(Community Matters) Matthew Hinsley has created the new IT performing arts organization. I’m not sure what we expected but I had no idea of two things. I had no idea the Austin Classical Guitar Society now commanded audiences the size to fill the Long Center’s Dell Hall, and I had no idea they now commanded the attention of Austin’s most important supporters of musical arts. I knew the evening would be extraordinary – we’ve been to a few of Matthew’s events since becoming friends over 10 years ago, and he only produces exceptional performances. Of course, the Miro Quartet needs no introduction; that Matthew persuaded them to play under ACGS speaks volumes.
It’s hard for me to hear fine sounds – my ears (or maybe it’s my attention) just don’t usually distinguish nuances. Though, by the second act, I was following the layering of strings, comparing the music to a wine. There are good varietals, perfectly good wines, but far fewer high-quality blends which spectacularly and memorably showoff a vintner’s skills.
so many of Austin’s leading performing arts patrons & friends were there Saturday night including Tana & Joe Christie, Terry & Joe Long, Gail & Jeff Kodosky, Jo Ann Christian, Gary Cooper & Richard Hartgrove, Bill Dickson, Carolyn, Marc & Dan Seriff, Forrest Preece, Cameron Lockley & Trey Alford, Sarah & Ernie Butler . . .
We’re signed up for Flamenco Austin – Spanish wines, tapas and “Explosive Flamenco” on the Great Terrace.