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Monday, 27 July 2015 19:55

Watch

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

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

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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