KMFA host and producer Dianne Donovan introduces us to some of the creative leadership behind our favorite classically Austin arts events. Stay tuned to Classical 89.5 to hear what's next on Classical Austin.
Air time: Wednesdays, 8pm.
March 3rd, 2010: Matthew Hinsley, Austin Classical Guitar Society
It’s always a pleasure to chat with Dr. Matthew Hinsley, Executive Director of the Austin Classical Guitar Society, especially when he brings his guitar along!
Dr. Hinsley told us about Austin Goes Classical, billed as “Austin’s Greatest Collaborative Classical Music Festival EVER,” which will feature sixty events in six days (June 22th - 27th). Austin Classical Guitar Society will host the event, which will feature the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Convention and Competition.
Dr. Hinsley also let us know about the rest of the A.C.G.S. season and the educational work that they do. He performed the following pieces: Recuerdos de la Alhambra by Francisco Tarrega; Keyboard Sonata in A major by Domenico Scarlatti; Sunburst by Andrew York.
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March 10th, 2010: Maestro Peter Bay, Austin Symphony Orchestra
In this Classical Austin show we listened to some of the most descriptive music ever written. While we cannot play the music for you on-line, check out Maestro Peter Bay’s insights on what the composers had in mind when they wrote their tone poems. Maestro Bay discussed Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy, and Don Quixote, op. 35, by Richard Strauss. Which character is portrayed by a cello and which character by the oboe? Find out when you listen to the interview.
Here are the recordings we used on the Classical Austin Program: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas, performed by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit, label: London 421527; Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy, by Pitor Illyich Tchaikovsky, label: Angel 49115; Don Quixote, op. 35 by Richard Strauss, label: CBS 63123.
May 5th, 2010: Miró Quartet
The Miró Quartet were guests on Classical Austin, May, 5th. They performed from Studio 2000 of KMFA and talked with Dianne about music, touring, home renovations and more. If you missed it, we have the interview segment of the show! Their next concert is on Sunday, May 9th 4pm, at Bates Recital Hall, along with a guest, cellist Lynn Harrell. Soon after that concert, the Miró takes off for a series of concerts in Tokyo.