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A Guide to Austin Classical Music

Robert Faires – The Chronicle

April 25, 2019

A Guide to Austin Classical Music
The virtuosi who know the score and make beautiful music happen here

Austin Symphony Orchestra:
The senior institution on the city’s performing arts scene – it passed the century mark in 2011 – but age cannot wither ASO, nor custom stale its performance of symphonic music. Indeed, our hometown orchestra has only grown more lively in recent years, serving up heavy hitters from Mozart to Mahler with vibrancy and vigor. Credit Music Director Peter Bay, who’s been wielding the baton since 1998. His enthusiasm for great scores, encyclopedic knowledge of music, and meticulous attention to performance have raised the level of musicianship among the players and forged a true ensemble. ASO doesn’t slight 20th century composers; both the well-known (Copland, Prokofiev, Bernstein) and lesser known (Takemitsu, Corigliano, Higdon) have had works played, as have locals such as Donald Grantham and Dan Welcher. Along with eight major concerts a season in the Long Center’s Dell Hall, ASO offers four concerts in its Pops series, a Fourth of July concert, a family Halloween concert, and numerous concerts for youth. It’s even played Sixth Street, via Bach ‘n’ Beats, a mash-up of a string quartet and four DJs, presented at the Parish. In 2015, ASO released its first recording, featuring music by composer Edward Burlingame Hill.

Coming up: A Shakespearean Evening (with Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires) May 17 & 18 at Dell Hall in the Long Center.

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