Performing in Frisco at the invitation of Frisco Arts and Steinway Hall, Plano Texas was a fabulous experience and I was delighted to find the myriad arts and music activities that seem to regularly feature on the Frisco Arts calendar. Frisco is an amazing cultural hub in the heart of Texas and it was a privilege to be able to take my music to the knowledgeable and highly receptive audience. I particularly enjoyed the brief Q& A post the performance and hope that some of the bright young musicians in the audience may be able to learn something from my answers that will help them to carve their own musical paths.
My most sincere thanks to Tammy Meinershagen from Frisco Arts for the invitation to perform for the City Council Chamber concert series. The venue of Frisco City Hall was impeccable with great acoustics. I loved the 9 foot Steinway concert Grand that was provided by Steinway Hall, Plano. To me, the music that I play has soul, and hidden notes have as much relevance as the notes struck. The huge range of emotion and soundscape that is possible to explore through a magnificent instrument like the Steinway Concert Grand provide the most satisfaction possible for an artist and I am hugely grateful to Otis Gray from Steinway for all the efforts and excellent detailed planning.
- Utsav Lal, Young Steinway Artist and International Pianist (April 8, 2017)
My husband and I attended Madame Butterfly at the Star last night. What a perfect evening under the stars. Tremendous turnout. I'm so excited that Frisco is embracing the Arts in such a big way. It was the first time I had seen any Opera...I'm hooked! Bravi to the people of Frisco Arts!
- Stacy De La Cruz, Frisco Resident and Associate Broker with RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs (March 18, 2017)
"We saw the simulcast of "Madame Butterfly" at The Star in Frisco last night and absolutely enjoyed our experience there! The weather was great, the setup was perfect and loved that there were food trucks there to provide an alternative to the normal concession stand food available under normal circumstances. The video playback was done very well and loved that you included the sub-titles so we can understand the opera as it progressed. We hope that this will become a normal event to be held here for many years to come. "
- Ernesto De La Cruz, Frisco Resident (March 18, 2017)
"Frisco Association for the Arts is a wonderful organization advocating for the arts in Frisco. One of their recent events, Young Hearts for Frisco Arts Student Showcase was a truly great way to become more involved in the community make new connections. It was fun to share my music as well as get to watch the other AMAZINGLY TALENTED artists perform! The Young Hearts for Frisco Arts Student Showcase left a lasting impression on me and many others in the community. This was a night to be remembered. "
- Nikki Naghavi, Sophomore at Centennial HS and Concertmaster of the 2017 TX All-State Orchestra (Feb. 16, 2017)
"Big shout out to Jitin Hingorani of South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) and Tammy Suh Meinershagen of Frisco Arts - for the creative collaboration to bring "Growing up Smith" to Collin County. It was a wonderful, clean, family-friendly, and touching story - that we got to watch in the beautiful Frisco Council Chambers. Talk about a creative use of space! I look forward to more such collaborations - and the ability to make these things happen with more ease and less friction in various parts of our community. Access, exposure, and dialog - are all important for us to talk, connect and engage as a community - and move forward the causes, ideals, ideas and goals that are important to ALL of US.
Thank you all once again! It was wonderful."
- Raj Menon, Board Member of Plano Symphony and Collin College
"Hilarious and heartwarming--a wonderful way to spend the evening!"
- Carolyn Biddulph, Frisco resident and parent of a Lone Star Student Storyteller (Oct. 15, 2016)
"The Laughing Night Concert sponsored by Frisco Arts was an engaging experience that was very relatable, heartwarming and funny! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I can’t wait to go again next year!"
Christine Aronson, Frisco Resident(Oct. 15, 2016)
"I'm writing this to express how much me and my wife enjoyed the Frisco Arts Walk at HALL Park on Oct. 8th.
It was such a great initiative and the turnout really shows that there is a demand in Frisco for arts related events! It was so nice not to have to drive down to Dallas or other areas to enjoy an event like this.
Some things that I enjoyed in particular was the "petting zoo" with instruments where kids can get perhaps their first introduction to particular instruments and hopefully be inspired.
I also enjoyed that there were artists sprinkled on the grounds so we could see them working at their easels. In addition, it was obviously great to be able to see this "hidden" gem that is the HALL park with its sculptures.
A great day, and I hope we will see this again soon."
- Christer and Karin Hiort, Frisco residents and arts enthusiasts (Oct. 8, 2016)
"When my kids went to the Frisco Arts in the Square, they were interested in the booth that had many instruments, Frisco Arts. They saw a lady, Tammy, playing the violin so beautifully. She encouraged my daughter Anika to try it. When Anika started playing, she was able to pick up with the beats. It was great and the crowd around us burst into applause. Although it was her first time playing the violin, it seemed so easy and she wanted to learn a musical instrument. This experience inspired her to buy and play her own ukulele. She started practicing some songs on it that she was learning in school. Now she has learned two songs and even had her first recital at school yesterday!"
- Vidisha Bajpai, Frisco resident and visual artist (April 2, 2016)
“I am writing to say a special thanks to Frisco Association for the Arts for your participation in the 2015 Merry Main Street/Kid’s Holiday Store. The children were thrilled to have works of art to choose as a gift for their parents. The talent of the local artists was absolutely remarkable. I want you to know the children were mesmerized with the choice of buying art for their parents. The art was some of the first gifts to be sold! We thank all the artists for their incredible talent and support.”
- Cara Harting, Sponsorship and Event Development Manager of the City of Frisco (Dec. 2015)
"We had the pleasure of attending the Plano Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays Concert” which included appearances by the Plano Civic Chorus and the Frisco Chorale at Frisco High School on Sunday, December 20, 2015. To our delight, the auditorium was packed and the concert was superb. As a couple who frequently drives to downtown Dallas for art events, it was quite refreshing to attend a wonderful concert in our own neighborhood. We hope to see more events like this in Frisco and will be the first ones in line for tickets! Thank you to the sponsors and Frisco Arts for the vision in making this event possible."
- Scott and Barbara Scribner, Keller Williams Luxury Homes Residents of Starwood (Dec. 20, 2015)
"Thank you all so much for having the Children’s Activity Depot set up at Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day. My 4 year old son, Chance is non-verbal and on the autism spectrum and he was thoroughly engaged in many of the activities you offered. He enjoyed “Panning for gold.” He has some sensory issues and typically doesn’t like sand. He was able to put his hands in the sand and explore sand while finding hidden treasures. He also enjoyed climbing on the hay bales and taking photos with our sitter. His absolute favorite though was the music table and the lady playing the guitar. Chance loves music, especially guitars and especially Johnny Cash. He was so engaged with the guitar player and she was WONDERFUL with him, she was making great eye contact with him, got down on his level to play closer and even let him touch the many parts of her guitar. She stopped for a few moments and showed him how to strum it. He put her hands back on the guitar many times as he wanted her to keep playing. He jumped and danced around for quite a while and was the happiest kid around while she was playing. He currently has music therapy at the Early Childhood School, but we hardly ever get to see him this engaged with a stranger. Thank you so much for having this opportunity to be up close with music at this event!"
- Quinn Nichols, mother and FISD teacher, regarding Frisco Arts' Children's Activity Barn at Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day (Nov. 16, 2015)
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