Mary Alice Rich, Artists for Animals

Artists for Animals to Debut New Composition by Local Artist

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Katherine Rose Watson


Artists for Animals to Debut New Composition by Local Artist
Mary Alice Rich is the winner of the 2017 call for scores for the Concert for Kindness.

Mary Alice Rich, Artists for Animals

Photo Credit: Teresa Berg Photography

Dallas, Texas – February 28, 2017 – Artists for Animals today announces Mary Alice Rich as the winner of its 2017 call for scores with Southern Methodist University (SMU) Meadows School of the Arts/SYZYGY Contemporary Music Ensemble. Rich’s composition People Come, People Go for soprano, violin, and piano is a new piece of art based on the theme of “animal welfare and the general care and valuation of animals.”

Applications from across the country were submitted under pseudonyms and reviewed by a board. A prize of $1,000 will be rewarded to Rich jointly by Artists for Animals and Meadows School of the Arts (SYZYGY). People Come, People Go will premiere at the Artists for Animals Concert for Kindness on Sunday, March 12, 2017 with a spoken intro by Rich herself. “I am flat out grateful,” states Rich. “Many thanks to Artists for Animals, Operation Kindness, and SMU’s SYZYGY for this opportunity.”

The 2017 Concert for Kindness will be held at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Dallas City Performance Hall (2520 Flora St, Dallas, TX 75201). The multi-media concert will feature a silent auction with artwork by local artists, a performance by Avant Chamber Ballet, music by musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, wine, dessert, and a heartwarming photography and art presentation. Single tickets are $100 and may be purchased here: Proceeds benefit Operation Kindness to help shelter pets find homes. This event is made possible in part through the generous donors of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Grant for Principal Musicians.

Cameras are welcome at Concert for Kindness! There will be a plethora of visuals. Erin Hannigan and Teresa Berg are available for pre-event interviews as well. Contact Katherine Rose Watson (, 972-489-7694) to coordinate.

About Artists for Animals
Artists for Animals is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports multiple animal rescue groups through fine arts. Each year Artists for Animals hosts a multi-media Concert for Kindness celebrating rescue animals as members of the family, the proceeds of which benefit Operation Kindness. For more information, visit

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About Composer Mary Alice Rich
Mary Alice Rich received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance at the University of Illinois under the renowned pedagogues Paul Rolland and Sergiu Luca. Over a span of 10 years she played professionally in the Fort Worth Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra as well as served on the music faculty of Texas A&M-Commerce. She has studied composition with Jack Waldenmaier, Ted Hansen, and Winston Stone. She has since won the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Contest 3 times, the Dallas Songwriters Association Contest, and been published by six national music publishing companies. Her music has been performed all around the US and abroad.


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