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.”
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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.”
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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.

Choir special features Austin singers

Program: In Context: Voices of Light
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Monday, January 11

The encore presentation of In Context: Voices of Light features songs by Austin Chinese Choir, Trio Los Vigilantes and Capital City Men’s Chorus and the choirs from East Austin Baptist, Abiding Love Lutheran Church, The Lakeway Church and Barton Hills Elementary School. The diverse lineup illustrates that regardless of differences, the desire to express the experience of life through music is a common goal.

Here’s a story about KLRU’s arts project on austinonstage.com

Local Choirs focus of In Context: Voices of Light

In Context: Voices of Light
Airs: Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, December 23, at 7 p.m.;
Monday, January 11 at 8 p.m.

KLRU celebrates the arts with this special focusing on Austin-area choirs.

In Context: Voices of Light features songs by Austin Chinese Choir and Capital City Men’s Chorus and the choirs from East Austin Baptist, Abiding Love Lutheran Church, The Lakeway Church and Barton Hills Elementary School. The diverse lineup illustrates that regardless of differences, the desire to express the experience of life through music is a common goal.

This special airs Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 23, at 7 p.m. An encore presentation is also scheduled for Monday, January 11, at 8 p.m.