The mission of the Blanco Performing Arts is to present world-class classical musicians and stellar performances to residents of Blanco, the Texas Hill Country and beyond; to enhance the awareness and enjoyment of the arts and enrich the total community; and to become a cultural and educational resource for all.
In 2010 Blanco native Julia Pautz was a violinist in the Fort Worth Symphony and had recently formed a quartet with other orchestra players. They had formed a non-profit organization and were doing fundraisers to support their performances. Julie asked if there would be somewhere they could perform a fundraising concert in Blanco. Renee Benson had recently finished renovations on the old Masonic Hall location to create the Uptown Blanco Ballroom. When I saw what she had done, not just the beautiful room, chandeliers, and furnishings, but especially the excellent acoustics, I asked her if she would sponsor the quartet in that space. We asked Peggy Welch, Diane Turner, C.A. Rust, and Susan Marshall to be host/hostesses and invite their friends, and we sold out. Benson as she exited that concert that this was something we should have often in that space. So BPA was born.
We are now starting our ninth season. Our venue continues to be the intimate Uptown Blanco Ballroom. Our audience has expanded beyond Blanco and Johnson City to include Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Kingsland, Spring Branch, Bulverde, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. We have had occasional guests from Canada, Kentucky, and other locations in Texas. We have presented artists from the Netherlands, Belgium, New York, Nevada, California, New Mexico, and Utah as well as groups from Texas including several from the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster. Our artists have been violinists, pianists, cellists, flutist, clarinetists, harpists, guitarists, saxophonists, and vocalists. The organizing and presenting are done entirely by a hardworking volunteer staff consisting of the Board of Directors with technical support from Crow Creative & Technical. The Uptown Blanco staff assists us with the setup and takedown at the venue. The local banks and generous individuals have been supporters from the beginning. Please consider supporting these efforts with your ticket purchase and/or donation.
Blanco Performing Arts accepts tax-deductible donations to continue its mission to bring artists to the Texas Hill Country. Tickets are available for the season and for specific performances.
In addition to our patrons and audiences, Blanco Performing Arts' sponsors help make our excellent performances possible and bring these talented musicians to Blanco. Visit our sponsors and show them you support arts in the Hill Country.
The Uptown Blanco Ballroom is home to the Blanco Performing Arts concert series, located on the west side of the courthouse square in Blanco, Texas. Find directions and parking...
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Blanco Performing Arts is incorporated as a non-profit entity, and is recognized as such under Section 501(3)(c) of the Internal Revenue Code.