We have two wonderful live theater venues in town, Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) and The Grand 1894 Opera House, that bring quality plays and performances to our island and provide an opportunity for entertaining evenings. There are other fine art outlets as well that add to our quality of life and making living here so enjoyable.

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra provides quality classical music, inspiring audiences and musicians alike, with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. This ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians has been bringing the unforgettable experience of live performances to Galveston audiences since 1979 with a repertoire of compositions ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.

Trond Saeverud is music director/conductor of the Galveston Symphony Orchestra and a violinist. He has conducted professional and community orchestras in Denmark, Norway and the U.S. — most recently in Maine. Along with his incredible talent and knowledge, he brings a wonderful stage presence to his performances, guaranteeing an enjoyable fun-filled evening. Last Sunday was the first symphony of the season, its pops concert celebrating jazz.

The subscription series starts Oct. 11 and continues through May 1 with six performances. If you are a first-time subscriber, you will receive a companion ticket. Two tickets for the price of one is a great deal for your spirit and your wallet.

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)3 nonproit organization; all contributions are tax deductible. For a schedule of performances and subscription information, visit the website www.galvestonsymphony.org.

This year’s board president, Armin Cantini, welcomes your donations and ticket subscriptions. It’s a great way to pass a Sunday afternoon.

LOGO NO ADDRESS HOR BLUEThe Galveston Ballet is the official ballet company of Galveston and a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The group’s current programs include classical ballet training, Grand 1894 Opera House performances, fine arts community education and ballet scholarships. The Galveston Ballet hosts a wide array of classes for all ages and all levels of experience. The group also performs community outreach with its Dance in Schools program.

Dance in Schools is an in-school interaction with students in elementary schools. Through lecture, demonstration, hands-on activities and performance, it introduces students to classical and contemporary ballet. The objective is to create an appreciation for the fine art of dance.

Several times during the year, the Galveston Ballet hosts an open house in the evening to coincide with ArtWalk. During this time, the studio curtains and doors are open to the public. This is an excellent time to see what the dancers go through in preparation as well as get information on the show and ways to get involved and class information. Additional information can be found at www.galvestonballet.org.

We are fortunate to all whose passion and talent along with the volunteers and underwriters who make these great performances possible. Cities many times the size don’t have what we have, making those of us lucky enough to live by the sea lucky enough!