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.org/incontext

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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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.

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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Attend the In Context taping with James Polk

Taping date: Monday, November 2
Taping time: starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Taping location: KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A
RSVP ONLINE for you and your guests by noon, Monday, November 2nd

Join KLRU’s In Context for a special performance by Austin musician James Polk. RSVP here

James Polk has been a part of Austin’s jazz scene since the ’60s when he attended Huston-Tillotson College. In the late ’70s, Polk was an organist for the Ray Charles Orchestra and was arranger for two of Charles’ Grammy-nominated songs “Ain’t It So” and “I Wish You Were Here Tonight.” He returned to Austin in the ’80s to pursue his education and to teach others. He retired from teaching in 2006 and he received his Professor Emeritus status of Jazz Studies in the School of Music at Texas State University in San Marcos. Polk has been inducted into the Austin Chronicle Music Poll Hall of Fame.

In Context reflects the arts culture in Austin’s community and explores the creative people and unique things which make our lives more interesting. It provides a glimpse into the lives of people who follow their dreams, the poets of form and function, the obscure, the inspiring, the strange and the beautiful

Ballet Austin's Hamlet

Program: In Context Special Ballet Austin’s Hamlet
Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 8 p.m.
Additional air date: June 10th, Wednesday, at 7 p.m.

KLRU continues the station’s commitment to presenting the arts to Central Texas with a special presentation of the Ballet Austin’s Hamlet. Taped earlier this year, In Context will showcase this interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic story at 8 p.m. on May 14 with a repeat on May 24 at 4:30 p.m.

In 2000, Ballet Austin premiered Stephen Mills’ contemporary and distinctive interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “dance theater at its best”. Since its debut, five other companies around the country (BalletMet in Columbus, Dayton Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet) have performed it to rave reviews. Nine years after delighting Central Texas audiences, Mill’s production of Hamlet was again performed in Austin and recorded by KLRU. more

Ballet Austin's Hamlet

Program: In Context Special  Ballet Austin‘s Hamlet
Date: Thursday, May 14
Time: 8 p.m.
Additional air date:  Sunday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m.;
June 4th, Thursday, at 8 p.m.; June 10th, Wednesday, at 7 p.m.

KLRU continues the station’s commitment to presenting the arts to Central Texas with a special presentation of the Ballet Austin’s Hamlet. Taped earlier this year, In Context will showcase this interpretation of Shakespeare’s iconic story at 8 p.m. on May 14 with a repeat on May 24 at 4:30 p.m.

In 2000, Ballet Austin premiered Stephen Mills’ contemporary and distinctive interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, hailed by The Dallas Morning News as “dance theater at its best”.  Since its debut, five other companies around the country (BalletMet in Columbus, Dayton Ballet, Ohio Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet) have performed it to rave reviews.  Nine years after delighting Central Texas audiences, Mill’s production of Hamlet was again performed in Austin and recorded by KLRU. more

In Context preview

Program: In Context
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Feb. 19

Presented as part of African American History Month, this week’s In Context features a short roundtable discussion about what it means to be black in 2009. Eli Reed,  Magnum photojournalist and UT professor; Roxanne Evans, Communications Specialist with the Austin Independent School District; Michael Hurd, co-editor-in-chief for the Texas Black History Preservation Project; and Adam Semien, student at St. Edward’s University discuss the issue using Eli Reed’s work as a launching pad.

This episode also features a performance by jazz singer Pamela Hart with James Polk on the piano.

Austin Opera on KLRU

Program: In Context Special Austin Lyric Opera’s Cinderella
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 27
Additional air dates: Sunday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m.

KLRU’sIn Context at 8 p.m. Tuesday brings the opera to viewers with amazing high definition camera work. In this production of the classic fairy tale by Austin Lyric Opera, Cinderella is transported to the magical land of 1930′s Hollywood musicals. One thing hasn’t changed, though – and that’s the timeless beauty of Gioachino Rossini’s transcendent score. Read the Austin Chronicle’s Review