The North Door
"...If you're parked on the shores of Lady Bird Lake eagerly anticipating the Austin Symphony's annual serving up of Sousa and the fireworks that ensue, well, citizen, you have a looooong wait – like about a year. Thanks to the current refurbishment of Auditorium Shores, ASO isn't playing at its usual site this year..."
"...Since the Fourth of July is a holiday that practically belongs to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, it seems a fitting time to report on ASO's upcoming season – specifically on the two world-premiere works that orchestral fans can look forward to in it. The first, reported in these pages last fall ("Austin Symphony Orchestra: Commission Fever," Oct..."
"...Ballet Austin is going classic with the classical ballet Don Quixote. So what about the symphony? Austin Symphony Orchestra had previously announced its one-two punch of Beethoven's Symphony No..."
"...This weekend, the Austin Symphony will present the Austin premiere of Kevin Puts' Symphony No. 2, subtitled "Island of Innocence." Puts is on an extended leave of absence from his position as UT assistant professor of composition, living and writing full-time in New York..."
"...In the last two concerts of its 2012-13 season, the Austin Symphony is bringing some fresh flavors to the dinner table. Three weeks ago, it performed two contemporary works by Paul Lansky and Graham Fitkin (the latter a U.S..."
"...The Austin Symphony Orchestra has a new executive director. Galen Wixson has been hired to fill the spot left by the departure of Jim Reagan last November..."
"...King "B" completists, take note: The Austin Symphony is dead set on playing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies before it makes its first appearance in the Long Center in 2008, and it'll embark on this majestic undertaking in just a few short weeks. Come Oct..."
"...This weekend, the Austin Symphony Orchestra will offer Young Person's Guide as the first part of their Concert for the Young at Heart. For most people, says Peter Bay, ASO's conductor, "whether they know anything about classical music or not, the Young Person's Guide and Peter and the Wolf are probably the two pieces [they] will know, either because of records or because they were taken to the symphony somewhere and these pieces were played."..."
"...Music was the medium through which the Austin Symphony Orchestra transported audiences to Russia in its first concert of 2016, and yet the thing that kept providing me with the means to articulate the experience was literature. The event was not unlike an evening spent reading Chekhov and Tolstoy, alternating between short stories by the former and chapters of a novel by the latter: On the one hand, you had these tales of domestic life finely wrought in miniature, and on the other, these sprawling sagas of society spun with an epic sweep...."
"...If you close your eyes and imagine harp music, you'll probably picture a group of angels playing sweet and soft melodies. Well, Grammy-nominated Yolanda Kondonassis – guest soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra March 8 and 9 – will totally change that impression..."
"...The Austin Symphony Orchestra knew that it wanted a new orchestral work to commemorate its first season in Dell Hall. What it didn't know was how big a part Dell Hall would wind up playing in the work itself...."
"...Somebody break the news to Tchaikovsky: He won't get his cannonade across Lady Bird Lake this Monday. If you hadn't heard, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has scrubbed not only its traditional blast of Independence Day pyrotechnics – another victim of the extreme drought, as are all public fireworks displays in Austin and Travis County – but also the concert that precedes it..."
"...It's been a year of formidable musical challenges for the Austin Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Ninth, Brahms' Fourth, Christopher Theofanidis' Field of Infinite Forms, playing with Yo-Yo Ma. But ASO may have saved the biggest for the last two nights of 2008: playing with the Flying Karamazov Brothers..."
"...Peter Bay gets that, which is what makes the Austin Symphony Orchestra's July Fourth concerts more than just another roundup of the usual musical suspects. This year, for instance, the maestro followed "The Star-Spangled Banner" with a tour of the West via a pair of motion picture scores and a prime example of 20th century American regionalism..."
"...Once indie artists with limited resources proved they could fund projects costing thousands with microdonations, it was just a matter of time before major arts organizations followed their lead. Case in point: the Austin Symphony Orchestra, which is using Kickstarter to raise cash for its first commercial CD..."
"...Exactly 50 years later, the void left in that space will be filled by musicians of the Austin Symphony and Chorus Austin. They will perform Guiseppe Verdi's Requiem, one of the most fitting pieces possible to commemorate the anniversary of JFK's assassination..."
"...Bronfman is like the guide who has traveled so extensively through a region that he knows every inch intimately, as he demonstrated to the crowd's delight during his performance of the concerto with the Austin Symphony last week. In every moment of every movement, every shift in the drama – and oh my, is there ever a wealth of drama packed into this piece – Bronfman displayed a masterful command of the material: famously pummeling the keys in the first movement's stormiest flashes, then lightly dancing his way across them in its jubilant runs and crisply executing its exacting trills; sounding out with deep sensitivity and delicacy the reflective Adagio; and bringing a resolute vigor to the ever-more challenging Rondo that seemed to gather more energy and purpose with each new demand from the score..."
"...A small stick can do just as much, especially when it's being wielded by Peter Bay. The Austin Symphony Orchestra's conductor and music director communicates in a voice as gentle as they come, but put him in front of the ASO – or an orchestra for a performance by Ballet Austin or Austin Opera, an ensemble from the Austin Chamber Music Center or Austin Classical Guitar, the Austin Civic Orchestra, or a high school orchestra, all of which he's conducted for – and the dance of his baton, the motion always fluid and easy yet with gestures purposeful and precise, can tease forth sounds of exceptional feeling and depth..."
"...CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE Austin Symphony Orchestra with Alison Balsom..."
"...So's his room, a home within a studio. Sitting down at the keyboards butted up against the foot of his bed -- across from his drum kit and stand-up wall piano -- he shuffles the papers that have overtaken his life since November: his symphony..."
"...You can't hum it or tap it out on a table. But often counterpoint is the intangible ingredient that makes millions of folks bond with a Beethoven symphony, a Duke Ellington masterpiece, or a Sting album..."
"...Solo Symphony, Forklift Danceworks..."
"...Maureen McGovern, Austin Symphony Orchestra..."
"...Hadyn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Austin Symphony..."
"...Austin Symphony (with Leon Fleisher)..."
"...In the realm of symphonic music, the premiere of a new work by John Corigliano is major news. He is, after all, a composer who holds both a Pulitzer Prize (for his Symphony No..."
"...On March 5 & 6, Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F minor at the Bass Concert Hall...."
"...Membership runs $197 annually. In Blumenthal's letter citing the rationale for the trusteeship, what that nets – in part – is a "collective bargaining representative of the musicians of the Austin Symphony Orchestra," the ranks of which make up a large part of the union's 320 members...."
"...July 4th Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks..."
"...Total Unicorn, Night Drive, Dj Cuba Gooding, uLOVEi and Beat Imprint, will make this a night to remember. $5 cover, doors at 9pm. 5) HEB Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks Auditorium Shores An Austin Tradition..."
"...And not all the economic news has been grim. Austin Symphony Orchestra has actually had cause to celebrate – first with a $1 million gift from philanthropist extraordinaire James Armstrong, who recently pledged $1 million to Zach Theatre's proposed new building, to endow the James C..."
"...The concerts begin with the now-traditional evening of elegance in the Driskill Hotel. Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony conducts an outstanding ensemble in a program of Russian delicacies, including Shostakovich's Piano Trio No..."
"...Jane Sibley, philanthropist, arts leader (Austin Symphony Orchestra, Arts Center Stage/Long Center)..."
"...3) Symphony of Terror..."
"...This massive work, which incorporates poetry by W.B. Yeats, will be conducted by Austin Symphony Music Director Peter Bay and feature mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen...."
"...Paul and Redeemer Lutheran Church4/13/20134/13/2013 Longhorn Run4/13/20134/13/2013 Austin 10/204/14/20134/14/2013 Paul Revere Ride for Liberty**4/18/20134/18/2013 COTA EVENT - MotoGP4/19/20134/21/2013 Austin Reggae Fest4/19/20134/21/2013 Bengali Assocation - Bengali New Year Celebration4/20/20134/20/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)4/20/20134/20/2013 SHAPE Diva Dash (Josh Kravetz)4/20/20134/20/2013 St. Austin Catholic Church 4/20/20134/20/2013 TX Baseball/Softball Block Party4/20/20134/20/2013 BP MS1504/21/20134/21/2013 Austin Food and Wine Festival4/26/20134/28/2013 Asian American Cultural Center - Dragon Boat Races4/27/20134/27/2013 Austin Rowing Club - Texas Rowing Championships4/27/20134/28/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)4/27/20134/27/2013 Fight For Air Climb4/27/20134/27/2013 Texas Round-Up4/27/20134/27/2013 Eeyores Birthday Party4/27/20134/27/2013 Schlotzsky's Bun Run4/28/20134/28/2013 Cap 2 K Swim5/4/20135/4/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)5/4/20135/4/2013 Fiestas Patrias - Cinco de Mayo5/4/20135/5/2013 March of Dimes Walk for Babies5/4/20135/4/2013 Chuy's Hot to Trot 5K & Kid K5/4/20135/4/2013 March of Dimes5/4/20135/4/2013 Pecan St Fest -Spring 5/4/20135/5/2013 The Rookie Triathlon5/5/20135/5/2013 LaCondesa Cinco De Mayo5/5/20135/5/2013 March for Immigration Reform5/5/20135/5/2013 Texas Marijuana March5/5/20135/5/2013 TX Peace Officer's Memorial Parade5/6/20135/6/2013 Pachanga Music Festival5/10/20135/11/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)5/11/20135/11/2013 Paramount & State Gala5/11/20135/12/2013 MALC 40th Anniversary5/15/20135/15/2013 Austin Parks Foundation - Movies in the Park5/16/20135/16/2013 COTA EVENT - V8 Super Cars Texas 4005/17/20135/19/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)5/18/20135/18/2013 UT Spring Commencement5/18/20135/18/2013 I tri @ the J5/19/20135/19/2013 Viva Streets5/19/20135/19/2013 ASO Young People's Concerts5/20/20135/28/2013 MALC Sine Die Street Party5/24/20135/24/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)5/25/20135/25/2013 March Against Monsanto**5/25/20135/25/2013 Life Time Tri CapTex 5/27/20135/27/2013 Blues on the Green5/29/20135/29/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)6/1/20136/1/2013 Queerbomb6/1/20136/1/2013 Corpus Christi Procession - Catholic Diocese of Austin6/2/20136/2/2013 ESPN X Games Welcome Rally6/5/20136/5/2013 Austin Parks Foundation - Movies in the Park6/6/20136/6/2013 ATX Television Festival6/6/20136/6/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)6/8/20136/8/2013 Blues on the Green6/12/20136/12/2013 Republic of Texas Biker Rally - use of Walter Long for ancillary tent camping area6/13/20136/16/2013 Moonlight Margarita Run6/13/20136/13/2013 TX Boys State Parade6/14/20136/14/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)6/15/20136/15/2013 Juneteenth6/15/20136/15/2013 Farmer's Market6/15/20136/15/2013 GEAYA Juneteenth Parade and Festival6/19/20136/19/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)6/22/20136/22/2013 Farmer's Market6/22/20136/22/2013 Keep Austin Weird6/22/20136/22/2013 Blues on the Green6/26/20136/26/2013 Farmers Market (every Saturday)6/29/20136/29/2013 4th of July in the Barrio6/29/20136/29/2013 Austin Symphony's 4th of July7/4/20137/4/2013 BHNA 4th of July Parade7/4/20137/4/2013 Neighborhood 4th of July Parades7/4/20137/4/2013 Hancock Neighborhood Assoc..."
"...5) Austin Symphony Orchestra with André Watts..."
"...The watchword for Ballet Austin as it kicks off its 2005-06 season is "big." It starts this weekend with a big new production from Artistic Director Stephen Mills: Carmina Burana, which teams the dance company with the Austin Symphony and the choral ensemble Conspirare. That's followed next week by the Big Apple debut of Ballet Austin in a four-day stand at New York's esteemed Joyce Theater..."
"... Jane Sibley, philanthropist, arts leader (Austin Symphony Orchestra, Arts Center Stage/Long Center)..."
"...Symphonic ConcertAustin Symphony (Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)..."
"...AN EVENING OF TEXAS MUSIC will be presented by the Austin Symphony, joined by C&W star Larry Gatlin. ASO Assistant Conductor Timothy Muffitt will conduct the performance, 8-10:30pm at Palmer Auditorium, S..."
"...The Austin Symphony and Maestro Sung Kwak, whose programming is always elegant if a tad conservative for my taste, have planned another varied and intriguing season of music for their legions of subscribers (the ASO concerts generally sell out way in advance and for good reason -- they're wonderful!). This year the ASO will be performing pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Tschaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Albinoni, Paganini, Brahms, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bruckner, Franck, Schumann, and Mozart..."
"...20th Anniversary Celebration with Peter Bay and the Festival Chamber OrchestraFriday, July 8, 7:30pm All-Mozart program, with the Piano Concerto in A major, featuring Michelle Schumann on piano, and Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major, with Seetha Shivaswamy, flute, and Elaine Barber, harp, conducted by the Austin Symphony's Peter Bay...."
"...Compassion, Austin Symphony Orchestra with Lior Chamber Performance..."
"...Austin Symphony’s Concerts in the Park - Long Center 7:30pm..."
"...Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Austin Symphony with Bion Tsang..."
"...Bion Tsang, cello, Bion Tsang with the Austin Symphony..."
"...This year's competition expands on the one that the classical radio station established last year for student violinists at McCallum, allowing students ages 13-17 from schools across Austin to take part, with categories for viola, cello, and bass added to violin. For placing first in their respective areas, each winner receives a high-quality instrument on loan for a year, tickets to the Austin Symphony and Austin Chamber Music Festival, master class scholarships, and instrument repair and gift certificates from area music shops..."
"...3) Get some sound people in there that understand that they are mixing for a symphony space, not the Music Hall. There is a bit more involved than cranking it, bro..."
"...Joe and Teresa Lozano Long (Long Center for the Performing Arts, Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Austin Lyric Opera, et al.) – patrons..."