Local Night 12/22

Thursday is local night on KLRU with shows either made in Austin or about Texas.  This weeks programs are:

7:00 PM Overheard with Evan Smith: Julian Bond – Civil Rights Activist
Julian Bond’s history as an activist stretches back to 1960, when he began leading sit-ins in Atlanta, and reaches across movements including civil rights, peace and advocacy for economic justice. Bond helped found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, held office for a total of ten terms in the Georgia General Assembly, and has also served as chair of the NAACP, a major leader of the Southern Poverty Law Center and a powerful force behind many other groups.

7:30 PM In Context Presents: Spoken 4 All
Austin’s spoken word performers take center stage as part of KLRU’s focus on the arts. 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 in the 2010 National Poetry Slam.

8:00 PM Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert

A one-hour concert featuring Austin-based, internationally celebrated, choral ensemble, Conspirare and featuring solo artists to be selected. Conspirare produces world-class choral and orchestral performances that combine outstanding vocal artistry and innovative programming. Contemporary work blends seamlessly with the classics, taking the audience on a journey of innovative sound, vibrant images and thought-provoking ideas.

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!

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.

Juneteenth Jamboree

Program: Juneteenth Jamboree 2008 and 2009 back-to-back
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: starting at 8 p.m.

The first African slave arrived in Texas in 1528, but it took until June 19, 1865 to end slavery in Texas and the United States. The anniversary of that day is celebrated as a holiday– Juneteenth. And in celebration, 2008’s Juneteenth  Jamboree at 8 p.m. explains the history of blacks in Texas, and commemorates the namesake of the annual Alvin Patterson Battle of the Bands.

2009’s Juneteenth  Jamboree at 8:30 p.m. takes a moment to consider a song that is heard every year at this occasion, “The Negro National Anthem.” Also several young essay winners tell why Juneteenth is relevant today.

KLRU, Austin Lyric Opera collaborate for In Context special

KLRU is partnering with the Austin Lyric Opera for a special presentation of Rossini’s Cinderella to be taped for KLRU’s In Context program.

“We’re thrilled to have this partnership with KLRU,” said ALO General Director Kevin Patterson. “Opera is such a rich spectacle and to have it captured by someone as talented as Dutch Rall will make it a visual feast for an audience who may have never experienced the art form.”

Gioachino Rossini’s Cinderella will be presented at The Long Center for the Performing Arts November 8, 12, 14 & 16, 2008. KLRU will tape the November 12th performance of the production. The show will air on In Context on PBS in early 2009. Tickets are currently on sale for Cinderella starting at $20 and can be purchased by calling (512) 472-5992 or online at www.AustinLyricOpera.org

In Context recently won two Lone Star Emmy Awards. The show is produced by Dutch Rall, 3-time Emmy-winning producer, director, cinematographer and editor for America’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS). He has traveled the world as a soundman for bands and musicals, lectured for the National Press Photographers Association and was the winner of the World’s Smallest Film Festival, the very first competition for video on mobile devices. His commercial work includes shooting for AT&T’s Olympic campaign. Dutch is also working as the director of photography for a documentary about architect Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio and producing performance films for various dance companies He was awarded the 2008 Austin Critics Table Award for best video design. His first independent feature film, The Incurable, is in the final stages of post production.

“Being allowed the opportunity to showcase the amazing work of ALO is an immense honor for us,” said Dutch Rall. “A collaborative and continuing effort between KLRU and ALO is something that I hope will benefit and enrich the entire community. Full-length, HD, locally-produced operas will be something Austin can be proud of.”

In Context's New Season

Program: In Context
Date: Thursdays

Time: 8:30 p.m.

In Context’s new season begins on Oct. 23 at 8:30 p.m. The series reaches beyond the U.S. borders to explore the creative process throughout the globe. The Oct. 23 episode features Berlin painter Edward B. Gordon, Austin singer Chrysta Bell and Mazatlan’s Delfos contemporary dance company.