Texas Rising Stars
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Bates Recital Hall
University of Texas at Austin

The ACO returns to Bates Recital Hall at the University of Texas for the 4th 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. 

The concert opens with Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, then moves to concerti featuring as soloists the winners of the annual Butler School of Music String Concerto Competition. On the second half of the concert, guest organist Storm Knien will perform in Walter Piston's Prelude and Allegro for Organ and Orchestra, and the orchestra will follow with the Second Essay for Orchestra by Samuel Barber.  

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.

Embracing the classics. Exploring the future.

    

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.

   

News & Notes

05-Oct-2015

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

28-Sep-2015

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.

12-Jul-2015

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!!

01-Jul-2015

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

11-Sep-2014

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.