Thank You from the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

Photography courtesy of UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

A special Thank You from UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

What a night! Thank you for joining us Thursday, April 28 for the 19th Annual UMLAUF Garden Party benefiting the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum.

The Garden never looked so good with 800+ guests sharing a beautiful evening “Under a Texas Sky” and enjoying twenty-five restaurants serving delicious bites and some of the season’s best bubbles and wines courtesy Twin Liquors.

The museum raised more than $300,000 in its biggest fundraiser of the year, under the direction of Nina Seely, Executive Director and Allyson Maxey, the 2017 Garden Party chair.

Gift Bags, featuring products and services from Denise Bell Skin Care, InFluential Magazine, Mour Cafe, Nerium Anti-Aging and Wellness, and Piranha Killer Sushi.

Gift Bags, featuring products and services from Denise Bell Skin Care, InFluential Magazine, Mour Cafe, Nerium Anti-Aging and Wellness, and Piranha Killer Sushi.

All monies raised contribute to cultivating Art, Culture and Community through educational programming and stimulating exhibitions at the UMLAUF.

Thank you again for your generosity and being a part of this special evening.

See you next year!

 

Outstanding is THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!

Written by James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine

The Company performs Masquerade - Photo by Alastair Muir

The Company performs Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA played April 19 – 30, 2017 as Austin’s premiere engagement at Bass Concert Hall.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM was performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

The Company performs Hannibal - Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Company performs Hannibal – Photo by Matthew Murphy

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis – Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis as the Phantom is outstanding every moment he was on stage. Jordan Craig as Christine’s lover, Raoul, is an excellent counterbalance to him. Vocally Katie Davis as Christine Daae was stunning. Katie is the whole package. She dances and she acts and can she sing!

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis - Photo Matthew Murphy

Derrick Davis and Katie Travis – Photo Matthew Murphy

The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal - Choreography by Scott Ambler

The Corps de Ballet in Hannibal – Choreography by Scott Ambler

This new iteration of this classic production has been entirely refreshed and reinvigorated. The multi-level sets have been reimagined. The famous falling chandelier has been upgraded with more than 6,000 crystals, flash pots built on board, and a covering tarp that is flexible enough to be sucked into the center of the chandelier at the opening auction. “Phantom” requires than 900 lighting instruments to achieve the designer’s intent. The entire set rotates on a huge turntable set upstage center. Some of the multilevel sets from the original staging have been sacrificed to this tour, but the changes have not hurt the show.

 Katie Travis and Jordan Craig - Photo by Matthew Murphy

Katie Travis and Jordan Craig – Photo by Matthew Murphy

If you love “Phantom”, a touring production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s 2010 sequel to “Phantom” “Love Never Dies” will be making its premier North American production in the 2017-18 tour season. In the show, Christine Daaé is invited by an anonymous impresario to perform at Phantasma, a new attraction on Coney Island. With her husband Raoul and son Gustave in tow, she journeys to Brooklyn, unaware that it is actually “The Phantom” who has arranged her appearance in the popular beach resort.

Anne Kanengeiser - Photo Matthew Murphy

Anne Kanengeiser – Photo Matthew Murphy

Briscoe Museum Summer Film Series: Women of the West

Free Summer Film Series Features Complimentary Popcorn and Beer; Food Truck Fare

The Briscoe Western Art Museum presents its fourth annual summer film series, Women of the West. The Western film genre has long been a man’s territory where women are relegated to the sidelines or as one-dimensional characters. These four movies feature strong female protagonists—each complex, unique, and a far cry from a damsel in distress. The film series includes local food truck fare, free popcorn, and complimentary Ranger Creek beer. The Museum remains open until 9:00pm every Tuesday, giving movie goers the chance to visit the galleries before and after each film. Admission is free. The film series is sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, the Rivard Report, and Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling.

The series kicks off with a classic film starring Joan Crawford:

Johnny Guitar (1954/NR/110 min.)
Tuesday, May 16th | 6:30pm
Strong-willed saloon-casino owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) squares off against her nemesis, the shrieking Emma Small, who wrongly blames Vienna for her brother’s death.
Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 | 6:30pm
Jack Guenther Pavilion at the Briscoe Museum, 210 W. Market Street, San Antonio, TX 78205

Upcoming Movies in the Summer Film Series:

Cat Ballou (1965/NR/96 min.)
Tuesday, June 20th | 6:30pm
This musical Western spoof tells the story of a tough schoolmarm (Jane Fonda) who becomes a gunslinger to avenge the death of her father with the help of two charming young misfits and a drunken over-the-hill gun-for-hire. 

Meek’s Cutoff (2011/PG/104 min.)
Tuesday, July 18th | 6:30pm
Set in 1845, this drama follows a group of settlers as they embark on a punishing journey along the Oregon Trail. When their guide leads them astray, the expedition is forced to contend with the unforgiving conditions on the high plain desert.

The Homesman (2014/R/122 min.)
Tuesday, August 15th | 6:30pm
Driven to madness by the harsh realities of pioneer life, three women living on the outskirts of the American frontier are rescued from certain death by a woman (Hilary Swank) who recruits a loathsome drifter (Tommy Lee Jones) to help her transport them to a safe haven in Iowa.

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:
The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Governor, Dolph Briscoe, Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, its campus is inclusive of the restored historic 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building which now serves as the Museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden.  For more information about The Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit our website at BriscoeMuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @BriscoeMuseum or ‘Like’ us on Facebook at Facebook.com/TheBriscoe.

A “Beautiful” Evening Celebrated at Bass Concert Hall

Written By Candice Johnson and Scott Rigtrup for InFluential Magazine

Photography courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Carnegie Hall. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”)

Just when you might think to yourself, “I’m not sure if I know who Carole King is?”, you quickly realize, “I can’t believe how much Carole King has been a part of my life!”.

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Four Friends. (l to r) Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”).

Tuesday, March 21 at Bass Concert Hall we attended Opening Night to experience Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the musical that took us all back in time personally to some of our most joyful and sorrowful moments. The amazingly lyrical performance reminded us of just how much we intimately share in this life with each other through the gift of music.

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

Queens College. Julia Knitel (“Carole King”) and Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”)

This production was outstanding in all aspects. The performers’ theatrical acting and incredible vocals, buoyed with wonderful costuming and staging, sweetly walked us through literally decades of some of America’s most creative and momentous musical history.

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

The Shirelles. (l to r) Traci Elaine Lee, Rebecca E. Covington, Rosharra Francis and Salisha Thomas

Carole King’s life is bravely chronicled from her optimistic adolescence and hopeful entry into professionally writing music, her exuberant union with her writing and subsequent life partner, her heart-wrenching demise of that partnership and finally her inspirational victory of perseverance as she steps forward from behind her music as a writer in to the spotlight as the performer of her music. It was a grand presentation of music which places her center stage, touchingly exposed by the notes and lyrics of her own life’s story, and thus ours.

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

The Drifters. (l to r) Jay McKenzie, Paris Nix, Josh A. Dawson and Sidney DuPont

A sublime evening throughout, InFluential Magazine was honored to be in attendance and witness the memoir of one of the greatest singer/songwriters of our time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera in a Spectacular New Production by Cameron Mackintosh

The Company performs Masquerade - Photo by Alastair Muir.

The Company performs Masquerade – Photo by Alastair Muir.

Lexus Broadway in Austin presented by Texas Performing Arts

Cameron Mackintosh’s Spectacular New Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

April 19 – 30, 2017

                        Tuesday – Friday at 8 p.m.; Thursday (April 20) at 1 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Bass Concert Hall / 2350 Robert Dedman Drive / Austin, TX

Starting at $30 Tickets are available at BroadwayinAustin.com, the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060.  For groups of 15 or more, call (877) 275-3804 or email Austin.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA opens April 19 – 30, 2017 with Austin’s premiere  engagement at Bass Concert Hall.  With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “Having received great critical acclaim in the U.K. and North America, I am really pleased that Laurence Connor’s new production of PHANTOM will continue to tour the U.S. playing in tandem with the Broadway production which soon celebrates 30 years.”

Cameron Mackintosh said, “With PHANTOM still the reigning champion as the longest-running production on Broadway after 28 phenomenal years, with no end in sight, I’m delighted that this spectacular new production of PHANTOM has been as well-received in the U.S. as the brilliant original and has already been seen by over 2.5 million people across North America since it opened in November 2013. With an exciting new design and staging, retaining Maria Björnson’s amazing costumes, the new PHANTOM is thrilling audiences and critics alike all over again.”

PHANTOM IS AN ENORMOUS HIT ALL OVER AGAIN!

“Powerful, gorgeous…and better than ever.”

-The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Extraordinarily opulent.  This PHANTOM’S storytelling and relationships have an electrifying tension.”

-Chicago Sun-Times

“An intense and spectacular new production with a stunning new design, fresh drama and added momentum.” -Sunday Express (U.K.)

“Take a deep breath and prepare to be dazzled; this kind of gorgeous escapism is exactly what audiences need.” -The Scotsman (U.K.)

“This PHANTOM is for a new generation.”

-Roy Leonard, Chicago Now

Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is presented by Cameron Mackintosh, The Really Useful Group, and NETworks Presentations. Directed by Laurence Connor (who co-directed the new production of Les Misérables that just finished a hugely successful two and a half year revival on Broadway and will start a North American tour in the fall of 2017, directed the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon coming to Broadway in 2017 and national tour in 2018, and also directed the stage version of the movie School of Rock now playing at Broadway’s Winter Garden and opening in London’s West End at the New London Theatre this November), with choreography by Scott Ambler, set design by Paul Brown, Tony Award®-winning original costume design by Maria Björnson, lighting design by Tony Award®-winner Paule Constable, sound design by Mick Potter, and musical supervision by John Rigby.  The production is overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; lyrics by Charles Hart (with additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe); book by Richard Stilgoe and Andrew Lloyd Webber; orchestrations by David Cullen and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Based on the classic novel Le Fantôme de L’Opéra by Gaston Leroux, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA tells the story of a masked figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of terror over all who inhabit it.  He falls madly in love with an innocent young soprano, Christine, and devotes himself to creating a new star by nurturing her extraordinary talents and by employing all of the devious methods at his command.

Cameron Mackintosh’s brilliant original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OFTHE OPERA continues performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and in its recording-breaking run at the Majestic Theatre on Broadway and many other cities around the world.

Texas Performing Arts is situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country.  Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.  Texas Performing Arts presents an international season of music, theatre, dance, and conversation in our multiple venues, as well as the best in touring Broadway productions and concert attractions. As a university-based arts center it is also committed to serving the academic mission of the College of Fine Arts by supporting the work of our students, faculty and staff on our stages, classrooms, studios and production shops; and in the educational outreach programs it provides for the Austin community.

Broadway Across America is part of The John Gore Organization family of companies, which includes Broadway.com, under the supervision of 9 time Tony-winning producer John Gore (Owner & CEO). Current and past productions include Beautiful, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Neverland, Hairspray, Million Dollar Quartet, On Your Feet!, School of Rock and The Producers. BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com; Broadway.com.

Austin Opera’s Madame Butterfly is Looking for “Trouble”

Austin Opera, Austin’s first professional opera company and a cultural touchstone for the fine arts community in the Central Texas region.

Auditions on Monday, April 10 at 4:30 PM for the role of Cio-Cio-San’s child, “Trouble,” in the company’s production of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.

This is a non-speaking, non-singing role. Boys are preferred, but all are welcome to audition. The ideal “Trouble” will be a slender, small (37” to 41” tall) 5-year old boy with good attention skills and no fear of loud singing. The candidate will learn and repeat moves with Butterfly (his stage mother) and Suzuki.  He will kneel, be lifted, and be still for 1 minute.

The production will be performed on:

April 29 at 7:30 PM

May 4 at 7:30 PM

May 7 at 3:00 PM 

For more information, please contact production coordinator:

Rebecca Graham

rgraham@austinopera.org

Austin Opera

3009 Industrial Terrace #100

Austin, TX 78758

 

Featuring, Chris Gernon . . . His Story Continues!

We’re thrilled to feature Creative Genius Chris Gernon in our January / February 2017 Issue of InFluential Magazine.

Chris Gernon

Chris Gernon

There is something quite rewarding about using the gift of storytelling to evoke change in the world and Chris will continue to be a storyteller. Stories like Francis’ have given Chris the opportunity to continue doing just that. In the immediate future, another mental health story from Haiti about a man named Paul has captivated his interest and we can’t wait to learn where his creative direction takes us.

What creative stories will this storyteller continue to uncover and share? We look forward to finding out. But, what we do know is they will be profound and life-changing!

His story continues. . . .

Texas Cultural Trust Announces 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees

Lifetime Achievement: Kenny Rogers, Houston (Photography Courtesy of Texas Cultural Trust).

Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Kenny Rogers, Houston (Photography Courtesy of Texas Cultural Trust).

Biennial Statewide Event Celebrates Texas’s Legends & Luminaries in the Arts Honorees Kenny Rogers, Lauren Anderson, Scott Pelley, Kris Kristofferson, Leo Villareal & More

At a special luncheon at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, the Texas Cultural Trust announced Wednesday the 2017 honorees for the biennial Texas Medal of Arts Awards, taking place February 21-22, 2017, for the first time ever at Texas Performing Arts at the University of Texas at Austin.

In its ninth biennial year, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards is the Texas Cultural Trust’s signature event and the state’s most prestigious arts gala, honoring amazing Texans who have made powerful contributions to the arts here at home and around the world. This event celebrates the state’s legendary artists, entertainers, and arts patrons with a series of events, including a Stars of Texas Brunch at the Governor’s Mansion, a star-studded awards show with special musical performances, and a gala dinner.

The 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards Honorees:

Corporate Patron: John Paul & Eloise DeJoria, Paul Mitchell/Patrón Tequila, Austin Multimedia: Kris Kristofferson, Brownsville

Television: Jaclyn Smith, Houston

Individual Arts Patron: Lynn Wyatt, Houston

Dance: Lauren Anderson, Houston

Music: Yolanda Adams, Houston

Arts Education: Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas

Theatre: Renée Elise Goldsberry, Houston

Foundation Patron: The Tobin Endowment, San Antonio

Visual Art: Leo Villareal, El Paso

Architecture: Frank Welch, Dallas

Literary: John Phillip Santos, San Antonio

Journalism: Scott Pelley, San Antonio

Lifetime Achievement: Kenny Rogers, Houston

“The Texas Medal of Arts Awards recognizes those whose artistic talent and generous philanthropy have shone a spotlight on the vibrant artistic culture of our state,” said Texas Cultural Trust Executive Director Jennifer Ransom Rice. “People from all over Texas and from all artistic disciplines are honored and celebrated as we raise awareness about how vital the arts are to our state’s economy and our children’s education. We hope for continuing and expanding support for the arts for future generations to appreciate, embrace, and enjoy.” The Awards are co-chaired by Peter Holt, former Chairman and CEO of Spurs Sports & Entertainment and Holt Cat, and Guillermo Nicolas, an avid arts patron, Texas Cultural Trust board member, and president of 3N Group, LLC.

“Peter and I are so proud to have the opportunity to co-chair the spectacular 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards, and we look forward to an outstanding celebration of these worthy honorees,” said Guillermo Nicolas. “The arts preserve our cultural heritage and tell the story of our society. This event honors those artists who capture a moment in time through their creativity. The Texas Medal of Arts Awards is an important event that benefits the great work of the Texas Cultural Trust and highlights the arts in Texas.”

To date, the Texas Medal of Arts Awards has presented 99 medals to 105 Texas legends and luminaries who have achieved greatness through their creative talents, as well as those whose generosity has opened doors to artistic opportunity for Texans of all ages. The Awards spotlight the impact of the arts on the state’s economy and our children’s education, preserving unique and proud Texas culture. The Awards have celebrated various influential and talented honorees including Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Dan Rather, Neiman Marcus, Margaret McDermott, Barbara Smith Conrad, Tommy Lee Jones, Bob Schieffer, Debbie Allen, Robert Rodriguez, Walter Cronkite, Lake Flato Architects, the Nasher Foundation, Sandra Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg, Clint Black, Anheuser Busch Companies, Lyle Lovett, Texas Monthly, Robert Edsel, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

A limited number of sponsorships and tables are still available. To become a sponsor or purchase a table to the Texas Medal of Arts Awards, please contact tmaa@txculturaltrust.org or call 512.478.5289. For more information, please visit www.texasmedalofarts.org.

Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ~ Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery

Please join us for our Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting on December 15th. Ribbon Cutting is from 5:30 – 6:30 and reception with hors d’ouevres and beverages to follow.

Please RSVP to 512-645-0668 or lisa@russellartandframe.com.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

1516 S. RR 620

Suite #120

Lakeway, Texas  78734

Serenata, An Elegant Evening in Black & White, February 18

Austin Opera Guild’s Serenata Wine Dinner & Auction is an evening you don’t want to miss! This year’s elegantly themed “Black & White” event will feature amazing live and silent auctions, a gourmet four-course dinner by Executive Chef Elmar Prambs with wine pairings by Twin Liquors, a special performance by stunning soprano Karen Slack (last year’s Aida), and, back again by popular demand, dancing to the music of Reunion! Harvey Kronberg will be auctioneer, and Austin personality and former newscaster Ron Oliveira will join us as emcee.

SERENATA, An Elegant Evening in Black & White

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Proceeds benefit Austin Opera, ensuring that the tradition of world-class opera continues to thrive in the live music capital of the world.

For invitation recognition, please RSVP by December 9, 2016. 

For additional information or to make your reservation, call 512-610-7668 or email abonnici@austinopera.org.