What a night we had!

The LA Guitar Quartet gave us a magnificent opening to our International Concert Series on Saturday.  Here’s a few fabulous photos from the evening.  Special thanks to our photographer, Arlen Nydam, for these amazing images!

Things began with a marvelous performance of Mozart and York by McCallum High School’s Chamber Ensemble directed by Andrew Clark.  They played beautifully.

You may have noticed that things at ACGS events continue to change.  If you’ve seen improvements, they are no doubt the result of the efforts of our marvelous event manager Julie Stoakley.  Here’s a shot of her latest invention – our lighted concessions tent with items like assorted snacks from AustinNuts, and 6 different varieties of Cake Balls (the Cake Ball sold out).  All concession proceeds benefitted McCallum’s guitar program.

The main attraction!  The LAGQ (L-R: Scott Tennant, Matthew Greif, John Dearman, Bill Kanengiser) gave us an incredible performance of music ranging from Jazz and Brazilian to African, to Stravinsky and De Falla.  Wow!

The crowd went wild!  Standing ovation.  For their encore they played one of Scott’s arrangements: Farewell to Stromness (Peter Maxwell Davies).

Before their encore, Bill said some very nice things including my favorite quote of the evening that went something like this: “We’ve been all around and seen a lot of guitar societies… and there are none like the Austin Classical Guitar Society.”  Thank you Bill.

And here we are after the show, and before dinner and dessert!  They had worked up an appetite!