The Drop Everything List

Ruby Jane Smith, Return of the Herd of Harpsichords, Sarah Jarosz, and the Texas A&M Singing Cadets . . .
The Drop Everything List
Photo by Scott Simontacchi

Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from listening to baroque chamber music in Austin to seeing Sarah Jarosz at Gruene Hall and hearing the Texas A&M Singing Cadets in Cleveland. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Jan 6–Jan 8]



Raise the Fiddler’s Roof
Ruby Jane Smith is a past bearer of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, which she performed with for a year in memory of the slain journalist who was also a musician. After she returned it to its maker, Jonathan Cooper, to bequeath to the next recipient, Cooper, a luthier from Maine, gave Smith a personalized violin. That instrument was stolen when Smith and her mother were carjacked in Houston in early December. Other instruments, gear and personal items were taken, but it is the violin that the seventeen-year-old fiddle prodigy—who has played with Willie

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