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Austin Symphony's Fourth of July Concert
No music or fireworks on the water; ASO goes F1 for the 4th
DAILY Arts  July 4, 2014
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra: How Much Is That Symphony in the Window?
Two new symphonies will premiere in ASO's next season, but how are those costly commissions being paid for?
Arts Story  July 4, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Commission fever
ASO has commissioned a new orchestral work from composer Christopher Theofanidis
Arts Story  October 26, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony: Everything Old Is New Again
The Austin Symphony's local premiere of Kevin Puts' 'Symphony No. 2': 'Island of Innocence,' evokes the cultural shift after 9/11 in a dramatic score
Arts Story  October 21, 2005, by Barry Pineo
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Peter Bay spices up the symphonic menu with some new compositions
Arts Story  May 31, 2013, by Natalie Zeldin
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
The Arkansas Symphony's Galen Wixson has been hired as ASO's new executive director
Arts Story  February 20, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Roll over, Beethoven
The Austin Symphony is set on playing all nine of Beethoven's symphonies before it makes its first appearance in the Long Center in 2008
Arts Story  September 1, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony: Meeting the orchestra the first time
The Austin Symphony gets in touch with our inner child through a concert featuring some of the classical music that most people first heard when they were young
Arts Story  December 1, 2006, by Barry Pineo
"...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."..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Jennifer Frautschi, Violin
The ASO's latest musical tour of Russia took a literary turn
Arts Review  January 14, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Yolanda Kondonassis joins ASO to show there's much more to harps than angel strumming
Arts Story  March 8, 2013, by Natalie Zeldin
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra: The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round
ASO's first commissioned work uses Dell Hall to envelop the audience in sound
Arts Story  September 19, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

Austin Symphony Orchestra July Fourth Concert & Fireworks
With fireworks banned and cash tight, ASO cancels its holiday concert
Arts Story  July 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO's biggest challenge of 2008? Keeping a straight face with the Flying Karamazovs.
Arts Story  December 26, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony July Fourth Concert & Fireworks
With more than the usual musical suspects, the ASO managed to make its 39th July Fourth concert a rousing success
Arts Review  July 9, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO turns to Kickstarter for help in making its first CD – and rescuing a forgotten composer
Arts Story  March 14, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO performs Verdi's 'Requiem' to honor JFK in the hall he never reached on Nov. 22
Arts Story  November 1, 2013, by Natalie Zeldin
"...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..."

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Yefim Bronfman
Yefim Bronfman played his way through the expansive territory of Brahms with masterful command
Arts Review  January 18, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 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
Arts Story  May 5, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...CLASSICAL PERFORMANCE Austin Symphony Orchestra with Alison Balsom..."

Golden Arm Symphony
Unraveling the budding symphonic genius of Graham Reynolds
Music Story  February 11, 2000, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

I Hear a Symphony
Composer Kent Kennan has been an essential voice in America's musical counterpoint since 1936 when he won the Prix de Rome Composition Prize. Now, at age 90, he'll hear the Austin Symphony play his composition for the very first time.
Arts Story  January 31, 2003, by Jerry Young
"...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..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Solo Symphony, Forklift Danceworks..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Maureen McGovern, Austin Symphony Orchestra..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Hadyn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Austin Symphony..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...Austin Symphony (with Leon Fleisher)..."

New Wind to Blow Through Austin
Internationally recognized composer John Corigliano has chosen the UT School of Music to premiere his Symphony No. 3 for Wind Ensemble.
Arts Story  December 26, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Symphony No. 1: A Listening Guide
Music Story  February 13, 2004, by Graham Reynolds
"...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...."

Playback: Austin Musician Union Overthrown
Local 433 hangs in the balance, a new hit for Fastball, and End of an Ear begins its new lease on life
Music Column  October 20, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

6 things to do in Austin for the 4th of July
Events in Austin this 4th of July
DAILY Chrontourage  June 30, 2014, by Tamar Price
"...July 4th Austin Symphony Concert and Fireworks..."

10 Things to Do in Austin This Fourth of July
Not sure what to do this Independence Day?
DAILY Chrontourage  July 1, 2015, by Shannon Shankman
"...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..."

Austin Classical Organizations
Classical companies respond to the economic crisis before the fat lady can sing
Arts Story  January 23, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Chamber Music Festival
As the Austin Chamber Music Festival marks its 10th summer of celebrating the intimate joys of chamber music, it will be the last for Felicity Coltman as Austin Chamber Music Center director
Arts Story  June 30, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2005
The Austin Critics Table has named six inductees for the 2005 class of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  April 15, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Jane Sibley, philanthropist, arts leader (Austin Symphony Orchestra, Arts Center Stage/Long Center)..."

Thirteen Things To Do in Austin on Halloween
Halloween 2014: All the events here, there, and in-between
DAILY Chrontourage  October 23, 2014, by Derek Van Wagner
"...3) Symphony of Terror..."

Fringe + Austin Chronicle weekend guide
Our weekly list of event picks for this weekend, Aug. 8 - 10
DAILY Chrontourage  August 8, 2014, by Lia Crockett
"...Austin Symphony’s Concerts in the Park - Long Center 7:30pm..."

Fast Forward Austin
This is not your standard music festival – you'll hear sounds you've never heard before
Arts Story  April 11, 2014, by Natalie Zeldin
"...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...."

City of Austin "Major Events" Roster
The city lists over 400 days’ worth of events from the Commitment Day 5K on Jan. 1 to the New Year’s Celebration on Dec. 31. The full list is posted here.
News Story  July 12, 2013
"...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..."

Top 10 Musical Triumphs, Plus Evidence That Austin Is Innovating the Classical World
Chronicle Arts writer Michael Kellerman recalls 2008, in classical music
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Michael Kellerman
"...5) Austin Symphony Orchestra with André Watts..."

Ballet Austin: The Start of Something BIG
A big new production, a Big Apple debut, and big gifts to support its big new dance center downtown may make this the biggest season yet for Ballet Austin
Arts Story  September 30, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame: Class of '05
Arts Story  May 27, 2005
"...• Jane Sibley, philanthropist, arts leader (Austin Symphony Orchestra, Arts Center Stage/Long Center)..."

Austin Critics Table Winners 2000-01
Arts Story  June 15, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...Symphonic ConcertAustin Symphony (Sibelius: Symphony No. 5)..."

Austin's Guide to the New Year In With the New...
  December 22, 1995
"...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..."

Austin's Classical Music Preview 'Tis the Season
I've written about the
Arts Story  November 17, 1995
"...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..."

Ballet Austin’s Alice (In Wonderland)
In which the young heroine grabs those wild wonderland reins
Arts Review  May 18, 2017, by Jonelle Seitz
"...Webre, who choreographed the work for Washington (D.C.) Ballet during his long tenure as director there, commissioned the voyage of a score from Matthew Pierce, who conducted a streamlined Austin Symphony Orchestra (a string-based ensemble of 14) while also playing first violin. Set within a Nutcracker-like frame, Alice's journey begins in the stark-white parlor of her home (her family members foreshadow the Wonderland characters to come; before Bethany was the White Rabbit, he was the family's butler)..."

Austin Chamber Music Festival 2016 Schedule
Arts Story  July 7, 2016
"...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...."

The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
The 2015-16 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 26, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Compassion, Austin Symphony Orchestra with Lior Chamber Performance..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2014-2015
PHOTO GALLERY  June 2, 2015
"...LOLA Austin director Liz Cass and Chorus Austin Executive Director David Hayes accept the Classical Performance award on behalf of winners Austin Symphony Orchestra and Alison Balsom..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
Giving a lot of sweet bouquets (and taking their sweet time doing it)
Arts Story  June 8, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Austin Symphony with Bion Tsang..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Bion Tsang, cello, Bion Tsang with the Austin Symphony..."

Young Austin Artists
Local, state, and national awards for a host of the city's student artists
Arts Story  May 14, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

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