Something Borrowed
to Mar 1

Something Borrowed

Tuesday, February 27th, 12:00pm
Midday Music Series
  (Free with Museum Admission)
Blanton Museum of Art (200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)

Thursday, March 1st, doors at 7:30pm, concert at 8:00pm
(4704B East Cesar Chavez Street #5, IN THE BACK)
$15 General Admission, $10 Student Admission

J.S. Bach/Ben Stevenson: Contrapuntus VII
Alma Mahler/Akshaya Avril Tucker/Seo Yoon Kim/Adeliia Faizullina: Alma Mahler Commissioning Project,
songs by Alma Mahler recomposed for chamber orchestra
Gustav Mahler/Arnold Schoenberg: Songs of a Wayfarer
Arnold Schoenberg: Kammersymphonie No. 1

Something Borrowed explores our drive to make new work from old. World premieres of "re-composed" (Alma) Mahler, Schoenberg, and more!
 We challenged some of Austin's finest emerging composers to "re-compose" and re-imagine songs for voice and piano by  Alma Mahler to become new works for chamber orchestra. Featuring composers Akshaya Avril Tucker, Adeliia Faizullina, and Seo Yoon Kim, the "re-composed" lieder are paired with Songs of a Wayfarer by Alma's first husband, Gustav Mahler, and orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg. Concert open with Ben Stevenson's version of Bach's "Contrapuntus VII" and closes with Schoenberg's Kammersymphonie No. 1, once described by a famous guy  "hyperactive, acrobatic and not a little aggressive".

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Wind Dectet for Ellsworth Kelly
11:00 AM11:00

Wind Dectet for Ellsworth Kelly

Donors for the new Ellsworth Kelly building outside the Blanton Museum of Art are serenaded by musicians of the Butler School of Music in this outdoor event.

W.A. Mozart: Serenade in C minor (mvts 1-3)
Troy Armstrong: Ozark Folk Song Suite (mvts 2-4)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 1
Darius Milhaud: Chamber Symphony No. 5
Jordan Nobles: æther

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7:30 PM19:30


In Harmoniemusik, Density512 reimagines chamber wind music for the "harmonie", a small wind ensemble that served as a "party band" for 17th and 18th C. patrons. In the spirit of food, drink, and merriment, join come join us as we present music by Jonathan Dove and Eugene Bozza, both inspired by the strong tradition of the harmonie ensemble. And we couldn't forget some Beethoven!

Jonathan Dove: Figures in the Garden
Beethoven: Wind Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 103
Eugene Bozza: Octanphonie

***Homemade hors d'oeuvres will be served. You are welcome to BYOB!

TICKETS: Pay what you can, $5-25. All proceeds will go towards the development of future Density512 shows.


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Beethoven Resurrected
to Oct 8

Beethoven Resurrected

Michael Torke: Ash
Joan Tower: Piano Concerto "Homage to Beethoven"
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat "Eroica"

Beethoven Resurrected brings to life the works of Beethoven mixed with accessible, modern repertoire. Michael Torke's Ash is a sharp, rhythmic work that answers the question "What would Beethoven sound like if he was alive today?" Following the Torke is the rarely heard Piano Concerto by masterful modernist, Joan Tower. "Homage to Beethoven" is inspired by several themes from his sonatas including the Tempest and Waldstein sonatas. Robert McDonald joins the orchestra to perform this work rarely heard work in the Austin area! The concert will conclude Beethoven's third symphony, Eroica, a revolutionary work with ideas that proved to be the impetus for the romantic era of music. One of Austin's favorite bands/quartets, invoke, will open up 30 minutes before showtime! Come early, grab a brat and a beer, and enjoy this exciting new initiative with us!

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SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane
4:00 PM16:00

SoundSpace: A Portrait of Alice Coltrane

Alice’s Coltrane'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. From 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24, museumgoers will be able to experience a variety of performances throughout the museum, including:

Density512 will present two new works in response to Alice Coltrane’s music: Akshaya Tucker’s recently premiered Shaam for sitar and sinfonietta in raga bihag, and a reimagined Stravinsky work by composer-conductor Jacob Schnitzer.

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