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February 3 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Jacob Schnitzer, guest conductor (biography)

The Austin Civic Orchestra partners again with The University of Texas at Austin for the 10th Texas Rising Stars concert at Bates Recital Hall. The winners of the Butler School of Music’s String Concerto Competition perform concerti accompanied by the orchestra.

ACO Guest Conductor, Jacob Schnitzer leads our outstanding student artists on works from Schumann and Sibelius.

The Orchestra concludes the concert with an innovative presentation of Holst’s The Planets. Local artist Laura Mercado-Wright composed interludes – titled Between the Planets – to fit between the movements of Holst’s composition. VAMP Vocals will perform each interlude as an introduction of the astrological characteristic of the following movement. VAMP will then be joined by singers from Austin Cantorum and the UT Chamber Treble Choir in the final movement of Holst’s Planets, Neptune.

Come at 6:45 PM to hear the pre-concert talk “We Don’t Talk About Pluto: Holst’s Missing Planet” presented by Associate Conductor Dr. W.P. Gus Sterneman in room 2.614.

Tickets for this concert are free, but we strongly encourage you to reserve your tickets in advance. Tickets are also available at the door.

This collaborative concert between the Butler School of Music and Austin Civic Orchestra was conceived by UT professor Brian Lewis and is funded in part by the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy.

This concert has no admission charge – a gift to the Austin community.  

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Full program:

  • Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 by Robert Schumann: 
    Nicht zu schnell (1st movement) performed by Katsuaki Arakawa
  • Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 byJean Sibelius
    Allegro, ma non tanto (3rd movement) performed by Emmanuelle (Ellie) Sievers
  • Between the Planets by Laura Mercado-Wright and performed by VAMP Vocals with The Planets by Gustav Holst and performed by the Orchestra.









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Bates Recital Hall
2406 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX 78712
United States
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