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ASO Fires Player Over Racist Remarks
Austin Opera and area schools also cut ties with trombonist
"...your 1/2 black president done for you?? The ONLY REASON he was elected was because he is 1/2 black...."

June 2, 2020 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Review: ASO With Quattro Mani
Symphony scores with new works by Lansky and Fitkin
"...The rest of Austin may have been experiencing unseasonably cool temperatures, but inside Dell Hall last Friday night..."

May 8, 2013 Arts Post by Robert Faires

ASO Concerts in the Park: The gift at the gazebo
The Austin Symphony is again presenting its summer series of concerts in Wooldridge Park, and the musicians love getting out of the concert hall and inside that park's gazebo
"...in them," says Bob Cannon, who's played trumpet with ASO for many years, "I always envision the way it..."

June 1, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

ASO's Sweet Release!
Symphony celebrates its first CD release at Waterloo today
"...in the store for anyone to listen – but ASO Music Director Peter Bay, who conducted all of the..."

Jan. 6, 2015 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra Keeps Playing From Beyond the Stage
For the second time in its 109-year history, the ASO weathers a global pandemic
"...compliance with the city's social distancing guidelines, and the ASO was without a venue to play in or an..."

June 19, 2020 Arts Feature by David Sotelo

Austin Symphony Orchestra Heads Bach to the Clubs
Round Two of ASO's collaboration between a string quartet and local DJs resulted in a sold-out show at the North Door
"...initiated in 2018 as a new way of getting ASO out of the concert hall and connected to the..."

March 6, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony's Happy Birthday, Lenny
In its concert celebrating Bernstein, the ASO shows the composer giving his all in even the briefest of works
"...and definitely larger-than-life American composer. The program chosen by ASO Music Director Peter Bay favored Bernstein in small doses..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO turns to Kickstarter for help in making its first CD – and rescuing a forgotten composer
"...– so believe local music scholar Karl Miller and ASO Director Peter Bay. They see this CD as a..."

March 14, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dr. Akagi
"...Imamura. Starring: Masanori Sera, Jacques Gamblin, Jyuro Kara, Kumiko Aso and Akira Emoto. Two-time Palm d'Or recipient Inamura (1983's..."

July 23, 1999 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Austin Symphony Orchestra: "Rach Star"
Orion Weiss played Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the Austin Symphony, and we were spellbound
"...All eyes were on Weiss, but Bay and the ASO made his triumph all the richer...."

Jan. 17, 2020 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony's Fourth of July Concert
No music or fireworks on the water; ASO goes F1 for the 4th
"...year. Thanks to the current refurbishment of Auditorium Shores, ASO isn't playing at its usual site this year. It's..."

July 4, 2014 Arts Post

In Memoriam: Jennifer Bourianoff
ASO's longtime Assistant Concertmaster has passed away.
"...member of its family. Jennifer Bourianoff, Assistant Concertmaster for ASO since 1997, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 30, after..."

Dec. 29, 2011 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Coming Soon To a Concert Hall Near You
What's ahead for the Austin Symphony Orchestra & Ballet Austin in 2004-2005
"...waves, you can make out the cool, refreshing 2004-2005 seasons of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Austin. The..."

May 28, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra's Variation Voyage
ASO’s first concert of 2019 had us hearing all sorts of feels, but Leon Fleisher’s piano also got us thinking
"...played with spirit by the respective sections of the ASO). The work shared some of the mutability and boldness..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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
"...in D minor) offered another pretty piece for the ASO, whose plucked strings and undulating, swaying melody complemented a..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Jennifer Frautschi, Violin
The ASO's latest musical tour of Russia took a literary turn
"...conflict with itself. But what was surprising about the ASO's performance was how cohesive it felt, how the orchestra..."

Jan. 15, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Yolanda Kondonassis joins ASO to show there's much more to harps than angel strumming
"...only a few hundred years, which may be one reason the instrument lacks the deep repertoire of such orchestral..."

March 8, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Sergei's Big Score
Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay has tremendous regard for both Sergei Prokofiev's score and Sergei Eisenstein's images for the 1938 film Alexander Nevsky, and as he prepares for a live performance of the score as the film is being shown, he talks about this remarkable fusion of image and music and what's involved in performing it live.

May 23, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Coexisting With the Coyotes of Travis County
Austin’s wildlife management program goes countywide
"...every year, largely to appease private agricultural interests, the ASO uses nonlethal techniques to mitigate conflict, in line with..."

Feb. 22, 2019 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Confusion, Concerns Surround Response to County’s Dangerous Dogs
A partnership problem, or not?
"...But Eckhardt blindsided ASO staff when she said she was hesitant to expand..."

March 23, 2018 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Man With the Light Touch
Peter Bay leads the Austin Symphony with the finesse of Astaire
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra – he's just begun his 10th season with the orchestra – cuts a modest figure, even..."

Nov. 16, 2007 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Forget Decorum: Music Fans Holler Their Appreciation for the Symphony
And the classical music crowd goes wild
"...way was a canny move on the part of ASO Music Director Peter Bay. It guaranteed that every person..."

May 28, 2021 Features Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sarah Chang
A rich concert that showed how much Peter Bay's time on the podium has meant to ASO
"...leading the Austin Symphony for 10 years? For some reason – his eternally boyish looks, perhaps? – it doesn't..."

May 8, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here
"...coolest way to make music and may be one reason he's sought out so frequently as a collaborator: with..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Fear & Loathing
Travis County says goodbye to a coyote-killing machine
"...Creek Pre­serve, which some residents saw as hasty and unreasonable. While TWS claimed it had received numerous calls of..."

Dec. 22, 2017 News Feature by Lindsay Stafford Mader

Personnel Changes
With the record heat, August brought the departures of three executive directors
"...well, gone from the organization. Name scrubbed from the ASO website. A comment from someone on the phone at..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...they come, but put him in front of the ASO – or an orchestra for a performance by Ballet..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Peter Bay spices up the symphonic menu with some new compositions
"...In the last two concerts of its 2012-13 season, the Austin Symphony is bringing some fresh flavors to..."

May 31, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Texas Young Composers Concert
A dozen budding Beethovens hear music they wrote performed by the Austin Symphony
"...student at Round Rock's Stony Point High School, asking ASO's executive director to forward a symphonic composition he had..."

April 15, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra: The Music Goes 'Round and 'Round
ASO's first commissioned work uses Dell Hall to envelop the audience in sound
"...wanted a new orchestral work to commemorate its first season in Dell Hall. What it didn't know was how..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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