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Family Arts Festival…Fun with a Purpose

Do you already have plans for Sunday, February 8th, 2015? Well, if you don’t, you won’t want to miss out on this exciting opportunity to attend a Performing and Visual art celebration for families. The Allen Philharmonic and The Samantha Schmidt heARTS for ART organization are excited to announce their collaboration to present this exciting event for families on Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1:00-6:00pm at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) located on the campus of Allen High School, 300 Rivercrest Drive, Allen, TX 75002. This event, originated in memory of Samantha Schmidt, will raise funds for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) research at Cook Children’s Hospital so that, in Samantha’s words, “… other kids don’t get sick.”

Highlights for the concert portion of the event at 2:00 pm are the film Who Stole the Mona Lisa? and the Allen District Honor Choir. This auditioned chorus of fifth and sixth grade students represents every elementary school in the district. Prepared by Cynthia Nott, Artistic Director of the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, they will perform musical selections from composers Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, Paul Boman, Douglas Beam, and Eric I Thiman.

The concert’s finale features the animated film Who Stole the Mona Lisa?, set to Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This film was commissioned by Astral Artists in 2011 and presented at that year’s Philadelphia Festival of the Arts. This film is based on the historical fact that the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911. It is a Fantasia-like animation on the theft of the painting, the Firebird, Picasso’s arrest for the theft, the city of Paris and its Air Show of 1911. We invite all our guests to search for the clues in the film, and then follow their pursuit in to festival throughout the Commons area of the PAC.

The beautiful Commons of the PAC will host an array of art activities such as: craft projects, face painting, games, performances, a bake sale and Silent Auction. There will be something for everyone to enjoy! The Silent Auction is a favorite of many. The auction will include a large variety of items such as artwork, gift baskets, gift cards, and various other items. Outside Carter Blood Care will host a donation site allowing donors the opportunity to donate blood and save a life.

Tickets are priced at $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased on our website. Don’t forget to mark this event on your calendar for Sunday, February 8, 2015. This is an event with a great purpose. What a wonderful way to spend your afternoon! We look forward to seeing you at this fun family event all for a good cause.


Exciting News! Do you have a student in grades 5 through 9 participating in a performing arts program? Be sure to inquire about our Be Our Guest program. This musical enrichment program is a great outing for parent and child.

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