Blowout weekend in “The (Other) Live Music Capital of the World”

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Stewart Copeland

While Austin girds itself for the onslaught of pop music and culture that is SXSW, it seems there’s an onslaught of classical music concerts this weekend.

Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Classical Guitar, Chorus Austin, Texas Choral Consort, Ensemble VIII and UT’s Texas Performing Arts all do their part to represent the “other” side of the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World.”

Did any collaborative calendar planning happen or are classical music groups just in a rush to get a gig in before SXSW eats March (and Austin) alive?

Here’s hoping there’s a decent audience for every show this weekend.

Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland

“Off the Score: Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker.” 8 p.m. Friday. Bass Concert Hall, www.texasperformingarts.org. Stewart Copeland — drummer and founding member of the Police — puts a new spin on chamber music. Teaming with concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker, Copeland, along with a small ensemble, will premiere his semi-improvised classical compositions along with Parker’s suite based on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”

“The Mighty Russian Composers: Olga Kern with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Dell Hall, Long Center. www.austinsymphony.org. Pianist Olga Kern joins Peter Bay and the orchestra for a program of music by Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Liadov, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.

“From Palestrina to Pärt.” 8 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Drive, and 4 p.m. March 8 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River St.  www.chorusaustin.org. Chorus Austin celebrates its 50th anniversary with 500 years of music starting with Palestrina’s Renaissance era Missa Papae Marcelli, Brahms’ Psalm 51 and finishing with Pärt’s Berliner Messe from 1990.

“Indie Orchestra Night.” 8 p.m. Saturday. LBJ High School, 7309 Lazy Creek Dr. www.txconsort.org. Texas Choral Consort performs the premiere of a new choral/orchestral collaborative piece by indie rocker Nathan Felix. Also on the program is other choral/orchestral music by composers from the indie rock world, including Jonathan Meiburg of Shearwater and Dana Falconberry.

Beijing Guitar Duo. 8 p.m. Saturday. GT Austin, 2700 Northland Drive.  www.austinclassicalguitar.org. The much-heralded classical guitar duo, known for their incredible precision, comes to Austin courtesy of Austin Classical Guitar.

“Bring Them Into Paradise” Music of Consolation and Hope by Schütz and Bach.” 7 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church, 703 South Church St., Georgetown. 7:30 p.m. Friday at St. Louis Catholic Church Chapel , 7601 Burnet Road.


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