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10th Anniversary Season!

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 21:57

2017-2018 Season

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Join us for our

10th Anniversary Season!


All concerts at Expedition Frisco
9073 Berkshire Drive
Frisco, TX 75033

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Friday, October 6, 2017

7:30 pm
Gruca White Ensemble
Linda White, Flute & Robert Gruca, Guitar
FREE


Gruca White Ensemble

Back by popular demand! The Gruca White Ensemble presents an array of standard classical repertoire mixed with improvised jams. This flute and guitar duo is an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Music Settlement, a nationally recognized community music school. 


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Friday, December 15, 2017
7:30 pm
New Houston Harp Ensemble
Emily Mitchell, Susanna Campbell, Danielle Harmon, and Kimberly De Rosa, harps
$20 Adults/$10 Students and Seniors
Tickets on sale September 1

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Join the New Houston Harp Ensemble for a joyous program of holiday music! Appetizers and dessert will add to the festive spirit. 

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Friday, February 2, 2018
7:30 pm
Brian Zator, Marimba & Jessica McCormack, Soprano
FREE 

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International marimba soloist Dr. Brian Zator returns, and will be joined by Dr. Jessica McCormack, soprano, who is Assistant Professor of Voice at Indiana University-South Bend.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

7:30 pm
The August Winds
Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Natasha Merchant, Oboe;
Marianne Shifrin, Clarinet; Michael Jones, Bassoon;
Jonathan Kuhns, Horn
FREE

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One of Astraios's founding ensembles! The August Winds have been performing since 2000, when they met as freshmen at Indiana University. 

 

Our 10th Anniversary Season is Sponsored by 

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Sunday, 11 September 2016 01:02

2016-2017 Season

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The White Rock Trio

Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute
Natasha Merchant, Oboe
Michael Jones, Bassoon

Saturday, June 17, 2017
First United Methodist of Sanger
115 N. 5th Street
Sanger, TX 76266
7:00 pm


Join us for a summer performance as we take our concerts to Sanger!
The White Rock Trio will perform works by
Haydn, Hovhaness, Rondeau and more.  

Free! Reception with the musicians to follow.

 
Monday, 27 July 2015 19:55

Watch

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We do our best to showcase as many different instruments and styles of music as possible.  Be sure to visit our YouTube Channel for more videos!

The Gruca-White Ensemble lead the audience in a little improv:

 

Dr. Brian Zator performs his transcription of a work by koto player Minoru Miki:

 

The Bel Air Brass perform a Renaissance fanfare:

Monday, 27 July 2015 19:24

Listen

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Astraios commissioned Fast Track by David Horace Davies, in celebration of our first-ever Gala Concert.  In the program notes, Davies writes

“The inspiration behind Fast Track is the North Texas city of Frisco.  Like many communities across the United States, Frisco’s history and development is inextricably tied to the railroad.  Indeed, even the name ‘Frisco’ is drawn from the name of the rail line on which the community was founded.  While most railroad communities have seen more ‘bust’ than ‘boom’ over the past century, Frisco has developed into a mini-metropolis and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country.  The name Fast Track is a tribute to both the speed at which Frisco has developed, and the tracks to which it owes its origins.

While not intended to be programmatic, the first third of the piece invokes the wide-open prairies of the American west.  Through use of repeating rhythmic cells and textural layers, the texture gradually develops in a bustling, rhythmic groove.”

Commissioned by Astraios Chamber Music for their 2015 Gala Concert
Claudia Jones, Violin ~ Eric Jones, Viola ~ Ruth Ann Ritchie & Emily McKay, Flutes ~
Natasha Merchant, Oboe ~ Jeremy Reynolds, Clarinet ~ Michael Jones, Bassoon ~
Daniel Kelly, Trumpet ~ Brian Zator, Percussion

Click below to listen:

 World Premiere Performance of Fast Track

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The world premiere performance of Fast Track, April 11, 2015, at the Frisco Heritage Museum.

 

Other samples from the Colorado Public Radio Performance Studios (Martin Skavish, engineer):

Respighi's The Nightingale
(The August Winds:  Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Natasha Merchant, Oboe;
Marianne Shifrin, Clarinet; Michael Jones, Bassoon; Jonathan Kuhns, Horn)

From Muczynski's Fragments for wind trio
     I. Waltz

     V. Exit
(Ruth Ann Ritchie, Marianne Shifrin, Michael Jones)

 

Schubert's Der Erlkonig (arr. Michael Jones)
(
The Cirrus Quartet: Ruth Ann Ritchie, Flute; Claudia Orsi Jones, Violin;
Eric Jones, Viola; Michael Jones, Bassoon)

 

Monday, 20 July 2015 23:41

School Concerts

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Thanks to grants from the Frisco Association for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, Astraios has been performing for Frisco elementary schools since 2014.  These performances introduce students to the sounds of multiple instruments, the stories and histories behind compositions, and how to listen to a brand new piece of music.  

In 2016-2017, we will be performing a program called "Ways We Use Music" for 8 Elementary Schools in Frisco ISD. If you are interested in having Astraios perform at your school, please contact us!

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:34

Music

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CDs are available of past concerts! Be sure to listen and watch clips from our programs, too.

 

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Stories and Songs

Live performances by The August Winds and the Cirrus Quartet, including Michael Jones’s arrangement of the Erlkonig!




Green Window

 

Astraios at the Abbey: Music for Winds

Music by Ravel, Bozza, Muczynski and more by The August Winds and Agassiz Duo




Musical Journeys

Music for winds and strings by Bach, Mozart, Liadov, Piazzolla and more
 

 

The Sounds of Summer: Music for Wind Quintet

Featuring works by Barber, Stravinsky, Mahler and more
 

 

You may also enjoy other CDs recorded by our musicians! 

Bob Gruca, classical guitar: Handel Guitar Arrangements 

Jeremy Reynolds, clarinet: American Voices and Spring Fantasy

Brian Zator, marimba: Zamiki

Jaymee Haefner, harp: Crimson

Emily Mitchell, harp: Changes, Garden in Harp, and two volumes of Christmas Music

Emily McKay, flute; Michael Jones, bassoon; Daniel Kelly, trumpet (as members of Philharmonia a Vent Wind Orchestra): Ghosts

Daniel Kelly, trumpet (as member of Philharmonia a Vent Wind Orchestra): Laude 

Daniel Kelly, trumpet (as member of the Dallas Wind Symphony): Redshift 

 

 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:34

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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 21:34

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