Texas Rising Stars

Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin

The Orchestra returns to Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas for the 3rd annual Texas Rising Stars Concert. The concert combines the best of the Austin community orchestras with the best from the Butler School of Music string studios in a collaborative concert free of charge to the Austin community.

Performing as featured soloists will be the winners of the Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. Also on the program will be Mozart's playful Overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the jazz-influenced La création du monde by twentieth century composer Darius Milhaud.

Come experience the talent of these young artists who are on the precipice of a career in music with ACO members who have a life-long dedication to music in Bates Recital Hall, one of the premiere performance spaces in Austin.

Admission is free.


This collaborative concert between the Butler School of Music and Austin Civic Orchestra was conceived by UT Professor of Violin, Brian Lewis and is funded in part by the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy.

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Upcoming Events
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Thanks to our 2014-2015 sponsors!

    This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

News & Notes


2015 Amster Youth Concerto Competition Winners
Amster Winners announced!

The following Austin area youth were selected to perform with the Austin Civic Orchestra in their annual Amster Youth Concerto Festival concert on March 28 at Anderson High School. For more details on the concert, view the event page here.  For a short biography of each winner, view the Amster page here.

Grace Song - Violin
Age 17, 12th grade, Westwood High School
Teacher:  Brian Lewis and Soojin Nam
Selection:  Sibelius - Concerto in D minor, Opus 47Allegro moderato - 1st mvt

Eunice Lee - Piano
Age 15, 10th grade, Cedar Park High School
Teacher: Shearon Horton
Selection: Saint-Saëns  - Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22, 1st mvt

Ben Hoang - Piano
Age 11, 6th grade, Holy Family Catholic School
Teacher: Saida Kafarova
Selection:  Grieg - Concerto in A Minor - 3rd mvt

Honorable Mention: Whitney Souery
Age 17, 11th grade, Lake Travis High School
Teacher: Delaine Leonard
Selection:  Debussy: Danse Profane


Double Take by the Austin Civic Orchestra available 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.


Gus Sterneman New ACO Assistant Conductor
Gus Sterneman has been named the new Assistant Conductor of the Austin Civic Orchestra.  Read about Gus here.


2014 American Prize

Both the ACO and conductor Lois Ferrari have been named finalists for the 2014 American Prize! See the list of community orchestra finalists here and the list of conducting finalists here.


Arts Eclectic
Big thanks to Mike Lee and  KUT Austin for featuring the ACO on Arts Eclectic on April 24! Our Music Director, Lois Ferrari, got to sit down and talk about our concert on April 26th, Texas Rising Stars. Click the link below to listen to the whole interview: