KMFA Live: Austin’s own Anne Akiko Meyers

AnneJohn2Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers makes her home in Austin, but plays around the world. She is a mother of two, has a new release of American music called “American Masters,” just filmed a world premiere for PBS, and opens the Austin Symphony’s 104th season. Amidst all of this, she stopped by the KMFA studios to talk to John Clare about all of these projects, and to encourage you to become a sustaining member of KMFA.

Anne Akiko Meyers is active on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter (@AnneAkikoMeyers), as well as her own website!

She will be performing the Bach Double Violin Concerto on Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 p.m., at the Long Center for the Arts in Dell Hall for the opening of the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s 104th season.


Hear the full interview:


September 12, 2014 at 8:15 am Leave a comment

Enter to win two new CDs!

We have two hot, new CD releases to give to YOU, our loyal listeners.

Simply click here for your chance to win one or both CDs! One entry per person. Winners will be notified by 9/17/14.

1 ) Nicola Benedetti – Homecoming, A Scottish Fantasy



2) Alessio Bax plays Beethoven – Hammerklavier & Moonlight Sonatas, The Ruins of Athens




September 11, 2014 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Special Preview: Austin Shakespeare’s Henry V

KMFA Content Director John Clare likens the works of Shakespeare to composer Ludwig van Beethoven. More recently, William Walton scored Henry V on the silver screen, and Patrick Doyle’s music for Kenneth Branagh’s version is already a classic. Both scores can be heard on KMFA 89.5FM.

Locally, a one-man version of the Bard’s play is coming up.

September 5 to 14th, Robert Faires stars in Henry V for Austin Shakepeare’s season opener at the Long Center. KMFA’s John Clare spoke to Faires after rehearsal this week. The two talk about language, Robin Williams, and hear how the original one man production came about, and why it’s being revived.

Listen to the interview:


Take a sneak peek at the production: 


Find out more about the production here:


September 4, 2014 at 3:29 pm 1 comment

Back to School: August Top Ten

Ready for the new school year? Cool off and start the semester off right with these great classics:

10. Sigmund Romberg: The Student Prince

9. John Corigliano: Etude Fantasy   (etude means study)

8. Arnold Schoenberg: Erwatung (Expectation)   (2nd Viennese School)

7. Carl Orff:  Carmina Burana (original latin texts, song of morals)

6. Emile Waldteufel: Estudiantina Valse (Band of Students waltz)

5. Maurice Ravel: L’Enfant et les sortileges: Arithmetic Song

4. JS Bach: Anna Magdalena Notebook

3. Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture

2. Samuel Barber: School for Scandal Overture 

and the Number One “back to school” classical selection?

1. Franz Joseph Haydn:  Symphony #55 “Schoolmaster”!


Listen for these and much more throughout the month on KMFA!

August 15, 2014 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Special Preview! Texas Choral Consort presents Haydn’s The Creation

This weekend the Texas Choral Consort performs two works – Haydn’s Creation and Dan Welcher’s Without Form and Void. KMFA’s John Clare caught the ensemble in rehearsal last weekend and has this report.

Performances take place Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 3 in Northwest Hills United Methodist Church. More online at

Here is a sneak peak at Dan Welcher’s work:

More from the rehearsal – pictures of Brent Baldwin and the Texas Choral Consort:

CrystalWaterGlasses                          DownbeatBrent

FromThePiano                          GreatIsHisMight

August 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

From the General Manager: A farewell to Jules – stay tuned for new voices!

Our music library provides a virtual tour of half a millennium of musical creativity.  We want to share the full range and breadth of classical music by striking a balance of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. You may be hearing some changes to the rich musical mix of KMFA’s daily playlist – we’re paying a bit more attention to choral/vocal repertoire, and to music of the last half century. In any given hour or two on KMFA, you can be sure that you will hear music that you love, and we hope you’ll also discover something new and unexpected.

You will also notice some changes to our weekday announcing line-up.  Last Friday, KMFA bid a fond farewell to afternoon host Jules Brandon, who leaves us after five years to pursue her ever-expanding career in voiceover work.  We wish her all the best – and you’ll still be able to hear her as host of Pianoforte, Saturday 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 5:00 p.m.

There will still be a very familiar voice filling the afternoon airwaves.  Beginning August 18th, Jeffrey Blair, who has been handling the crack-of-dawn shift for 14 years, will be our new afternoon host from 2:00-5:00 p.m.  Not only does this provide Jeffrey with a chance to sleep in, it will also afford him more time to fulfill his expanding duties as Production Manager for our growing Listen Local series of live concert broadcasts. The morning program will now be anchored by KMFA’s new Content Director, award-winning broadcaster John Clare.  His easygoing style and musical knowledge have already won plaudits from a number of listeners during occasional guest shifts since joining the station in May. From 5:00-8:00 p.m., KMFA’s new Music Director, Chris Johnson, will guide you through rush hour and into the evening. Plus, we’ve added more local programming with “Night Music” from 10:00 p.m – midnight.

Very soon, you will also notice a change in KMFA’s online presence, as we put the finishing touches on a brand new web site scheduled to launch in September.   As requested by many of you, the new site will feature a greatly improved and more reliable “now playing” feature, as well as archived copies of your favorite programs like Ancient Voices and Choral Classics. The site will celebrate classical music’s role in Austin and beyond with interesting articles, more music streams, suggested playlists for special occasions, and an expanded calendar of cultural events.   We are grateful to The Still Water Foundation for helping to make the new web site possible.  With our new mobile app already available for download, and the coming new web site, KMFA is excited to be keeping pace with the exciting possibilities that technology offers in reaching into this increasingly tech-savvy community.

Change is exciting, challenging, and inevitable.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts as we continue to fine-tune our efforts to make KMFA a truly “Classically Austin” experience, and thank you as always for your support.


July 31, 2014 at 10:35 am 1 comment

KMFA Live: Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman

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John Clare and Richard Stoltzman on air in the KMFA studio.

World-renowned clarinetist Richard Stolzman and marimbist Mika Yoshida Stoltzman were in Austin this weekend performing for the 2014 Austin Chamber Music Festival. Richard stopped by our studios on Friday to speak with KMFA’s John Clare about the program for their Festival concert, what it’s like performing with his wife, and the acrobatics of playing marimba! Here is an introduction to their conversation, listen to the full interview for all the details.

John: …in the studio is Richard Stoltzman, and we were just listening to some Bach, and you guys do some arrangements. There are, unfortunately, no original marimba and clarinet works by Bach…


Richard: It would be absolutely amazing if somebody found one! However, the marimba is about 50 years old, so Bach would have had to come back. But anyway, yeah, I think the marimba and the clarinet are a beautiful combination because the marimba is a cross between the piano and drums… Chick Corea’s piece is going to be in the performance tomorrow night too, with two of the faculty members here at UT. He said, “My inspiration for Mika playing was that the marimba, to me, was a bridge between the piano and the drums.” He plays both piano and drums – great, of course – but he thought of the marimba as that. And he said, “My inspiration for you, as a clarinet player, was your sound, and the long line of the sound.” These two are fused together in the piece, and I’m getting ahead of myself, but that’s going to be the last piece in the concert by Chick Corea.

Mika and I chose Bach because he’s the universal source of joy and dance-like feelings, and of meditation. We got inspired because Peter Serkin, who is a dear friend of mine and a wonderful pianist, sent for a Christmas present a transcription that he made of the Bach two-part inventions. Each one on a different kind of electronically reproduced organs from various centuries – from ones that wheezed, and burped, and popped, to, you know, like high-tech kind of things. All Bach, but they all sounded unique, and they all sounded like Peter Serkin. Mika said, “Now I’m inspired because I know that Bach’s music can embrace us also.” So we are doing four of his Inventions tomorrow night. I’m playing, and this is a little crazy, but I’m doing the “Chromatic Fantasy” by Bach.

John: Wow!

Richard: Yeah, for clarinet it is a huge piece, of course. First of all, there’s no breath! [Laughing]. But that’s not the main thing…

Listen to the full interview to hear more from Richard. The 2014 Austin Chamber Music Festival continues through July 27th. Find the schedule and ticket information at Listen to KMFA this week for your chance to win tickets to this weekend’s performances. Listen online, on our mobile app, or on your radio at 89.5 FM.

July 21, 2014 at 5:55 pm Leave a comment

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