Video Interview with Michelle Haché

In our second ATXclassical video interview, we sat down with local soprano Michelle Haché who will be performing the title role in Princess Ida with The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin the next two weeks. We talk about the upcoming performances and explore the opera’s satirization of feminism, and even discover what Princess Ida […]

Video Interview with Liz Cass

In this first ATXclassical video interview of what we hope will be many, we sat down with local mezzo-soprano Liz Cass who will be performing with Chorus Austin this upcoming weekend. We talk about how she started her singing career and delve deeper into Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Brahms’ Alto Rhapsody, two of the works on […]

Flamenco Takes Center Stage at The Long Center

Our brains tend to pigeonhole concepts into strict categories. So while we don’t classify flamenco as classical music, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a long history. In fact, ‘flamenco’ as a musical term is older than ‘classical music’ as a musical term. “Flamenco is a phenomenally rich form of cultural expression,” writes Matthew Hinsley, […]

Leonard Bernstein to Make Conducting Debut with Austin Symphony

NOTE: This was an April Fool’s joke from April 2013. One that worked quite well. Now don’t go calling the symphony about this non-existent concert! The Austin Symphony today announced that Leonard Bernstein will be making his debut directing the Austin Symphony in Mahler’s Symphony No. 10 (Unfinished). Yes, you read that right. Leonard Bernstein. […]

Anton Nel, Beethoven and his Hamburg Steinway

Anton Nel is one of the most recognizable names in the Austin classical music scene. He arrived in Austin as a young 23-year-old to take up a faculty position at the University of Texas. This was followed by professorships at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. He returned to Austin and […]

Austin Is Home to the Most Adorable Conductor

For 23 years running, Chorus Austin has hosted the annual Sing-it-Yourself Messiah in which audiences are invited to sing along to the choruses of Handel’s masterpiece. Every year, the Chorus also raffles off tickets for a chance to conduct the chorus, soloists and orchestra in an encore of the Hallelujah Chorus. For many music fans, […]

NEA Grants: How Does Austin Stack Up?

On Tuesday, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the first round of 2013 grants. The NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category. Two Austin classical music organizations are among the grantees: the Austin Lyric Opera will receive $15,000 in support of its April 2013 production of Faust, a […]

The Rite of Spring Beyond the Riot

Next year, on May 29, 2013, it will have been 100 years since the riotous premiere of Stravinsky’s masterpiece The Rite of Spring. Arts organizations around the country, and in Austin, are celebrating the occasion with special programming. In February you’ll be able to see Ballet Austin perform the work with The Austin Symphony and […]

‘Tis the Season for Classical Music

December is always a time when many family traditions get passed on to another generation and new traditions get established. Classical music, an art form abounding with traditions, seems to enjoy a particular sparkle during the holiday season. Austin has its own holiday traditions. Maybe you attended Ballet Austin’s annual presentation of The Nutcracker 50 […]

The Formula One Weekend Guide to Classical Music in Austin

First of all, if you’re visiting, welcome to Austin. We’re glad you’re here. Austin has lots to offer. You won’t be able to take it all in over just one weekend. But while you’re here, be sure to check out the lively, uniquely Austin classical music scene. Saturday Experience Austin’s indie classical music movement this […]