Eklektikos host John Aielli gives you his picks for this weekend and beyond
Draylen Mason Music Studio – NüToots
Sunday, May 22, 2022 4pm
As a community — performer, composer, presenter, and YOU — we will explore (from the inside) the upcoming DensitySOUND album NüToots featuring Density512 trumpeter Kenken Gorder
Kenken Gorder returns with a new album of solos and chamber music played by him and his favorite collaborators. NüToots features music by Wenxin Li, Nathan Nokes, Matt McCallister, Blair Boyd, Sam Wells, and Celka Ojakangas that signify Kenken’s friendship with the composers. You can participate in light conversation with the performers about their preparation of the album and hear from composers about their process behind creating the works.
Convivencia: The Three Worlds of Renaissance Spain
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 7:30 PM @ Temple Beth Shalom
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 3:00 PM @ Redeemer Presbyterian Church
The term Convivencia (or Coexistence) refers to the time period when the three great cultures of early Spain (Muslim, Jewish, and Christian) co-existed in the Iberian Peninsula. The intermingling of the three peoples resulted in intercultural influences on all aspects of life: social, intellectual, political, and artistic. We are delighted to collaborate with our guest scholar, Professor Edwin Seroussi (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), who will deliver the pre-concert lecture one hour prior to each performance.
ZILKER HILLSIDE THEATER – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
MAY 5-29, 2022
Our “Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park” returns to offer the famous romantic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream for four weekends May 4-May 29, 2022.
Made possible in collaboration with City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, this colorful outdoor story of young lovers made crazy by fairy tinkering is a family favorite.
Waterloo Park – Outside Voices at Waterloo Park
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Joins us on May 15th at 2:00 pm for an afternoon of classical vocal music featuring bass-baritone Carlos Monzón and soprano Kimberly Monzón. This concert is FREE and open to the public, appropriate for all ages! LOLA is honored to have the support of Waterloo Park to bring this concert to beautiful downtown Austin, TX!
Still Waters Retreat Center – Beethoven in the Woods with Will, Christabel and Tony
Sun, May 22, 2022 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CDT
Will guides you on a historical guided fiddle and nature walk, and we’ll end with a meditation and concert at a rock bottom creek bed as the sun sets.
The location of this event is at Still Waters Retreat Center.
Listen to Will’s Music Below!
Draylen Mason Music Studio at KMFA – SYMPHONY NO. 3 “SANTA-ALMADA” COMPOSER NATHAN FELIX
May 15, 2022 @ 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
“Santa-Almada” is based on a true story sparked by a quest for answers about the composer’s absent father and Mexican ancestry, revealing of the existence of a half brother and sister, also having been abandoned by their mutual father. After finally connecting with his father over the telephone after 27 years, Felix was moved to create the first movement of the work entitled “Fathers & Sons”, which explores a deep fear that perhaps he would also one day abandon his duties to his future son. The work was created over a period between 2014 and 2019, including during the five-year period when Felix travelled through Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. This choral symphony in six movements explores themes of personal exploration, discovery, loss, and deep reflection. It was important to Felix to have the world premiere of the work in Austin where it could be shared with his family. KMFA is pleased to partner with Nathan Felix in bringing this performance to life. The work will be performed by the Austin-based choral ensemble, Inversion, led by artistic director Trevor Shaw.
Thornton Road Studios – Art04 Studio Tour
May 14, 2022, 11:00 am; May 15, 2022, 11:00 am
The Art04 Studio Tour will feature a plethora of diverse artists and creatives as they open their respective studios.
Go to the tour website for a full list of studio locations.
First Baptist Church of Austin – Keep Austin Queer’d
Saturday, May 14 @ 8:00 pm; Sunday, May 15 @ 4:00 pm
Austin Gay Men’s Chorus invites you to Keep Austin Queer’d, our spring concert. Featuring the world premiere of a new work honoring Gen Z as well as some surprising renditions of classic favorites, the performance is designed to emphasize our role in the Queer community while celebrating the role Austin plays in our lives.