(Kerrville) – The Kerrville Performing Arts Society has successfully provided the Kerrville Community world-class professional artists from around the globe. Through the dedication and commitment of an all-volunteer board, KPAS has increased their artistic offerings and raised the “bar” to provide first-class entertainment that is normally only available in the large venues of Houston, Austin, Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Antonio.
Every artist on the KPAS roster is a visitor to the Texas Hill Country, and makes his/her career by performing in venues throughout the North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. The upcoming 2009-2010 season will include artists from Japan, Mexico, Germany, and the United States (Tennessee, New York, Washington D.C. and San Diego).
KPAS Artistic Director Greg Talford has been successful in contracting prominent artists by working closely with their agents based in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia and coordinating their tour schedules with the major venues of Texas including Jones Hall (Houston), Bass Hall (Ft. Worth), Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Majestic Theater (San Antonio) and The Long Center (Austin).
“KPAS has brought an extraordinary array of world-class artists to Kerrville, Texas”, states Shree Starkman, Associate Manager of Columbia Artists Management LLC based in New York City. Ms. Starkman continues, “The rapid development of the audience for your arts series is unprecedented in my experience.”
During the past five seasons, KPAS has increased their paid attendance figures from 1,200 during the 2003-2004 season to 11,843 during 2008-2009. KPAS’ unmatchable community outreach programs reached an additional 4,500 students during five one-hour outreach programs. To summarize, 16,343 individuals attended a live performance presented by KPAS in the time framework of 35 performance hours during the 2008-2009 season.
It is a rare opportunity that a city the size of Kerrville is able to offer these high-quality professional performances at a regional venue. KPAS credits this to the support of the community through season ticket sales, the support of local sponsorships and advertisers, grants from the City of Kerrville, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as single ticket sales.
With the support from these individuals and agencies, KPAS is able to maintain ticket prices that are considerably lower than in the major venues. For the third consecutive season, KPAS season ticket prices will remain the same, and the Board of Directors has instituted the addition of a third-tier of pricing for the 6-concert season ticket package. Season tickets are available now at the rates of $100, $150, and $250 for the finest live event programming in the Texas Hill Country. For information visit www.kpas.org or leave a message at 830.896.5727.
Tune in now to select your seating assignments and experience live performances featuring The Yamato Drummers, Ballet Folklórico de Mexico, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, American Big Band Show, Marvin Hamlisch and Peter Schickele (aka PDQ Bach)…as KPAS brings the world to Kerrville!