The Beerthoven Concert Series is a down-to-earth, approachable celebration of classical song, chamber music, and beer; a quirky mixture of Bach and Doppelbock in a unique and intimate setting. Beerthoven finds its inspiration in the musical and festive events at the Austin Saengerrunde as well as the private “salon” concerts of Beethoven’s own time. All Beerthoven events feature live classical music, free beer, and other refreshments. There is no backstage area here; audience members may even find themselves standing in line for beer with the performers.
After a hiatus for some years Austin’s own Allegro Chamber Trio has been resurrected, featuring violist Bruce Williams, harpist Elaine Barber (Principal players of the Austin Symphony), and flutist Megan Meisenbach. This French-themed program will feature the landmark Debussy Trio, Durufle’s Prélude, Récitatif et Variations for Viola, Flute, and Piano, and Poulenc’s Sonata for Flute and Piano. Beerthoven Director Daniel Swayze will accompany on the piano. Join the Allegro Chamber Trio at Saengerrunde Hall on November 17 & 19.
Monk Parker makes surrealist neo-americana for the heartbroken. His music is what it’s like to leave the bar after last call and levitate all the way home–looking over lakes, corn fields, and decaying movie theaters. Originally based in New York, Monk Parker returned to his family farm outside of Austin and released his first solo album at age 40. His sophomore release, Crown of Sparrows, shows no sign of a slump. Parker’s songs start slow and build up to a climax of vocal harmonies, wailing guitars, and funereal horns. The second track, “Gaudy Frame,” was born out of Parker feeling like he was in a Rooney Mara movie during his European tour, but he would be equally at home at the Roadhouse Bar in Twin Peaks. His music is anachronistic, but belongs to no specific era. We were lucky to have Monk Parker stop by Studio 1A on Wednesday. If you missed the performance, check it out below!
– Harold Urteaga
9/29 @ Mohawk (Release Show)
The award-winning series returns to the Blanton Museum of Art with a series of performances inspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her unique legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music. Alice’s singular musical style is a synthesis of influences that include Detroit gospel, Stravinsky, bebop, traditional Hindi hymns, and classical Indian music. The September SoundSpace will explore these diverse influences and present new work directly inspired by her legacy. We’ve invited two of the performers to Studio 1A to showcase some of their best stuff. The Andre Hayward Music Quintet will be performing late 60’s bebop from the repertoire of Alice Coltrane and her peers. Tara Bhattacharya Reed is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer, performance artist and filmmaker. Her audiovisual performance, Coral Breathing, explores themes of Hindu spiritual practices, sounds, and movements in nature and vibration. Check out the full Studio 1A session with these artists below!
When: September 24, 2pm
Admission: Free for members and UT students, faculty, and staff.
Grammy Award winning musician, composer and producer, Adrian Quesada, is heading up a who’s-who of talented musicians for a night of music, cocktails and community at the El Grito Gala. The El Grito Gala, a fundraiser for El Buen Samaritano, is being held on September 15, the first day of National Hispanic Heritage month. The organization is committed to helping Latino and other families in Central Texas lead healthy, productive and secure lives through high-quality and affordable healthcare, education and basic needs services. The evening kicks off with a cocktail reception before moving into a dinner curated by Curra’s Grill, and musical entertainment by Adrian Quesada and His El Buen Social Club. The group is made up of Corey Baum, Vanessa Del Fierro, DJ Chorizo Funk, Michael Ramos, Alex Marrero and Jose Galeano. Quesada, co-founder of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma, is no stranger to heading up a motley crew and this group works with a fun, kinetic energy on stage. We were lucky enough to host some of them in Studio 1A. Check out the full session below!
Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. The Johannesburg native has captivated audiences and critics alike for the past four decades. In September 2000, Anton Nel was appointed as the Priscilla Pond Flawn Regents Professor of Piano and Chamber music at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches an international class of students and now heads the Division of Keyboard Studies. the famed pianist will be performing with the Austin Symphony Orchestra as part of their Mozart in Paris concert. The evening will feature Francis Poulenc’s Suit from Les Biches (The Does), Poulenc’s Concert Champêtre and Mozart’s Paris from his Symphony No. 31 some of his most popular work. The concert will feature a pre-performance talk with Bob Buckalew. Be sure to check it out! And check out Anton Nel’s full Studio 1A session below!
9/8-9 @ Long Center