Austin's Piano Man

Austin composer throws classical music kegger to connect local community

Austin composer throws classical music kegger to connect community

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Former punk rocker Nathan Felix has found a new love: classical music. His critically acclaimed first composition, The Curse and The Symphony, took about seven years to create and has established him as a world-traveling composer. Now, Felix is back in his hometown of Austin to bring music to his childhood neighborhood. He has collected six free pianos from Craigslist to be played in his house at once, naming the performance Classical Music Kegger. But more than just a concert, Felix’s main goal is to give back to the community by donating the pianos to local schools. The intention: to bring awareness of the importance of classical music and make it accessible to all.

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Composer Nathan Felix collected six free pianos from Craigslist for a community Classical Music Kegger performance. Photo by Ashley Bradley
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Austin musician Danny Malone performs at Classical Music Kegger. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
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After the performance, Felix donated the pianos to schools and music programs. Photo courtesy of KLRU-TV
Nathan Felix 6 pianos arts in context
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Nathan Felix donating pianos arts in context