701 W. Riverside, 512/474-5664
Built on the footprint of Palmer Auditorium in part with reclaimed materials from its predecessor, the Long Center opened in 2008. It serves as home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, and Austin Opera. Between a marquee setting across the lake from Downtown and civic-minded integration with surrounding areas, the Long has proven transformational. The multi-tiered Dell Hall, the complex’s largest venue, seats 2,442. Even the upper balcony seats provide good sight lines. The hall’s acoustics eliminate dead zones by design and a series of movable banners and curtains enable the room to be custom-tuned for the music at hand.
The Austin Symphony
celebrates treasures composed by women throughout the ages, with works by Fanny Mendelssohn Lili Boulanger
, Clara Schumann
, Vítězslava Kaprálová
, and award-winning American composer Jennifer Higdon
. Bonus: Performances by Time for Three
and Michelle Schumann
. Fri.-Sat., March 22-23, 8pm. $19-100.
Movies are, after all, partly made of sound. And now here are the legendary Bostonians and conductor Keith Lockhart enthralling the Long Center stage with excerpts from such classic John Williams-scored film series as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and Star Wars – along with the maestro's works that enlivened less familiar standalones like The Witches of Eastwick, The Towering Inferno, Heidi, and more. Sun., March 24, 7:30pm. $49 and up.