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Anton Nel Doing Double Duty

October 28, 2011
  • Who: Anton Nel with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • When: November 18 & 19, 2011 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts, 701 W. Riverside Dr.
  • Cost: Start at $19
  • Contact: Don Hill, Director of Public Relations - 476-6064 x 213

Maestro Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony invite patrons to a November event that will definitely make them “Listen Up!” when the ASO presents world-acclaimed pianist and local audience favorite Anton Nel to share the stage for two wonderful keyboard works. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 18th & 19th in Dell Hall. The concerts are proudly sponsored by Lancer Resources, LP and Consort, Inc. with Guest Artist sponsorship provided by long-time Austin arts patron Ronya Kozmetsky.

Ginastera – Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23
Franck – Symphonic Variations, M. 46
Liszt – Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125
Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

Your evening begins with Alberto Ginastera’s Concert Variations for Chamber Orchestra. To date, Ginastera is the only Argentine to acquire an international reputation for his composition skills. The Variaciones concertantes evokes an Argentine atmosphere through Ginastera’s own melodies and rhythms bearing witness to the special synthesis between art, music and Argentine folklore, albeit couched within an international musical language.

Pianist Anton Nel then takes center stage for Cesar Franck’s Symphonic Variations. The concerto-like Variations symphoniques holds a prominent place in Franck’s repertoire of the late Romantic period. Winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Mr. Nel enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that continues to take him throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. In January 2010 he became the first holder of the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Piano at the University of Texas at Austin. The ASO is proud to bring him to Austin Symphony audiences once again.

After a brief intermission, the ASO and Mr. Nel return to present the Second Piano Concerto of Franz Liszt. Liszt dubbed this concerto a Concerto symphonique, essentially symphony with piano obbligato. Composed during Liszt’s virtuoso period, ASO audiences will soon realize that is takes the talent of an artist the caliber of Anton Nel to perform this piece so masterfully.

Maestro Bay concludes the evening with the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by German composer Paul Hindemith. Sometimes called the ‘twentieth century Bach,’ Hindemith was a master of counterpoint, on which all his music is based. He wrote in the old forms of fugue, sonata and suites, using his own unusual harmonic and melodic language.

Patrons can enjoy the Pre-Concert Talks with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m. They will also be able to try their hand at playing the Liszt Concerto prior to the performance and during intermission on a selection of pianos in the Dell Hall lobby provided by Strait Music.

Tickets for Anton Nel with the Austin Symphony start at $19. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at 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 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free).