Victoria, TX, Arts & Culture Overview

By Kevin Litwin on October 14, 2012 at 10:00 am EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener

Staring is encouraged in Victoria with regard to the arts, with many choices for concerts, performing arts, ballet and museums.

Bach and the Symphony

The Victoria Bach Festival is astounding sounding each June, providing a week of intimate concerts, oratorio and symphonic performances, and family outdoor concerts. The festival is the perfect place for local and nationally-acclaimed musicians to collaborate, giving visitors an engaging musical experience. Grammy winner Craig Hella Johnson leads a small creative team that shapes the festival's performances.

Meanwhile, the Victoria Symphony started in 1974 and continues to provide music lovers with quality concerts from professional musicians around the world. The orchestra enriches, entertains and educates the community through concerts and educational opportunities.

Welder Performing Arts

The financially strapped Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts was purchased in 2012 by Victoria College, signaling a new beginning for the downtown entertainment site. The Center opened in 2004 with a mission to promote both the arts and Victoria's downtown, and college officials say that the mission will not change. Upcoming events will include live theatrical performances, music, pageants and fellowship assemblies.

The Ballet

The Victoria Ballet Theatre is a nonprofit organization that works, often with the Victoria Symphony, to offer dance and appreciation of dance to the community. Past performances have included The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf and Spring Gala. The theater also educates young people, trains dancers and provides a foundation for those interested in pursuing a career in the arts.

Nave Museum

The only fine arts museum in the Crossroads area is The Nave Museum, which features six to eight diverse and compelling exhibits each year. Past exhibits have included pieces by Andy Warhol, Mary Cassatt, Joan Mitchell and Freida Kahlo. Even the architecture of the museum is interesting, located in a majestic Greek revival temple designed in 1932 as a memorial to celebrated Texas artist Royston Nave (1886-1931). Today the impressive destination is operated by the Victoria Regional Museum Association to enrich and educate all people through visual and cultural art.

Historic Appreciation

DeLeon Plaza in the center of downtown Victoria serves as a park complete with a gazebo and shade trees, and at night its lit trees complement the historic courthouse across the street. The plaza is one of four public squares laid out by colony founder Martin de Leon, and visitors will find six flags on site that welcome them to monuments, sidewalks, benches, memorials and a bandstand.

Victoria Preservation Inc. offers tours of Victoria, which include walking and driving tours of historic properties year round. The company aids in the education and awareness of Victoria's historical significance by preserving, protecting and developing artifacts and properties throughout the city.

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