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Henry Threadgill In Austin in Broadway HENRY THREADGILL IN AUSTIN
Scottish Rite Theatre
8/12-8/12/2017
Epistrophy Arts and Liminal Sound Series present Pulitzer Prize Winning composer Henry Threadgill in a master class at UT and in concert with Zooid at the Scottish Rite Theater on August 11-12, 2017. For over forty years, Henry Threadgill has been celebrated as one of the most forward-thinking composers and multi-instrumentalists in American music. The New York Times has called him “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Born in 1944 in Chicago, Threadgill was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). The jazz avant-garde has produced dozens of notable improvisers (not surprisingly, since improvisation is arguably the music’s defining element) but relatively few great composers. Henry Threadgill is a member of that exclusive club. With his fellow Chicagoans Anthony Braxton and Muhal-Richard Abrams, he’s one of the most original jazz composers of his generation. Threadgill’s art transcends stylistic boundaries. He embraces the world of music in its entirety, from ragtime to circus marches to classical to bop, free jazz, and beyond. Such might sound merely eclectic in the telling, but in truth, Threadgil always sounds like Threadgill. In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill was named the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for “distinguished musical composition by an American.” In awarding the prize, the Pulitzer committee call the release “a highly original work in which notated music and improvisation mesh in a sonic tapestry that seems the very expression of modern American life.” We could not be more ecstatic for Henry and are honored to have been able to help document his work these last 15 years. This project is supported by individual contributions, and the City of Austin Cultural Arts program.
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August: Osage County in Broadway AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
The City Theatre
7/21-8/13/2017
Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best New Play, Tracy Lett’s dark comedy centers around the Weston family, who all come home to the desolate plains of Oklahoma, after their famous poet and patriarch father disappears. Tensions heat up and boil over in the ruthless August heat as the three strong-willed sisters finds themselves holed up with their ferocious and equally strong-willed mother. Bursting with humor, vivacity, and intelligence, August is both complicated and funny, vicious and compassionate, enormous and unstoppable. In Osage County, home is where the heartache is. July 21 – August 13. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
ZACH Theatre
7/28-9/3/2017

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Million Dollar Quartet in Broadway MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
ZACH Theatre
7/26-9/3/2017
They came together to make music. And together they made history. Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins join forces for one night only on December 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis for the greatest jam-session ever. Relive this legendary night as you rock along to such classics as “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Great Balls of Fire.” There will surely be a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in the Topfer Theatre for this epic night of music from rock n’ roll’s greatest icons. “Great balls of fire! A palpable hit. Jaw-dropping and hugely enjoyable!” Chicago Tribune “Dazzling from the first beat to the last! Rock ’n’ roll heaven.” Chicago Sun-Times “A buoyant new jukebox musical about a hallowed day in the history of rock ’n’ roll…” The New York Times
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