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Astraios produces world-class chamber music concerts built around innovative and engaging audience interaction.  

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Thursday, 25 June 2015 18:59

The Cake Merchant Makes a Reed

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You may remember a post last year where Michael Jones demonstrated how to make a bassoon reed.  For a comparison, Natasha Merchant demonstrates how to make an oboe reed.  Where Michael would age his reeds for days or weeks, Natasha can make an oboe reed in roughly the same amount of time it takes to make a batch of cupcakes.



Saturday, 25 April 2015 18:56

2015 Astraios Gala Concert

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Tired but happy!  That’s the best way to describe things at Astraios HQ after two successful concerts this month.  On April 3rd, the Bel Air Brass was finally able to perform their program that had been iced out in February.  They presented works that covered everything from Renaissance fanfares to Dixieland jazz, and talked about the construction of brass instruments.  Using instruments known as “hosaphones” (garden hoses attached to funnels) the musicians demonstrated how long each of the four instruments actually are.  Jimmy Clark brought a trombone whose slide had been straightened (called the Texas Long Horn, of course!) and Jeff Baker demonstrated a cimbasso–a strange cross breed between a tuba and a trombone.  You can see clips from this concert by visiting our YouTube page here.



Sunday, 22 March 2015 18:39

Featured at our silent auction…

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There are a million people who help make Astraios work, and they are some of the most fascinating and talented people we know.  Lucky for us, they are also incredibly generous, which means the silent auction at our first gala is going to contain beautiful, unique items.  Read more about some of the artists below, and when you get very excited, be sure to buy your tickets to our April 11 gala concert!



Friday, 20 February 2015 18:38

How Astraios runs a gala

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At Astraios events, we like to remind people that chamber music began with friends and family gathering together to play music in their homes, in a relaxed and fun environment.  That’s why we run the concerts the way we do–groups of musicians who have known each other for years and are actually friends, and in intimate spaces where we invite the audience to join in.



Friday, 30 January 2015 18:30

January

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As always, we are astounded by the creativity of our audiences!  Saturday’s performance by the Orsi Trio focused on structure in musical compositions, and the audience was given a chance to build with PlayDoh.  What fantastic things were created!



Monday, 29 December 2014 18:10

Michael Makes A Reed

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Professional double-reed players make their own reeds, and Michael Jones is no different.  Here is a short stop-time video that shows the reed-making process in under two minutes (in reality, this process can take over 6 months for only one reed!!!).  If you are interested in the technical details, Michael has provided a written description below.  Note:  This is the process for a professional reed–student reeds are made slightly differently.



Monday, 24 November 2014 04:23

Gruca-White Ensemble in Texas

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Bob Gruca and Linda White gave a stellar performance here in Texas on November 15th.  They kicked off our 2014-2015 season with a packed house at the Frisco Discovery Center.  Mixing standard classical music with popular favorites from Chick Corea and Van Morrison, they also led the audience through works improvised on the spot.  Linda led the audience through a favorite activity that had each section singing a simple melody.  Building on a simple bass line, the audience layered more and more melodies on top while Bob and Linda improvised around that framework.  The audience was quite pleased they could hold up their end of the concert!



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