Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 7:30 pm

Bates Recital Hall
University of Texas at Austin

Texas Guitar Quartet, guest artists

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Concierto Andaluz by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, the Texas Guitar Quartet will perform the work with the Austin Civic Orchestra as part of its Golden concert program on Saturday, May 13, at Bates Recital Hall. 

Led by ACO Music Director Lois Ferrari, the orchestra will also play Rodrigo’s Adagio for Wind Orchestra and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in honor of that work’s 140th anniversary. 

Comprised of Isaac Bustos, Jonathan Dotson, Alejandro Montiel, and Joseph V. Williams, II, the Texas Guitar Quartet has been hailed as “impeccable in every respect” by Classical Guitar Magazine

The quartet formed in 2008 and has since performed around the world, premiering new works and creating bold arrangements of music by Mozart, Beethoven and Ravel. All four musicians earned a graduate degree from the University of Texas and studied under world-renowned American guitarist Adam Holzman.

Free Pre-Concert Art Show
In connection with the Tchaikovsky performance, audience members can view a free art show featuring works that Austin-area students created while listening to the piece. 

The art, on view in the lobby from 6-7:30 p.m., showcases winners of ACO’s Paint to Music contest. 


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News & Notes


ACO named 2nd place for the American Prize
The Austin Civic Orchestra has been selected as 2nd place for the 2016-17 American Prize in Orchestral Performance - community orchestra division.


ACO on "Performance Today" April 5
The ACO was featured on "Performance Today" broadcast on KMFA 89.5 FM on Wednesday, April 5.

The featured piece "Polo Battle" - part of a suite of songs from the short film Killing Snakes -  was written by local musician Rick del Castillo and arranged for orchestra by local musician George Oldziey.  Performing the piece with the Austin Civic Orchestra (Lois Ferrari, music director) and the Latin rock band Del Castillo was a full chorus of musicians from Austin Community College (Virginia Volpe, Director) and the St. Edward's University Choirs (Morris Stevens, Director).   The performance took place in the Dell Hall at the Long Center on Sept. 20, 2015.

KMFA also streams live at


ACO featured in Orange Magazine
The ACO is featured in an article appearing in Orange Magazine.  Click here to read it.


Lois Ferrari a finalist for the American Prize
Dr. Lois Ferrari, ACO Music Director, has been chosen a finalist for the 2016 American Prize in Conducting - community orchestra division.  Congratulations to Dr. Ferrari!


Paint to Music Contest
ACO is sponsoring a Paint to Music Contest for pre-K through 12th grade students in Austin and surrounding areas.  Click here for details.