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Mingus Among Us
Creative Opportunity Orchestra's Fifth Annual New Jazz Series
"...and a portion of your purchases will benefit the Creative Opportunity Orchestra...."

June 16, 2006 Music Feature

The Inexpressible
Ferreting out the local avant-garde jazz scene
"...Over the course of more than two decades, the Creative Opportunity Orchestra (CO2) has become an Austin cultural institution,..."

June 15, 2001 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

The Creative Opportunity Orchestra
"...The Creative Opportunity OrchestraSt. James' Episcopal Church, Sept. 11..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Music Review by Raoul Hernandez

Off the Record
Creative Opportunities Orchestra pays tribute to Tina Marsh, local bands find new ways to finance their recordings, and the many hats of Stop the Truck
"...Tina Marsh was the voice and identity of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, the innovative local big-band ensemble that tirelessly..."

Sept. 11, 2009 Music Column by Austin Powell

The Last Shall Be First
New Year's Eve becomes a cultural extravaganza with First Night Austin
"...Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Circle of Light, State Theater, 719 Congress...."

Dec. 30, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Unkindest Cuts of All
A snapshot of the impact that this year's 31% cut in Cultural Contract funding had on 10 Austin arts companies that were on a strong growth track and had that growth in city funding abruptly reversed.
" funding abruptly reversed. In the worst cases -- Creative Opportunity Orchestra, Pro Arts Collective, Dance Umbrella, and Tapestry..."

Feb. 7, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Picks & Sleepers
"...few other touches that will remind you of the orchestral pop of his Sub Pop labelmate Eric Matthews. Still..."

March 20, 1998 Music Feature

Applause! Applause!
Austin Critics Table nominations, 2004-2005
"...Tina Marsh with Eddy Hobizal, Creative Opportunity Orchestra..."

May 27, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

"...both give performance a fresh flavor. The Walter Thompson Orchestra's Sound Paintings (see feature) conjures full-blown concertos of music,..."

Feb. 12, 1999 Arts Feature

CO2's 'Butterfly' Takes Wing This Weekend
The postponed Creative Opportunity Orchestra premiere of a new Tina Marsh composition lands at a rain-free venue
"...The Creative Opportunity Orchestra was unable to premiere Courage of the..."

Nov. 19, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Adam Conaway
Remembering the behind-the-scenes worker for Blue Lapis Light and CO2
"...than his friends who commanded the stage. With the Creative Opportunity Orchestra and the aerial dance company Blue Lapis..."

Aug. 27, 2010 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Off the Record
Another sad and confounding week in the live music capital: City Council takes steps to create a music department as APD pulls the plug on Shady Grove, and Tina Marsh succumbs to breast cancer
" the director, bandleader, and patron saint of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, a consistently innovative experimental-jazz ensemble that balanced..."

June 19, 2009 Music Column by Austin Powell

First Night Austin
First Night Austin gets ready to ring out the old year in a big way, with a cultural extravaganza on a scale the city has never before seen
"...would seem to be a natural fit for a creative-class capital like Austin – at least that's been the..."

Dec. 16, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Top 10 Performances That Transported Me in 2004
Robert Faires lists his favorite theatre, dance, and classical productions of 2004
" deliciously creepy fashion by one of SVTs finest creative teams, notably actors Jeffery Mills and Jenny Larson as..."

Jan. 7, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Heavy Weather
An unseasonably mild year of city arts funding ends in a tempest
"...$15,000 to offset a 51.2% cut. In Project Support, Creative Opportunity Orchestra got $5,000 to compensate for a 32.7%..."

Sept. 24, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
"...their city funding drop by as much as 40%; Creative Opportunity Orchestra, which had received $34,200 in 1998, was..."

Sept. 3, 1999 Arts Feature by Mary Jane Garza

A Night at The Opera: Artists Sing Out at Arts Commision
"...meeting is to provide the arts community an extended opportunity to speak directly to the nine commissioners during "Citizen's..."

June 18, 1999 Arts Feature

Painting With Sound
"...that best represents this concept is the Walter Thompson Orchestra, which returns to Austin after its widely acclaimed Sound..."

Feb. 12, 1999 Arts Feature by J. C. Shakespeare

'Concerto Laguna'
AMOA-Arthouse's Spring Sound series unleashes the music of the shores
"...many events there," Weller says. "I always enjoyed the Creative Opportunity Orchestra concerts, and my wife Dorothy did a..."

March 1, 2013 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Better Git It in Your Soul
Why listen to jazz's greatest bassist Charles Mingus today? The Creative Opportunity Orchestra's monthlong Mingus Among Us series has answers.
"...Richmond sparked a Mingus tribute band, Mingus Dynasty. The Creative Opportunity Orchestra's Mingus Among Us series runs June 16-25...."

June 16, 2006 Music Feature by Harvey Pekar

Tears for Ears
Vocalist Tina Marsh, pianist Eddy Hobizal, and cellist Terry Muir have recorded their delectably eclectic program from last summer's CO2 benefit, and the CD is out
"...Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle. The evening, which benefits the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, features a live performance, great food, and..."

July 22, 2005 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Tough Austin tenorman Alex Coke
" Close relationships with vocalist/bandleader Tina Marsh, of whose Creative Opportunity Orchestra (CO2) Coke is a founding member, and..."

July 22, 2005 Music Feature by Jay Trachtenberg

Arts Bullets
It's the Changing of the Bard, from Dietz to Swanson, and Tina Marsh plays it cool for CO2. Artists talk techniques, and teens tell you where to find Good Love.
"...Muse presents Play It Cool, a fundraiser for the Creative Opportunity Orchestra featuring vocalist and CO2 founder Tina Marsh..."

July 9, 2004 Arts Feature

Congruent Angles
"...string bass so he could play in the symphonic orchestra -- the top band in the school. His instructor..."

Oct. 16, 1998 Music Feature by Christopher Hess

Record Reviews
"...accidentally cued up Andrés Segovia. Then a Tindersticky chamber-pop orchestra crashes in, followed by captain Kurt Wagner's voice, which..."

Nov. 27, 1998 Music Review

Off the Record
Paying tribute to Tony Campise and rolling out the red carpet for the Kashmere Stage Band and SXSW Film
"...42 regional titles, but cut eight records of break-heavy orchestral funk, which ultimately resulted in Now-Again Records' essential 2006..."

March 12, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

First Night Austin
This New Year's Eve, why not join the throngs at this free arty party on the streets?
"...Year's Rockin' Eve, right?). This year, some 850 local creatives will be contributing their talents to the celebration over..."

Dec. 25, 2009 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Jazz & Arts Festival
Live Shot
"...a halt, and thanks to Alex Coke and the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, it did. Not that umbrellas were necessary..."

Oct. 25, 2002 Music Review by Michael Chamy

Record Reviews
"...Carla Bley's last appearance in Austin, she guest-conducted the Creative Opportunity Orchestra. The CO2 gave a fiery opening performance,..."

June 6, 1997 Music Review

Tina Marsh & the Bob Rodriguez Trio Out of Time (CreOp Music)
"...force of Austin's internationally recognized jazz composer's group the Creative Opportunity Orchestra, she's also birthed a number of side..."

Nov. 24, 2000 Music Review by Jay Trachtenberg

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