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ASO Presents Debut of Texas State University Professor for National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 4, 2012
  • Who: Washington García with the Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • When: Friday & Saturday, October 19 & 20, 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: $23 - $54

Maestro Peter Bay and the ASO invite patrons to “Get Closer to the Music” as they continue their 102nd season of classical concerts with performances of works by Tchaikovsky and Copland. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month the ASO is proud to showcase Texas State University’s own Washington García. Dr. Garcia makes his Austin Symphony debut, performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 19th & 20th in Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. These concerts are proudly sponsored by ConocoPhillips.

Tchaikovsky – Festival Coronation March for Alexander III
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Copland – Symphony No. 3

Maestro Peter Bay begins the evening with the Festival Coronation March for Alexander III by Tchaikovsky. While in Paris, occupied with the instrumentation of his opera Mazepa, Tchaikovsky received a commission from the Mayor of the City of Moscow for the occasion of the coronation of Tsar Alexander III.

Born in Quito, Ecuador, Dr. Washington García began his musical studies at the age of 6. Dr. García holds a bachelor of music from the National Conservatory of Music in Ecuador, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated at the age of 25 as the youngest Latin American to have received a doctoral degree in piano performance from that prestigious university. Dr. García served on the faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University and is currently associate professor of piano and assistant director of the School of Music at Texas State University, where he is also the coordinator of the piano department. Additionally, he is the founder and director of the Texas State International Piano Festival.

Dr. García will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1. The Concerto No. 1 was premiered in 1875 by pianist Hans von Bülow on his American Tour. The audience was enthusiastic, as was a second audience in New York a week later, demanding an encore of the final movement. The Concerto created such a sensation when it was first heard that Bülow played it on 139 of his 172 concerts that season. The Concerto has become a standard in Romantic piano concerto repertoire.

Maestro Bay closes the evening with Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. Maestro Bay commented, “I believe this will be the first performances of the Copland Third Symphony by the Austin Symphony, and will be a tremendously exciting experience for our patrons and the orchestra. It’s one of my desert island pieces.”

Tickets for Washington García with the Austin Symphony range from $23 to $54. 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).