News & Reviews

  • The Austin Symphony’s 24-Hour Sale concluded February 7 at 11:59 PM and the results are in. The Symphony sold more than 4,600 tickets to its 7 remaining events in the 24-hour period. Ticket purchases came from 127 zip codes and 1318 households, over 700 of which had never purchased a ticket before! This is the fourth year the Symphony has held this sale and each year more patrons take advantage. more

  • Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Kodály: Marosszék Dances; Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia Op. 8a; Elena Urioste, violin; Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay, conductor; Long Center, Austin, TX. more

  • Elena Urioste, a recently selected BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and a first prize laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, joins the ASO to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major on her 1706 Alessandro Gagliano violin. Elena was originally slated to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto but a viral infection, which she has already recovered from, prohibited her from preparing the Brahms to her standards, a work not commonly performed by Ms. Urioste. The Beethoven Violin Concerto is one of the most demanding violin concertos in the standard repertoire and is one that Elena has been hailed by critics across the country for her technical prowess, beauty and fire. more

  • The Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) has announced a partnership with Toyota to phase out its violin players and replace them with robots. Toyota’s violin-playing robots will enable the Symphony to save money. While the initial purchase price is high, over time the robots will pay for themselves. The robots will be phased in as current members of the Symphony retire. more

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