On the 20th Century
Saturday, February 6, 2016

Alma Thomas Theater
Southwestern University

Guest composers Anthony Iannaccone and David Whitwell will join the ACO for an exciting performance of 20th century music at Southwestern University's Alma Thomas Theater in Georgetown.

Dr. Iannaccone's composition From Time to Time, Fantasias on Two Appalachian Folksongs will be performed. And Dr. Whitwell will conduct the world premiere of his Symphony of Songs.

Also on the first half of the concert will be the Polka and Waltz from the opera The Good Soldier Schweik, by 20th century American composer Robert Kurka. The second half of the concert will feature Igor Stravinsky's Suite from The Firebird.

Join Dr. Iannaccone, Dr. Whitwell, and ACO Music Director Dr. Lois Ferrari for a pre-concert talk at 6:30 pm in the SU Ensemble Room, located above the entrance foyer of the Alma Thomas Theater and adjacent to the theater balcony.

Embracing the classics. Exploring the future.

Website Concert Sponsorship

The ACO thanks Violins Etc. for being the website sponsor of this concert.

Texas owned and operated Violins Etc. was founded on the principle that high quality and low cost are not mutually exclusive. In 1993, after searching for a student violin for his daughter, the owner of Violins Etc. was disheartened to find an absence of affordable, quality instruments in the marketplace. He started Violins Etc. in Austin with a vision of bringing high quality instruments from European makers to the American market at affordable prices, and today Violins Etc. is able to offer unparalleled quality and value to musicians at all levels both in Texas and around the world. Violins Etc. is one of the fastest growing string instrument companies in the United States, and a commitment to quality and value remains the guiding principle in our business.

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News & Notes


Music Director Lois Ferrari on Fox 7

ACO Music Director Lois Ferrari and Rick del Castillo were featured on Austin's Fox 7's Good Day program on Sept. 17.  Check out the interview:  http://www.fox7austin.com/good-day/20851006-story


Spaghetti Western Concert Kudos

Check out the Spaghetti Western comments from members of the audience! 

From Roger Myers (viola professor at UT and international performer):
Dear Lois,
I just wanted to write and congratulate you for last night's concert. As you know I am a friend of long standing to the ACO and have an affection and admiration for what you all do in and for this city, but last night's concert utterly blew me away! Not only did you guys sound great with Rick del Castillo and his group, but in the second half each and every piece rose beyond anything I have heard to date. The Marquez was astounding. The orchestra has continued to grow in numbers, youth and quality, but the aplomb and musicianship just reached right out to me and the whole audience. I was proud of all of you and most particularly you for all you have done these many years to take the orchestra to this place. Long may it continue, and heartfelt congratulations again!

From Rick Del Castillo:
Amy & Lois,
I wanted to share something with you. A dear friend of mine Rupert Neve attended the concert on Sunday. I don't know if either of you know who he is but he is revered as one of the world’s greatest audio designers; world class studio recording equipment. He designed recording consoles that The Beatles, their producer George Martin and thousands of other famous people have used for the past 45 years. Though he is 89 his hearing is stellar. We spoke on the phone and he said that THAT was the best sounding orchestral concert he's been to in Austin! He said the orchestra played with passion and the tone was the sweetest he'd ever heard. I wanted you to know that.


Amster Re-invented!

To coincide with the 30th Pearl Amster Youth Festival, the Amster experience is now the Amster Youth Chamber Program.  Check out the details here!!


KUTX interview

ACO Board President Amy Crandell and Rick del Castillo were interviewed by John Aielli on KUTX on July 1, 2015 at 8 am about the upcoming concert in Sept and the Kickstarter campaign.  Here is the recording for all to listen to:  KUTX interview with John Aielli


Double Take on iTunes and Google Play!

Do you want to listen to the best selections of the Austin Civic Orchestra? Go to iTunes or Google Play to download our Double Take album. Tracks include Beethoven, Barber, and Tchaikovsky.