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KMFA 89.5, Austin’s listener-supported classical music station, announces “Live from the Draylen Mason,” a Grand Opening Celebration, January 29–31, 2021.

Having just moved into the new purpose-built space in The Hatchery after 42 years on N. Lamar, KMFA invites the public to enjoy a variety of uplifting programs and to virtually experience an “inside” look at the new state of-the-art facilities. Weekend highlights will include the dedication of the new Draylen Mason Music Studio, which will host live broadcasts, concerts, and special events throughout the year including conversations and performances that inspire and restore the human spirit.

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“Live from the Draylen Mason” events will include three days of streaming programming by local and internationally acclaimed artists. Friday, January 29 will include a welcome and short performance by Austin Soundwaves, unveiling of a commissioned portrait of Draylen Mason by Nikkolas Smith, live-streamed concert by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe. Saturday, January 30 includes Nikkolas Smith on “Artivism,” Van Cliburn Gold Medal pianist Olga Kern, and a performance by world-renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers and Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux. Sunday, January 31 will include Grammy-nominated Miró Quartet & Friends.

In addition to the ticketed events, Free On Demand programs will be made available, including various exclusive presentations and encore performances from the Austin arts community.

The full schedule, including additional offerings and free on demand programs for KMFA’s “Live from the Draylen Mason” celebratory weekend, will be released at a later date.

Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. | $20.00 

The weekend will open with the dedication of the Draylen Mason Music Studio featuring the unveiling of a commissioned portrait of Draylen created by "Artivist" Nikkolas Smith followed by remarks from the artist. This special evening will also include a performance by violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe. 

Concert Program:

  • Stravinsky - Suite Italienne
  • Bloch - Baal Shem Suite
  • Kancheli - Two Miniatures
  • Ravel - Tzigane 

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Nikkolas Smith | Vadim Gluzman | Angela Yoffe

$20.00 per stream | Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 27

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Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. | $20.00 

Live from the Draylen Mason presents renowned violinist Anne Akiko Meyers with guitarist Jason Vieaux in concert.

Concert Program:

  • Music by Bach 
  • Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango
  • New arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “In My Solitude” by Rich DeRosa at UNT

The evening will open with a special guest performance by pianist Olga Kern from Prague.

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Anne Akiko Meyers | Jason Vieaux | Olga Kern

$20.00 per stream | Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 27

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Special thanks to KMFA Board Member Nancy Scanlan for her support of this program.

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. | $20.00 

Live from the Draylen Mason presents Miró Quartet & Friends. This concert features the celebrated Austin-based, Grammy-nominated Miró Quartet with special guest appearances you won't want to miss. 

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Miró Quartet

$20.00 per stream | Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov 27

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Exclusive Presentations & Encore Performances

Stay tuned for more details on exclusive content and encore performances from artists and the Austin arts community in celebration of the Grand Opening of the Draylen Mason Music Studio including:

Austin Soundwaves · Draylen Mason Fellows · Invoke · Matt Hinsley · Liz Cass · Divas & Drinks · Graham Reynolds · Austin Classical Guitar · Conspirare · Austin Opera · Anthony Tobin · Steve Parker · Line Upon Line Percussion · Artina McCain · Chorus Austin · Austin Chamber Music Center · Austin Saxophone Ensemble · Mother Falcon

Ticket Information

Tickets are available at three levels:

  • Level 1: $20 for individual streams to Friday, Saturday, and Sunday concerts
  • Level 2: $54 pass for all three concerts (price to commemorate KMFA’s 54th Anniversary)
  • Level 3: $250 VIP Package will include access to all three concerts, dinner for two for Saturday night, and a swag bag of goodies. (Limited number of VIP Packages available.)

Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 27

All content will be presented on OurConcerts.live

 

More about Draylen Mason and the Music Studio

The 135-seat music studio is the centerpiece of KMFA’s new facility and is named after Draylen Mason, the talented seventeen-year-old bassist who was a victim of the Austin package bombings in March 2018. Draylen performed with Austin Soundwaves, Austin Youth Orchestra, Austin Chamber Music Center, the UT String Project and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He had been admitted to the music schools at the University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music to study bass performance. A memorial tablet on the Walk of Heroes at Draylen’s school, East Austin Prep, shares his statement: “The greatest gift I can ever offer is to rekindle someone’s passion by sharing my talents. I want to share my gift and inspire others to discover, develop and use their own.”

Event Details

  • Date: January 29-31, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. CST | On Demand
  • Website: ourconcerts.live

Ticket Information

  • Cost: $20-$250

Presenter Details

  • Name: KMFA Classical 89.5
  • KMFA 89.5 is an independent public classical radio station in Austin, TX. KMFA serves approximately 120,000 listeners each week and features locally produced shows like Classical AustinEarly Music Now, and From The Butler School, as well as nationally distributed programming from Public Radio International, American Public Media, and National Public Radio.

    KMFA supports many regional arts organizations such as the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and Texas Performing Arts with on-air and online promotions, co-sponsorships, and interviews with KMFA hosts. Our Listen Local initiative broadcasts Austin’s finest classical music performances, making classical music and cultural events available to all. With popular programs like the “Fall Into Music Instrument Drive” and radio camps for kids, KMFA encourages arts education and supports the Central Texas community.