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Robi Polgar

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National Geographic: Symphony for Our World

The breathtaking natural history footage combined with live symphonic performance sent a noble message: Save the Earth

Arts Review, Aug. 2, 2018

Review: 2018 Austin Chamber Music Festival

How the Attacca Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and invoke played

Arts Daily, Jul. 17, 2018 1:20 PM

Texas Early Music Project's Complaints Through the Ages

This TEMP concert collected brief melodic grievances from across the centuries, half heartfelt, half silly

Arts Review, Apr. 26, 2018

Golden Hornet’s String Quartet Smackdown IV

In this “hoot” of a competition, every one of the 16 compositions was a gem, but only one was voted the champion

Arts Review, Feb. 15, 2018

Austin Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos

Dude ranch antics make this reimagining of Strauss too busy, but when the music takes center stage, it’s gorgeous

Arts Review, Feb. 1, 2018

Butler Opera Center's Così fan tutte

This production brings Mozart's test of female fidelity into the modern world of Tinder and high finance

Arts Review, Nov. 2, 2017

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Feast of Voices

The ASO and Chorus Austin combined forces for an evening of music that was gorgeous, sensual, and sometimes hall-shaking

Arts Review, Oct. 12, 2017

Panoramic Voices’ Bach: Mass in B Minor

Director Brent Baldwin and his chorus made this work of pure uplift – rousing to sing, delightful to hear – a joy to experience

Arts Review, Aug. 17, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Festival: St. Lawrence String Quartet

This concert was a lesson in active listening from an active, assured, exceptional ensemble

Arts Review, Jul. 20, 2017

2017 Revel Solstice Festival

Two recent concerts in the summerlong fest played up the informality and intimacy of Revel's approach to classical music

Arts Review, Jul. 13, 2017

Austin Opera's The Daughter of the Regiment

Just as the young woman of the title is deemed "charming," so too is Donizetti's work in this company's staging

Arts Review, Feb. 2, 2017

Austin Chamber Music Center’s My Life

This concert of works by Brahms, Smetana, and Fujiwara contrasted autobiographical stories told within music by young composers and mature ones

Arts Review, Jan. 26, 2017

Mozart Requiem Undead Receives an Encore

This Austin-generated reinvention comes to Bass Concert Hall

Arts Feature, Sep. 15, 2016

The Witching Hour

Chorus Austin unearthed a vast repertoire of music – gorgeous, frightening, and comedic – that speaks to mortality and the dead

Arts Review, Nov. 12, 2015

University of Texas University Orchestra's Fall 2015 Concert

The audience-friendly first concert of the school year offered earfuls of drama from Bizet, Beethoven, and more

Arts Review, Oct. 22, 2015

The Marriage of Figaro

Austin Lyric Opera offered something to delight everyone with its funny and excellent 'Marriage of Figaro'

Arts Review, May. 6, 2005

Top 4 Classical Music Forces (and Visual-Art Event) of 2004

Arts Feature, Jan. 7, 2005

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Austin Shakespeare Festival's second bout with 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in four years offers much by way of manic disposition, but not much by way of substance

Arts Review, Oct. 29, 2004

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

As produced by Austin Playhouse, Tennessee Williams' 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' leaps and lands on its feet with aplomb

Arts Review, Oct. 8, 2004

Austin Symphony Orchestra with Caitlin Tully

Two years after her debut with the Austin Symphony at age 14, Caitlin Tully offered a superb, assured performance, with a cool mastery of a demanding Sibelius concerto

Arts Review, Oct. 1, 2004

House Arrest

Both Anna Deavere Smith's script for 'House Arrest' and Zachary Scott Theatre Center's production of it fall short as meaningful political theatre

Arts Review, Aug. 13, 2004

'New American Talent – The 19th Exhibition'

"New American Talent – The 19th Exhibition" merits repeated visits, for the abundance of energy and originality of vision among its many featured artists

Arts Review, Aug. 6, 2004

The Good Woman of Setzuan

If Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan drags some, the actors in the Vortex Summer Youth Theatre production don't, and that keeps the evening engaging

Arts Review, Jul. 30, 2004

'"Jan Heaton: New Watercolors"'

When a true artistic talent is at home with watercolor, the results are stirring, and so it is with Jan Heaton

Arts Review, Jul. 23, 2004

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

In Second Youth Family Theatre's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, two energetic actors perform a brisk version of the book with ingenuity and unexpected flair

Arts Review, Jul. 16, 2004

Like The Mountains

Like The Mountains' tale of two brothers fighting to survive the division of Berlin into East and West is little more than a soap opera sketched from history

Arts Review, Jul. 9, 2004

Midsummer Night's Renaissance

Conspirare's midsummer concert of choral works from the Renaissance provided yet another example of enchanting song by this local treasure

Arts Review, Jul. 2, 2004

The Fever

In producing Wallace Shawn's The Fever, Physical Plant Theater issues a call to think, from your car radio, and it's worth heeding

Arts Review, Jun. 25, 2004

The Drawer Boy

Michael Healey's The Drawer Boy is a sweet, sometimes hilarious, and ultimately moving story of lifelong friendship well-staged at Hyde Park Theatre

Arts Review, Jun. 11, 2004

A Night in Vienna

Friendship was the theme of the Budjanova Chamber Orchestra's A Night in Vienna, which was dedicated to the memory of Danielle Martin, the late UT professor whose life touched many of those at the concert

Arts Review, May. 28, 2004

Ghost From a Perfect Place

Blending eerie reminiscence and the trappings of outright hostility, Vortex Repertory Company production of Ghost From a Perfect Place feels as if it ought to be more provocative than it is

Arts Review, May. 14, 2004

Romeo and Juliet

The trick in staging Romeo and Juliet has ever been keeping the suspense in the second half that the first half never really needs, and the Austin Shakespeare Festival almost manages it

Arts Review, Apr. 30, 2004

The House

The House, director J. Ed Araiza's third collaboration with the student artists at St. Edward's University, is unapologetically about them, which makes for the show's strengths and its weaknesses

Arts Review, Apr. 23, 2004

Six-String Singularity

Adam Holzman, the man largely responsible for Austin's burgeoning classical guitar scene, gives a rare recital off the UT campus

Arts Feature, Apr. 16, 2004

The Foreigner

What makes this production of The Foreigner such a joy is seeing those familiar faces from the Greater Tuna franchise working together so sharply for such an appreciative audience

Arts Review, Apr. 9, 2004

Austin Symphony With Norman Krieger

On the first anniversary of the American-led invasion of Iraq, the Austin Symphony offered a pleasing variety of views of the American landscape through music by 20th-century composers

Arts Review, Mar. 26, 2004

Kiss Me, Kate

Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me Kate' is revived by the Austin Playhouse in such an atmosphere of fun (and ever-so-slightly wicked humor) that the production is rather endearing

Arts Review, Mar. 19, 2004


For all its luscious designs and fine actors who work exceptionally hard, Mary Moody Northen Theatre's production of Amadeus winds up more dull than daring

Arts Review, Mar. 5, 2004

Private Lives

In Austin Playhouse's production of Private Lives, an excellent ensemble mines Noël Coward's witty wordplay and his characters' spectacular self-absorption with comedic aplomb

Arts Review, Feb. 27, 2004

Le Muse Giocose (The Playful Muses)

Le Muse Giocose took Italian Baroque love songs as its heart, and the quality – and approachability – of the enchanting soprano Jenifer Thyssen and her musical collaborators was of the highest magnitude

Arts Review, Feb. 20, 2004

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