Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman, 512/471-2787
If Bass Concert Hall remains the grand dame of UT venues, its sister venue Bates Recital Hall rightly wears the title borne to any queen’s female sibling – princess. At just under a trim 700 seats, the steep, regal room feels like a church given the three-story, 24-ton, 5,315-pipe organ rising up behind the wide stage. Opened in 1981, classical, jazz, and pop heavies of every stripe have graced the space at every turn. In the reissue to 2005 Spoon classic Gimme Fiction, producer Mike McCarthy tells of sneaking into the UT’s Butler School of Music (for which Bates acts as its Recital Hall) with group frontman Britt Daniel to record the grand piano to “The Beast and Dragon, Adored.”
Internationally-acclaimed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han learned to play together before they could even speak the same language. Their program on as part of the Austin Chamber Music Festival includes a selection of works by Russian composers, including Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Fri., June 9, 8pm. $35-80.
The hand-sculpted Festival Chamber Orchestra celebrates Austin's own fabulous talent, providing the quintessential Austin Chamber Music Festival experience. ASO maestro Peter Bay leads the ensemble, with Will Fedkenheuer of the Miró Quartet as concertmaster. The program includes music by Saint-Saëns, Grieg, and Montgomery, and ends with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 8 in C Major, featuring ACMC's own Michelle Schumann on piano. Sat., June 10, 8pm. $35-80.