City funding will help pay for expanded programming for the 2024-25 season of “Eisemann Center Presents.”

Richardson City Council was briefed during the May 6 meeting on the nearly $1.59 million budget to fund the performing arts series that will run from September 2024 through June 2025 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center.

The overview

Funding for the performance series in the city-owned facility will come from revenues including ticket sales, membership fees and sponsorships of the arts series, according to city documents.

According to a news release, tickets for the “Eisemann Center Presents” series went on sale May 17.

Eisemann Center Executive Director Ally Haynes-Hamblen said the center will have around 60 performances, which is an increase from the 2023-24 season. There will also be as many as four shows performed for audiences of schoolchildren, she added, including one in Spanish for English-as-a-second-language students.

The details

Per the news release, the list of performances in the 2024-25 season includes:
  • The Brit Pack, Sept. 21
  • Jeffrey Siegel “Keyboard Conversations” performances, Oct. 7, Dec. 16, Feb. 24 and April 21
  • Pink Martini, Jan. 10
  • "Rhythm India: Bollywood and Beyond," March 2
  • Paula Poundstone, June 14
“The offerings [during the 2024-25 season] are much more diverse than in previous years,” City Manager Don Magner said. “Our goal is to have a performance that every member of our community can connect to.”

What else?

Magner said the nearly $1.59 million budget is the largest for the performance series since 2020. He added that Eisemann Center programming helps promote the city.

“We can offer people a world-class performance [in Richardson],” Magner said.