KMFA Classical 89.5 presents KMFA Day

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KMFA Classical 89.5 will host KMFA Day, an open house event that will be the first for KMFA in their new location. They'll celebrate the new building while welcoming the public for a day of on-site tours of the building, family-friendly activities, food & drink, and performances – both outside on the garden patio and inside the state-of-the-art Draylen Mason Music Studio.

Outdoor performances and activities will be open to all and guided tours of the building will be given every hour. Activities will take place throughout KMFA giving attendees an inside look at the new versatile space while enjoying performances in a new state-of-the-art studio or outside on the large terrace surrounded by the city.

Performances located in the Draylen Mason Music Studio have limited seating and will require an advanced RSVP which can be done online. Open seats will be released 10-minutes prior to scheduled performances in the Draylen Mason Studio and made available to anyone who does not have reservations. 

With performances scheduled throughout the afternoon, highlights of the lineup include two new works. Convergence will premiere Brent Baldwin’s "Peace is Every Step" featuring dancers, soprano soloist, chamber chorus, and electronics. This work is inspired by the teaching of Thich Nhat Hanh while simultaneously observing as war ravages Ukraine, Syria, and many other parts of our planet. The current activities of the past few weeks found Brent creating “a musical response: a sonic meditation on -- and plea for -- peace.”

Additionally, Donald Grantham (Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor of Music, The Butler School of Music) will have the World Premiere of his new work Love Songs Sweet and Sour.  Grantham’s pieces will be performed by KMFA’s dear friends’ mezzo-soprano Liz Cass (of LOLA-Local Opera Local Artists and Armstrong Community Music School) and pianist Carla McElhaney. A set of five songs addressing various aspects of love through the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, e.e. cummings, Dorothy Parker and others, Love Songs Sweet and Sour ranges in order, from enigmatic to regretful to sardonic to tender to inscrutable, offering a variety of perspectives on loving and being loved—or not.

The Armstrong Community School and Clavier-Werke School of Music will also be curating some family-friendly educational events throughout the afternoon.

Event Details

When

Where

Draylen Mason Studio
41 Navasota St.
Austin, TX 78702

Ticket Info

Admission is free.