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07/04/13 @ Auditorium Shores
Fourth of July

The sonic boom touching off last Saturday’s thunderstorm brought down the fire hazard just enough for Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra (8:30pm) to prep fireworks (9:30) on Auditorium Shores Thursday. Independence Day options before, during, and after remain plentiful, so here are a half-dozen suggestions: Scoot Inn’s Pig Roast beginning at 2pm (Slomo Drags, Loving Ugly, the Couch, Holiday Mountain); Nutty Brown Cafe & Amphitheatre’s Bob Schneider extravaganza (with Water and Rust, and the Wind and the Wave), complete with fireworks, 5pm; Hole in the Wall’s nine-band blowout, starting at 7pm (Big Britches, Robobilly, Wild Bill & the Lost Knobs, Stumbledrunk, Bluebird Specials, Under the Sun, Ted Nesseth, MK Ultra, Red Dirt Rebellion); Hotel Vegas’ Rockaway Beach Party, 9pm, as covered (ELO, Stooges, Bowie) by local all-stars (Roky Moon & Out of the Blue, Los Twat Vibes, Holy Wave, respectively); personal favorite and Austin’s John Lee Hooker-like Hosea Hargrove at the Continental Club, followed by ingenious Grupo Fantasma spin-off Money Chicha (10pm and 12mid, respectively); and late-night surf, punk, and post-punk at Beerland (Eets Feats, Crooked Bangs, Ghetto Ghouls). Lightning strike.

10/27/12 @ Long Center for the Performing Arts
Take 6 & the Austin Symphony Orchestra
Vocal sextet adds strings. Lots of ’em.
09/09/11 @ Long Center for the Performing Arts
Joshua Bell w/ Austin Symphony Orchestra
Grammy-winning violinist fronts the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
12/30/09 @ Palmer Events Center
Duke Ellington Orchestra
10/27/07 @ Riverbend Centre
Joanna Newsom
The orchestral magic of Joanna Newsom’s 2006 Drag City masterstroke Ys is something that’s re-created live very carefully. The Bay Area harpist/pianist tried it last December with a small band, but the swelling strings and theatrical production of honorary Beach Boy Van Dyke Parks call for something grander. Cue the 29-piece Austin Symphony Orchestra, which backs her for this very special show. 8pm.
04/11/06 @ Bass Concert Hall
Elvis Costello
Austin has been on Elvis Costello’s path of least resistance for several years now, including SXSW showcases and a notable rock-out at the Backyard in support of 2002’s classic When I Was Cruel. Following ’04’s orchestral Il Sogno, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Costello’s new release for Deutsche Grammophon is the rock and jazz of My Flame Burns Blue, which could go in the first set with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, or in the second hits gather-all. Pump it up either direction.
11/12/05 @ Riverbend Centre
Gary Puckett
Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra close the Union Gap.
02/19/05 @ Riverbend Centre
Glen Campbell
The Austin Symphony presents the "Wichita Lineman" in person at the beautiful 360 amphitheatre.
Last Updated: April 27, 2006

Upcoming shows:
Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. @
Austin Music Awards:
2007: Best Horns
2007: Best Strings
From the Blogs:
From the Archives:
Mozart Requiem Undead Receives an Encore (Arts Story September 15, 2016)

This Austin-generated reinvention comes to Bass Concert Hall
The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016 (Arts Story May 5, 2016)

These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
Top 10 Things to Happen to Classical Music in 2014 (Arts Story December 31, 2014)

The year saw Austin go big in classical with big-name artists and competitions coming to town, and big crowds, too
New Sounds of the Season (Arts Story December 11, 2014)

Christmas cheer for the ear from UT Wind Ensemble, Austin Symphony, and Conspirare
'Copland and Mexico' (Arts Story March 21, 2014)

Five-day concert series highlights this composer and orchestral music south of the border
Austin Symphony Orchestra (Arts Story March 14, 2014)

ASO turns to Kickstarter for help in making its first CD – and rescuing a forgotten composer
Top 10 (+1) Dance Classical Music Treasures of 2013 (Arts Story January 3, 2014)

In 2013, dance and classical music were distinguished by their breadth of expression and eloquence
Austin Symphony Orchestra (Arts Story November 1, 2013)

ASO performs Verdi's 'Requiem' to honor JFK in the hall he never reached on Nov. 22
Austin Symphony Orchestra (Arts Story May 31, 2013)

Conductor Peter Bay spices up the symphonic menu with some new compositions
The Great Artdoors (Arts Story May 17, 2013)

Summer's here, and the time is right for outdoor performances all over Central Texas
Austin Symphony Orchestra (Arts Story March 8, 2013)

Yolanda Kondonassis joins ASO to show there's much more to harps than angel strumming
Top 10 Ensembles of 2012 (Arts Story January 4, 2013)

The year's most memorable groupings in classical music, dance, and theatre
Top 10 (+1) Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2012 (Arts Story January 4, 2013)

In 2012, dance memorably explored profound topics, and classical embraced Charlie Brown and George Washington
All Over Creation: Surprise, Surprise (Arts Column July 27, 2012)

Peter Bay's work in 'Solo Symphony' revealed sides of him that hadn't been seen before
Orchestrating Partnerships (Arts Story May 4, 2012)

Maestro Peter Bay likes to play with others – especially when they're outside the orchestra