Sacred, familiar concert to be held in Mount Vernon


Entertainment | Music

MOUNT VERNON — Fresh off the holidays, Mount Vernon Music begins 2020 with harpist Barbara Biggers, whose career includes credits from Broadway musicals to the Tony Awards to the New York City Opera.

Hear her in Sacred and Familiar, a program of music rooted in the land and music expressing the mystical. Enter the tonal world of Estonian Arvo Pärt, inspired to compose Frat-res (Brethren) by the rituals and mysticism of his Russian Orthodox faith. Immerse yourself in the intangible with Debussy’s Danse Sacrée. Experience the joyful abandon of music drawing on folk melodies in Dvořák’s American Quartet, written during the composer’s time in the U.S.

With Biggers, harp, will be Mark Miller and Yuko Mansell, violin; Ute Miller, viola; Elizabeth White, cello; Jack Unzicker, double bass

Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free. (Eighth grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder.)

Sacred and Familiar, with music by Debussy, Pärt, Arensky, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Mount Vernon Music Hall, 402 Yates St. in Mount Vernon. For more information, call Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or visit online at

Memberships in MVM start at $25 and support all the organization’s work, including scholarships for young musicians and outreach work for schools and seniors. Memberships are good for the year June 1-May 31, and members receive discounts on ticket pricing. Details can be found at MVM’s website.

Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2005 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit