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Today, Soohyun Juhn (DMA ’18) and her husband, Taewon Kim, welcomed their first child, Lia, to the family! She was born 5.7 pounds and 19 inches.

Diana Burgess (BM ’15) is featured today on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered. Host Bob Boilen says, “I think my favorite part of doing this show for the past 20 years is discovering someone new and being able to shout it to the world. I have cellist Diana Burgess, whom I’ve listened to for years as part of the band Mother Falcon. She plays all the instruments and sings on her new solo album called You Run.”

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Diana Burgess (BM ’15) has released her first solo album, You Run, of her own original songs. Diana sings and plays all the instruments: cello, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, waterphone, body and cello percussion. Look for You Run at Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, among other distributors.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel Smith (DMA ’15) has created a unique line of merchandise to help spread an important message about public health. “Go Bach Inside” and “Six Feet Bach Please,” two puns on JS Bach’s name, are printed onto T-shirts, mugs, tote-bags, stickers, and more. 25% of proceeds will be donated to the International Rescue Committee, which is working to fight outbreaks in refugee camps around the world. Get your merchandise now at bit.ly/SocialDistanceBach.

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Trío Rouge, has won the Silver Medal of the Senior String Division at the 2020 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. The Fischoff National Chamber Music Association sponsors the nation’s largest chamber music competition, and is America’s premier educational chamber music competition. Congratulations to Christina, Nick Hammel (violin) and Sohee Kwon (piano), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Andrew Brownell.

For more information, visit www.fischoff.org .

“Beast” by Diana Burgess (BM ’15) is KUTX 89.9 FM’s Song of the Day. KUTX’s Jack Anderson says, “Fans of neo-classical Austin outfit Mother Falcon are already familiar with the insane talent behind master cellist Diana Burgess, but even the most hardcore Falconers haven’t heard everything she has to offer. Burgess was quietly working on her solo debut when she was struck by the sudden loss of three grandparents in just one month. But rather than let the grief discourage her process, Burgess turned those powerful emotions into a vehicle of empowerment and tribute for the upcoming You Run.

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Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Trío Rouge, won First Prize at the 2020 MTNA Chamber Music Performance Competition. Congratulations to Christina, Nick Hammel (violin) and Sohee Kwon (piano), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Andrew Brownell.

For more information, visit www.mtna.org.

Christina Chan Song An (DMA ’20), with her Favola String Quartet, won the Grand Prize and First Prize at the 7th Coltman Chamber Music Competition. Congratulations to Christina, Haeni Lee (violin), Nick Hammel (violin) and Ruben Balboa III (viola), as well as a big thank you to their coach, Prof. Sandy Yamamoto.

For more information, visit austinchambermusic.org.

CANCELED… Due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, South by Southwest has been canceled.

Presented by South by Southwest, KMFA and Golden Hornet, the 6th Annual ATX Composers Showcase at SXSW 2020 will take place at the Parker Jazz Club on March 18th beginning at 8pm. The lineup includes Mother Falcon with Diana Burgess (BM ’15) and Tetractys with Matthew Armbruster (MM ’16) and James Burch (DMA ’16):

8:00 p.m. – Kraken Quartet
www.thekrakenquartet.com

9:00 p.m. – Kompas Trio
www.facebook.com/kompastrio

10:00 p.m. – Invoke
www.invokesound.com

11:00 p.m. – Graham Reynolds
www.grahamreynolds.com

12:00 a.m. – Mother Falcon
www.motherfalcon.com

1:00 a.m. – Tetractys
www.tetractysnewmusic.com

Tickets are $5 at the the door or free with a SXSW Music badge or wristband. For more information, visit SXSW, KMFA or the Golden Hornet.

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