Concert Schedule

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Newsletter

Kay & Friends Ensemble - In Concert

May 20, 2018
Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.


Kay & Friends, Ensemble

Kay, Art, Jim and Javier have been performing together as the core of Kay & Friends since 1982 in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe. We were indeed blessed when bassist Evan joined us last year. Our special guest for this concert is Anthony Hubbard, whose melodious voice you will long remember. We are honored that this is our 7th performance for the Fredericksburg Music Club since 2003.

Kay Rivers Kidd - Pianist, Art Kidd - Percussion and Vocalist, James Warth - Saxaphone/Clarinet/Flute, Gerardo Ramos - Tenor, Javier Chaparro - Violin, Evan Arredondo - Bass

Kay Rivers Kidd, pianist

A native of Elgin, Texas, Kay is musical director and pianist for Kay and Friends. She performs in a wide variety of styles as a soloist and in many ensembles. She is a lifelong church pianist and is in her 51st year of teaching in her private piano studio. In collaboration with gifted poet Rev. Dr. James Mayfield, Kay composes hymns and anthems. Kay and Art perform every other year in Sweden when visiting Kay’s many cousins there.

Art Kidd, percussion and vocals

Houston-born Art’s natural and easy vocal style matches his stellar skills as a percussionist. For many years he served as musical director and bandleader on cruise ships around the world. Art plays several times a week at Austin’s Eddie V’s restaurant with the Tony Taboada Trio and other groups. Art and Kay also do lecture/performances about the role of music in American/Texas history and other subjects.

Javier Chaparro, violin, guitar, vocals

Born in Peru, Javier landed in Texas in 1982. A prolific songwriter in recent years with three CDs of his original compositions, he has several groups of his own, including Salúd and Triple Take. For over three decades Javier has served as concertmaster of the Brazos Valley Symphony. He frequently joins Kay, Art, and Evan at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin. His mastery of the violin can transport your heart from fiery passion to peaceful repose.

James Warth, flute, clarinet, saxophone

Jim, a South Carolina transplant, is retiring this month after over twenty-five years as professor of jazz studies at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. He and his wife will be moving to Fredericksburg this summer to “live the dream”. During his tenure in Kingsville his award-winning jazz combos have regularly received rave reviews at the national level. He will continue to serve as principal clarinetist in the Victoria Symphony. Welcome home to Fredericksburg, Jim and Sara!

Evan Nicholson, bass

When Evan came to Austin from Memphis word traveled fast about his prowess as a bassist. Since his arrival he has played every style from folk to classical, country to jazz. He is Associate Director for Austin’s New School of Music where he also teaches. He performs with several bands in Austin and around the country and is often on the road recording at some of America’s best-known studios. When Kay & Friends heard him play, they knew he was IT.

Anthony Hubbard, tenor

A graduate of Bastrop High School, Anthony is in his junior year at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. He was awarded the Tim Curry Memorial Music Scholarship for 2016-17. You may remember Tim’s appearance with us here in Fredericksburg in 2012. You can find Anthony singing his way around Austin in churches and in popular bands. We invite him to sing with us at every opportunity and are delighted to have him as our special guest today.

Source: Kay And Friends Website



Fredericksburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1214, Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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