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Announcing the 2013-14 Concert Season

April 22, 2013
  • Who: The Austin Symphony
  • What: 103rd Concert Season

The Austin Symphony Orchestra has announced its 103rd concert season to begin September 27 at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts. The ASO will offer programming that includes a series of eight classical concerts, a family concert, holiday events and the Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series, all spanning September 2013 through June 2014. Now with over a century of service to the community, the Austin Symphony is performing more concerts, reaching more people and working harder to serve the people of Austin and Central Texas than ever before.

The Austin Symphony opens the regular season with concerts on September 27 & 28 featuring pianist Leon Fleisher. These concerts will be highlighted by performances of music by Weber & Wagner, with Mr. Fleisher playing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Maestro Peter Bay bookends the evening with Anton Weber’s Oberon Overture and a set of excerpts from Richard Wagner’s Der Ring das Nibelungen.

Concerts on October 11 & 12 will feature the return of violinist Cho-Liang Lin performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Maestro Bay also introduces ASO patrons to Mark Wilson’s Meteora and closes the concert with a patron favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor.

On November 1 & 2, the Austin Symphony celebrates the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi with performances of his Messa da Requiem. Soloists Mela Daily, Kathryn Findlen, William Davenport and Kevin Short will join with the vocal forces of Chorus Austin in a performance dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

The New Year brings Austin’s favorite pianist Anton Nel back to the ASO stage. Mr. Nel will perform three works for piano and orchestra by American composer Edward B. Hill. These performances on January 10 & 11 will be recorded for a future CD release.

American pianist Jonathan Biss will make his Austin Symphony debut on February 7 & 8, performing two works: Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Schoenberg’s transcription of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G Minor. ASO concertmistress Jessica Mathaes will also be featured in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

Performances on March 21 & 22 will feature a partnership between the ASO, Texas Performing Arts and the Butler School of Music at UT-Austin. Music Unwound: Copland and Mexico is a series of programs created by American music scholar and author Joseph Horowitz and is a concerted effort to correlate language, literature, culture, philosophy and visual arts with music. This performance will feature the film score to the 1936 Mexican film, Redes.

April 4 & 5 concert pair will feature the long-awaited performances by one of the most sought-after violinists of his generation, Gil Shaham. Mr. Shaham joins the ASO to play Eric Korngold’s Violin Concerto in D. These concerts will also present the Austin premiere of Claude Baker’s Canti Guerrieri ed Amorosi (Songs of War and Love). This new work is a “Meet the Composer” commission written for a consortium of orchestras including the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra and the ASO.

The ASO closes the Classical Series season on May 16 & 17 with performances celebrating the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. The ASO will play his entire Also sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra). The ASO will also welcome pianist Gabriela Montero for her performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor.

The Sarah & Ernest Butler Pops Series once again presents to Austin audiences the best in symphonic pops entertainment with an impressive list of artists. The series begins October 18 with the high-flying tribute to film and television Superheroes at The Long Center’s Dell Hall. On December 29 & 30, the Austin Symphony welcomes pop music princess Debby Boone. Singer of the iconic “You Light Up My Life,” Ms. Boone will present a collection of standards from the American Songbook, including music made popular by Rosemary Clooney.

February, the month of valentines, pays tribute to incredible music of Brothers Gershwin with “Here to Stay – the Gershwin Experience.” This beautiful show showcases the fabulous collaboration and musical output of George and Ira Gershwin in vocal performances by our guest artists. This “one night only” event takes place February 22 at the Long Center’s Dell Hall. Closing out the Butler Pops on June 6 & 7, back by popular demand, will be the Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles. From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live!

For our fans of chamber music, the ASO sets the second season of the Artisan Series, presented by the Artisan String Quartet. Next year begins on October 3 with the Artisan welcoming guest artist and ASO Principal Clarinetist Stephen Girko. This performance will showcase the Haydn String Quartet in G Major, Mozart’s “Stadler” Clarinet in A Major and the Clarinet Quintet in B Minor of Johannes Brahms. The spring concert on March 27 will welcome pianist Rick Rowley for performances of Mozart’s Piano Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 and the “Death and the Maiden” String Quartet in D minor of Franz Shubert. Both concerts will be presented at 8:00 p.m. at the Smith Family Chapel at Riverbend Church.

Austin Holiday traditions continue December 3 when the Austin Symphony presents Handel’s Messiah. Chorus Austin and guest soloists join the ASO at Riverbend Centre. The annual free Christmas Sing-Along at Riverbend Centre, sets “Silver Bells” ringing on December 10.

It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for the annual Halloween Children’s Concert on October 27. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2-10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo”-tiful music!

Last, but incredibly not least, is the 4th Annual Texas Young Composers Concert on April 10. This culminating concert of finalists from the ASO’s annual competition for composers 18 years and under will make the world premieres of works by tomorrow’s next classical/entertainment industry composers. To date the ASO has presented the world premieres of 30 new orchestral works through these concerts.

Celebrating 102 years, the Austin Symphony continues to be the leading professional performing arts organization in Central Texas by remaining true to its mission: To enhance the cultural quality of life for the adults and young people of Austin and Central Texas by providing excellence in music performance and educational programming. Call the Austin Symphony for more information on programs and events that best suit your time and interest. Contact the ASO at (512) 476-6064 or (888) 4-MAESTRO, or visit us online at