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American Statesman center that it is, it is surprising that
there aren't more interactions
between the visual and musical arts,
LISTEN and that a concert of music inspired
by colors, like the one Viola by
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By Choice on our would be somewhat of a rarity.
including excerpts from
our Paganini concert, Colors and Music are such integral
and last year's Humor in parts of our lives. They can soothe
Music. and invigorate us, they influence our moods and our tastes, they
shape our memories, if not our desires and perhaps even our
Please help Viola By Often, we use words associated with one of our senses to describe
Choice by casting your another sense: "Golden voice," "loud perfume," "pungent
vote for the Austin dissonance," "velvety chocolate." This blending of the senses bears
Music Poll. the beautiful name of Synesthesia.
As you know by now, We all have the capacity to find such correspondances, and when
voting is exciting and it Jimmy PagefromLed Zeppelin says that "it's just a chord riff that
makes a big difference!
It takes just a minute,
inspires me, and then I go and see how it goes color-wise,"
and your help would be somehow it makes sense!
Similarly, when Shakespeare writes "Soft stillness and the night
Here are the categories become the touches of sweet harmony," we can not only
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understand what he's talking about, but maybe even have those
"sweet harmonies" materialize in some recess of our brains!
- Austin Band of the
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instrument (Viola) SOUNDS SEEN, HUES HEARD: Music inspired by colors,
with LIVE improvised paintings by Jan Roset
The concert series Viola by Choice and Audio
Inversions partner up for for an extraordinary
multi-sensorial concert experience featuring
works inspired by colors.
"Sounds seen, hues heard" will
showcase six of the greatest
violists in Austin, including
Bruce Williams, the principal violist of
the Austin Symphony, in a rainbow of
works for solo viola and for ensemble, by
Daniel Asia, Judith Bingham,
Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, and
Michael Alec Rose.
The concert will also present the
world premieres of compositions
by Lynn Job, P. Kellach Waddle,
and James Norman. It will also
feature live improvised paintings
by Austin artist Jan Roset, thus
completing an artistic and organic
circle of inter-relationship,
dialogue, and mutual influences
between the arts.
Mrs. Roset's artwork created during the performance, as well as
other of her paintings will be on display and available for sale.
All proceeds will benefit Viola by Choice
and help fulfill its educational and artistic goals.
FRIDAY JANUARY 23rd, 8pm
ST DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
310 E 8TH STREET
AUSTIN, TX 78701
With violists Jennifer Bourianoff (doubling on violin),
Martha Carapetyan, Jessica Embach, Aurélien Pétillot,
Shawn Somerville, Bruce Williams, and cellist Jeffrey
James Norman: Fragmentary Blue, for 6 violas
Michael Alec Rose: Wine dark memory, for solo viola
Lynn Job: Arcangelo Red, for solo viola
Joan Tower: Wild Purple, for solo viola
P. Kellach Waddle: Your midnight blue lies, for solo viola
Judith Bingham: Fifty shades of green, for violin, viola,
Daniel Asia: Orange, for solo viola
Peter Schickele: Monochrome, for 6 violas
VIOLA BY CHOICE seeks to showcase the viola through
engaging, eclectic and accessible chamber music performances
by the foremost local and visiting musicians.
With its signature blend of conviviality and artistry,
it wishes to foster dialogue between artists and the community,
while challenging stereotypes associated with
Classical Music and the viola.
For more information checkout/befriend us/drop
us a line at
VIOLA BY CHOICE's webpage
VIOLA BY CHOICE's MYSPACE page
Aurélien Pétillot's MYSPACE Page
AUDIO INVERSIONS is a new music concert series based in
Austin, Texas. We are dedicated to entertaining and engaging our
audiences with great performances of the very best of the music of
our time. We strive to make our programs exciting, interesting, and
above all, eclectic. Our mission is to bring a wide variety of
composers and influences to downtown Austin, and to continue
promoting the most outstanding musical works and composers, with
the added hope of engendering a love of contemporary music in a
VIOLA BY CHOICE Season
Bringing us back into Music
PAGANINI: The beauty behind the bad boy
Devilish, lush, virtuosic, influential, & lyrical
Paganini achieved unparalleled international stardom in the
Nineteenth Century as the greatest violinist ever. His bad
boy attitude, his striking spidery looks, and the
unfathomable dazzle of his virtuosity, led many who heard
him to believe that he had to have come from another
planet, if not from the netherworld. Don't miss this rare
opportunity to hear his exhilarating music, which oozes
with operatic drama, impressive mood-swings, and
Friday, October 24th, 8PM.
Sunday, October 26th 6PM
Helen Bravenec, violin; Isaac Bustos, guitar;
Julia Cory, cello; Aurélien Pétillot, viola.
Listening to people of note.
Tributes and celebrations.
Featuring works by UT composition faculty Dan Welcher
(60th birthday), before the premiere of his much
anticipated Fifth Symphony; Ned Rorem, one of America's
most loved composers (85th birthday); Jazz legend Paquito
d'Rivera (60th birthday), and the great Puccini (150th
anniversary of his birth). The concert will also reflect on
the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King jr, 40 years after his
assasination and 45 after his
milestone speech: I have a dream.
Sunday, December 14th, 6PM.
Nikki Birdsong, piano; Jennifer Bourianoff, violin;
Alexis Ebbets, violin; Julia Cory, cello;
Aurélien Pétillot, viola; Elizabeth Pétillot, mezzo-soprano;
David Small, Baritone.
COLORS: Hues Heard, Sounds seen.
Musical works inspired by colors.
An extraordinary multi-sensorial concert experience
presented in partnership with the concert series Audio
Inversions, showcasing six of the greatest violists in Austin,
in a rainbow of works for solo viola and for ensemble, by
Bach, Peter Schickele, Joan Tower, Judith Bingham, and
Michael Alan Rose. The concert will present the world
premieres of compositions by Lynn Job, P. Kellach Waddle,
and James Norman. It will also feature live improvised
paintings, thus completing an artistic and organic circle of
inter-relationship, dialogue, and mutual influences
between the arts.
Friday, January 23rd 8PM.
Jennifer Bourianoff, Martha Carapetyan, Jessica Embach
Aurélien Pétillot, Shawn Somerville & Bruce Williams, violas;
Jeffrey Wang, cello.
This Time it's personal!
The viola and the voice: a perfect match
Husband and wife team Elizabeth and Aurélien Pétillot join
talents with Austin's most flamboyant, cherished, versatile,
mesmerizing pianist, Michelle Schumann, in works by
Brahms, Richard Strauss, Frank Bridge, and others,
world premiere of a song cycle by Austin's own, Russell
There is nothing like a conversation between good friends and
we would love to have you be part of it.
Friday, February 20th, 8PM.
Aurélien Pétillot, viola; Elizabeth Petillot, mezzo-soprano;
Michelle Schumann, piano.
The crème de la crème of French music.
A rendez-vous with you.
After 10 years in America, Aurelien Petillot revisits his
homeland, and wants you to join him on this musical
voyage, par excellence. You have carte blanche to get in
touch with this je ne sais quoi which French music brings
to your joie de vivre.
Featuring Debussy's chef d'oeuvre, the Sonata for Flute,
viola, and harp, the Vieuxtemps Sonata, as pièce de résistance, as well as
some amuse-gueules de choix, the concert will be a soirée de choix entre nous.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Friday, April 17th, 8PM.
Elaine Barber, harp; François Minaux, flute;
Aurélien Pétillot, viola; Michael Schneider, piano;
Bruce Williams, viola.
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