Weekend arts pick: Peter Bay and the Fast Forward Austin Orchestra

Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay is stepping on to a different podium Saturday night.

Peter Bay conducting the Fast Forward Austin Orchestra.

On Saturday at 8 p.m. at the North Door, Bay will be conducting the U.S. premiere of Charlotte Bray’s “Caught in Treetops,” an ethereal piece for solo violin and chamber orchestra by the 30-something British composer.

Bay will lead the Fast Forward Austin Orchestra along with Sarah Silver, newly appointed assistant concertmaster for the San Antonio Symphony as the soloist.

The concert comes by way of Fast Forward Austin, busy new music presenters who have lately been growing their programming beyond the annual Fast Forward Festival.



Bray’s mercurial concerto is an homage to some of artistic influences including jazzmaster Sony Rollins and poets Dante Rossetti and Federico García Lorca.

Saturday’s also includes music by Sony Rollins performed by Austin’s Graeme Francis Quartet, along with readings of poetry by Lorca and Rossetti as well as performances of Lorca’s own yet rarely heard compositions.

Tickets are $10-$20.  www.fastforwardaustin.com


Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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