PBS Arts Festival: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty 10/21

Art lovers, looking for something new to strike your fancy? Well in an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to see emerging art from around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival is showcasing full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

On October 21, the festival commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Grammy-winning band Pearl Jam, with a program composed of 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen concert and interview footage. Part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists, PBS Arts from Seattle: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty celebrates the freedom that allowed Pearl Jam a way to make music without losing sight of what mattered most to them — their fans and staying true to their art.

Then catch a mini-documentary that surveys the many sounds of the Seattle music scene.

Next up, learn how Austin City Limits reflects Austin’s lively music scene. See how the show has changed with the times and tastes of the local music scene over the past 36 years, and the role the program has played in securing Austin’s title as the Live Music Capital of the World.

Then revisit the sounds of Pearl Jam at 10:30 p.m., as the alternative rockers play favorites and tunes from their latest album on the Austin City Limits stage.

PBS Arts Festival: Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 10/14

Attention art lovers of all ages, there is a new series that may strike your fancy coming to KLRU this October. In an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to eclectic art around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival will showcase full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

The festival debuts Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. with a spectacular new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater. Directed by Joe Dowling, the theater’s Artistic Director, PBS Arts from Minnesota: Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore features renditions of Sullivan’s most memorable tunes, ranging from big band swing to classic pop.

After HMS Pinafore, stay tuned for a half-hour, mini documentary tour to discover other facets of Minnesota’s unique arts scene.

Then find out the unique history behind the cohesive collection of public art that truly enriches the University of Texas campus. Landmarks, a public art program affiliated with the University, has turned the 350-acre area into a campus-wide classroom for over 70,000 faculty, staff and students. Landmarks’ projects aim to beautify the main campus, engage visitors and the university community, and improve shared public spaces with art of the highest quality.

Cap off the evening with the R&B grooves of Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Saadiq highlights songs from his old-school soul LP Stone Rollin’. Lewis & his Honeybears rock their bluesy soul nuggets from Scandalous.

Kodosky Foundation Supports Arts In Context

KLRU is pleased to announce that the Kodosky Foundation has renewed its support of Arts In Context, our local arts series, with a $5,000 grant.

Arts In Context celebrates Austin’s vibrant diversity while promoting cross-organizational collaboration, innovation, arts accessibility and cultural tourism. The series helps KLRU achieve its vision to present quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning, resulting in a more vibrant community and higher quality of life.

Arts In Context is a “win” four times over:  it brings the magic of local arts productions to viewers; Austin-based arts organizations that partner with us gain exposure and build name-recognition; Austin’s reputation for thriving, creative culture is strengthened; and affiliate PBS stations gain access to new content.  

We are thrilled to continue a partnership with the Kodosky Foundation in support of these goals.  Thank you!

Keeping Score: A Mahler Journey

Keeping Score: A Mahler Journey

Keeping Score: Mahler in Part I, “Origins,” follows renowned music director Michael Tilson Thomas as he journeys to rural Bohemia to rediscover the inspirations of Gustav Mahler’s music, and traces his life through the premiere of his first symphony in 1888.

In Part II, “Legacy,” Michael Thomas examines Gustav Mahler’s creative growth, from the 1890s to his death in 1911, including his symphonies, the Ruckert songs, and Das Lied von der Erde. This two-part program charts Mahler’s mercurial career as a conductor, from the Vienna Opera to Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as his tempestuous relationship with his wife Alma. At Mahler’s simple grave in a Grinzing cemetery, Thomas explains why Mahler has so profoundly affected his own life.

Keeping Score: Mahler Part One airs Sunday, July 3rd at 1 p.m. and Part Two airs the following Sunday on July 10th at 1 p.m.

KLRU Brings You the Arts with Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert This Sunday

We take pride in providing Central Texas with a front-row seat to great arts and cultural programs, that you’ll only find on KLRU. We are extra excited to be able to bring you the LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2, which will be seen on KLRU for the first time on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985, when Les Misérables opened in London at the Barbican Theatre that it would become a worldwide phenomenon, but audiences embraced it from the start, creating a “people’s musical” that has played in 42 countries and has been seen by nearly 60 million people. In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London.

Alfie Boe, Colm Wilkinson, Ramin Karimloo and Nick Jonas in the curtain call of the LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2

This epic production will feature Nick Jonas, one third of the phenomenally successful pop music artists the Jonas Brothers, who played the part of Gavroche for the final nine months of the show’s original Broadway run. Watch a preview here!

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert Sunday, March 6, at 6 pm Featuring members of the original cast and hundreds of other actors and musicians, the legendary musical celebrates 25 years of production. Support this and other arts programs now.

KLRU features videos from E.A.S.T. on new web project

East Austin Studio Tour is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. The tour allows members of the community to explore the work of more than 300 artists at 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces and a number of art events. Each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists. For the 9th annual tour, November 13-14 and 20-21, KLRU attempts to capture the spirit and creativity of the artists and participants with a series of short videos. Watch videos now

This is the first part of an exciting new web project, called KLRU Collective, to coincide with PBS’ focus on the arts.

From the beloved classics to the edgy-cool things that are beyond description, KLRU Collective is all about the arts. Our goal is to present some of the unique, interesting and creative things taking place in Austin. We will never be able to showcase all of them as this is one of the most creativity rich communities in the world. But we will give you a glimpse – a quick peek – at what is being envisioned here. We’ll also throw in a few episodes of Masterpiece Theater and Great Performances because, well, we’re PBS. Visit the site at klru.org/collective

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.”

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.