You are invited to attend the Brazos Forum!

Brazos Forum will offer the Summer Series events again in June and July. This series was originated last year in order to introduce a wider audience to the type of presentations that are showcased at the annual two-day Brazos Forum held each October. The 2016 theme is “Celebrating the Visual and Performing Arts”, so both talks will relate to that overall theme.

Talks will be held in the SBC Theatre at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 South University Parks Drive. Parking is available free of charge in the lot to the right of the main entrance. The talks are FREE to the public, although touring the Mayborn Museum is not included. From 6:00pm-6:30pm, light refreshments will be served as people arrive, at 6:30pm the talks will begin, concluding at 7:30pm.

Below is information on each of the talks:


MICHAEL JENKINS, President of Leisure & Recreational Concepts (LARC) and former President & Managing Director of the Dallas Summer Musicals, will present “THE BUSINESS OF SHOW BUSINESS”. His talk will describe his life in the theatre having produced dozens and dozens of Broadway and other shows, and won numerous Tony awards. He will share how he helped plan and develop all Six Flags parks, and with LARC, how he has designed over 1000 entertainment venues such as theme parks, water parks, aquariums, and other attractions…in the US and 44 countries throughout the world. As a world traveler, Mr. Jenkins is the 32nd most frequent traveler on American Airlines. A time for questions will be available following his presentation.


MARK WHITNEY will present “HOW TO BUILD AN ORCHESTRA”. Orchestra concerts can involve eighty or more musicians. Who are all those people, what do they play, and how did they get there? In this presentation, Mr. Whitney will describe what an orchestra consists of, what it takes to put one together, and how orchestras (and audiences) have changed over the years. He has played double bass with the Waco Symphony Orchestra since 1985, writes the Program Notes for each concert, often presents a pre-concert session about the music and composers (Opening Notes), and also serves as Personnel Manager. In addition, Mr. Whitney teaches classical guitar and double bass with the Central Texas String Academy. A time for questions will be available following his presentation.