Entries by Judlyne Lilly

Hearts Beating As One

When most of us attend classical music concerts, we’re most likely not thinking about how our fellow patrons are enjoying the music.  Apparently, we’re all affected by the performance at the same rate called Embodied Cognition.  That’s according to a study by Dr. Wolfgang Tschacher,  Professor Emeritus at the University of Bern in Switzerland.  He […]

Composer Anthony Davis is in the Opera Hall Of Fame

How many prestigious music awards can a person win?  Composer Anthony Davis is on track to win most of them. This two-time Grammy nominee is a new member of the Opera Hall of Fame.  He’s already won the Pulitzer Prize for Music with his opera The Central Park Five.  His Met opera debut was with […]

Althea Waites.  Pianist, Scholar, Advocate

Althea Waites is a pianist extraordinaire. In her 85 years, she has performed all over the world and will occasionally accept invitations to teach master classes at music schools across the country.  She has produced several albums, including her 2023 grammy nominated  album, Reflections in Time.  Her main goal is to perform new music and […]

The World’s First Mariachi Opera

The Austin Opera is about to do something they’ve never done before.  They are presenting the world’s first Mariachi Opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. It will also be the first time they are staging an opera sung in Spanish with help from the new Butler Fund for Spanish Programming.  Some of the cast […]

Back To Work.  Did You Bring Your Ear Gear With You?  

Going back to work this week might seem like somewhat of a letdown after all the fun and frivolity of the holiday season.  There is a way to make it all better.  Listen to music at the office.  A recent study found that workers are happier and more productive when listening to instrumental music while […]

At The intersection of Early Music and Video Games

However you celebrate the holidays, there’s probably nothing like playing with your new toy this time of year.  It might be a video game with a soundtrack of some of the oldest tunes in the world.  Early Music.    Dr. Karen Cook, an Early Music Scholar and a Video Game Scholar says while she’s playing […]

New Album:  African American Voices II With Conductor Kellen Gray.

Prepare to hear the sounds of three very different African-American composers from different eras of classical music in the 20th century.  On the album African-American Voices II, curated and conducted by Kellen Gray, there’s Margaret Bonds and the music of Ulysses Kay and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.  Kellen Gray is coming stateside next month (January) to work […]

The Last Album Of The Emerson String Quartet & Tina Davidson’s Hymn

There are two new very different albums that came out recently that could be on your holiday list. Composer and author Tina Davidson has released her latest album Hymn of the Universe.  It’s a choral work performed by VocalEssence and based on the writings of Jesuit Priest and Scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  And The […]

Is it Time to Start Your Chamber Music Career? 

The Austin Chamber Music Center has opened its application season for the 2024 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. They’re inviting exceptional ensembles from across the country to compete for cash prizes and performance opportunities. Artistic Director Michelle Schumann says some past winners of this competition have gone on to solid careers in the chamber music space, […]