"Bringing world class Jazz performance to our classrooms
and the historic Cactus Hotel for over two decades"
We had a wonderful 2013 Fall Season,
Please Stay Tuned for Artists Visiting
Local Elementary Schools this Spring 2014!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
(individuals and businesses)
Call 325-653-6793 for details
Click Here to view all of our 2013 Sponsors
The Family of Al Ricci
With the Cactus Music Series, San Angeloans and local students can enjoy the sophisticated sounds of the big city without ever leaving the heart of West Texas. Surrounded by the historic grandeur of the Cactus Hotel, music lovers will savor a concert experience unlike any other. The setting is intimate and the energy is palpable (concerts are usually produced on 2nd Fridays of the autumn months).
A local, school-based Jazz band opens each show (if available) and our Elementary Guest Artist Program brings musicians directly to our elementary schools each spring semester!
September 13th (2013) - Ted Rosenthal (NYC)
Our first show of 2013 features pianist, Ted Rosenthal of New York. He first achieved international recognition by winning first prize in the 2nd annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Since that time he has performed with many jazz greats, including Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer and James Moody. Ted has released 13 CDs as a leader, featuring new treatments and "derangements" of jazz standards as well as his original compositions. A faculty member of Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Ted is very active in jazz education. He teaches courses on a variety of topics and presents jazz clinics throughout the world. "Rosenthal is a pianist of rarest skill, weaving rapid single note lines that span out into rich chordal patterns, parallel octaves and hints of the blues" -Leonard Feather, The Los Angeles Times
"A new jazz leader"-- John S. Wilson, The New York Times
October 18th (2013) - Tromba Mundi
(Special Show in Angelo Civic Theatre)
Trumpet ensemble, Tromba Mundi, is the collaborative effort of several wonderful players with impressive resumes. Founded in 2007 for the sole purpose of the exploration, prmotion, and performance of new works for trumpet ensemble, Tromba Mundi has recorded several world premier compositions and continues to commission new music for the genre. Members have performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, St. Louis Synphony, Summit Brass, New Mexico Philharmonic, Woody Herman Orchestra, Glenn Miller, Maynurd Ferguson, and many more!
November 9th (2013) - Karrin Allyson
(NYC - Multiple Grammy Nominee)
Karrin Allyson sings with a warmth and depth that is truly remarkable. She covers tunes from the Great American Songbook to Joni Mitchell and Jimmy Webb and all point in between. She does not just sing the lyric, she tells you her story which becomes your story from the inside out! She makes her home in New York City, but performs world-wide at the most famous jazz festivals from Brazil to Japan to Australia and the great cities of Europe. Critics hail her voice as capable of most any genre and theme and now she comes to the historic Cactus Hotel to connect with you for a wonderful evening of vocal performance you will not soon forget.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW about Fall Concerts:
Venue: Cactus Hotel (36 East Twohig)
Seating: General Admission
Time: Doors/Bar/Opening Act (local school-based jazz bands) at 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $20/person general admission ($10/person military and student. Please provide i.d.)
Season Tickets: $50/person general admission ($25/person military and students with valid i.d.) Season tickets include one non-reserved seat to each of the concerts at the Cactus Hotel.
Ticket Outlets: Cultural Affairs Council Office (Suite 200, Cactus Hotel), Blair's Western Wear (4230 Sherwood Way), and In Vino Veritas (2007 Knickerbocker)
Tickets by Phone: (325) 653-6793
Tickets at Will Call: Unpaid Will Call tickets will be released to the public if not picked up by 8:30pm the night of the concert.
Tickets at the Door: If available
Payment Options: cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express
Refreshments: Beer, wine and cocktails are available. Food is not available.
Smoking: The Cactus Hotel is a non-smoking facility.
CD Sales: The artists are allowed to sell their CDs.
The Cactus Music Series is funded in part
by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.