Thanks to a grant from the Frisco Arts Council, Astraios will be taking our concerts to two schools in Frisco this year.
Our projects will begin this fall by working with the students at Centennial High School. The Cirrus Quartet will be working with the top orchestra there, helping them to prepare a Shostakovich piece for a state competition. Since we recently programmed the Shostakovich 8th Quartet, we will perform for the students as well as provide coachings on how to approach Shostakovich’s work, how to balance an ensemble, and how to breathe in a phrase.
The Gruca-White Ensemble will be coming to Texas on November 15. Bob Gruca and Linda White, (Artists-in-Residence at The Music Settlement, a nationally-acclaimed music school in Cleveland, Ohio) will be performing on our regular concert series this fall. The day before their formal program, they will perform for the entire third grade class at Taylor Elementary School, introducing the young students to the flute and guitar and teaching the students about improvisation.
January will see a return to Taylor Elementary School, with an Astraios showcase being presented to the entire school! These will be our largest audiences yet, as each and every of the 650 students will get to hear an Astraios concert. We’ll be showing a variety of instruments and hoping to inspire…Read More...
The Cirrus Quartet has returned after a quick trip to Colorado and Wyoming. Due to construction at The Abbey of St. Walburga, we had to look for new options to keep our series going this year.
Our first performance was at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Ft. Collins on June 28th. We had a wonderful crowd who seemed to thoroughly enjoy our adaptation of string quartet music. (We even think we won over a few “die-hard” string quartet fans with the flute and bassoon.) Several of our regular audience members were able to offer comments on the acoustics (always tricky to adjust to in a new venue) and led the way with our audience activities.
Sunday the 29th saw us in Laramie, performing at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral. Thanks to a nice article in the local newspaper, we were able to pull in a good-sized crowd of new audience members!
Thanks to all those who helped us pull off concerts in not one but TWO new venues! So many people at the churches were willing to jump in and help us, offering their ears and eyes and hands to make everything go smoothly. Special thanks to Viki Johnson, Kathy and Dan Wendland, Robert Blue, Rev. Stephen Askew, Kris Utterback and Punch Williamson.
Since we weren’t sure how these…Read More...