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Austin Symphony Opens 104th Season with Bach Beethoven and Brahms

September 1, 2014
  • Who: Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: 104th Season Opener
  • When: September 12 & 13, 2014 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Cost: $12-$75
  • Contact: Eric Marshall- .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO invite concertgoers for a night out as they open the 104th season of classical concerts with performances of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. Two local violin superstars Anne Akiko Meyers and Miro Quartet, Sandy Yamamoto, will be performing as the guest artists with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 12th & 13th in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are proudly sponsored by Wells Fargo.

PROGRAM
BRAHMS – Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
BACH – Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor (Meyers & Yamamoto)
BEETHOVEN – Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

This will be a unique opportunity to hear Anne Akiko Meyers and Sandy Yamamoto perform on two exquisite instruments. Austin audiences experienced Anne’s 1697 Molitor/Napoleon’ Stradivarious with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 2011. Now Austin will be able to hear her 1741 ‘Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu that is on a life-time loan to her. This particular instrument has said to be the most expensive violin ever purchased (exceeding $16 million).

As for Sandy Yamamoto, she plays on a 1998 Benjamin Ruth. Mr. Ruth is a two-time gold medal winner at the Violin Society of America International Competition. He was designated “Hors Concours”, in recognition of his achievement. He also received a top prize for tone at the most recent British Violin Making Association competition.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to play a violin? Come early and receive the hands-on experience. Representatives from Violins Etc. will be supplying string instruments and giving quick lessons on how to play before the performance and during intermission!

Back by popular demand are the twenty minute pre-concert lectures at 7:10pm with Bob Buckalew discussing the pieces being performed.

Tickets for the season opener range from $12 to $75. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID (subject to availability). Charge tickets online at http://www.austinsymphony.org where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 512.476.6064.