On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Ying Zhang (DMA ’16) performs the Schumann Cello Concerto with conductor Robert Radmer and the Balcones Community Orchestra in their final concert of the 2017-18 season. The concert begins at 4:00 PM at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in downtown Austin. For venue, ticket and more information, visit www.bcorchestra.net.

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Austin Camerata presents its second annual festival beginning Wednesday, May 16, at the 4th Tap Brewery and running through to Thursday, May 24, ending in the Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18) will join others including special guest, internationally renowned violinist Chee-Yun Kim and choreographer Dorothy O’Shea Overbey to present Reinventions.

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

For ticket, venue, parking and more information, visit www.austincamerata.com.

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On Sunday, April 22, Nora Karakousoglou (DMA ’16) gives a cello master class for the Austin Chamber Music Center’s Adult Academy. The master class begins at 5:00 PM at the Armstrong Community Music School and is free to the public to enjoy. For more information, visit austinchambermusic.org.

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This weekend, on Sunday, March 25, at 2:00pm, at The North Door, Golden Hornet’s 3rd Annual Young Composer Concert presents nine new works from Austin-area youth ranging between ages 9 and 18. Writing the new works under the guidance of professional mentors, each piece will be performed by Tetractys, with Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16), in between brief interviews with the composers. It will include works inspired by the musical legacy of Leonard Bernstein, in collaboration with Bernstein100Austin.

In memory of young composer Draylen Mason, the concert will be dedicated in his honor. It will include vocal dedications from peers and mentors as well as a performance of his work “Hell Fire,” which was composed for the concert last year, to create a space for reverence amidst the musical community in remembrance of his vibrant demeanor, undeniable talent, and endless potential.

Nine New Works by:
Ayden Machajewski
Fiona Gehrke
Helen Lundy
Melody Richards
Ian Shaw
Sel Hoxie
Katelyn Rodrigues
Cassidy Peña
Reese Niemitz

Golden Hornet is an Austin-based presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musician/bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski. Since 1999 GHP has premiered over 60 new alt-classical works by more than 50 composers rooted in wildly different musical backgrounds. In 1999 the alt-classical movement barely existed. In 2014 it is thriving in cities around the world. Golden Hornet Project continues to be a vital member and leader of that global community and their commissions and productions strive to synchronize the rock club and the concert hall.

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On March 25 at 7:30pm, Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) appears with the Austin Civic Orchestra, performing the Haydn Concerto No. 2 in D Major for cello and orchestra, Hob. VIIb/2, Op. 101, in Bates Recital Hall. The performance is part of the ACO’s sixth annual “Texas Rising Stars” concert.

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Today, Michelle Ferry Williams (BM ’09) and her husband, Clint Williams, welcomed their latest opus, Ezra Todd, to the family, joining sister Adeline and brother Frederick Christian. Ezra was born at 3:19pm, 8 lbs. 9 oz. and 21 1/4 inches long.


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Seulki Lee (DMA ’19) has been awarded a UT College of Fine Arts Graduate School Continuing Fellowship for 2018-19. The award includes a $14,000 stipend, a full-tuition assistance benefit as well as a supplement for basic student medical insurance. The total estimated value of the fellowship is nearly $35,000.

Since Seulki arrived in Austin a year and a half ago, she has already: won the Principal Cello position of the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra; won the Associate Principal Cello position of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra; become a member of the Britten-Pears Orchestra, led by conductor Marin Alsop, performing at Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk and Royal Festival Hall in London; and become a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, performing at the Luzerne Concert Hall, the Köln Konzertsaal, and the Hamburg Der Grosse Saal. Seulki also won Second Prize in the Lewisville International Competition for Strings.

The Graduate Fellowship will allow Seulki to focus on one of her life passions, the Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites of Bach. Congratulations, Seulki!

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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: