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A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here
"...Don't let the word "classical" throw you. In the context of classical music in..."

April 26, 2019 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Classical Guitar's i/we
Events such as this concert are using sound and music to share the experiences of refugees
"...schedule read: "Help us welcome the newest Texans." Some Austin arts organizations have been doing just that with events..."

July 28, 2017 Arts Feature by Molly Kendrick

Austin Classical Guitar's dream
The quality of the music in this concert was exceptional, but what made it special was the quality of the listening
"...and over during dream, the multimedia concert produced by Austin Classical Guitar and presented Aug. 3-5. Recorded voices of..."

Aug. 10, 2018 Arts Review by Robert Faires

Austin Classical Guitar Narratives Series
"...Austin Classical Guitar gets into summer reading in a big..."

July 8, 2016 Arts Feature

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

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

Austin Chamber Music Center Performathon
Hundreds of chamber musicians fill Dell Hall with nine full hours of classical sounds
"...fix of live popular music is no problem in Austin. Scarcely a weekend goes by here without some festival..."

April 29, 2011 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Dance/Classical Music Treasures of 2015
Leaving deep impressions from 2015's dance and classical music works were the unexpected elements, like screen doors, trees, and car horns
"...passion at 9,000 rpms. 2) Season of Innocence (Ballet Austin II)..."

Jan. 1, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires’ Top 10 Dance and Classical Joys of 2018
In this year’s dance and classical offerings, extraordinary depictions of loss and suffering continue to haunt
"...1) "FOUR MORTAL MEN" (Ballet Austin) Stephen Mills' elegy for dancers he knew in Eighties..."

Dec. 28, 2018 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
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those..."

May 6, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Give Harvey Relief
Comedy and classical music benefits raise $280K for Houston
"...Stand-up comics and classical musicians aren't the first folks you turn to during..."

Sept. 14, 2017 Arts Post by Robert Faires

All Over Creation: Classical Alchemy
How Austin is transmuting the music of old into dance, art, and comedy
"...I used to think that classical music had a locked atomic structure – you know,..."

Sept. 30, 2011 Arts Column by Robert Faires

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
"...creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of..."

May 24, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Life After the Classical Section
For two decades, he was the man Austin turned to when it wanted the best classical music on vinyl or disc, but the closing of Wherehouse Records has left Russell McCulloh with nowhere to sell Bach, Brahms, or Beethoven.
"...Wherehouse Records on Burnet Road in April: "Coming soon: Austin Breast Enlargement and Taxidermy Studio." Store regulars could guess..."

June 27, 2003 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

Austin's Classical Music Preview 'Tis the Season
I've written about the
"...Austin classical music scene for almost 10 years now, and..."

Nov. 17, 1995 Arts Feature

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

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
"...become an institution – lauding exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, and the visual arts as well as drama...."

May 25, 2012 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

For the 2020 Austin Chamber Music Festival, You Provide the Chamber
With the annual event online in your home, chamber music doesn't get any more intimate
"...If this were any ordinary summer, Austinites could count on finding relief from the hellish march..."

June 26, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Arts Happenings Online: A Chronicle Round-up for Your Quarantined Exploration
Live and creative diversions – from your talented friends & neighbors
"...So many Austinites doing live shows (or even something resembling what we’d..."

March 23, 2020 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Austin's Throwing a Big Bash for Beethoven in 2020
The classical community is lighting 250 candles for this musical superhero
"...want to party in 2020? Then get to wherever Austin's classical musicians are, because they have a serious shindig..."

Jan. 10, 2020 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Robert Faires' Top 10 Dance and Classical Treasures of 2017
Much outstanding new dance and music this year took its cue from the world around us and pressing social issues
"...REDUX: A TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Ballet Austin) In a world of midnight intensity and unease, choreographer..."

Dec. 29, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Fast Forward Austin
This is not your standard music festival – you'll hear sounds you've never heard before
"...in to listen to some sounds. Such a typical Austin occurrence as to be hardly newsworthy. But what kind..."

April 11, 2014 Arts Feature by Natalie Zeldin

Top 10 (+1) Dance Classical Music Treasures of 2013
In 2013, dance and classical music were distinguished by their breadth of expression and eloquence
"...of Music) UT's Fab Four devoted 2013 to the classical Oberherr's string quartets, and the concerts I heard felt..."

Jan. 3, 2014 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Sonata Limits
Bion Tsang and Anton Nel bring a little class(ical) to the Austin City Limits studio
"...of musician must have played on the set of Austin City Limits. But it wasn't until February 2010 that..."

Aug. 20, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Creative Alliance's Summit Report
The service organization moves beyond talk with four ideas on how the city can expand its cultural infrastructure
"...Kraka-thoom!!! Rapidly rising rents force Austin theatres, galleries, and live music clubs to shut their..."

April 15, 2016 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

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
"...recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations..."

May 14, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Review: 2018 Austin Chamber Music Festival
How the Attacca Quartet, Emerson Quartet, and invoke played
"...This year’s Austin Chamber Music Festival features three weeks of what Artistic..."

July 17, 2018 Arts Post by Robi Polgar

Nominees for the 2018-19 Austin Critics Table Awards Announced
The Critics Table's picture-perfect year
"...Members of the Austin Critics Table have considered the hundreds of stage productions,..."

May 13, 2019 Arts Post by Robert Faires

Chargaux at the 2017 Austin Chamber Music Festival
This dynamic Brooklyn-based string duo proves that the Austin Chamber Music Festival has many more colors than its name suggests
"...the 18th and 19th centuries – the fact is, classical music is a bigger, broader, even wilder world than..."

July 7, 2017 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Ballet Austin II and Butler Fellowship Program's Spring Performance
The program's mix of classical and contemporary work challenged its young dancers and left you wanting to see what's next for them
"...dance programs. While opinions vary on this shift, Ballet Austin's own paid apprentice company, Ballet Austin II, and its..."

March 10, 2017 Arts Review by Jonelle Seitz

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