Your Austin Musical Arts Guide
While known as the Live Music Capital of the World for more modern music, Austin's music arts thrive as well.
Austin Cabaret Theatre1005 Stobaugh Street 512-786-6121 www.austincabaret.org
Welcome to Austin’s home for cabaret-style music and comedy. Now in its eleventh season, just some recent artists to perform include Susan Lubin, Tony DeSare and Sam Harris.
Austin Chamber Ensemble8908 Wildridge Drive 512-345-3399 www.austinchamberensemble.com
The Austin Chamber Ensemble initially had a wind quintet as its core ensemble, but since those beginning days in 1981 it has gradually branched out to include all instrumental and vocal combinations in its concerts. In addition to the Austin series, the ensemble has given concerts, master classes and school concerts in many Texas cities as part of the Texas Commission on the Arts touring program.
Austin Chamber Music Center3814 Medical Parkway 512-454-7562 www.austinchambermusic.org
The Austin Chamber Music Center is dedicated to improving the quality of the Austin community by nurturing and expanding the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of chamber music through education and performance. TCMC provides learning opportunities to community youth through outreach programs, and by presenting over 120 public performances yearly of the highest quality.
Austin Civic Orchestra11213 Tracton Lane 512-301-7370 www.austincivicorchestra.org
Since 1977, the Austin Civic Orchestra has been enriching the Austin cultural scene with its classical music performances. A volunteer group that performs 6-7 concerts each season at affordable prices, the group strives to make quality classical music accessible to everyone, especially children.
Austin Girls Choir3710 Cedar Street, #290 512-453-0884 www.austin.girlschoir.com
The AGC is a tri-level treble choir of girls 8-18 from the Austin area. Founded in 1990 by artistic director Sara Burden-McClure the organization offers a fantastic opportunity for musically talented girls to learn and perform a wide range of music locally, statewide, and even internationally. The choir has been featured in numerous live and broadcast performances throughout the United States, England, and Germany, earning their organization a well-deserved reputation for excellence.
Austin Lyric Opera901 Barton Springs Road 512-472-5992 www.austinlyricopera.org
The only professional opera company in Central Texas, the Austin Lyric Opera has earned a fine reputation as they perform both classical and contemporary operas to sold out crowds. The company’s season features a new opera performance 3 times a year from November through March. In addition to performing, the Lyric Opera is dedicated to educating young Austin audiences about music and has formed the Armstrong Community Music School at Barton Springs Road, a new facility with a recital hall, a multimedia lab, classrooms, and teaching studios.
Austin Symphonic Band7900 Centre Park Drive, Suite A 512-345-7420 www.asband.org
The official band of the City of Austin, this Texas-based group has become one of the nation’s premier volunteer concert bands, and has been the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Sudler Silver Scroll in 1993. The band continues its tradition of bringing quality music to the community with their three concert Subscription Series that features themed concerts and guest artists. The band will also present their free concerts at the Zilker Park Hillside Theatre in the fall, on Mother’s Day and on Father’s Day, as well as send their Microband with their own brand of light-hearted music to area senior activity centers and nursing homes.
Austin Symphony Orchestra1101 Red River Street 512-476-6064 www.austinsymphony.org
The oldest performing arts group in Austin, the Austin Symphony Orchestra has been thrilling Austin since 1911. From modern American composers to classical music to patriotic themes at the annual Fourth of July celebration on Auditorium Shores, the Austin Symphony continues to dazzle and amaze.
Capital City Men’s ChorusPO Box 50082 512-477-7464 www.ccmcaustin.org
The CCMC seeks to inspire and entertain through collective pride and through singing diverse choral music. The organization is a member of GALA Choruses (the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses), and strives to provide a musical, social, and service outlet for all persons interested in men’s choral music and its production; and present a positive image of the gay community within the larger Austin community.
Chamber Soloists of Austin3922 Balcones Drive 512-380-0065 www.chambersoloists.com
Formed in 1987 with five core internationally active members, the Chamber Soloists of Austin sought to establish a resident classical chamber ensemble that would gain widespread support in the Austin Community. Flash forward to the present, where guest artists from Austin and from all over the country collaborate with the members to perform programs that combine well-known, much-loved gems of the chamber music repertoire with worthy, lesser-known works. For the past five years, in addition to the chamber ensemble concerts, the Chamber Soloists invite a number of additional musicians both from Austin and from around the United States to come together to perform as a chamber orchestra, without a conductor. And don’t forget the popular annual Mozart Birthday Celebration, with about 25 musicians and individual soloists performing concertos of Mozart here in Austin.
Chorus AustinPO Box 204361 512-719-3300 www.chorusaustin.net
Known for their truly remarkable choral/ orchestral performances, the group’s performances are not limited to the Austin area. They tour the central Texas region, and often perform with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and performs an annual “Sing-It-Yourself” holiday Messiah in December and an annual summer Musical for Children. Can’t wait for one of their major performances? Call the chorus to see when this 140-member chorus performs at St.
Matthews Episcopal Church.La Follia Austin Baroque PO Box 29773 512-879-1993 www.lafollia.org
If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it. La Follia Austin Baroque, founded in 1980, performs Baroque music using instruments and performance styles proper to the Baroque period (c. 1600-1750). Performances are held at the First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Avenue, at the corner of 30th and Whitis.
River City PopsPO Box 201285 512-350-7777 www.rivercitypops.org
The River City Pops have the happy philosophy that “performing in public is cheaper than therapy, and lots more fun!” The 40 member community chorus draws its members from all walks of life in the Austin community, and are bound by a love of singing and performing. RCP mounts two performance productions a year.
Salon ConcertsPO Box 163501 342-2785 www.salonconcerts.org
Founded 14 years ago by violist Robert Rudié in a desire to provide Austin with small chamber music concerts in private homes, Salon Concerts has been popular with artists, patrons, and audiences alike. Combining music with gourmet refreshments and an opportunity to meet the musical artists has resulted in successful intimate performances that must be experienced. The group also performs its Rush Hour Concerts during the notorious “rush hour” on the Wednesday after a subscription concert, and features excerpts from the same program. In 1991, Rudié also created CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools), dedicated to providing student string players the opportunity to play chamber music, in 1991 he created CHAMPS under Salon Concerts auspices.
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