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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Ying Zhang (DMA ’16) has been selected as a prize winner in the 2017 Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition and has been invited to perform in the Wiener Saal at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, on Monday, July 10, 2017. The Salzburg Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition is open to all nationalities and ages in strings, piano, wind, vocal and chamber music.

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Austin Camerata: Grand Finale
Sunday, May 21, 4:30 pm, at Imagine Art Gallery
Tickets $15

KMFALed by its artistic director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18), Austin Camerata kicks off its first annual music festival this Saturday, May 13. Matt Kufchak, KMFA’s Marketing and Engagement Assistant and one of Austin Camerata’s musical performers, previews what to expect at the four day festival.

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Austin Camerata presents its first festival beginning Saturday, May 13, at noon, at the Rotunda of the State Capitol Building. Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18) and others will reprise their Bach and Colorfield performance from the Blanton Museum as well as selections by Caroline Shaw, Paul Wiancko, Schubert and more. The festival continues through Sunday, May 21 at Imagine Art, the Austin Public Library and 4th Tap Brewery.

Founded in 2017, Austin Camerata is a festival that reimagines chamber music and reaches new audiences through unconventional concerts, artistic collaborations, and community engagements.

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Central Texas’ newest chamber music series, Austin Camerata, led by its Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18), presented its debut concert at the Blanton Museum of Art to a standing-room only crowd.

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