The Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts & Community Enrichment (FACE) is a non-profit foundation with the mission to provide cultural arts programming and educational opportunities for the community. Our concerts feature a wide range of classical and performing artists from traditional to contemporary, large to small ensembles, solo performers, and multi-cultural attractions.
In the early 1990s Cypress Creek Christian Church decided to build a new sanctuary that could be used for church services as well as community events. In the fall of 1997, The Centrum, an acoustically superb, 885 seat concert hall, was completed. As the hall was being build, community leaders and church members realized they needed an entity to present concerts in the hall resulting in the creation of Cypress Creek FACE.
FACE concerts began in November of 1997 with a grand opening Star-Lit! Series concert featuring Marvin Hamlisch.
FACE currently has four concert series: Star-Lit!, Promenade, Children's, and BB&T Family Series.
The Star-Lit! Series features six national and international artists throughout the season. Concerts are typically presented on Saturday evenings and feature diverse talent. Performers in this series have included Nancy Wilson, Bill Cosby, Maynard Ferguson, Tommy Tune, the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bob Newhart, Burt Bacharach, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Doc Severinsen, Canadian Brass, the Four Freshmen, Glen Campbell, Hal Holbrook, Ronan Tynan, The Fifth Dimension and Joshua Bell.
The Promenade Series features local and regional artists showcased in ten concerts. One of these concerts is presented on a Saturday evening, while the remaining nine are scheduled on the second Tuesday afternoon of each month to accommodate senior citizens in our community. FACE works with local retirement communities, nursing homes and senior groups to provide programming they will enjoy and an opportunity for socialization. In addition, each year FACE brings an internationally acclaimed choral conductor, like Moses Hogan, Sweden’s Robert Sund, and Venezula’s Maria Guinand, to work with area schools to present a combined choral concert, A World of Song.
The Free Children's Series features local artists whose programming is specifically geared to elementary age children. The concert series highlights various forms of the arts including opera, puppetry, drama, classical and popular music. Since the 2000-2001 season, the Children’s Series has been underwritten by The Centrum Arts League allowing Cypress Creek FACE to invite all area elementary-age children to attend the concert free.
The BB&T Family Series provides family friendly programming at an affordable price. Artists are selected for their ability to perform for children of all ages… 3 to 103. Starting the 2014-2015 season, BB&T bank has partnered with us to sponsor the Family Series.
Part of Cypress Creek FACE's mission is to provide educational opportunities for the community. The Focus on Education program was formed to help make this possible. Through this program, Cypress Creek FACE is able to provide workshops, master classes, collaborative concerts, special family concerts, free children's concerts, special student ticket prices, and programs such as Klein Art Days, Strings Camp, and Dance Camp. Workshops have taken place with Star-Lit! Series artists such as Joshua Bell and Canadian Brass.
Sandra & Lamar Loyd, Chairmen of the Board
Nanci Decker, Executive Director
Almira & Allen Gelwick, Lockton
Nancy & Irv Grayson, Grayson-Patton Team
Anne & Baines Manning
Nora & Gene Murphree
Lacy & Michael O’Connor, O'Connor Pest Control
Candy & Dr. Mark Rigo
Irene & Dr. Arnold Skor
Joseph Sykes, BB&T Bank
Terry Wallace, Wells Fargo
Cindy & Gary Walther, Walther Partners Inc