Austin Classical Guitar Society Announces Artists for Winter-Spring Classical Cactus Concert Series
AUSTIN, Texas — Jan. 16, 2012 — The Austin Classical Guitar Society today announced the return of the popular Classical Cactus concert series at the storied Cactus Cafe on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Classical Cactus features renowned local and regional classical guitar artists performing in the intimate surroundings of the Cactus, regarded as one of the best live acoustic rooms in Austin and early home to performers such as Alison Krauss, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and more.
A partnership with the Cactus Cafe and KUT 90.5, the ACGS’ Classical Cactus series will be presented one Thursday each month January through May. Artists scheduled for the Classical Cactus concert series are:
Jan. 19 – Janet Grohovac at 8 p.m.; Chad Ibison at 9 p.m.
Feb. 16 – Joe Williams at 8 p.m.; Kethara Duo at 9 p.m.
March 22 – Michael Gratovich at 8 p.m.; Duo Transatlantique at 9 p.m.
April 19 – Nicolas Emilfork at 8 p.m.; Tony Morris at 9 p.m.
May 10 – Eric Pearson and Stephen Krishnan at 8 p.m.; Mark Cruz at 9 p.m.
Tickets for the ACGS “Classical Cactus” concerts are $5 each and are available at cactuscafe.org. The Cactus Cafe is located at 2247 Guadalupe Street across from the University Co-op and is located in the southwest corner of the Texas Union building. The Texas Union, at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe, is on the University of Texas campus. Entrance to the Cactus Cafe is through the Union’s West Mall lobby.
For more information about the series, please call the Austin Classical Guitar Society at (512) 300-ACGS (2247).
About Austin Classical Guitar Society
Austin Classical Guitar Society is recognized as one of the leading guitar performance and education organizations in the world. Founded in 1990, the organization is now in its 21st season and proudly features an International Concert Series (five major events) and a Summer Chamber Music Series (three major events), having presented such acclaimed artists as Pepe Romero, John Williams, Christopher Parkening, Eliot Fisk, Xuefei Yang, Jorge Caballero and David Russell.
Through successful partnerships with artists, educators, Central Texas schools, and community organizations, Austin Classical Guitar Society has also established one of the most recognized and respected performing arts education programs in the country. Anchored by the Educational Outreach Program that brings artists into classrooms and community workshops, the arts education projects help expose new audiences – young and old – to great music and the most celebrated performers of our time. In addition, the free ACGS Community Concert Series promotes active engagement with the performing arts, deepens the listening experience, and opens the arts to a wider, more diverse audience.
To open the 2011-2012 Season, ACGS presented “Austin Pictures” at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater with Jorge Caballero, Maestro Peter Bay, the Miró Quartet and a 100-guitar orchestra for a three-act, multimedia performance that included the world premiere of Joseph V. Williams II’s critically acclaimed composition “Austin Pictures.” In June 2010, ACGS hosted the Guitar Foundation of America’s International Conference, comprised of more than 60 events during one week at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts, including the world’s most prestigious classical guitar competition and powerful collaborations with Austin’s symphony, opera, chamber music center, and many more. The event was, by far, the largest event in Guitar Foundation of America history.