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Austin Symphony roars through ‘Mighty Russians’

10:00 am May. 21, 2018

It started off tentatively and ended magnificently.

“The Mighty Russians, Part II,” a full banquet of symphonic music, opened with Tchaikovsky‘s short Piano Concerto No. 3. Soloist Olga Kern, a dazzling presence onstage at the Long Center for

Critics name finalists for 2018 Austin arts awards

7:45 am May. 14, 2018

It’s time. The Austin Critics Table Awards nominations came out this morning.

The gathered minds invented new categories, both under the heading of Theater: Periphery Company, recognizing the theatrical body of work by companies outside of Austin proper,

Setting the highest standards for the Art Dinner at Laguna Gloria

2:21 pm Apr. 21, 2018

Etherial location. Elegant crowd. Exquisite cuisine. Excellent art.

For the past five years, the Art Dinner at Laguna Gloria has benefited the Contemporary Austin. Hosts expertly employ the arboreal setting on the grounds of the Clara Driscoll villa to create an elevated atmosphere at

Austin Symphony posts decisive new season

1:02 pm Mar. 11, 2018

As Austin Symphony reveals its new season, Music Director Peter Bay talks about a decisive change in direction.

“We are just going to play the pieces we ought to play,” Bay said over soup at Zax restaurant. “We

Longtime Austin Symphony manager Ken Caswell dies

6:06 pm Feb. 15, 2018

Kenneth “Ken” Caswell, who managed the Austin Symphony from 1980 to 1998, has died.

“The entire Austin Symphony family is saddened by the passing of former executive director, Ken Caswell,” said Anthony Corroa. “Ken was a kind and