Grammy-nominated cellist, professor, and arranger Bion Tsang is a real treasure in the Austin classical music community. Born in Michigan to Chinese parents, Bion started his musical career on the piano at age 6, but quickly added on the cello. He worked his way through school, ended up with a Master’s degree from Yale, and quickly made professional debuts with the Moscow Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. He still regularly performs all over the world, but you’re just as likely to find him in his office on the 5th floor of the music building at the University of Texas, where he’s a Professor of Cello. He’s got a new album out, The Blue Rock Sessions, which captures his favorite melodies from the classical and romantic repertoire and distils them beautifully and elegantly into a cello and piano arrangement, with Bion’s own central texas twist. Bion stopped by Studio 1A to give us a preview of an exciting performance he’s a part of; he’s performing the live score to Alfred Hitchcock’s early silent film The Lodger with the Texas Guitar Quartet. Check out their performance below!
– James Parker
5/5 – Hitchcock’s THE LODGER (with Live Score ) at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane