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End of an Arts Era
The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

10 That Get 10s in 2003
"...5) Paul Badura-Skoda (A. Mozart Fest) If Pepe Romero is God's gift to the..."

Jan. 2, 2004 Arts Feature by Robi Polgar

Best Classical Champion
Peter Bay
"...dances on the podium – makes highbrow sounds by Mozart, Mahler, and those other golden oldies seem as fresh..."

Sept. 26, 2003 Best of Austin Feature

Articulations
Months of speculation come to an end as Austin Lyric Opera appoints conductor Richard Buckley to the position of artistic director.
"...role in its productions of Puccini's Turandot (Nov. 21-24), Mozart's Così Fan Tutte (Jan. 9-17), and Wagner's The Flying..."

Aug. 29, 2003 Arts Column by Robert Faires

High Plains Chamber
The Harrington String Quartet, which makes its third appearance with the Austin Chamber Music Center's annual summer festival in July, is based in Amarillo, and though that may not seem like a likely spot for a chamber music ensemble, the members of the Harrington Quartet feel quite at home on the range.
"...Virtuosity on Display -- works by Mozart, Britten, and Hummel performed by festival artists. July 19,..."

July 11, 2003 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

Brave Combo
Texas Platters
"...new places. Starting with a rollicking polka version of Mozart's "Rondo a la Turca," Box of Ghosts plows through..."

May 30, 2003 Music Review by Greg Beets

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
"...Paul Badura-Skoda, A. Mozart Fest..."

May 9, 2003 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Articulations
Twelve more friends of the arts have been named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, and Austin Lyric Opera loses Managing Director Michael Murphy to a performing arts organization in San Diego, from whence he came.
"...be produced by ALO: Così Fan Tutte by Wolfgang Mozart and The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner. The season..."

March 28, 2003 Arts Column 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.
"...Duke Ellington masterpiece, or a Sting album. It separates Mozart from Salieri, Beethoven from Hummel, the Beatles from the..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Arts Feature by Jerry Young

Cicadas
Honorable Mention
"...El Supremo all afternoon with the rondo movement of Mozart's piano concerto 386: but the insect was not responding..."

Jan. 31, 2003 Books Feature by Billy Cope

Ah, Sweet Air!
The 2002 Austin Chamber Music Festival
"...perform Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285 by Mozart, Trio in Eb Major, Opus 20, No. 5 "Pierrot"..."

June 28, 2002 Arts Feature

More From the Local Bookstore
"...("Having a Good Time" by Samite, Pink Martini's "Lullaby," Mozart's "Ave Verum Corpus," performed by the Choir of King's..."

Feb. 1, 2002 Music Feature by Clay Smith

Music to Chortle By
Whenever Steve Saugey and Lyova Rosanoff are at the keyboards, musical shenanigans are the natural order, especially when these two pianist-parodists are spoofing classical music through one of their Forbidden Classics programs.
"...Rosanoff dressing up as Beethoven and his "Immortal Beloved"; Mozart and his kid sister; Brahms and Clara Schumann; and..."

Jan. 11, 2002 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Postscripts
Lawrence Grobel's new book of interviews contains the master interviewer's usually revelatory narratives.
"...interviewer's interviewer," as he has been called (and "the Mozart of interviewers" by Joyce Carol Oates), Grobel has written..."

Aug. 24, 2001 Books Column by Clay Smith

ECM New Series
"...and bold -- more like a millennial Wagner than Mozart, but also incorporating the ethereal glass harmonica. The en..."

Aug. 3, 2001 Music Review by David Lynch

Austin Critics Table Winners 2000-01
"...InstrumentalistGregory Allen, Mozart: Piano Concerto in F..."

June 15, 2001 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
"...Margaret Jane Wray, Die WalküreInstrumentalistGregory Allen, Mozart: Piano Concerto in F..."

May 18, 2001 Arts Feature

Humor, Introspection, Ecstasy
UT Composer Dan Welcher is one step away from greatness.
"..."Mozart wrote that way," states Welcher. "His most effective pieces..."

April 13, 2001 Music Feature by Robert Faires

Mr. Smarty Pants
"...recent Microsoft TV commercial uses the "Dies Irae" from Mozart's Requiem. Although "Where do you want to go today"..."

March 16, 2001 Column by Mr. Smarty Pants

Dispatches From the Edge
Rounding Up the 2001 FronteraFest Long Fringe
"...turn-of-the-century Paris, could exercise his dorsal cavity the way Mozart could exercise a keyboard. Recognizable tunes, animal sounds, vocal..."

Feb. 2, 2001 Arts Feature by Wayne Alan Brenner

Will Anybody Ever Love Neal Medlyn?
For vulnerable performer Neal Medlyn, Dork = Cool.
"...the show), accompanied (loosely) by a hysterical rap about Mozart that Medlyn taped at the age of 15 as..."

Dec. 29, 2000 Arts Feature by Ada Calhoun

Not Clucking Around
East Texas chicken magnate Bo Pilgrim wants a state permit to build a bigger chicken slaughterhouse and waste disposal facility -- right across the creek from Sen. Bill Ratliff's in-laws' vacation home.
"...companies that publish music by outlaw composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose opera Don Giovanni is filled to overflowing with..."

Nov. 3, 2000 News Feature by Robert Bryce

Of Moose and Movies
Nine days and nights at the Toronto International Film Festival
"...the North American premiere of his movie For Ever Mozart and Bernardo Bertolucci at the premiere of Besieged. Maybe..."

Sept. 29, 2000 Screens Feature by Marjorie Baumgarten

Readers Poll
"...HONORABLE MENTIONRuta Maya Coffee House, Mozart's, TrianonBEST PIZZAMangia Chicago Stuffed PizzaRUNNERS-UPFrank & Angie's, Pizza Nizza..."

May 12, 2000 Food Feature

The Day They Shot John Lennon: Profound Self-Absorption
In the Actors Theatre of Austin production of James McLure's The Day They Shot John Lennon, reviewer Ada Calhoun finds the work of a fine cast undone by profoundly self-absorbed characters and inconsistent direction.
"...and "How could a country that gave us Beethoven, Mozart, and Freud give us Auschwitz?" At one point, the..."

March 24, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

Lone Star Sweden
"Lars Gustafsson has the air, somehow, of a sailor," Roger Gathman writes about this Austin author transplanted from Sweden. "It is as though he were some Swedish Sinbad come to rest here after a dozen ports. And in a way, that is true."
"...point of view. The district attorney meets him at Mozart's. All the characters shop at Whole Foods. What the..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Books Feature by Roger Gathman

An Evening With Stephen Mills: Versatility and Anxious Warmth
Ada Calhoun critiques Ballet Austin's An Evening With Stephen Mills
"...Names, was a tribute to dead friends. Set to Mozart's Requiem, complete with choir, it was so heavily dramatic..."

Feb. 18, 2000 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

String Theory
Do-It-Yourself Symphony
"...as I love the mainstream classical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, I really feel the need to..."

Feb. 11, 2000 Music Feature by Greg Beets

The John Adams Earbox (Nonesuch/Warner Bros.)
Box Sets
"...a Civil War battle nurse. Like all the greats (Mozart, Rachmaninoff), Adams wins a triple-double as composer, conductor, and..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Music Review by David Lynch

Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling: Poetry-Soaked World
Ada Calhoun covers Frontera Hyde Park Theatre's world premiere of Erik Ehn's Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling.

Nov. 26, 1999 Arts Review by Ada Calhoun

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