In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All 2/24

Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts on In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All airing at 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 24. Also known as “slam poetry,” spoken word is an oral performance of extemporaneous or composed pieces of free poetry. Austin has a number of venues that present spoken word, this program highlights the ranging styles of poets at an all-age program hosted monthly at Mitchie’s Gallery. This event features several artists who were involved with the Austin Neo Soul Team that placed 4th in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

Watch additional clips from the spoken word performers at

KLRU receives grants for In Context and Ready To Learn

KLRU was recently awarded a two-year City of Austin grant in support of our In Context arts series. In Context captures the performances and presentations of Austin’s leading arts and cultural organizations. Support from the City ($7,725) will enable us to produce 6 original productions per year and to deliver the essence of Austin’s performing arts community to viewers locally and beyond.

In other news, the Wright Family Foundation has generously renewed its support of our Ready To Learn outreach literacy program with a $10,000 grant. We’re thrilled that they have chosen to continue partnering with us and Austin-area families!

Tsang and Nel concert airs August 26

Cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel make their PBS broadcast debut as cello/piano collaborators on Thursday, August 26, at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

The half-hour IN CONTEXT special was recorded in February 2010 in KLRU Studio 6A, home of the venerable live music series Austin City Limits. KLRU’s IN CONTEXT art series presents performances from some of Austin’s leading artists and cultural organizations.

“KLRU is fortunate to bring audiences this longtime musical collaboration between Mr. Tsang and Mr. Nel as part of our ongoing commitment to presenting the arts in Central Texas,” says Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO. “Live audiences from Seattle to Boston have appreciated their camaraderie, shared intuition and communication as musicians. Their musical relationship is palpable on stage, and this vibrant performance is sure to please their admirers and earn them new fans as well.”

For this IN CONTEXT special, Tsang and Nel perform selected movements from works by Luigi Boccherini (Sonata in A major); Sergei Rachmaninov (Sonata in G minor, Op. 19); Dmitri Shostakovich (Sonata in D minor, Op. 40); Ludwig van Beethoven (Sonata in A major, Op. 69); and Johannes Brahms (Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, WoO1).

“I’ve lived in Austin since 2002, and it is a thrill to play in the Austin City Limits studio, where so many legendary musicians — Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few – have inspired audiences,” says Tsang. “For decades, public broadcasting has played a significant role in bringing classical music to audiences across the U.S., and Anton and I are proud to perform for KLRU.”

Changing Lives Through Art

In Context Presents: Changing Lives Through Art on July 22 at 8 p.m. This documentary looks at two community arts projects: The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble and The Cipher- Austin’s Hip Hop Project. Both projects work to engage youth and the community in social change and specifically in dating violence prevention.

KLRU Awarded NEA Grant for Arts project In Context

KLRU is pleased to announce that it received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support production of its In Context arts specials. In Context captures Austin’s creative community at its best. The grant allows for the production of eight 30-minutes episodes. Each episode consists of three segments and each segment will focus on a technique, a specific medium, an artist, or a body of work.  Collectively, the three segments will present a diverse representation of the creative process at its most inspiring. For more information on the grant go to:

Ballet Austin performance airs 4/29

KLRU continues the station’s commitment to showcasing the arts in Central Texas with a special presentation of Ballet Austin’s Truth & Beauty/The Bach Project. Recorded in February at The Long Center, IN CONTEXT will showcase this contemporary dance work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, on KLRU. The show will air again in May dates and times to be determined.

Choreographed by Stephen Mills, Ballet Austin’s Truth & Beauty/The Bach Project utilizes music both composed and inspired by J.S. Bach for a dance work that includes a variety of sensual movement styles with live accompaniment by The Austin Chamber Music Center, Dr. Michelle Schumann (solo and with ensembles) and Graham Reynolds.

“This project was of special interest because so many local artists came together to make something beautiful,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO of KLRU. “KLRU got to capture not only Stephen Mill’s original choreography but also the music of Graham Reynolds and the Austin Chamber Music Center. All these layers of artistry in one production is a testament to Austin’s creativity.”

Encore of In Context: Jazz in Austin

The Jazz genre is experiencing a revival in Austin and In Context goes behind-the-scenes to explore local talent. Performances include the stalwart of the Austin jazz scene – pianist James Polk, vocalists Pam Hart and Sarah Temple, the gypsy-jazz inspired Continental Graffiti and more in this one hour special from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

KLRU will repeat this special on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 p.m. and Thursday, March 4, at 8 p.m.

In the studio: Two of Austin's "Busiest Virtuosos" perform for In Context

As part of KLRU’s commitment to presenting local art to Central Texas, In Context will tape a performance by two notable musicians and we’d like for you to join us as part of the studio audience on Feb 22. RSVP here

The Austin American-Statesman calls cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel “two of Austin’s busiest virtuosos,” and their newest live CD, featuring Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Hungarian Dances, is the latest chapter in their two-decade musical kinship.

To celebrate this new CD, available on Feb. 23 from Artek Recordings, Bion and Anton will be taping a performance for KLRU’s In Context on Monday, Feb 22, at KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio. The duo has selected some of their favorite pieces for cello/piano from Brahms, Boccherini, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Taping Details:
RSVP here

Monday, February 22
KLRU Studio 6A
(Austin City Limits Studio)
Taping starts promptly at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
The audience is invited to a reception immediately following the performance.