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Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas Touring Roster for performances from September 1, 2016-August 31, 2018

2016-2018
Texas Touring Roster

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is made up of 65 internationally-recruited musicians and has brought world-class symphonic performances to rural communities across Texas for nearly 35 years. The FWSO is nationally recognized for artistic excellence and diverse programming, as well as innovative and dynamic music education programs. With an experienced managerial and artistic staff, the Orchestra annually provides inspiring public and student performances in concert halls, community centers, and schools, making symphonic music accessible to adults and children who, due to geographic constraints, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend a live, professional orchestral performance. Performing a variety of programs, the Orchestra introduces a range of traditional and contemporary works that are audience and age appropriate. Engaging education performances provide programming that is interactive and curriculum-based. Comprehensive study materials are provided in advance of education performances to prepare students for their concert experience. Based on scheduling and the presenter’s budget, community concerts can include soloists, choral support, and outdoor programs.

contact
Amy Adkins
330 E. Fourth Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX  76102

phone 817/665-6500
fax 817/665-6600
e-mail aadkins@fwsymphony.org
public performance/concert $10000 - $30000
school performance $5000 - $10000
optional service ensembles $750 - $2000
website http://www.fwsymphony.org

 

Line Upon Line Percussion

Line Upon Line Percussion

Formed in 2009, line upon line percussion is committed to seeking new ways for percussion instruments to advance contemporary art music by performing newly commissioned works alongside existent masterpieces, for adventurous and curious listeners. To date, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered a dozen new works for percussion. In 2011, the Austin-based trio released a disc of commissioned, homegrown music and premiered their award-winning project, "seeing times are not hidden," a site-specific work for custom chimes. April 2013 brought the North American premiere of Hugues Dufourt's massive, evening-length masterpiece, "Erewhon." After nominations in 2011 and 2012, the trio was named Best Ensemble by the Austin Critics' Table in 2013. line upon line percussion's programs primarily consist of new works for percussion trio (written specifically for the group) alongside staples from the repertoire. The ensemble also aims to assemble well-balanced programs demonstrating the wide range of colors, textures, and timbres that percussion offers.

contact
Matthew Teodori
PO Box 49890
Austin, TX  78765

phone 512/944-5785
fax /
e-mail lineuponlinepercussion@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $3000
school performance $600 - $1200
website http://lineuponlinepercussion.org

 

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players

Under the baton of Maestro David Mairs, the 36-year-old Mid-Texas Symphony enjoys an outstanding and growing regional reputation. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, composed of the most outstanding players in the Mid-Texas Symphony, presents engaging, high quality chamber concerts, educational concerts, and specialized events. Concertmaster Craig Sorgi serves as Artistic Director of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players, planning concerts that meet the specific requests of the presenting organization. Other musicians, as required by repertoire, include Mid-Texas Symphony Assistant Concertmaster Laura Scalzo, Windecker Chair violist Eliza Thomason, cellist Ryan Murphy, principal oboe Jennifer Berg, and principal clarinet Vanguel Tangarov, among others. The Mid-Texas Symphony Chamber Players present chamber concerts featuring the best of the standard chamber literature and specially created programs. Whether performing works from Thomas Jefferson's music library (in a library) or helping celebrate Canyon Lake Reads with works by composers mentioned in the community's chosen book, the MTS Chamber Players present programs that are engaging, connect with audiences, and meet the presenter's objectives. Interesting, witty commentary to great music performed at the highest level.

contact
Patricia Schofield
PO Box 3216 TLU
Seguin, TX  78155

phone 830/372-8089
fax 830/372-8112
e-mail mts@tlu.edu
public performance/concert $2000 - $5000
school performance $500 - $1500
website http://www.mtsymphony.org

 

Miró Quartet

Miró Quartet

Celebrating 20 years in the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet is consistently praised for their deeply musical interpretations, exciting performances, and thoughtful programming. In the 2013-2014 season, the Quartet premiered a new Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with the University of Texas Symphony Orchestra. The Miró Quartet has served as the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music since 2003. Based in Austin, the Quartet took its name from the Spanish artist, Joan Miró, whose surrealist works are some of the most original of the 20th century. In the 2014-2015 season, the Miró Quartet offers the works of classical visionaries such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Bartok. Included in these offerings are the complete quartet cycles of Beethoven and Schubert, among several other works. Presenters are encouraged to work with the Quartet to plan the most suitable program for their needs. For this reason, the Miró offers a wide range of repertoire that is sure to please all audiences.

contact
John Zion
115 College Street
Burlington, VT  05401

phone 802/658-2592
fax 802/735-2465
e-mail john@mkiartists.com
public performance/concert $3000 - $12000
school performance $500 - $2000
optional service lecture-demo $500 - $1500
website http://www.miroquartet.com

 

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

Montopolis Chamber Ensemble

The Montopolis Chamber Ensemble performs the modern classical music of composer Justin Sherburn. The group is composed of Austin Symphony Orchestra string players and members of Okkervil River, a world-renowned group from Austin. Montopolis combines a traditional approach to string chamber music with folk instrumentation: pedal steel, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. The group strives to create concert music that is unique to Texas, progressive and inventive, and accessible to all. Leading the Montopolis Chamber Ensemble is Justin Sherburn, a critically acclaimed composer, producer, and musical director. Offerings include "Yakona," a feature film score performed live to a beautifully photographed nature documentary about the San Marcos River. "Monolith" is a performance inspired by the Central Texas landmark, Enchanted Rock, combining music, a projected photo essay, and audio recordings of interviews about the legends associated with Enchanted Rock. Montopolis also performs live scores to several public domain films.

contact
Justin Sherburn
6805 Santos Street
Austin, TX  78741

phone 512/964-7979
fax /
e-mail jsherburn1@gmail.com
public performance/concert $1000 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.montopolismusic.com/

 

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon

Mother Falcon began as a jam session of classically-trained high school cellists and has since blossomed into an indie chamber orchestra of twenty young musicians, creating an intricate soundscape of rock, jazz and hip hop rhythms. The band’s albums have been praised by NPR, and they have collaborated with artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Amanda Palmer, Tony Trischka, and Ben Sollee. Continually creating new work, Mother Falcon debuted an extract of Stravinsky's “The Rite of Spring” and an orchestral interpretation of Radiohead’s OK Computer. Committed to music education, Mother Falcon conducts a summer songwriting camp for orchestra students. Mother Falcon tours its own music and also tours in collaboration with other artists, as it recently did with cellist Ben Sollee.

contact
Erik Selz
PO Box 12783
Austin, TX  78711

phone 773/489-3500
fax 773/489-3535
e-mail erik@windishagency.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $10000
school performance $1000 - $10000
website http://www.motherfalconmusic.com/

 

Orchestra of New Spain

Orchestra of New Spain

The Orchestra of New Spain is a professional period instrument orchestra/chorus presenting in concert the neglected repertory of the Spanish and New World 17th and 18th centuries, dedicated to the exploration of the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part, and educating the public on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications. From the research of ONS's artistic director to locate the works, through the entire editorial process, the Orchestra brings this music to audiences of all ages in imaginative and compelling concerts, lecture-demonstrations, and educational programs, most recently extending to staged operatic production. Works available for 2016-17 include Christmas/Epiphany repertory and small form baroque works for 8 vocalists and 7-8 instruments: early Spanish opera, zarzuela, tonadillas (secular cantatas) and liturgical works from Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico. Open to repertory requests.

contact
Grover Wilkins
10260 North Central Expressway, Suite 276
Dallas, TX  75231-3440

phone 214/750-1492
fax 214/750-1492
e-mail gw3@orchestraofnewspain.org
public performance/concert $1000 - $30000
school performance $1000 - $5000
website http://www.OrchestraOfNewSpain.org

 

Graham Reynolds

Graham Reynolds

Called "the quintessential modern composer" by the London Independent, Austin based composer/bandleader Graham Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theater, dance, clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin. Heard throughout the world in films, TV, stage, and radio; from HBO to Showtime, Cannes Film Festival to the Kennedy Center, BBC to NPR, he recently scored "Before Midnight" starring Ethan Hawke, and "Bernie" with Jack Black. His score to the Robert Downey, Jr. feature "A Scanner Darkly" was named "Best Soundtrack of the Decade" by Cinema Retro magazine. Reynolds' touring package generally includes a multidisciplinary voyage into his works from the past decade. The "Film Music Retrospective" showcases selected themes from Graham's original motion picture soundtracks for feature films by Richard Linklater and others. "DUKE! Three Portraits of Ellington" is an exploration of America's greatest composer in three modes: full band, experimental string extracts, and modern remixes. The Golden Arm Trio is Reynolds' smaller ensemble that crossbreeds classical futurism and punk spirit.

contact
David Lobel
2023 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, TX  78702

phone 512/628-0171
fax 512/220-1662
e-mail david@lobelarts.com
public performance/concert $1500 - $12500
school performance $1200 - $6500
optional service commission $5000 - $50000
optional service composition for film, theater, dance, etc. $5000 - $35000
website http://www.grahamreynolds.com

 

Woody Russell

Woody Russell

Critically acclaimed, award-winning vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Woody Russell is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz-blues tradition while the other stands firmly in defiance of any categorization. He's recorded a body of work that spans from folk-roots infused fare on his first album, As Simple As That (1996), to highly praised recordings, Salt( 2005) and Up Against It (2010). Pop-jazz offerings Delicious Days (2013) and Carry It Up (2016) further his exploration of sophisticated "adult music." Russell tours listening rooms and theaters across North America with his world-class trio. "A love fest of blues, jazz and soul." Russell’s trio (Lloyd Wright, keys and Jose Ruiz, jazz harmonica) can perform 2-3 hours of original songs along with select covers. The trio employs traditional instrumentation (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, percussion) but also the use of electronics (loops, digital audio technology). A majority of their concerts are presented in ticketed, seated listening rooms.

contact
Woody Russell
12000 Pepperidge Dr
Austin, TX  78739

phone 512/585-8922
fax /
e-mail booking@woodyrussell.com
public performance/concert $800 - $3500
school performance $750 - $1200
website http://www.woodyrussell.com

 

SOLI Chamber Ensemble

SOLI Chamber Ensemble

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, SOLI Chamber Ensemble has upheld its reputation for giving new voice to 20th and 21st century classical contemporary music. Winner of the 2013 CMA/ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award, SOLI continues to mesmerize audiences with its cutting edge performances around the country. Founded in 1994, San Antonio-based ensemble annually presents innovative programs. Their touring schedule has taken them to such cities as Houston, Denver, Austin, Colorado Springs, Louisville, and Dallas among many others. SOLI was one of the first chamber ensembles invited to perform in the first-ever classical music event at SXSW in Austin. The ensemble’s programs are very innovative and deeply engaging for all audiences. SOLI’s programs include newly commissioned works by today's emerging and established composers, along with some of the masterpieces from the 20th century. The ensemble regularly uses lighting, electronics, and multimedia components in their performances to create a unique environment for their audiences.

contact
Ertan Torgul
PO Box 6062
San Antonio, TX  78209

phone 210/317-8816
fax /
e-mail info@solichamberensemble.com
public performance/concert $4000 - $8000
school performance $2000 - $4000
website http://www.solichamberensemble.com

 

Texas Guitar Quartet

Texas Guitar Quartet

The Texas Guitar Quartet members bring their unique passions and talents to an ensemble dedicated to presenting chamber music of the highest quality. The quartet has developed an exciting repertoire by commissioning new works and creating their own arrangements and compositions. Recently, the quartet commissioned Tracks, a major new work by composer Peter Lieuwen. They have also premiered works by Andrew Dickinson, Alfredo Barros, Mark Anthony Cruz, and Joseph Williams II. Their daring arrangements, such as Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, offer fresh perspective on works from other repertoires and push the boundaries of the medium. Touring repertoire includes Symphony No. 40, K. 550 by W. A. Mozart; Egmont Overture, Op. 84 by Ludwig van Beethoven; Pavane pour une enfante défunte by Maurice Ravel; Red by Joseph Williams II; and Tracks by Peter Lieuwen.

contact
Alejandro Montiel
27261 Orth Lane
Conroe, TX  77385

phone 713/705-8139
fax /
e-mail almontiel@sbcglobal.net
public performance/concert $3200 - $4000
school performance $3200 - $4000
website http://www.txgq.net

 

Tumbaka

Tumbaka

Tumbaka is a multicultural musical group founded by the internationally renowned percussionist Jorge “CroCro” Orta in 2010, which released its first CD in 2014. Tumbaka was formed with the ambition to do something different in the city of Houston in the salsa genre to interpret different tropical-style music. Thanks to the experience and long musical career of Jorge “CroCro” Orta, whose musical journey includes eight years as the percussionist of the renowned "Grupo Niche" of Colombia, Tumbaka interprets the vast Latin music genre. Tumbaka plans to perform all tracks from its CD "El Capitan de mi Barco" and can also include cumbias, bachatas, boleros, Latin jazz, Venezuelan folklore and salsa music.

contact
Jorge Orta
16323 Rainbow Lake Rd.
Houston, TX  77095

phone 713/598-1755
fax /
e-mail crocro77@hotmail.com
public performance/concert $2500 - $7000
school performance $1600 - $2500
optional service workshop $300 - $600
website http://www.tumbaka.com/

 

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson headlines numerous concerts and private events each year both as a solo performing artist and with the acclaimed Matt Wilson Band. In 2015 he released his 6th CD, “Hundred Bucks," and began limited touring with his most recent production, "Matt Wilson - On the Road and Off the Record." This Dallas native first gained national exposure as the "Piano-Man" in the First National Tour of the Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp Tony Award-winning musical "Movin' Out." In 2005, Matt was honored with a resolution by the Texas State Senate for his achievements in the area of fine arts. Drawing from his vast repertoire of original and pop/rock standards, Matt relates his experiences from over 20 years of performing on Broadway and throughout the world through story and song. While performing at schools, churches, concert venues, and theaters, Matt prefers to work with and incorporate students, church members, and local artists into his performances. The show’s material focuses on useful life lessons and “behind-the-curtain” practical entertainment know-how.

contact
Michael Mordecai
12400 Highway 71 West, Suite 350-177
Austin, TX  78738

phone 512/477-7777
fax /
e-mail mike@bbabooking.com
public performance/concert $500 - $7500
school performance $300 - $1500
website http://www.mattwilsonband.com/

 

WindSync

WindSync

Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians,” WindSync is North America’s foremost emerging wind quintet. The ensemble is internationally recognized for dramatic and engaging interpretations of classical music. The young, adventurous group plays exclusively from memory, including elements of staging and choreography, and focuses on building a connection with audiences through dynamic concert programming and charismatic stage presence. Supported annually by the Houston Arts Alliance and Chamber Music America, WindSync also specializes in educational assembly programs in schools, community outreach concerts, and concerts dedicated to children and families on the autistic spectrum. Their program “Something About a Rose” is a modern take on classical storytelling traditions with music inspired by Shakespeare. Highlights from the recital program include music from Romeo and Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev, Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a creative parody of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. “Oh, the Places You'll Go” is an educational, family-friendly outreach program inspired by the poetry of Dr. Seuss including a unique choreographed version of Peter and the Wolf.

contact
Anni Hochhalter
220 Westmoreland
Houston, TX  77006

phone 832/639-4212
fax /
e-mail contact@windsync.org
public performance/concert $3500 - $8500
school performance $1000 - $3500
website http://www.windsync.org/

 


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