Doug Machiz (MM ’11), with his San Francisco-based Friction Quartet, releases The War Below, a video by acclaimed director Michael McQuilken featuring a movement from the quartet’s 2016 Chamber Music America commission Prospects of a Misplaced Year by composer Andy Akiho:

A beautiful tribute from Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) to a lost colleague, Prof. Elliott Antokoletz (1942-2017), Professor of Musicology at the UT Butler School of Music…

April 2011 That morning was a revelation.
I knocked at the office’s door of Prof. Antokoletz with joy, enthusiasm, fear, desire…and my usual uncertainty about pretty much everything. Prof. Antokoletz, the living legend in music history, and after one semester in his class an hero in my personal life, was sitting humming a twelve tone row….the simple ability which made me falling in love with this bigger than life man. “Professor Antokoletz, I am sorry I bother you, but I have few questions about the Moto Perpetuo in Britten first suite for solo cello, if you have a bit of time…” “Of course, I actually do not know this piece, but let me see”. ” Here you go, I found the cells in this movement, but I really do not understand how they relate and the process of growth and if there is an axis of simmetry or not…” In those days in my life everything needed an axis of simmetry, possibly around C/C#….life seemed manageable only this way. Prof. Antokoletz, scribbled down the cells and gave me back the score, then started to hum again, now with those new cells among papers and books everywhere in his tiny, humble, intensely alive studio. He was now writing sixteen notes, one after another, and I had in my hands the score, he started to write with good pacing for almost 20 measures and kept humming at time…then he turned toward me…”What? Why are you looking at me like that?” I think my jaw was on the floor, and with my mouth wide opened ” well….you are writing Britten’s music as…it is”. “Oh really?…” he giggled…”…well that’s pretty good, he is moving around two axis then, 1 and 3, and finally he arrives to 0 in the coda, this is why this Suite is in C, now we only have to find the spots where he did differently from what I am doing and we found…the genius…”. His light blue shirt looked brighter than usual, his eyes where music to me and I suddenly could go and memorize the piece, I could possess it, I could play it, I could be more alive than ever….”Francesco one more thing. Listen…” He moved closer on his chair, ” None of us can be Bartok or Britten, Casals, or Rostropovich, but neither they can be us… as long as we do our best, as we live at our best. We are all unique. Your life is unique, your music is unique, and it is unique as it is. And… in any case and for anybody on this planet, there is nothing better than the last Beeethoven quartets….humanity reached its pick there, except for when I met my wife…of course…. See you tomorrow, great music, this Brittten…” and he kept humming along, turning away with his smile among his cells, his love for Art, his boundless passion for Life. You will be missed, Prof. Antokoletz, every day, every single day. Bartok will learn a lot from you now. I am sure

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Diana Burgess (BM ’15) appears twice at the 2017 Austin Trail of Lights: first, as member of the Mother Falcon String Trio, at the 4th Annual “Night Lights” Preview Party, presented by Lyft, benefitting the Trail of Lights Foundation, on Friday, December 8, at 7pm-10pm; and then, with the entire Mother Falcon band, at the “Cap City Music Night” on Thursday, December 14, at 7pm-10pm.

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Diana Burgess (BM ’15), with the symphonic band Mother Falcon, after a two-season run at the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin, appears on a national tour of the Lionheart Youth Theatre’s production “Petra and the Wolf,” a modern re-telling of Prokofiev’s classic musical fairy tale featuring puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre set to a live original score by Mother Falcon. The New York Times lists the upcoming performances at the Goldstein Performing Arts Center this weekend as one of “10 Things to Do in NYC Now.” The national tour begins today:

Nov 2-3, Victoria Theatre, Newark NJ
Nov 5-8, Goldstein Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn NY
Nov 12, The Dana Center, Manchester NH
Nov 15, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, West Hampton NY
Nov 17-18, The Tiles Center, Long Island NY
Nov 21, The Wharton Center, East Lansing MI
Jan 29, Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines IA
Jan 31, Fox Cities Performing Arts, Appleton WI
Feb 1, Sheldon Theatre, Red Wing MN
Feb 9, Reif Arts Council, Grand Rapids MN
Feb 12, The Whiting, Flint MI
Feb 14, Victoria Theatre, Dayton OH
Feb 16, The Paramount Theatre, Charlottesville VA
Feb 20, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland MS
Mar 18, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine CA
Mar 21, Broadway Center For The Performing Arts, Tacoma WA
Mar 23, Edmonds Center For The Arts, Edmonds WA
Mar 29, Union Colony Civic Center, Greeley CO
Mar 31, City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield CO
Apr 2-5, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Las Vegas NV
Apr 10, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa CA
Apr 14, Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation, Torrance CA
Apr 17, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott AZ

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One month ago today, Anna Záborszky (MM ’13) and Johannes Teppo (MM ’13) welcomed their second opus, Oscar, baby brother to sister Edith.

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Next week, on Saturday, September 23, Ray Kim (DMA ’19) opens the 2017-18 Season for the Central Texas Medical Orchestra with music director and conductor Robert Radmer in “Hollywood Magic,” a benefit concert for Easter Seals. Easter Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for more than 90 years. For venue, ticket and more information, visit

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Today, Seungsei Kim (DMA ’18) and his wife, Sunyoung, welcomed their latest opus, Aaron, baby brother to sister Sharon.

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Next week, on Friday, September 8, and Sunday, September 10, Tetractys, with Matt Armbruster (MM ’17), presents the world premiere of Within, Above and Beyond, a twenty-minute multimedia performance by Yuliya Lanina with music composed by Guggenheim fellow Russell Pinkston. Within, Above and Beyond explores the symbiotic relationship that can exist between the artist and her work. The performance will be followed by a concert presented by Tetractys, which will feature their 10th commissioned work entitled Polysong, for flute, clarinet, bassoon, steel-string guitar, and voices by Austin-based composer Michael Zapruder, as well as Ted Hearne’s Furtive Movements, for cello and percussion, and Last Hymn, for vibraphone and electronics by Paola Prestini.

This project is supported in part by Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. A portion of the proceeds from each performance will be donated to She Is Rising, an Austin-based non-profit that empowers survivors of rape, abuse, and sex-trafficking.

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For the third year in a row, a Longhorn Cellist has been named a prize winner of the New York International Artists Competition. Seth Russell (DMA ’20) won Third Prize in the top category of the NYIAA 2017 Cello Competition, joining Ying Zhang (DMA ’16) and Yi Xin (DMA ’14), who won in the 2016 and 2015 Cello Competitions, respectively. NYIAA will present Seth, as well as winners from other instruments, in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in September 2017.

Ying Zhang (DMA ’16) at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, October 2016

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The 2017 Austin Chamber Music Festival begins this weekend, and Frank Jenkins (DMA ’13) with his Frank Jenkins Quartet performs Steve Reich’s Different Trains on Tuesday, July 11, at 12:25pm, in Bates Recital Hall on the UT campus. Admission is free.

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