October 11th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
August 13th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
We’ve been closely following Deceptive Cadence’s discussion of the contemporary American Symphony. In this new post, DC asks the question, “Why are American Orchestras afraid of new symphonies?” This entry examines Pulitzer Prize winner (and former UT music composition professor) Kevin Puts’s recent DC commentary on the symphony and moves into new territory as well.
August 5th, 2013 | Published in blog post
One of Austin’s premiere new music presenters, The Golden Hornet Project, is offering a night of spectacular percussion with virtuosos Thomas Burritt, Owen Weaver, and Chuck Fischer. With works from the percussion canon, new compositions, and a special arrangement of The Rite of Spring to commemorate the centennial of the epic piece, the night promises to offer a variety of percussive excellence. Go to the link here to learn more about this amazing concert on August 10th at 8pm.
July 25th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
Prior to ACMC’s Victoire concert, Butler School of Music student Joelle Zigman interviewed the band about what they had in store for the evening and what’s coming up for them in the future. You can hear the interview HERE.
July 22nd, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
Texas Performing Arts Director Kathy Panoff and Graduate Fellow Andrew Sigler comment below on a recent article in the New York Times concerning new avenues explored by the New York Philharmonic orchestra. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well!
I am encouraged by this recent article about the New York Philharmonic. At a time when many US orchestras are striving to redefine themselves to avoid extinction, I am impressed by Mr. Gilbert’s forward-thinking leadership with his own world-class band. Like many orchestras across the US, the administration and board of the New York Philharmonic are still somewhat resistant to any programming that veers away from the standard orchestral canon. As fiduciaries for the 71-year old orchestra, it is their responsibility to manage risk, but I would strongly argue that they are equally responsible for furthering the art form. By programming new works, performing in non-traditional venues, working with designers, and presenting full staged operas, Maestro Gilbert demonstrates his strong commitment to moving the orchestra world forward and leaving his campsite better than he found it. – Kathy Panoff
“Beyond the Parks” really says it all. For years orchestras have used pops series and the occasional outdoor show to build an audience outside their core, but Gilbert is among those who recognize that finding a way to build the audience, and in particular a new audience, requires more bold leadership and risk-taking than this. I say “risk-taking,” but for many orchestras there is little to lose. Living on borrowed time and subsisting on shoestring budgets, many smaller local and regional orchestras (read: a significant percentage of all orchestras) have folded or can see the end just around the corner. Why not take up a bucket list and go out with a bang? Grand Macabre may not be the answer for these groups, but holding steady seems to only put a date on the end. – Andrew Sigler
You can access the article HERE.
July 16th, 2013 | Published in blog post
This past Saturday, the stage at Antone’s Night Club played host to quite a different type of music than normal. As a varied and eclectic audience listened, the NY based group Victoire performed their entire debut album “Cathedral City” as part of the annual Austin Chamber Music Festival that runs July 11th-28th.
After the concert, The Task Force hosted a party for audience members, musicians, and the performers themselves to gather and talk at Buzz Mill Coffee. Check out the pictures below and leave a comment if there is a performance coming up you would like to have a similar post-concert party at.
July 15th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
The New York Times has joined the chorus of organizations reaching out to performers and participants alike to ask about their experiences with classical music. In particular, the Times is asking, “What Inspired You to Work in Classical Music?”
Here at Texas Performing Arts, we’d love to hear from you about your experiences as well! Tell us below what you think!
July 10th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
We’re continuing to follow NPR’s discussion about the American Symphony, and to that end we want to connect you with the latest segment of that story which speaks to a trend (for lack of a better word) that started in the late 20th Century and has come into its own in the 21st Century. That trend is the use of electric guitar not just as a rara avis, but as a new and integral part of the composer’s toolbox.
Click on the highlighted text above and tell us what you think!
July 3rd, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
NPR asks the question, “What is the Great American Symphony?”
While this question may be more easily narrowed down when considering literary works or film, it seems to be a bit more challenging to answer when it comes to determining the defining height of American concert music.
What do you think?
Texas Performing Arts and NPR would love to know!
May 9th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
Classical pianist James Rhodes has made a connection with wider audiences recently through documentaries for BBC 4, Sky Arts, and TEDxOxford. He speaks more about his viewpoint in this NPR interview, which also has the TEDxOxford presentation embedded.
Heads up folks, there’s a bit of NSFW language.