Funky Chickens visit KLRU

KLRU often has famous guests visit the sixth floor studios; on any given week you’ll find a variety of musicians, writers, even politicians making an appearance at a taping for one of our local programs. With so many famous faces you’d think the KLRU staff would be used to rock stars in the studio but the appearance of some local chickens proved that to be incorrect.

Special thanks to Judith Haller with the Austin Funky Chicken Coop tour for bringing her special guests. To learn about the chicken coop tour watch Central Texas Gardener on Saturday, January 23rd at noon and 4pm.

Attend the TMT taping with Michael Williams 12/17

RSVP here

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with Michael Williams, who holds a seat on the Railroad Commission of Texas, on December 17 at 12:15 p.m. One year ago, Williams announced his plan to run for a seat in the United States Senate. His hope is to take Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s place in a special election if she leaves Washington but he’s also widely considered to be a likely appointee to fill a vacancy until an election can be held. Williams is a staunch conservative who would become the lone African-American Republican in the Senate, and he’s gained attention nationwide. Join us to learn more about the candidate and his views.

Madeleine Albright & Gail Collins TMT tapings

Join KLRU in the studio for two Texas Monthly Talks tapings on Friday, October 30.

First, Evan Smith talks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. This taping starts at 9:45 a.m.; doors will open at 9 a.m. RSVP for the Madeleine Albright taping here.

Nest, Smith sits down with New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins. This taping starts at 11:45 a.m.; doors will open at 11 a.m. RSVP for the Gail Collins taping here.

Yanni ticket giveaway

Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to our winners.

You’ve watched the Yanni specials on KLRU, now see him live in person here in Austin.  Yanni will perform the Yanni Voices: Live in Concert on Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. KLRU and the Erwin Center are giving you a chance to win a pair of tickets to this show. Enter your email address here between now and June 10. Winners will be chosen at random. You must be able to pick up your tickets at KLRU in Austin on June 11 or 12. Please do not enter if you are not in the Austin area.

Long known for his spectacular live performances, Yanni is thrilled to continue what he calls his “biggest musical production to date” featuring his most popular fan favorites accompanied by dynamic visuals, dazzling choreography and show-stopping vocal performances.  The tour also features Yanni’s global orchestra comprised of some of the finest musicians from around the world.

TMT tapings with Rollins, Brinkley and Conradt

Texas Monthly Talks will be taping several episodes on May 4 and 5.

Sonny Rollins
Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for an interview with legendary jazz saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins. Monday, May 4, 2009. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Taping starts at 2 p.m. (MUST arrive by 2 p.m. to guarantee admission) in KLRU’s Studio 6A  Sonny Rollins RSVP here

Douglas Brinkley
Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with historian Douglas Brinkley, called “the best of the new generation of American historians” by Stephen Ambrose. Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Doors open at 9 a.m. Taping starts at 9:30 a.m. (MUST arrive by 9:30 a.m. to guarantee admission) in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Douglas Brinkley RSVP here

Jody Conradt
Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for an interview with Jody Conradt, who spent 38 years coaching women’s basketball teams to 900 career victories, three NCAA Final Four appearances, and an undefeated NCAA championship team in 1985-86.  Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Taping starts at 11 a.m. (MUST arrive by 11 a.m. to guarantee admission) in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Jody Conradt RSVP here

KLRU to produce Conspirare In Concert for PBS broadcast

KLRU and Conspirare announce that together they will bring the exquisite sound of the Company of Voices to national television. In a one-hour concert to air nationally on PBS in March 2009, contemporary music will blend seamlessly with the classics, taking the audience on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

The concert will be performed and taped on Sunday, October 12 at 7 p.m. at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts before an audience. Free tickets will be distributed to the public at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at KLRU-TV. Tickets will be distributed two-per-person on a first come, first served basis until they are gone. KLRU is located at 2504-B Whitis Ave. 76712 (at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe).

Under the leadership of founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare was born out of a love for singing and a belief in its power to enrich the lives of all who hear it. Now in its 17th performance season, Conspirare is well known for emotionally resonant performances and an extraordinary ability to connect with audiences, providing listeners with an evocative and often transformative cultural experience.

Conspirare in Concert is a production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS,  with executive producers, Dick Peterson and Marion Lear Swaybill and director, Karen McLaughlin.

About Conspirare
Conspirare combines outstanding vocal artistry with innovative programming to create a unique and dynamic choral art. Under the artistic leadership of Craig Hella Johnson, Conspirare is comprised of three performing ensembles. Conspirare has produced 3 CDs and received two Grammy® Award nominations (Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical). The newest recording, “Threshold of Night,” was released internationally on September 9, 2008. Conspirare has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and this past July represented the United States at the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen.