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A Maestro Prepares
Before the baton goes up, conductors have to know the score – every note of it
"...April, a lot. Peter Bay, music director of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Richard Buckley, principal conductor of Austin..."

April 1, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Shostakovich 100 Schedule
"...Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk Austin Lyric Opera presents Shostakovich's 1932 opera with Brenda Harris..."

Dec. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Dvorák's New World Inquiry
How a Czech composer helped America find its authentic voice
"...Burleigh's "Deep River" and other spirituals prior to the Austin Symphony concert Friday, Nov. 12.)"And so, it is very..."

Nov. 12, 2004 Arts Feature by Katherine Catmull

Conception of Fate
The Austin Symphony's performance of the program Conception of Fate, with its works by Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven, melded craft and style into a profound, spirited, joyful night of art.
"...Music Director Peter Bay has led the Austin Symphony into a new era of exquisite and exacting..."

March 1, 2002 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

On His Toes
"...after months of driving downtown past the banner at Symphony Square welcoming conductor Peter Bay to Austin, the Maestro..."

Nov. 13, 1998 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sarah Chang
A rich concert that showed how much Peter Bay's time on the podium has meant to ASO
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra With Sarah Chang..."

May 8, 2009 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony With Ilya Gringolts
Austin Symphony's return to Mahler's Fifth Symphony under the baton of Peter Bay revealed a mature and confident orchestra pulling itself up another notch
"...Austin Symphony With Ilya GringoltsBass Concert Hall, April 16..."

April 23, 2004 Arts Review by Jerry Young

Young at Art
At age 85, violinist Robert Rudié is still fiddling around – and teaching and acting and …
"...Consider this: Rudié made his permanent move to Austin at the tender age of 65, and in the..."

March 5, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony and Emanuel Ax
For the Austin Symphony's season opener, conductor Peter Bay and company made a pleasure cruise of Smetana's "The Moldau" and turned Sibelius' Second Symphony into a ride through the perfect storm, while guest Emanuel Ax led a refined reading of da Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
"...Austin Symphony and Emanuel Ax:..."

Sept. 12, 2003 Arts Review by Jerry Young

'Copland and Mexico'
Five-day concert series highlights this composer and orchestral music south of the border
"...hear for yourself why when it's revived by the Austin Symphony Orchestra this weekend, along with Copland's Two Mexican..."

March 21, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony With Christopher O'Riley
In closing its 99th season, ASO was at first reflective, then passionate
"...Austin Symphony With Christopher O'Riley..."

May 21, 2010 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra with Caitlin Tully
Two years after her debut with the Austin Symphony at age 14, Caitlin Tully offered a superb, assured performance, with a cool mastery of a demanding Sibelius concerto
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra with Caitlin TullyBass Concert Hall, Sept. 26..."

Oct. 1, 2004 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Articulations
It may still be too hot to frolic in the noonday sun, but it's not too hot to put on a show to help someone in need, and that's what a number of Austin artists are up to this month, raising funds for flood victims in Houston and an Austin musician with a spinal cord injury.
"...the Alley Theatre, and the Wortham Theater Center. The Austin Theatre Alliance has enticed most of the major arts..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Presto con Fuoco
For violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, life is best played fast and fiery
"..."Molitor," as the violin is known, with the Pasadena Symphony. And since the first of the year, she's managed..."

Feb. 18, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance and Classical Music Treasures of 2010
Music and movement in 2010 made the mundane sacred and the serious silly
"...2) 'L'ÉTOILE (THE STAR)' (AUSTIN LYRIC OPERA) How often does opera look and play..."

Jan. 7, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Jessica Mathaes: A concertmaster flies solo
ASO's top violinist readies for her first solo concerto performance with the orchestra
"...The concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra was dressed as a witch when I..."

Oct. 19, 2007 Arts Feature by Michael Kellerman

Austin Symphony with the Eroica Trio
A concert showcasing a variety of tempos, intensities, and moods -- from cheeky Beethoven to hypnotic Kilar -- made this particular outing of the Austin Symphony with the Eroica Trio a memorable success.
"...Austin Symphony With the Eroica TrioBass Concert Hall, Oct. 3..."

Oct. 17, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Articulations
Months of speculation come to an end as Austin Lyric Opera appoints conductor Richard Buckley to the position of artistic director.
"...Austin Lyric Opera has found its new leader. On Monday,..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

20 Questions With Darden Smith
The return – again – of Austin singer-songwriter Darden Smith
"...their careers, and about songwriting. Like so many great Austinites over the decades, this is what they do. They..."

April 19, 2002 Music Feature by Raoul Hernandez

Austin Symphony Orchestra: Dance Fever
Robi Polgar responds to the November concert of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, featuring the premiere of Austin composer Darden Smith's Grand Motion.
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra: Dance Fever..."

Nov. 12, 1999 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Arts: Summer Snapshot
Theatre, dance, comedy, and lit events on the horizon
"...Austin Sketch Fest As sketchy as comedy can be, with..."

May 19, 2017 Arts Feature

All Over Creation: One Movement Ends, and One Begins
As one chamber music ensemble takes its final bow, another makes its start
"...this Friday will be a riot of music in Austin – so many voices and instruments sounding the same..."

March 16, 2012 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Top 9 Dance and Classical Music Treasures of 2009
Uncommon beauty and power danced a potent duet in the music and movement of 2009
"...and tender score, and, best of all, thousands of Austinites crowding onto the Austin Studios tarmac to celebrate and..."

Jan. 1, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Robert McDuffie, Violin
A hearty mix of Central Europe-inspired music with transcendent violin work
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra With Robert McDuffie, Violin..."

Nov. 28, 2008 Arts Review by Michael Kellerman

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
"...think of when you think of going to the symphony? I think of large concert halls, people dressed in..."

June 1, 2007 Arts Feature by Barry Pineo

Austin Symphony Orchestra With Peter Serkin
Despite not always fully engaging with soloist Peter Serkin, the Austin Symphony Orchestra was clear, tidy, and provided some sweeping music
"...Austin Symphony Orchestra With Peter Serkin..."

Jan. 28, 2005 Arts Review by Jerry Young

Top 4 Classical Music Forces (and Visual-Art Event) of 2004
"...Honestly, when it comes to classical music in Austin, rare is the occasion that does not live up..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Meet the New Bosses
Long Center director Cliff Redd and ALO director Richard Buckley compare notes on leading an arts institution, the challenges they face, and being new to Austin
"...was hired last year as the artistic director for Austin Lyric Opera; Redd was named the new executive director..."

Sept. 17, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Alexander Nevsky
To accompany the screening of Alexander Nevsky, Eisenstein's 1938 epic film about the 13th-century Russian hero and the army he led to defeat a German invasion, maestro Peter Bay led his own army -- some 200 musicians from the Austin Symphony and Conspirare choir -- that performed Prokofiev's epic score with grandeur and a stirring power.
"...This finale to the symphony's 2002-2003 classical concert series, then, saw a fine combination..."

May 30, 2003 Arts Review by Robi Polgar

Austin Symphony: The French Connection II
The Austin Symphony's Jan. 31 concert was to have been all French, but matters of health changed that and gave audiences the chance to hear a tender tribute to composer Kent Kennan and an exhilarating Beethoven concerto from André Watts.
"...The Austin Symphony's Jan. 31 concert was to have been all..."

Feb. 14, 2003 Arts Review by Jerry Young

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