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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 and his team at the Experimental Concert Research Project found that our heart and breathing rates become the same during the concert. 

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 is from Ópera de Bellas Artes, the national opera company of Mexico.

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 on the job.

However, other researchers have somewhat opposing ideas about listening to music at the office. 

Find out what kind of music puts you in the mood to tackle that big project. And find out if any of this applies to you if you work from home.   

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 worldEarly Music


Dr. Karen Cook, an Early Music Scholar and a Video Game Scholar says while she’s playing some of the latest video games, she’s also listening to the soundtrack for the telltale signs of early music

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 UniverseIt’s a choral work performed by VocalEssence and based on the writings of Jesuit Priest and Scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

And The Emerson String Quartet has released its final album after 47 years of performing all over the world.  On Infinite Voyage, they perform the music of  Schoenberg, Chausson, Berg and Hindemith sung in part by Soprano Barbara Hannigan

The Emerson String Quartet (1976 to 2023) with Barbara Hannigan.

Inset: Paul Watkins and Tina Davidson

Is It Time Already To Apply To Summer Music Schools? 

We’re a little more than a month away from 2024 which means it’s time to make plans for the summer. Specifically summer music programs for young musicians.  Equity Arc has partnered with at least 17 summer music programs to provide applications fees and scholarships for BIPOC musicians via their Common Application for Summer Study

Magee Capsouto, the Associate Director at Equity Arc says they’re trying to provide more diversity in the nation’s orchestral summer programs.  

The Carnegie Hall Connection with Austin Soundwaves

Austin Soundwaves will be able to serve more students in several ways after receiving a grant from Carnegie Hall’s Play USA program. Their mission is to train  student musicians across the greater Austin area and to provide diverse opportunities for learners of all ages and backgrounds.  Last year they served more than 1,100 students through 23 school partnerships and programs.

Deputy Director Hermes Camacho says they are very excited about the possibilities.

Cliburn Competition Applications for 2025 Are Open

Cliburn Competition Applications Are Open.  Already you say?  Didn’t the Cliburns just crown a winner, Yunchan Lim of South Korea?  Well, yes but that was an entire year ago.  Now they’re looking for the next winner for the Seventeenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2025

Jacques Marquis President and CEO of the Cliburn Competition says it takes a long time to find the pianist ready to embark upon an international career. 

Mozart In Motion

This is another addition to your summer reading list. 

There are hundreds of books about Mozart but the author of Mozart In Motion has a different take.  Author Patrick Mackie takes us time traveling through the swirl that was Mozart’s short life.

Honoring Fathers With Music On Father’s Day

Next week is Father’s Day. The Austin Symphonic Band is honoring Dads with a Father’s Day concert on June 18th at the Zilker Hillside Theater. 

Cellist Bion Tsang is honoring his late father with a new album he named Cantabile.  It’s dedicated to the music they enjoyed together.  Tsang says he’s hoping his father Paul Ja-Min Tsang, is looking upon him with pride.