LOLA: Local Opera Local Artists is opening their new show in August. It marks a new idea in opera and storytelling; A choreographed chamber opera pastiche of art songs by Fauré, Schubert, Boulenger, and more. This operatic concept was created by LOLA artistic director, Rebecca Herman.We Might Be Struck By Lightning follows two women as they explore themes of love, loss, depression, and redemption in their lives.
LOLA is community supported and a donation-based organisation that is committed to making great works of art and preserving opera in the community! We Might Be Struck By Lightning will run August 18-20 and August 25-27. All performances will be at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Find your Tickets here!
Will Taylor has lived in Austin since the 70’s and has spent much of his time here honing his jazz skills and building his ensemble Strings Attached. The group is a genre-blurring collaboration with folk artists. Their vision was to fuse jazz and classical flavors with the contemporary singer/songwriter genre; to dress it up with a little different jewelry. From the classical tradition they borrowed the architectural precision of composition and arranging. From jazz they brought the performance ethic. The ability to abandon the score and make choices spontaneously, in response to each other and the present musical moment. And then there’s that irresistable sense of”swing” – the thing that gets people dancing. Their latest project, Strings in the Woods are spontaneous, uplifting performances that pair a beautiful setting with an intimate acoustic concert. Locations will be released before each performance, and the concerts will go ahead rain or shine! Will Taylor dropped past Studio 1A to showcase some of his best stuff, check out the session below.
8/6 @ Carson Creek Ranch
Austin Classical Guitar Society joined us in Studio 1A to showcase some of the pieces from their upcoming concert performance i / we. i / we is a musical journey exploring commonality, struggle, and perseverance through stories of refugees currently settling in central Texas. With personal accounts drawn from hours of interviews and featuring a new work by Joseph V. Williams II, i / we is an international celebration of humanity’s strength and compassion through words and music. See the live performance at the Blanton Auditorium Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July.
The Crisantemi Quartet owes its name to the same titled work by Giacomo Puccini, which was the first piece the ensemble performed. It is a newly created Quartet, composed by students from the Cuban University of Arts who also belong to the Youth Orchestra of the Lyceum Mozartiano de La Habana. Crisantemi debuted in San Felipe Neri Hall during the Mozart Havana Festival 2016. They dropped by Studio 1A to showcase their talents, and you can catch them performing as part of the Cuban Finale at the Bates Recital hall on 22 July.
They came together to make music. And together they made history. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins join forces for one night only on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever. Relive this legendary night as you rock along to such classics as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Great Balls of Fire.” There will surely be a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in the Topfer Theatre for this epic night of music from rock n’ roll’s greatest icons.