03.25.17 A very special evening of bringing people together and supporting the mission of the foundation. Featuring many of Emily's favorite artists and musicians including Open Classical, Jeremy Smith, Rahim Quazi Band, and world-renowned painter Ro Diaz. Get Tickets
Open Classical known for it's comfortable and welcoming spirit, the organization produces music events that combine beautiful classical artistry with variety and just enough comedic charm for the enjoyment by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Based in Dallas, TX, the organization is in its fifth year and has produced well over 500 events. A flourishing community of supporters, fans and performers has enabled the organization to fulfill its mission of putting classical music into the heart of everyday popular culture.
Rolando Diaz is an Internationally acclaimed Cuban/American artist. His abstract expressionist paintings are collected nationally and internationally.He has also been able to exhibit in the US and abroad. Diaz has been fortunate to paint live onstage with great celebrities such as 1st Lady Laura Bush and President Bush Jr., Amy Grant, Jewel, BJ Thomas, and many others. He has been able to raise funds thru the years for many causes. PBS presented a documentary on the artist's life that aired in the US, Canada Russia and Puerto Rico...winning two gold awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Diaz believes his gifts are from God to be used for good.
Dallas crooner Jeremy Smith commands the stage with his massive range and velvet voice. Described as a modern-day Sinatra with the energy of Stevie Wonder and the sophistication of Kurt Elling, Jeremy leads his versatile band with authority, seamlessly transitioning between the swinging standards of the 1940s, the best of 70’s funk, as well as modern favorites. Raised south of Fort Worth, Jeremy received his graduate education in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas where he toured with the renowned UNT Jazz Singers and was a featured soloist on their 2015 album, “Can’t Help It.” Jeremy now performs widely throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond. He is a first-call as a commercial studio vocalist and offers private vocal instruction to select students.
Rahim Quazi writes and performs melodies more cozy than a feather bed and as comfortable as your favorite sneakers. A Troubadour or full band, Rahim gets inside your soul with his feel-good melodies. Rahim has released three albums. The last one, Ghost Hunting, launched in 2016 and has won many north Texas accolades. His shows inspire emotion, pulls the crowd in close, and never fails to inspire your best dance moves.