Argentina with soprano Marika Kyriakos and returned to London in May 2011. February 2010 included an all-Chopin Bicentennial recital in New York City.
December 2010, she returned to Germany in a solo recital at the Heilig–Kreuz–Kirche in Berlin. Hailed by the prestigious Süddeutsche Zeitung of Munich, Spotz’ Beethoven was described thus: “Stripped of veneer, revealing all the edges and corners, Spotz earnestly confronted Beethoven’s tempi and dynamic indications, leaving mediocrity and shallow beauty behind and bringing out truth. In all, a concert of the highest critical standard, further proof of the high carat quality of this series.”
Spotz has performed extensively throughout the U.S. from coast to coast. Concert highlights include her 2007 performance at Tarleton as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony,  performances of twenty Beethoven Sonatas at Rutgers University and her recitals for the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. Receiving a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, Spotz studied for five years with the
legendary  Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She completed her doctorate at Rutgers University in 2002.
Appearances as soloist include the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, South Jersey Symphony, Curtis Symphony, Kinhaven Symphony in Vermont, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North
Carolina, the Old York Road Symphony in Abington, PA, and the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas. March 2013 she was soloist with the University of Texas –San Antonio Symphony.
Spotz has become an advocate for women musicians through her performances, collaborating with flutist Adeline Tomasone on the critically acclaimed CD Fantasias, and women composers are featured on her solo CD, issued by Leonore Records in 1999. She has collaborated with violinists: Maria Bachmann, Joseph Genualdi, and Mark Steinberg; flutist Laurel Zucker; David Wetherill, former co-principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra; Frank Kaderabek, former principal trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Joseph Depasquale, former principal viola of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Among the notable international singers for whom Spotz has accompanied are sopranos Heather Hawk, Amanda Squitieri, Julianne Baird, Gwendolyn Bradley, Judith Lovat and Donna Connolly, and tenors Martin Dillon and Robert Guarino. She regularly performs as a member of the Abilene Chamber Players.
According to the The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Miss Spotz commands the resonant sound and the elegant gesture…playing of great
color, boldness, and suavity…most engaging…”.

Tickets to the 7:00 PM program are $20 through the BAC Office (254-675-2278) and at the door.



Trout Fishing in America – Children create music and perform- Comes to the Bosque Arts Center

Trout Fishing in America
     Four-time Grammy nominees will be coming to Clifton on Thursday, February 2nd at 7pm for a night of fun, fun music. Seriously. When you have a musical duo made up of Ezra Idlet who stands 6 feet 8 inches and Keith Grimwood, who stands tall at 5 feet 5 inches, well, I dare you not to crack a smile.
During the day, they will lead our young students from Bosque  County through a music writing workshop. That night they will treat the adults and their families to a delightful cornucopia of music that will make even the Grinch smile. The Bosque Civic Music Association welcomes this team, Trout Fishing in America, to the Distinguished Artist Series.  The $10 adult and $5 children tickets are available through the arts center and at the door.
The Distinguished Artist Series of the Bosque Civic Music Association will present four-time Grammy nominated Trout Fishing in America – Children create music and perform, at 7:00 PM, on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Bosque Arts Center, Clifton, TX.
Trout Fishing in America  (TFIA) is a musical duo which performs eclectic folk/rock and children’s music and  is best known for family music and kids’ songs. The duo is composed of Keith Grimwood (upright bass, Clevinger bass, bass guitar, vocals) and Ezra Idlet (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, vocals). They took their name from the novel Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan.
Grimwood and Idlet will conduct a songwriting workshop for third and fourth grade children from 4:00 to 5:30 PM and then will they will treat the adults and families to a delightful  variety of music with the children at 7:00 PM at the Bosque Arts Center. All are invited and encouraged to support our children.
 TFIA  is a musical duo which performs eclectic folk rock and children’s music. best known for family music and kids’ songs. The duo is composed of Keith Grimwood (upright bass, Clevinger bass, bass guitar, vocals) and Ezra Idlet (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, vocals). They took their name from the novel Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan.

Grimwood attended the University of Houston and played in the Houston Symphony Orchestra after graduation, whereas, Idlet left a college basketball team to pursue rock and roll. The two met while performing together in the Houston-based folk-rock band Wheatfield, later renamed St. Elmo’s Fire. When St. Elmo’s Fire dissolved in 1979, Grimwood and Idlet formed Trout Fishing in America on the streets of Santa Cruz, California. The band was based for many years in Houston, Texas, but moved to the Prairie Grove, Arkansas area in 1992.[1]

Their song “When I Was a Dinosaur” became a favorite of Dr. Demento, who played it frequently on his radio program.

Trout Fishing in America has received much critical recognition for both family and adult music. This includes three National Indie Awards, numerous Parents Choice awards and four Grammy Award nominations in the Best Musical Album for Children category; first for their 2001 release inFINity, then for their 2004 release Merry Fishes to All, then for their 2006 live performance release My Best Day (engineered by Michael Nelson of the Pulaski County Assessor’s Office) and most recently for their 2008 release Big Round World.

In addition to their albums and tours, Trout Fishing in America conducts songwriting workshops  in schools and in communities.

Trout Fishing in America has also written two children’s books with accompanying CDs: My Name Is Chicken Joe[3] andChicken Joe Forgets Something Important.[4] Both books were published by Canadian publisher The Secret Mountain,[5] and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. – Wikipedia –

Tickets to the 7:00 PM program are $10 adult, $5 Children through the BAC Office (254-675-2278) and at the door.


Granbury Saxophone Quartet  Performed at Bosque Arts Center

The Distinguished Artist Series of the Bosque Civic Music granbury-quartet-pictureAssociation will present the Granbury Saxophone Quartet in concert at 7:00 PM, Saturday, November 5, at the Bosque Arts Center in Clifton, Texas.

The Granbury Saxophone Quartet plays a variety of music including classical, patriotic, popular standards, Dixieland, and ragtime. They have performed at the Tarleton State University Langdon Cultural and Educational Center, Granbury Opera Guild, Pecan Plantation President’s Ball, and numerous civic organizations, churches, and charity functions.

Members of the quartet are lifelong musicians whose experiences include playing with well-known big bands and accompanying singers including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, and Barbra Streisand. They have also taught numerous young saxophonists who have gone on to be selected to play in Texas All-State bands.

Concert goers can look forward to a very entertaining evening with music that will appeal to all ages.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Bosque Arts Center at 254-675-3724. Reserved seats are $20 each. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Promoting music throughout our community and beyond!