Austin may not be New York City or even Houston, but for a casual town known primarily for its nightclub music scene, it has one of the most renowned opera companies anywhere in America. Many credit the success of the Austin Lyric Opera to maestro Richard Buckley, an internationally acclaimed conductor who was wooed to Austin’s opera company a decade ago and continues to draw some of the biggest talent in the singing world. Austin Lyric Opera puts on lush, fully realized interpretations of classics from Verdi, Mozart and Puccini, as well as a slew of more modern operas. The company also hosts a range of education and community programs, providing a rich blend of high art and accessibility in the city of Austin.
Each of San Antonio Music Academy's professionally trained instructors have the formal education and musical know-how to melodiously mold the minds of their students during one-on-one music lessons. Dulcet disciples can clean out their pipes with voice lessons, get plucky with the guitar, or make the saloon swoon by studying piano. Lessons on orchestra are also included for those that want to sharpen their chops on the violin. Students must supply their own instruments during instruction, but everyone can choose the type of style they want to master, giving students free reign to get schooled in jazz, blues, rock, country, or Gregorian polka chanting. Each lesson at San Antonio Music Academy lasts 30-minutes, and three recitals are held every year to showcase the students' talent.
In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Dancers, black belts, and trained yoga gurus, the instructors at The Synergy Studios come from all walks of life. They each bring a different approach to overall wellness to the school. Classes take place in the historic Pearl brewery in studios with soaring cathedral ceilings and honey-hued hardwood floors.
Zumba sessions fill the room with the rumble of moving feet and quick breaths. Contented sighs drift out during meditation and yoga courses, which balance physical fitness and relaxation and help contribute to overall wellbeing. Some sessions are designed for particular groups, such as athletes, expecting mothers, and groups who always have to stick together because of what they saw in a mysterious cave.
There are six orchestras in YOSA's orchestra program: the YOSA Prelude Strings, Capriccio Stings, Sinfonietta Strings, Symphony, Philharmonic, and Flute Choir. Although the Philharmonic draws in the most talented students in the region for professional-level concerts, all the orchestras guide students toward an enriched understanding of the world and the music within it. Together, they benefit more than 1,500 young people in the region—through direct involvement with the orchestra and through offshoot programs such as the free after-school instruction sessions on the west side.
A leading figure in both classical and klezmer music, clarinetist David Krakauer wows audiences around the globe with perfectly pitched displays of melodic mastery. Through a deft combination of traditional knowledge and stylistic innovation, Krakauer and his four-musician ensemble take listeners on an exploration over the klezmer horizon. Klezmer is a traditional Eastern European Jewish musical style that incorporates instruments such as the fiddle and accordion, and is currently experiencing a renaissance among contemporary musicians. Presented in the Barshop Center's Holzman Auditorium, the concert will provide ticketholders of all ages with a toe-tapping cultural experience, and give bored ears a break from their nonstop diet of Gregorian chants.