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Rosenberg, TX: Imperial Arts Announces Grand Opening Events Free To Public - November 16 And 17


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The new Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Rosenberg (823 Third Street, at the corner of Third and Avenue G) will open to the public for ʻopen house-styleʼ events on Friday, November 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Saturday, November 17 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

This facility is the new home of Imperial Arts, and includes The Imperial Theatre (a 130-seat performance space), The Imperial Gallery (a visual arts gallery), space for the Imperial Arts Academy, 2 lobbies and restroom facilities for patrons, a green room and dressing rooms for performers, storage space, and administrative offices.

Friday, November 16 event is designed for adults, and will include live music by the Marvin Gaspard Trio and classical Spanish guitarist Frank Rodriguez, complimentary wine and hors dʼoeuvre, a cash bar, and announcements about the upcoming season.

As well, The Imperial Gallery will open with a show of new work by Houston artist Matt Manalo [PHOTO 1].

At 7:00 p.m. that night, Imperial Artsʼ Founder and Executive Director, Edward Crowell III will introduce Imperial Artsʼ Board, Staff, and artists, and other VIPs, followed by announcements about the 2012-13 Season. Saturday, November 17 event is designed for children and families, and will include live music by blues guitarist Frank Matta, free concessions, and a free art project for children in which they may create their own “Imperial mask.”

No reservations or tickets are required to attend the events.

The opening of this facility is one of several key components of Imperial Artsʼ performance agreement with the Rosenberg Development Corporation. The agreement also compels Imperial Arts to restore and re-open the historic Cole Theater (downtown Rosenberg) by the end of 2014.

Representatives from Imperial Arts, the Rosenberg Development Corporation, and the City of Rosenberg toured the under-construction facility last week [PHOTO 2].

The building was built in the late 1950s by Duke & Ayers, and has since served as home to a number of different types of retail and service companies, most recently a book store.

While touring the facility, Rosenberg Development Corporation President Bill Knesek remarked nostalgically about his first part-time job working in the, then new, Duke & Ayers store, and offered advice on improvements to the buildingʼs facade [PHOTO 3].

Also during the tour, the gallery and performance spaces were examined and discussed [PHOTO 4 and PHOTO 5].

The Center for the Arts will serve as Imperial Artsʼ home and performance space for the 2012-13, and 2013-14 seasons which will include visual arts gallery shows, performances of Classical and jazz music, choral music, plays, ballet, lectures, and a film series to include classic, art, and family films.

Imperial Artsʼ 2012-13 season partnerships include the Houston Chamber Choir, the Houston Symphony, and CAST Theatrical of Rosenberg, all of which will complement Imperial Artsʼ own productions and roster artists.

For more information on the Grand Opening events, go to or call 281.277.7444

Rosenberg Development Corporation Hears Proposal from Imperial Arts to Create Downtown Cultural District

ROSENBERG, TEXAS – In a special public meeting held Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Rosenberg City Hall, the Rosenberg Development Corporation (RDC) heard a proposal from Imperial Arts (IA) to make Rosenberg’s historic downtown district a destination for arts and culture.

If approved as presented, a partnership between RDC and IA would establish the Rosenberg Arts Center by Spring 2012, a restored historic Cole Theater by Fall 2013, and recognition of the historic downtown district as a sanctioned “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts by the end of 2013.

The RDC Board expressed enthusiasm and interest in moving forward with this proposal, and directed staff to continue to develop specific details related to a formal partnership with IA.

Edward Crowell III, Imperial Arts’ Founder and Executive Director said, “This is going to be an exciting journey with lofty goals to be accomplished in a short time period. With the support of the RDC and the City of Rosenberg, and with Imperial Arts’ talent and experience, this will become a reality and bring community, commerce and tourism to downtown Rosenberg.”

In attendance at the meeting were members of the RDC Board, including Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; Imperial Arts’ staff and Board members; and Matt Fielder, Rosenberg Economic Development Director. The audience included representatives from the Downtown Merchants of Rosenberg; the Art League of Fort Bend; the Rosenberg Railroad Museum; downtown Rosenberg property and business owners; and former Rosenberg Mayor, Joe Gurecky.

Matt Fielder, Economic Development Director, said, “We’re excited about the opportunity to have continued investment in our historic downtown and to preserve the Cole Theatre as a Rosenberg landmark. This partnership promises to bring new opportunities for cultural arts to our community, as well as be a magnet to draw people to Rosenberg from other areas. I believe it will be a important boost to the businesses downtown and on Avenue H.”

The development plan presented by IA consists of three major phases: First, establishment of the Rosenberg Arts Center in historic downtown, offering a variety of live performances, films, art exhibits, and arts education programming; Second, the re-opening of the historic Cole Theater, restored to its historic art deco-style glory, offering major productions of professional opera, theatre, concerts, films, art exhibits, and community events; and Third, the designation of historic downtown Rosenberg as a “Cultural District” by the Texas Commission on the Arts with museums, shops, landmarks, the Rosenberg Arts Center, and the restored Cole Theater as important components of community, commerce, and tourism.

Imperial Arts & Rosenberg Development Corporation

Imperial Arts and Rosenberg Development Corporation, Thursday, December 1, 2011, Rosenberg City Hall, Rosenberg, Texas

(L to R): Councilor Dwayne Grigar; RDC Director Allen Scopel; Mayor Pro Tem Tom Suter; Imperial Arts Visual Arts/Education Director Robyn Miller; Imperial Arts Board Member Nancy Olson; Imperial Arts Founder and Executive Director Edward Crowell III; Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr.; RDC Chairperson Bill Knesek; Imperial Arts Board Member Ed Crowell, Jr.; and Imperial Arts Marketing Director Erin Newbrand

Imperial Arts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit professional arts organization, developing and producing the full range of performing arts visual arts and arts education in Greater Fort Bend County, as the resident professional arts organization of Fort Bend County since 2008. For more information, go to, or contact Edward Crowell III, Executive Director, at / 281.277.7444.

Rosenberg Development Corporation was established through public referendum as a “Type B” Economic Development Corporation in 1995 and is allocated one-half cent of the City’s sales tax proceeds to invest in projects that promote or develop new or expanding business and commerce, create jobs, and improve the quality of life in the community. The RDC Board of Directors meets on the second Thursday of each month. The public is encouraged to attend these meetings. RDC meeting agendas are available online at, or at For more information, please visit or call 832-595-3330. 


Sugar Land Choral Society


November 8, 2010


The public is invited to attend the concerts, and general admission tickets will be sold at the door for $5.00, beginning one hour prior to each concert.

The concerts will feature music by Lauridsen, Rutter, Brahms, Landes, Monteverdi, an arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner by Pfautsch, and MISSA KENYA by Basler, with chamber orchestra.

Kevin M. Klotz, DMA student at University of Houston, is Conductor of the chorus, and Jessica W. Myers is accompanist.

Daniel Sigmon, Musical Director of Imperial Performing Arts says, “The variety of music will delight every audience member. Space is limited, so get there early. This is truly an outstanding chorus.”

The Sugar Land Choral Society is an ongoing initiative of Imperial Performing Arts. Founded in 2009, the chorus is made up of residents of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford, Houston, Cypress, and beyond. The chorus meets weekly for rehearsal, members pay dues to offset concert expenses, and the chorus performs Fall and Spring concerts each season.

The Sugar Land Choral Society performed John Rutter’s GLORIA with orchestra in April 2010 along with the St. Laurence Chamber Singers of Sugar Land.

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is the home of Imperial Performing Arts, and is located in Sugar Land Town Square at 2210 Lone Star Drive (next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.)

For more information on the Sugar Land Choral Society, Imperial Performing Arts, or THE IMPERIAL THEATRE, please contact Edward Crowell, Executive Director, at 281.277.7444, or

Open House @ Imperial Theatre


Monday, September 20, 2010

SUGAR LAND, TX - IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS invites the public to an OPEN HOUSE at THE IMPERIAL THEATRE in Sugar Land Town Square, 2201 Lone Star Drive, Sugar Land 77479, on Thursday, October 14 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The OPEN HOUSE will kick-off the Inaugural Weekend events at THE IMPERIAL THEATRE.

Those who attend the OPEN HOUSE will have the first opportunity to see the newly-completed theatre space, receive information on tickets, arts education activities, donor opportunities, and volunteer opportunities.

Refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public.

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is located in Sugar Land Town Square, next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.

Following the OPEN HOUSE will be the opening night performance of the Inaugural Weekend concert: Grammy Award-winning recording artist Cynthia Clawson with the Marvin Gaspard Trio will perform a live concert debut of her recently released CD of jazz standards, "Always".

The concert will run Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (October 14, 15, and 16), at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission.

Please contact IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS with any questions - 281.277.7444, or by email -

Imperial Arts New Location



SUGAR LAND, TX - IMPERIAL PERFORMING ARTS is proud to announce the opening of Sugar Land's first professional performing arts space, THE IMPERIAL THEATRE in Sugar Land Town Square, for the 2010-11 Season. How sweet it is!

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is located at 2210 Lone Star Drive in Sugar Land Town Square, next door to Z Gallerie, and across Lone Star Drive from Jos. A. Bank.

Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, along with his wife Gay Thompson (who serve together on IPA's Advisory Board), says, "We are excited about Imperial Performing Arts. IPA will bring entertainment, education, and social and cultural development to us all. We are honored to participate in, and enjoy the benefits of their success."

THE IMPERIAL THEATRE is 5,446 square feet of prime retail space in Sugar Land's most highly visible and well-traveled area - Sugar Land Town Square. Mr. E. G. (Bud) Friedman of Fort Bend Real Estate Corporation represented Imperial Performing Arts, and Mr. Charles Adams represented Planned Community Developers.

The finished space will be fully equipped for professional performances, and will include a box office, private teaching and rehearsal studios, a main stage performance area, lobby space for pre-event cocktails and refreshments served by Sugar Land's finest restaurants, and ample facilities for performers and patrons.

The 2010-11 Season will include professional productions of opera, theatre, and concerts, film screenings, and arts education activities, and will feature local and national professional performing artists.

The inaugural production will be Steel Magnolias, the stage play that inspired the award-winning film. Evening and matinee performances will run October 14 through 30. Individual tickets for Steel Magnolias will be available beginning in September.

Edward Crowell, Executive Director of Imperial Performing Arts, says, "This is a great day for IPA, and a great day for Sugar Land. The City of Sugar Land has been one of the top places to live in the U. S. for several years, and as early as 1999 residents expressed an interest in developing new local opportunities in education, culture, and entertainment. In 2008 I was honored to lead a group of Sugar Land residents, dedicated to the development of our City's cultural and performing arts, in founding Sugar Land's first resident professional performing arts company, Imperial Performing Arts, Inc., as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, domiciled in Sugar Land, Texas."

For more information, please contact Edward Crowell, Executive Director of Imperial Performing Arts, at 281.277.7444, or email at Visit our website at