The French Connection
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Austin ISD Performing Arts Center

The Austin Civic Orchestra (ACO) will perform a program featuring the music of French composers in the beautiful, new Austin ISD Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 14th, at 7:30pm.

ACO music director Dr. Lois Ferrari will lead the orchestra in an eclectic set of French music. One of the concert highlights is Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, which music historian Joe Smith called “the first psychedelic symphony in history". Special guest soloist Harvey Pittel will appear for an exciting performance of Jacque Ibert's Concertino da Camera for Alto Saxophone and Eleven Instruments. Gabriel Fauré's Pavane for Orchestra is also on the bill, with its impressionistic colors and mosaic of harmonies. A new addition to the program is Ravel's Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess).

Embracing the classics. Exploring the future.

    


Website Concert Sponsorship

The ACO thanks Global Printing Solutions for being the website sponsor of this concert.



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Thanks to our 2015-2016 sponsors!

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

News & Notes

01-Mar-2016

Amster Chamber Ensemble members selected
Auditions were held on January 31, and five area high school students were selected for the 2016 Amster Chamber Ensemble.  Read  here about the ensemble members and the Amster Chamber Music Festival.

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