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Austin Symphony Orchestra / 2013–2014


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out! As one who cherishes the unique experience of attending an orchestral concert, I am inspired by the efforts of those on stage who make the music come alive and those of the composers who so enrich my ears and heart. The musicians of the Austin Symphony and I want to make your concert experience an unforgettable one. For the 2013–2014 season, Dell Hall will resonate with the magnificent sounds of Wagner, Verdi, and Richard Strauss, all of whom celebrate significant anniversaries. A unique concert devoted to Aaron Copland and his influence on Mexican composers will include a special screening of a film accompanied by the ASO. A beloved chamber work by Brahms dressed in new clothes by a modern master (Arnold Schoenberg), a new work based on meteoric activity, a monumental tone poem whose presence in 2001: A Space Odyssey gave it superstardom, a Mozart piano concerto performed by one of the participants at President Obama’s first inauguration —these are just some of the musical happenings that await you. We invite you to join our music-loving couple pictured within whose concert experience is about to unfold!

Peter Bay Music Director


highlights of the season SEPTEMBER 27 & 28 Leon Fleisher, piano Weber, Prokofiev, Wagner OCTOBER 3 Artisan Quartet Haydn, Mozart, Brahms OCTOBER 11 & 12 Cho-Liang Lin, violin Mark Wilson, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky OCTOBER 18 “Superheroes”— music from superhero television shows and movies OCTOBER 27 Halloween Children’s Concert NOVEMBER 1 & 2 Verdi’s Requiem Mass DECEMBER 3 Handel’s Messiah DECEMBER 10 Free Christmas Sing-Along DECEMBER 29 & 30 “A Night of the Great American Standards,” featuring Debby Boone — music from the American songbook JANUARY 10 & 11 Anton Nel, piano Edward B. Hill, Grieg FEBRUARY 7 & 8 Jonathan Biss, piano; Jessica Mathaes, violin Vaughan Williams, Schumann, Brahms/ Schoenberg FEBRUARY 22 “Here to Stay”—The Gershwin Experience MARCH 21 & 22 Copland in Mexico Copland, Chávez, Revueltas MARCH 27 Artisan Quartet Mozart, Schubert APRIL 4 & 5 Gil Shaham, violin Claude Baker, Korngold, Dvorˇák APRIL 10 Texas Young Composers Concert MAY 16 & 17 Gabriela Montero, piano Robert Paterson, Mozart, Richard Strauss JUNE 6 & 7 “Classical Mystery Tour” — a tribute to The Beatles JULY 4 Free July 4th Concert & Fireworks


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Leon Fleisher

Cho-Liang Lin

Leon Fleisher, piano Peter Bay, conductor Friday, September 27, 2013 Saturday, September 28, 2013 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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WEBER Oberon Overture PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 53 WAGNER Excerpts from The Ring of the Nibelung*: “Entry of the Gods into Valhalla” from Das Rheingold “Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre “Forest Murmurs” from Siegfried “Siegfried’s Rhine Journey” from Götterdämmerung “Siegfried’s Funeral Music” and “Brunhilde’s Immolation” from Götterdämmerung *In honor of the Wagner Bicentennial Sponsor: Wells Fargo

Cho-Liang Lin, violin Peter Bay, conductor Friday, October 11, 2013 Saturday, October 12, 2013 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m. MARK WILSON Meteora PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63 TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64 1,173

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classical series Verdi’s Requiem Mass Mela Dailey, soprano; Kathryn Findlen, mezzo-soprano; William Davenport, tenor; Kevin Short, baritone; Chorus Austin Peter Bay, conductor

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Friday, November 1, 2013 Saturday, November 2, 2013 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m. VERDI Messa da Requiem* Giuseppe Verdi

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Anton Nel, piano Peter Bay, conductor Friday, January 10, 2014 Saturday, January 11, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m. Anton Nel

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GRIEG Peer Gynt: Prelude to Act 1, Op. 23 EDWARD B. HILL Concertino No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 36 (1931) GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 HILL Divertimento for Piano and Orchestra (1926) GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55 HILL Concertino No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 44 (1938–9) ( w o r l d p r e m i e r e ) [The performances of the Hill works will be recorded for a future CD release] Sponsor: Texas Mutual Insurance Company


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Jonathan Biss

Jessica Mathaes

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Jonathan Biss, piano; Jessica Mathaes, violin Peter Bay, conductor Friday, February 7, 2014 Saturday, February 8, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54 BRAHMS/SCHOENBERG Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25 (arr. for orchestra) Sponsor: Bank of America

Copland in Mexico Joseph Horowitz, curator Peter Bay, conductor Friday, March 21, 2014 Saturday, March 22, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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COPLAND Two Mexican Pieces (“Paisaje Mexicano” and “Danza de Jalisco”) (1959) COPLAND El salón México (1936) CHÁVEZ Chapultepec (Three Famous Mexican Pieces) (1935) REVUELTAS Redes (1934–5), complete, with film [Presented in partnership with Texas Performing Arts and the Butler School of Music at The University of Texas at Austin] Sponsors: Austin Tele-Services Partners, LP Atlantic Tele-Network

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classical series Gil Shaham, violin Peter Bay, conductor Friday, April 4, 2014 Saturday, April 5, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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CLAUDE BAKER Canti Guerrieri ed Amorosi (Songs of War and Love) (2013)* KORNGOLD Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 Dvorˇák Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70 *A “Meet the Composer” commission Sponsor: ConocoPhillips

Gabriela Montero, piano Peter Bay, conductor Friday, May 16, 2014 Saturday, May 17, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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ROBERT PATERSON Dark Mountains MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466 RICHARD STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30* *In honor of Richard Strauss’ 150th birthday Sponsors: UBS Financial Services, Inc. Lancer Resources, LP

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October Pops “Superheroes” Peter Bay, conductor Friday, October 18, 2013 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

The Austin Symphony will open its Pops season with a night of iconic music from your favorite superhero film and television shows. Your spidey senses will be tingling and you will be at the edge of your seat when you hear music from some of your favorites, such as Batman, Superman, Captain America, The Incredibles, X-Men, and much more! In addition to the music there will be visuals on a big screen to enhance your experience… “POW!” All concertgoers are invited to come dressed as their favorite superhero. There might just be a contest with a special prize for the winner!

February Pops “Here to Stay” — The Gershwin Experience Peter Bay, conductor Saturday, February 22, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 8:00 p.m.

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“Here to Stay” is a multimedia concert celebrating the genius of George and Ira Gershwin, with hits such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Strike Up the Band,” “The Man I Love,” “ ’S Wonderful,” and other favorites. Featuring leading Gershwin interpreter pianist Kevin Cole, Grammy® award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, and tap dancing sensation Danny Gardner, this concert event also showcases rare audio and video footage, family photos and elegant, state-of-the-art visuals of the Gershwins. This will be a night of music and entertainment you won’t want to miss! Sponsors:

Sponsors: Avende Frost Bank ExxonMobil Thank you to our promotional partner, Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy! December Pops “A Night of the Great American Standards” featuring Debby Boone John Oddo, conductor

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Sunday, December 29, 2013 Monday, December 30, 2013 Palmer Events Center, 8:00 p.m. Come enjoy an evening of music featuring Debby Boone’s “Reflections of Rosemary.” This performance is an intimate, deeply heartfelt tribute to her late motherin-law, legendary singer Rosemary Clooney. The cabaret style seating will enhance the show—a touching musical portrait filled with a collection of standards chosen for their significance in Debby Boone’s life with the legendary Clooney. “I wanted to select songs that would give an insight into Rosemary from a family perspective, and from the more than thirty years that I spent with her,” says Boone. Sponsor: Mercedes Benz of Austin

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June Pops “Classical Mystery Tour”— a tribute to The Beatles Peter Bay, conductor Friday, June 6, 2014 Saturday, June 7, 2014 Palmer Events Center, 8:00 p.m.

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The four musicians in “Classical Mystery Tour” look and sound just like The Beatles, but “Classical Mystery Tour” is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played and performed exactly as they were written. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, “Classical Mystery Tour” is the best of The Beatles like you‘ve never heard them: totally live! Sponsor: Emerson Process Management


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More events The Artisan Series Thursday, October 3, 2013 with Steve Girko, clarinet Haydn String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1 Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, “Stadler” Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115 Thursday, March 27, 2014 with Rick Rowley, piano Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478 Mozart Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493 Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” Riverbend Smith Family Chapel, 8:00 p.m. The Austin Symphony is excited to bring The Artisan Series—featuring Austin’s own Artisan Quartet—back for its second season. Featuring Richard Kilmer and Paula E. Bird (violins), Bruce Williams (viola), and Douglas Harvey (cello). Performing in the intimate surroundings of the Riverbend Smith Family Chapel, patrons will enjoy an extraordinary concert experience.

Halloween Children’s Concert Sunday, October 27, 2013 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 2:00 p.m. CHILLS AND THRILLS! It’s creepy, crawly and so much fun… it’s spooky! Your little ghost or goblin will help haunt Long Center’s Dell Hall for Austin Symphony’s annual Halloween Children’s Concert. This exciting concert features frightfully fun symphonic music that is stimulating for young eyes and ears (ages 2–10). The entire family is invited to dress up in their favorite costume and enjoy “boo-tiful” music with their Austin Symphony! Sponsor: Bank of America

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Handel’s Messiah Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Riverbend Centre, 8:00 p.m. Austin Symphony with Chorus Austin The Austin Symphony presents its Christmas tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin, for you and your family! Both a holiday classic and a city favorite, this night of musical magic will comfort you through its familiarity and fill you with the joy of rediscovery. Let us begin your Winter holidays with a performance full of rejoicing! Sponsor: Cook-Walden Funeral Home

Texas Young Composers Concert Thursday, April 10, 2014 Michael & Susan Dell Hall, 7:30 p.m. Peter Bay, conductor The Austin Symphony and the Long Center for the Performing Arts present the fourth annual Texas Young Composers Concert, which features music composed by brilliantly gifted students ages 18 and under. These talented composers are judged by esteemed professionals and chosen to premiere their original compositions performed by our orchestra. This one-night-only performance offers Texas high school students the opportunity to be in the spotlight and gain recognition for their admirable work. Highlighting our talented youth is extremely important to the Symphony, and this concert gives everyone a glimpse into the future of music! Sponsors: AT&T Plains Capital Bank

BATS (Be At The Symphony) If you are interested in networking, building new friendships, and socializing at some local city hotspots, then the young professionals called the BATS are a perfect fit for you! These Austin-area movers and shakers have access to special tickets, post-performance parties, happy hour meet-ups, an annual gala, among many other compelling opportunities! In addition to receiving special seating at three ASO performances, BATS members also have the pleasure of celebrating their passion for music with the symphony’s own Maestro Peter Bay, featured guest artists, and other orchestra members. BATS season performances are Feb 8, Mar 22, & May 17 RIGHT: Symphony BATS Board of Directors and ASO Music Director Peter Bay.

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seating charts Dell Hall

Palmer Events Center

(December and June Pops)

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seating and pricing Classical Series

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(10 Concerts) Includes 8 Classical Series concerts plus December and June Pops Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall/Palmer Events Center

(4 concerts) Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall/Palmer Events Center

ORCHESTRA

$386*

ORCHESTRA

$160

PARTERRE

$346

PARTERRE

$148

PARTERRE BOXES

$500*

PARTERRE BOXES

$170

LOWER MEZZANINE

$386

LOWER MEZZANINE

$140

UPPER MEZZANINE

$326

UPPER MEZZANINE

$128

MEZZANINE BOXES

$500*

MEZZANINE BOXES

$170

LOWER BALCONY

$240

LOWER BALCONY

$118

UPPER BALCONY

$176

UPPER BALCONY

$98

BALCONY BOXES

$500*

BALCONY BOXES

$170

*Orchestra/Box seating requires a minimum tax deductible donation to ASO’s Annual Fund of $350 per seat.

Classical Series Subscriber Pops “Add-On” (2 concerts) Classical Series subscribers can also “add-on” the October and February Pops concerts presented at Long Center for the Performing Arts’ Michael & Susan Dell Hall for up to 25% savings over single ticket prices. Number of “add-on” tickets limited to the same number of subscription tickets. Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall

Pops Series

The Artisan Series Riverbend Smith Family Chapel (general admission) One performance

$30

Both performances

$50

Halloween Children’s Concert Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall (general admission)

ORCHESTRA

$100

Adults

$12

PARTERRE

$88

Children

$8

PARTERRE BOXES

$110

LOWER MEZZANINE

$80

UPPER MEZZANINE

$68

MEZZANINE BOXES

$110

LOWER BALCONY

$58

UPPER BALCONY

$38

BALCONY BOXES

$110

Handel’s Messiah Riverbend Centre (seating chart not shown) FRONT & CENTER

$40

REAR & CENTER

$25

SIDES

$20

Texas Young Composers Concert Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall (general admission)

BATS Membership Pricing Includes 3 performances at Michael & Susan Dell Concert Hall (seating in upper mezzanine) and an invitation to all BATS parties Single (Feb 8, Mar 22, May 17)

$117

Double (Feb 8, Mar 22, May 17)

$195

Adults

$20

Students

$8


Subscriber Rewards ooSeason discount —Save up to 41% off the single ticket price. ooGuaranteed seating — Avoid the disappointment of sold-out performances. ooTicket exchange —Schedule conflict? We will exchange your season tickets for tickets to another performance with no questions asked and at no additional cost! ooTax receipt — Receive a tax credit for any season ticket(s) that you are unable to use. Simply notify us prior to the performance. ooLost tickets replacement — If you have lost a ticket, call (512) 476-6064 and the Box Office will replace your ticket at no additional cost. ooExclusive options — Purchase additional Pops tickets or special events before they are available to the general public. ooNewsletter — Receive The Score, the ASO’s bi-yearly newsletter. ooPriority seating — Current subscribers receive first priority in subscribing for the next season. All subscribers receive the best seats at considerable savings.

Additional Information ooPre-Concert talks — Get the most out of each Classical Series concert by attending Pre-Concert Talks hosted by Bob Buckalew. Each lecture is given free of charge for ticket holders and begins at 7:10 p.m. in the concert hall. Pre-Concert Talks are informative and provide a behindthe-scenes look at classical music. Informal discussions are encouraged. All Classical Series concert performances begin at 8:00 p.m. ooParking —Parking is available in the city-owned Palmer Events Center garage and at One Texas Center for $7. Valet parking is available for $18.

How to Order ooOnline — The Austin Symphony’s online ticketing makes ordering season tickets easier than ever before. Order online 24 hours a day at austinsymphony.org (additional online convenience fees apply). ooMail, fax, or email — Order your tickets by printing out the order form at: www.austinsymphony.org/events/subscriptions. If you don’t have access to a computer, give us a call and we’ll be happy to take your order by phone, or mail you a printed order form.

Complete your order form and mail, fax, or email it to: Mail: Austin Symphony Box Office, 1101 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701 Fax: (512) 473-8743 Email: emarshall@austinsymphony.org

ooPhone —For credit card orders, call (512) 476-6064 or 1-888-4MAESTRO (toll-free), Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ooIn person —Austin Symphony Box Office, 1101 Red River Street, Austin, Texas 78701, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Information on dates, times, guest aritsts, and repertoire can be found in Austin Symphony's annual season brochure.

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