When it rains it pours!

5/26/2011 Thursday 9:39 pm

My newest article came out today – this one in American String Teacher, the journal of the American String Teacher Association.  It’s all about classroom guitar education and the activities of ACGS in curriculum development the past 10 years.  It was wonderful to see it in print.

Yesterday, as I mentioned briefly in my last post, I made my guest-blogger debut at Guitar Salon International with a piece on our new innovative concert series in homes.

This morning I heard from our director of communications and development that ACGS events were nominated in 4 of 8 categories for the Austin Critics Table Awards – wow!  All related to our giant festival from last June.

Yesterday we sold out our kick-off dinner at La Sombra on June 6th for our Latin summer series!

Yesterday we sealed the deal for the Miro String Quartet to appear on our massive October 1st Austin Pictures project.  And today I finalized selection of the 10 student artists we’ll be commissioning to paint the original paintings for the project.  What project?  Lessee… It’s our opening night, we’re calling it “Austin Pictures”.  It will take place at the new 2,200 seat ACL Live Theater and be filmed for TV by KLRU.  Our Partners are KLRU along with the Austin Museum of Art, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and the 2nd Street District.  We’re commissioning a new work, called “Austin Pictures” by Joe Williams for massive guitar orchestra and the Miro Quartet to be conducted by Peter Bay.  That will open the show.  Next will be an original, short documentary film about the student artists I mentioned above.  Then Peruvian guitar genius Jorge Caballero will take the stage and perform two selections with the Miro Quartet, and finally, Caballero will perform the acrobatic feat of playing Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” on a single guitar.  It will have to be seen to be believed!

It’s also been a busy week for new engagements.  UT has continuing education programs for retirees and I’ve just been booked to lecture and perform for both Quest and Lamp – and I was asked by the Austin Woman’s Club to do a presentation in mid-July, just one day after I’ll appear for the Austin New Comers Club at Green Pastures!

So much more is going on – but those are a few highlights.

In non-ACGS land: Glenda and I went out to Lake Travis on Sunday to spend 3 days with our friends Mike and Linda and we were joined by my trio partners Steve and Tom.  We had a mini-retreat where we arranged Mahler’s 1st Kindertotenlieder for 2 guitars and voice, as well as Bach’s 1st keyboard Partita for guitar trio!  I’m super-excited because these are two of my favorite works of all time and to able to commune with them as an artist is a dream come true!  We’re also taking a mini-vacation next week when we’ll head out to Arizona to see my dad for a few days.  Can’t wait.

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