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Hartmans Endow “Concerts in the Park”

October 21, 2010

The Austin Symphony Orchestra (ASO) announced today it has received an extraordinary $1 million pledge from Austin arts patrons Claudette & David Hartman and the Hartman Foundation to endow the ASO’s annual free summer “Concerts in the Park” series. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman have been staunch and enthusiastic supporters of the Austin Symphony for many years and have been the sole sponsors of the 12-week summer concert series since it began in 2002. This new gift will endow the series in perpetuity.

These free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and run on Sunday evenings from June through August at 7:30 p.m. This most extraordinary gift from the Hartman Foundation endows in perpetuity a concert series for the entire Austin community. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will perform a variety of music genres, presenting light classical selections and occasional show, big band and popular music. Traditionally, concertgoers bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make these concerts a group outing.

The music and atmosphere will reflect a simpler time when performances of familiar classics in downtown gathering places were commonplace.

“It is our hope that these free and very informal outdoor events will provide an opportunity for Austinites to become acquainted—or reacquainted—with a classical music experience at Austin’s new gathering place for the arts,” stated Claudette Hartman. These enchanting outdoor park concerts, which last just one hour, are an ideal opportunity for everyone to enjoy some of the Capitol City’s greatest pleasures – the fine music presented by the Austin Symphony and the magnificent cityscape views of downtown Austin.