Callobre, Moorhead, Miro and more

11/20/2010 Saturday 9:19 am

Things continue to fly along.  Last weekend Tim Callobre (17 year old prodigy pianist, composer, guitarist) played on our major series.  The very next day Austin Moorhead arrived for a 10 concert residency with us that he finished last night (!), and on Monday my new book was published (yay!).  That amidst so much more!

Here's Tim Callobre's Concert - we had about 500 in the audience!

Last night Austin Moorhead’s residency came to a close with his only public recital.  He played 10 concerts in 4 days for us, but the first 9 were all in schools.  This show, last night at Grace United Methodist Church had about 100 in the audience.

Austin Moorhead is a terrific guitarist who makes his living playing multiple styles of guitar in New York City. He's currently on a North American tour with a broadway company playing 6 nights a week. They're on break now, but begin again January through May!

Thursday night was a very special treat for Glenda and I.  We went to see the fabulous Miro String Quartet perform three Beethoven quartets.  Afterward we enjoyed a nice visit at Bess Bistro downtown until… too late!  The quartet is unbelievable.  I went to school at Oberlin with two of the members – Josh and Daniel – and we’ve become good friends with the quartet since they arrived over 5 years ago in Austin to be the UT school of music’s resident quartet.  They’re incredible.  Here’s a shot of their standing ovation Thursday night in a packed bates Recital Hall!

From left to right that's Daniel Ching, Sandy Yamamoto, Josh Ginidele and John Largess

The Tuesday before Tim’s arrival I had the honor of presenting a performance and talk to close the Leadership Austin “Experience Austin” Fall 2010 class.  This fabulous organization, led by Heather McKissick, connects Austin civic leaders with nonprofit and other community service opportunities.  For the past 5 years or so, I’ve been their closing act – which gives me an opportunity to talk to the class about community service and the arts and, of course, play guitar!

Here's Heather talking to the group! We're at the Whole Foods Culinary center - the group got dinner and a cooking lesson too!

So much more is happening!  But that’s at least a start.  Response on the book has been wonderful.  With our last major events of 2010 behind us, we’re now focusing on development and our February gala at ACGS.  I personally will spend the month of December, whenever possible, writing our massive online training program we have to create for educational outreach – that’s gonna be a big project.  We’re already well under way, of course, and have been in meetings weekly with web developers and film crews to capture what we need to capture.

Outside of ACGS, the spring is looking really huge.  Lot’s of travel.  I’l be doing seminars on management in Boston and Sacramento and things begin with a trip to New Mexico on January 5th where I’ll conduct the New Mexico All State Guitar Ensemble (!), gotta dust off those conducting skills! Also looking to play a bit more, and a few concerts are lined up.

But before any of that… comes Thanksgiving!  We’re spending it with our friends Mike and Linda and while this coming week is packed through Wednesday, I can practically taste the drive out to see them at the lake on Wednesday afternoon when we’ll have a few glorious days of peace and quiet together.

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