Kay Rivers Kidd and her husband Art Kidd will prove that “Yes, you can go home again” on Thursday, December 12 at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in concert for the Elgin Historical Association (EHA). The concert will include Christmas music, historical music (especially from Texas), music that their parents loved, humor, ragtime and who knows what else. Everyone is invited to hear this talented and delightful couple perform in Kay’s hometown.
Kay is returning to her childhood home area, and many people remember her as the daughter of Lawson and Elise Rivers. Her musical talents were recognized early as she studied piano with Ernestine Meadows. She is a graduate of Elgin High School in 1965 and still meets with her classmates every three months to catch up on happenings of those graduates.
Kay now lives in Austin and has taught piano at her home studio for over 50 years. She is a past president of the Austin Music Teachers Association and is music director and pianist for KAY and FRIENDS, her primary quintet. This quintet performs a wide variety of musical styles in the Austin area and throughout North America and Europe, including Sweden, where Kay has many cousins. For the last 30 years, she has been the pianist for Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin and has collaborated in recent years with a lyricist in composing hymns and anthems. Kay is dedicated to fostering a love of music by performing and teaching.
Art is a native of Houston but has been an Austinite for over 40 years. He is a graduate of Yale University and for many years served as musical director and band leader on cruise ships around the world. He has been the percussionist and vocalist for KAY and FRIENDS since they organized 37 years ago, and he plays several times a week at Austin’s Eddie V’s downtown Austin restaurant with different ensembles. Art is a physical fitness aficionado and he swims daily year-round at Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park, even when it is sleeting!
Kay and Art also conduct lectures and performances about the role of music in American/ Texas history and various other themes. They love making music together, traveling and enjoying their two children and eight grandchildren.
There will be no charge for the concert; however, donations will be accepted to benefit the Elgin Depot Museum.
Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 401 East 8th Street. Come and show Kay and Art that “Yes, you Can go home again” to a place that is welcoming you with pride and appreciation.