Texas Early Music Project Highlights Five Hundred Years of Sephardic Music

As distinctively Western European as we might think it is, classical music did not get shaped in a silo. Culture absorbs and exudes. That’s one of the hallmarks of the Silk Road Project by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Highlighting a fusion of different musical traditions that could be found along the Silk Road trade route. Culture […]

Chorus Austin Ready for Russian Challenge

Chorus Austin opens its 48th season this weekend with a towering work in the Russian canon: Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. The work consists of settings of texts from the Russian Orthodox Church’s All-night vigil ceremony, which includes Vespers (as the work is sometimes referred to). The work got its premiere in 1915 in Moscow and just […]

October Classical Music News Roundup

A new feature on ATXclassical will be a recurring periodic news and reviews roundup from different Austin media. One handy place to find all that is being written about classical music in Austin. Here is our first installment. Both the Austin American-Statesman and the Austin Chronicle reported on this week’s Creativity in the Face of […]

Austin Classical Music Organizations Slowly Climbing Out of Economic Hole

A clear picture is starting to emerge when diving into the public tax records of Austin’s classical music organizations, and it mirrors the rest of the country: economic recovery is happening, but slowly. The website GuideStar offers the past three years of IRS Form 990 for all registered non-profits. The most current year available is […]

Opera in Unexpected Places

Austin is about to get inundated with opera in unexpected places. This September and October will see the launch of the Austin Lyric Opera’s The Pagliacci Project, and a new opera company in town, One Ounce Opera, is making waves. Officially launched just last month, One Ounce Opera describes itself as Austin’s first operatic ensemble […]

Conspirare to Present a Post Pulitzer Prize World Premiere

“Reminding you that all music was once new.” That’s how the American Composers Forum’s “Composers Datebook” radio segment, which is also aired by KMFA, ends every day. A very simple, yet strong reminder that new works are so crucial to the vitality of classical music. Lucky for us, contemporary classical music is not an odd […]

This Week Highlights Importance of Music Education

Just this week, the New York Times blogged about yet another study that proves music education promotes well-being. And arts education is being highlighted across the nation this week because of National Arts Education Week. And we can’t forget that beyond all the benefits, creating and performing music is just plain great fun too! In […]

Bion Tsang on 10 Years at the Butler School of Music

It was Bion Tsang’s debut with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto last season that earned him the 2012 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Outstanding Symphonic Performance. Luke Quinton at the Statesman wrote that his interpretation “kept the crowd on the edge of its seat” and Robert Faires at the Chronicle poetically envisioned […]

Win Tickets to Flamenco Guitar Virtuoso Grisha Goryachev

FlamencoAustin is set to open on Thursday, September 13 with a performance by flamenco guitar virtuoso Grisha Goryachev. The Austin Classical Guitar Society and The Long Center have teamed up to present this tuneful salute to the fiery musical influences of Spain. For this special appearance, Grisha will be joined by Belgian talent Jerome Mouffe […]

Austin Marathon: John Cage Edition

Austinites have been celebrating American composer John Cage’s birthday with a special tribute every year since 2000. And they have Austin Chamber Music Center director Michelle Schumann to thank for that. She has been the driving force in producing, performing and directing the annual Happy Birthday, Mr. Cage! concerts. This year is special. It’s the […]