The Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading competition for young violinists, takes place for the first time in the United States at the Butler School of Music on The University of Texas at #Austin campus, Feb. 21 to March 2. Two of the competitors currently reside in Texas: 12-year-old Claire Wells of Plano and Hao Miao, a University of North Texas undergraduate. Event includes concerts, master classes, and community activities with world-class musicians. Performances are open to the public and include #free and ticketed events.
The First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE, a multicultural polka festival, takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Elisabet Ney Museum from Noon to 5 p.m. Tap your feet to the Czech, Polish, Slavic, Mexican-American and Ukrainian Polka beat. Lineup includes Brian Marshall, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys, The Flying Balalaika Brothers, Mark Halata and Texavia. Family-Friendly and #FREE Admission. #Austin #ATXElisabet Ney Museum 304 East 44th Street Austin, TX 78751
Join the Breaking String Theater development team, renowned Russian playwright Maksym Kurochkin and prolific translator John Freedman for an open reading of “Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall” – a new play commissioned by Breaking String Theater. Admission is free for this one-time event. The reading culminates a week-long period of workshops during which time Kurochkin and Freedman work with the Breaking String team to develop his new play, right here in Austin. We are hoping the audience will provide critical feedback during a post-reading discussion, as this play enters the next phase of development. Wed., Nov. 6, 2013 | 8 p.m. | The Off Shoot | #Austin #ATX #FreeThe Off Shoot (Adjacent to The Off Center) 2211-A Hildalgo Austin, TX 78702
The Texas Music Museum presents the Third Annual International Music Festival celebrating the diverse cultures of Austin with FREE live entertainment and music from around the world. September 7-8, 2013 | Noon to 7 p.m. | George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center | #Free #Austin #ATX #ATXMusicGeorge Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center 1165 Angelina Street Austin, TX 78702
Breaking String Theater presents its third annual New Russian Drama Festival, February 8-10, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Celebrated Russian playwright Yury Klavdiev joins Breaking String Theater for a five-day Austin residency, where he will join visiting artists for a weekend of discussions around contemporary Russian theater, and Mr. Klavdiev’s work. The main event will be “Strike: Two Plays by Yury Klavdiev.” Directed by Graham Schmidt, Breaking String Theater’s Artistic Director, and presented back-to-back, “I am the Machine Gunner” and “Martial Arts” launch audiences into Klavdiev’s world, inspired by his upbringing on the mean streets of a Russian industrial slum. A one-night only guest performance of Golden Hornet Project: Prokofiev’s “Visions Fugitives” takes place Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Staged readings and panel discussions are FREE and open to the public.
Visiting Artists:2803 Manor Road Austin, TX 78722
“Vodka, F***ing and Television” is a comedy set in the close confines of a struggling writer’s apartment. The three vices bedeviling the struggling writer—vodka, f***ing and television—are transformed into full-fledged characters, and each is given a chance to justify their presence in the hero’s life, or get the boot. (Directed by Liz Fisher and Translated by John C. Hanlon)
Breaking String Theater was founded in 2007 and quickly received awards and nominations for outstanding productions of classical and contemporary Russian plays. Through its annual New Russian Drama Festival, Breaking String hosts sensational Russian playwrights for five-day residencies to accompany the American premieres of great Russian plays. Breaking String Theater is an important connector between Austin and Moscow theater communities.Hyde Park Theatre 511 West 43rd Street Austin, TX 78751
Enjoy a night of world music featuring some of Austin’s best musicians –Antonio Dionisio, David Pulkingham, and Zhenya–as they perform favorites from the United States, Brazil, and Russia at the Cactus Cafe on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. General Admission $10.Cactus Café Inside the Texas Union Building on the UT Campus 24th & Guadalupe Austin, TX 78712
Celebrate the many diverse cultures of Austin at the Music and Culture Festival, June 9-10, 2012, at The Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building, UT Austin. Saturday performances include Chinese traditional and fusion music and dance, Indian subcontinent traditional music, music from the British Isles, and Russian folk music. Sunday’s lineup includes Czech music and folk songs, Middle Eastern world music, Latin and South American music, and African traditional music. (See complete schedule below.) Free Admission. Park Free in Lot #12 on Martin Luther King between Trinity and San Jacinto, and walk one block north to the Social Work Building on San Jacinto Blvd.
Saturday, June 9th
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Traditional and Fusion Music and Dance – Austin Chinese Arts Association
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) Traditional Music featuring Ustad Amzad Rahman and Company
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and English Music featuring The Blue Buckskin Winchers
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Balkan Music featuring The Flying Balalaika Brothers
Sunday, June 10th
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Czech Music and Folk Songs featuring The Czech Melody Masters and the Austin Happy Czech Singers
1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Middle Eastern World Music (Turkey, Iraq, and Iran) featuring Atash
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Latin and South American Music (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador) featuring Zafra with Javier Jara
4:45 – 6:00 p.m. African Traditional Music featuring ZoumountchiThe Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building The University of Texas at Austin 1925 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX 78712
The Music and Culture Festival is presented by the Texas Music Museum and co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.
Breaking String Theater in association with Fusebox Festival and the Center for International Theatre Development presents the 2012 New Russian Drama Festival at The Off Center, March 9 -11, 2012.
The New Russian Drama Festival features visits from and spotlights the work of Maksym Kurochkin – one of Russia’s most innovative and popular playwrights – and John Freedman – Moscow based critic, playwright, scholar and translator. Through a series of staged readings, conversations and receptions with its Russian partners, Breaking String Theater offers Austin audiences unique access and context to the latest developments in one of the world’s most important and vibrant theater communities. FREE and open to the public.The Off Center 2211 Hidalgo Street Austin, TX 78702
Celebrating the Music of Many of the Diverse Cultures in Austin
Every Sunday in June and July from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Free AdmissionTexas Music Museum 1009 E. 11th Street Austin, Texas 78702
June 5 Chinese Traditional and Fusion Music
June 12 West African Traditional Music
June 19 Latin and South American Music
June 26 German Traditional Music
July 3 Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and English Music
July 10 Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia, and Balkan Music
July 17 Czech Music
July 24 Indian Subcontinent Traditional Music (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh)
July 31 Native American Music and Mexican Music