Let’s Tango!

7/13/2011 Wednesday 9:17 pm

This Saturday we present Tango! at ACGS.  Two shows – and both are already sold out.  I’ve heard such incredible things about the Bandini-Chiachiaretta Tango Duo and I am so looking forward to meeting them, hearing them play – this will be their US debut!  We’ll be on Fox 7 at 9:50AM Friday, and live on KUT 90.5FM Friday at 2PM on Horizontes.

And speaking of radio!  I just finished listening to my interview with Dianne Donovan on KMFA a few minutes ago.  I was talking about this weekend’s show, of course, but also giving her a preview of our giant Austin Pictures Project for October 1st.  Then she played a few excerpts of Jorge Caballero playing (Jorge will be our guest artist, along with 150 student guitarists, the Miro Quartet, Peter Bay and more!) and all of a sudden the clouds parted and the sun started shining again.  My goodness, Caballero is a genius.

Our logo for Austin Pictures! I don't think I shared this yet... I totally love it. Our designer (Claudia) is awesome!

I can’t believe it’s July!  Since last post I went to GFA in Georgia.  It was a nice, warm event with lot’s of friends.  Very nice not to be running it this time around!  Some other recent highlights:

We secured major sponsorships, a combined $42,500 in all, plus in-kind and rental values, for Austin Pictures from Austin Asset Management Company, Michael Fields with Ameriprise Financial, The Kodosky Foundation, HEB, and Silicon Labs.  We also have received substantial media sponsorships from KMFA, KUT, YNN, KLRU, and The Austin Chronicle.  I feel like we can move forward with agility and freedom now as we try to create the greatest event we can on 10/1.

Lot’s of media meetings, both local and national… crossing fingers!

Yesterday I had an exhilarating meeting with Austin Chamber Music Center Director Michelle Schumann, and Conspirare Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson and Exec Dir Ann Hume Wilson.  Wow!  It was fun, we’re talking about playing together – possibly in a very major way.  We’ll see where it leads…

Tomorrow we have our ACGS board meeting – Joey Ikner is flying in to present his thoughts on our education program.  Joey is a guitar in ed wizard from Loudoun County Virginia who we hope to have increasingly involved with us here at ACGS as GuitarCurriculum.com continues to grow.

I went to the Davis Cup last Friday with my tennis partner Mike!  US lost, but it was awesome tennis.  Oh, and speaking of tennis… Jorge Caballero plays, and he’s agreed to let me auction a doubles match against he and I (followed by lunch) for the morning after Austin Pictures!

Oh, did I report yet that we’ll more than double service to 22 schools in AISD this fall?  That has the ed team working double time, and we’re trying to sort out how to support it!

Things are really moving in wonderful ways.  It feels like I’m at the very edge of my capacity, and sometimes that can be uncomfortable, especially when folks are waiting on me… but I am constantly aware of how fortunate I am to have the opportunities that I have to make things happen in our community through art.  This is a big week with the board, Joey, the Tangueros, a new intern who started yesterday (who’s fabulous!), and countless projects.. but hopefully with major events behind us for two weeks, Monday will bring some perspective!

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