From the General Manager: Leave a Legacy

We had never heard of her. There was no record of previous donations — just a phone call from a friend who was handling her estate, letting us know that she had left KMFA a portion of her IRA, a generous gift. “What can you tell me about your friend?” I asked the executor. “She was just someone who loved your station.” What a wonderful call to receive, and what a touching affirmation of the strong connection that is forged between KMFA and its 100,000 weekly listeners. I do wish I had been able to meet her and thank her in person.

Since 1967, KMFA has thrived because of the support that comes from so many listeners — gifts of all sizes from donors of all ages, year after year. As we move toward our Golden Anniversary just three years from now, we are making an active effort to encourage you, our loving community of listeners, to consider a legacy gift that will go even further to secure the future of this beloved classical music institution.

A planned gift can be made to support ongoing operations, or can be designated to the KMFA Permanent Endowment Fund. A gift of cash or real estate can be listed in your will, or you can designate KMFA a beneficiary in an insurance policy or retirement account. There are many other options that we would be happy to discuss with you. If you have already included KMFA as part of your estate planning, please let us know so that we can thank you in person!

For more information about a planned gift, please be in touch with David Hammond, Director of Development, at 512-476-5632 or dhammond@kmfa.org. We would be delighted to hear from you and talk to you about the important role you can play in keeping the glorious sounds of classical music on the airwaves for future generations of Central Texans.

March 31, 2014 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

Join us around the KMFA campfire

by KMFA announcer, Jeffrey Blair

kmfa 045For most announcers our fund drives help us to let loose, have some fun, and talk about the things we love the best…the station and the music.

Sometimes a truly sublime moment happens and stops you in your tracks. I had one of those moments last week on Wednesday morning when I was on the air with Craig Hella Johnson, the artistic director of Conspirare. We were talking about KMFA and our mission of providing the best in Classical music to everyone who wants to listen. Craig mentioned that KMFA was like a campfire that we all gathered around to enjoy the light and the warmth of the music. The sublime beauty and appropriateness of that image made my jaw drop (figuratively anyway… since we were still on the air). The more I thought about it the more fitting that image seems to be.

Think of KMFA as a big campfire. Everyone can come and share in the light and the warmth – the light of intellectual stimulation, focus, and learning and the warmth of beauty, familiarity, and relaxation. Some who come to the fire want to soak up everything that the fire has to offer. Some only want a little light and warmth but they know they get exactly what they need from the fire. The nice thing about this campfire is that it’s open to everyone. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. It doesn’t matter how many people share the fire, there is room for everyone and all are welcome. However, in order to keep the fire going, it needs to be stoked.

As tenders of the fire, we here at KMFA only ask that everyone try to bring something to help keep the fire going. Some people can only bring a small stick and others can bring a large bundle of wood. It doesn’t matter to those who enjoy the benefits of the wood you bring, what matters is that the fire keeps going. We all help to feed it with love and care.

Join us around our campfire and bring what you can to stoke the flame this week during our Spring Fund Drive. We will be here all year with all the warmth and light you need through the music, hosts, and knowledge you rely on. There are volunteers waiting to take your call at 512-472-2221 or go to http://kmfa.org to make your donation on our secure website. We thank you for listening and for all that you contribute to KMFA.

March 25, 2014 at 7:01 am Leave a comment

From the General Manager: Take KMFA with You

ImageKMFA has launched a mobile app for Android and iOS. The new app is designed to make it easier for anyone with a mobile device to get classical music programming on the go. The app gives you live and on-demand access to your favorite programs, our on-air schedule, news and blog entries on classical music in Central Texas, and much more.

KMFA Mobile app features include:

  • Stream KMFA from anywhere. The KMFA hosts, programs, and music you love are there with the touch of a button. You can even fast-forward and rewind the pieces playing with the clock icon on the live stream toolbar.
  • Bookmark your favorite shows. Hear something you like? Bookmark it for next time or share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter through a slick interface.
  • Listen to the programs YOU want. Access recent and archived shows and episodes from those that offer On Demand programming. Please note: this feature is in development, so there will be more programs to come.
  • Support KMFA. When you make a secure donation, become a sustaining member, or even donate your old car, you make your favorite programs possible. The new app makes that even easier.

The KMFA app is free and available from Google Play and the App Store. Download it today!

February 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

From the General Manager – Menuhin Competition

Imagine an international event right here in Austin that attracts some of the world’s top participants, crowds of eager onlookers, and global media attention. Formula One, perhaps? Or maybe SXSW?

Austin has added another feather to its cap as a host city for world-class events with the arrival later this month of the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading competition for young violinists. Thanks to the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin, this prestigious festival is coming to the U.S. for the first time, having been hosted previously in the United Kingdom, France, and China, but never before in North America.

Between February 21 and March 2, you’ll have the opportunity to witness incredible performances by rising stars of the classical music world. As an extraordinary finale, the Butler School will also be presenting the Cleveland Orchestra in a gala closing concert featuring the top prize winners. Cleveland is revered as one of the world’s greatest orchestral ensembles, and this appearance may well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience its sound right here in our own beautiful Long Center.

Visit www.violinatx.org and make your plans to experience the drama and excitement of the Menuhin Festival today. And stay tuned to KMFA for special “Menuhin Minutes” as well as a live broadcast of the opening concert on February 21.

January 31, 2014 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Austin Lyric Opera’s production of “Tosca” LIVE

Puccini’s “Tosca” is one of opera’s most beloved stories and you can hear the ALO’s performance of it LIVE from the Long Center on KMFA. Join hosts Dianne Donovan and Cheryl Dring for the show.

Hear it LIVE on Sunday, February 2 at 2:45 pm! 

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January 23, 2014 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

KMFA Celebrates Black History Month

February is a big month here at KMFA.  We’ll be celebrating Black History Month by featuring works by African-American composers throughout the month. Shows like Choral ClassicsPianoforteFilm Score Focus and Fiesta! will also be commemorating the month with specialty programs. 

You can also hear a major work written by an African-American composer or featuring a prominent African-American artist each Friday during the 2 pm hour.

January 23, 2014 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin

One of the world’s top classical music competitions is coming to the US for the first time….and Austin is the spot!  Founded by the great violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, the Menuhin Competition is the world’s leading competition for young violinists under the age of 22. It will be held in the USA for the first time from February 22 to March 2, hosted by the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.

KMFA is the proud media sponsor and will be broadcasting the opening concert on Feb 21, as well as offering daily “Menuhin Minutes” coverage with our arts reporter Judlyne Gibson.

Learn more about this prestigious competition in Texas at www.violinatx.org.

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January 23, 2014 at 11:55 am Leave a comment

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