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Next Wednesday, March 16, the SXSW Official ATX Composers Showcase is back! Brought to you by Golden Hornet and KMFA Classical 89.5, the SXSW event presents an array of local new music artists and contemporary classical talent during the height of the city-wide festival.

The showcase features six ensembles throughout the night, fostering exposure to local groups leading the charge on revitalizing classical music for the modern age. The lineup this year includes Density512, Kompas Trio, Invoke, Graham Reynolds, Mother Falcon (with Diana Burgess, BM ’15), and Tetractys (with Matthew Armbruster, MM ’16, and James Burch, DMA ’16).

Offered to SXSW badge holders and non-holders alike, the intimate concert will be held at the Parker Jazz Club, where audiences can enjoy cocktail seating and a full bar as they listen to the ensembles throughout the night.

Featuring performances by:
8 pm Density 512
9 pm Kompas Trio
10 pm Invoke
11 pm Graham Reynolds
12 am Mother Falcon
1 am Tetractys

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Tonight at 7:30pm, Kelvin Ka Long Lee (MM ’19, AD ’22) performs the Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, with conductor Ke-Yuan Hsin and the UT University Orchestra. For more information on the free concert, visit

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On Tuesday, February 15, 2022, Bobae Lee (AD ’23), with her Risus Quartet, perform a special noontime concert in KMFA Classical 89.5’s Draylen Mason Music Studio. The Risus Quartet received the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

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This weekend, on January 22nd, at 6pm and 9pm, Austin Camerata and The Cathedral present CelloFest, an evening of classical music, local art & an open bar. Revel in the breathtaking sonority of a cello ensemble while enjoying an intimate evening in one of Austin’s premier galleries celebrating local women artists. The performance features eight cellists from Austin Camerata and the Austin Symphony Orchestra in a genre-defying program spanning classical, tango, and rock. This event includes a complimentary bar.

CelloFest explores the dynamic range of the cello, versatile enough to capture the symphonic breadth of an orchestra, the intimacy of a vocalist, and the adrenaline of an electric guitar. Fan favorites by Queen and the Beatles are featured, but the center stone of the program is a set of tango pieces, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla. By fusing elements of classical and jazz with Argentinian tango, Piazolla pioneers a new sound world for exploring the majestic nature of summer, autumn, winter, and spring.

Participating Cellists:
Anna Park
Cory Blais (MM ’19)
Daniel Kopp (MM ’18)
Denise Ro
Kelvin Lee (MM ’19, AD ’22)
Matthew Armbruster (MM ’17)
Matthew Gustafson (MM ’21)
Ye Young Yoo (MM ’23)

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Doug Machiz (MM ’11), with his San Francisco-based Friction Quartet, open their 21-22 concert season with a performance of 6 premieres. For ticket, venue and more information, visit

Bobae Lee (AD ’23), with her Risus Quartet, performs works by Bartok, Beethoven and Schubert at The House Concert. Watch the complete live stream on YouTube…

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Jeffrey Wang (MM ’05) has been appointed Principal Cellist of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. Founded in 1944 by George M. Ross, the SPO is led today by Music Director and Conductor Adam Stern, who joined the orchestra for its 60th anniversary season in 2003. More than seven decades after it was founded, the SPO continues to thrive as an assembly of professional and non-professional performers bringing affordable performances of classical music to the community. The orchestra is still composed of accountants, physicians, teachers, homemakers… people from all walks of life who share a love of music.

Congratulations, Jeffrey!

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