Indie classical concerts to catch in April — and five of them are free!
7:30 p.m. April 9, KMFA 89.5 Draylen Mason Studio, 41 Navasota St. Tickets: inversionatx.org
Award-winning soprano Katrina Saporsantos and pianist Benjie Dia perform a concert of new works by local composers presented by composer collective Inversion. Boundary-pushing contemporary vocal music.
LOLA: Outside Voices
2 p.m. April 10, 2 p.m. Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St. FREE. Visit LOLAaustin.org to register.
The first of LOLA Austin’s series of free concerts. An afternoon of classical vocal music featuring soprano Dr. Nicole Taylor and pianist Nikki Birdsong. This concert features a program of music by Black composers: Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, John Daniels Carter, Undine Smith Moore, Betty Jackson King, Robert Owens, H. Leslie Adams.
MXTX: A Cross-Border Exchange
7 p.m. April 16, Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park. FREE. Reservations recommended at fuseboxfestival.com/project/mxtx
Golden Hornet’s Graham Reynolds, along with three other extraordinary co-curators invited a carefully-chosen group of 40 musical artists from both sides of the Rio Grande/Bravo for to create an open source audio sample library. And, as part of the project, they’ve just released a genre-blending album, the premiere concert of which is part of the Fusebox Festival.
Sound in Sculpture
7:30 p.m. April 21, FREE, UT campus, landmarks.utexas.edu/event/sound-sculpture-2022
This concert series by Landmarks, the public art program of University of Texas features student-composed music written in response to works of art from the Landmarks collection. Concert begins at the site of Simone Leigh’s sculpture, “Sentinel IV” located at 2501 Wichita, off of Speedway. Audiences will then walk a short distance to the Jennifer Steinkamp’s video installation “EON” at Welch Hall. Music by Kevin Charoensri, Maxwell Franko, Josiah Garza, and Jingchao (Ginny) Wang, varies from an a cappella chorus to string quartet.
‘Fanm d’Ayiti,’ Nathalie Joachim and Spektral Quartet
7:30 p.m. April 22, Bates Recital Hall, UT campus. Tickets: texasperformingarts.org/
Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet, and electronics created by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim. Fanm d’Ayiti celebrates some of Haiti’s most iconic female artists and explores Joachim’s Haitian heritage.
Eva and the Angel of Death: a Holocaust Remembrance Opera
8:04 p.m. April 23, 2 p.m. April 24, Austin Public Library, 710 W. César Chávez St. FREE. density512.org/tickets/eva
Density512 collective premieres its new chamber opera that’s based on the powerful story of the late Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor. Eva, along with her twin sister Miriam, survived Dr. Josef Mengele’s medical experiments in Auschwitz. Fifty years after her liberation, Kor returned to Auschwitz to declare her forgiveness. Eva’s story explores the long-lasting psychological impact of trauma, processes of grief, and the potential for healing through forgiveness.
Austin Chamber Music: Fan Favorites
7:30 p.m. April 23, First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave. Tickets: austinchambermusic.com
Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 are on the program.
Line Upon Line Percussion
1 p.m. May 1, Mirror Room, PAC 3.412, Texas Performing Arts. FREE. lineuponlinepercussion.org
The Line Upon Line trio plays a show of five brand new pieces written for the by current UT composers.