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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
"...of gorgeous, sensual, and sometimes hall-shaking music by the Austin Symphony and Chorus Austin, which offered everything from the..."

Oct. 13, 2017 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

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?
"...July is a holiday that practically belongs to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, it seems a fitting time to report..."

July 4, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Jennifer Frautschi, Violin
The ASO's latest musical tour of Russia took a literary turn
"...Music was the medium through which the Austin Symphony Orchestra transported audiences to Russia in its first..."

Jan. 15, 2016 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Commission fever
ASO has commissioned a new orchestral work from composer Christopher Theofanidis
"...special. Conspirare is rolling out the powerful Verdi Requiem. Austin Lyric Opera is leading off with opera's bad girl,..."

Oct. 26, 2007 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
"...The Austin Symphony Orchestra knew that it wanted a new orchestral..."

Sept. 19, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
The Arkansas Symphony's Galen Wixson has been hired as ASO's new executive director
"...The Austin Symphony Orchestra has a new executive director. Galen Wixson..."

Feb. 20, 2009 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
"...that the realm ruled by mood, by feeling? The Austin Symphony Orchestra's first concert of 2019 surely seemed constructed..."

Jan. 18, 2019 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
Yolanda Kondonassis joins ASO to show there's much more to harps than angel strumming
"...Well, Grammy-nominated Yolanda Kondonassis – guest soloist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra March 8 and 9 – will totally..."

March 8, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Austin Symphony Orchestra July Fourth Concert & Fireworks
With fireworks banned and cash tight, ASO cancels its holiday concert
"...Bird Lake this Monday. If you hadn't heard, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has scrubbed not only its traditional blast..."

July 1, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO's biggest challenge of 2008? Keeping a straight face with the Flying Karamazovs.
"...been a year of formidable musical challenges for the Austin Symphony Orchestra: Beethoven's Ninth, Brahms' Fourth, Christopher Theofanidis' Field..."

Dec. 26, 2008 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO turns to Kickstarter for help in making its first CD – and rescuing a forgotten composer
"...arts organizations followed their lead. Case in point: the Austin Symphony Orchestra, which is using Kickstarter to raise cash..."

March 14, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Yefim Bronfman
Yefim Bronfman played his way through the expansive territory of Brahms with masterful command
"...delight during his performance of the concerto with the Austin Symphony last week. In every moment of every movement,..."

Jan. 18, 2013 Arts Review by Robert Faires

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

May 31, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

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
"...King "B" completists, take note: The Austin Symphony is dead set on playing all nine of..."

Sept. 1, 2006 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra
ASO performs Verdi's 'Requiem' to honor JFK in the hall he never reached on Nov. 22
"...To Austin. That's right. That evening, the president was going to..."

Nov. 1, 2013 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

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
"...know that I was listening to Benjamin Britten's best-known orchestral work, Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell,..."

Dec. 1, 2006 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

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
"...This weekend, the Austin Symphony will present the Austin premiere of Kevin Puts'..."

Oct. 21, 2005 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

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
"...Peter Bay gets that, which is what makes the Austin Symphony Orchestra's July Fourth concerts more than just another..."

July 10, 2015 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
"...the shores of Lady Bird Lake eagerly anticipating the Austin Symphony's annual serving up of Sousa and the fireworks..."

July 4, 2014 Arts Post

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
"...That's what you heard again and again in the Austin Symphony's centenary celebration of the beloved, revered, and definitely..."

Oct. 26, 2018 Arts Review 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
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? In this case, back up a Beatles cover band.
"...high school musicians of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy Orchestra didn't really know the Beatles' music before this week..."

Feb. 20, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...It was four for Thr3e at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday night, with Salvage Vanguard..."

June 5, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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.
"...that makes millions of folks bond with a Beethoven symphony, a Duke Ellington masterpiece, or a Sting album. It..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

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
"...art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1,..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World
The breathtaking natural history footage combined with live symphonic performance sent a noble message: Save the Earth
"...Geographic's Sym­phony for Our World, performed impeccably by the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Austin under the assured and..."

Aug. 3, 2018 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Symphony No. 1: A Listening Guide
"...On March 5 & 6, Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra perform Shostakovich's Symphony No. 1 in F..."

Feb. 13, 2004 Music Feature by Graham Reynolds

Austin Classical Organizations
Classical companies respond to the economic crisis before the fat lady can sing
"...one group that isn't breaking out the violins is Austin's classical music community. Instead, a couple of our most..."

Jan. 23, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fourth group of individuals..."

April 15, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Musical Triumphs, Plus Evidence That Austin Is Innovating the Classical World
Chronicle Arts writer Michael Kellerman recalls 2008, in classical music
"...1) Blue Rhapsody (Austin Chamber Music Center) The temptation was strong to top..."

Jan. 2, 2009 Arts Feature by Michael Kellerman

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