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April 14, 2016 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

KMFA Goes with Everything

From the General Manager, Ann Wilson


Austin’s appetite for arts and culture grows each year. KMFA is honored to be an official media sponsor of a range of events this month as eclectic as our city itself. We hope you will join us for one (or all!) of these great events.


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Photo by Peter Adamik from http://texasperformingarts.org/

Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
Photo by Peter Adamik from http://texasperformingarts.org/

•    October 9:  We can always count on Texas Performing Arts to bring Austin a world-class series of great classical music performers from around the world. This month, the Berlin PhilharmonicWind Quintet comes to Bates Recital Hall on the University of Texas campus.  Joining the quintet will be Van Cliburn Gold Medal-winning pianist Jon Nakamatsu. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear an amazing group of the world’s top players in the intimate setting of Bates.


•    October 16:  La Dolce Vita is one of Austin’s favorite and most artistic parties, held annually to support the mission of The Contemporary Austin and benefit its educational programs. Guests will enjoy the beautiful lakeside setting and outdoor sculpture viewing at The Contemporary’s Laguna Gloria site as they savor special culinary creations by Austin’s top chefs.


•    October 22:  KMFA collaborates with the Austin Film Festival’s as sponsor of its 12th annual “Film & Food Fundraising Party,” at the historic Driskill Hotel. Specialty cocktails by Twin Liquors and innovative cuisine presented by some of Austin’s most notable chefs, makes for a delectable celebration of the cinematic arts. Proceeds benefit Austin Film Festival’s On Story® Project.


We thank these wonderful community partners for selecting KMFA to help spread the word about their important work and their special events, and we encourage all of our listeners to take part in supporting Austin’s outstanding cultural organizations. Visit the KMFA events calendar for information on other great activities coming up this fall.

October 1, 2014 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

The Kids Rock the Airwaves!

Bright, energetic, ambitious… those are just a few words that came to mind while watching the campers at Kids Recording Kids Radio Camp this year. Over the course of the week, these youngsters learned interview skills from Dianne Donovan, how to set a mic from Jeffrey Blair, and how to record and edit their own sound bites. At the big showcase at the end of the camp, Louis, Alex, Francesca, Lori, and Braulio were pros as they interviewed, recorded, and hosted two outstanding guest musical performances – Justice Phillips and One Ounce Opera. Camp leaders and staff were blown away by these campers’ enthusiasm and skill.

Camp leader Judlyne Gibson was thrilled with the outcome of the camp and captured her thoughts on the week:photo4

Having gone to summer enrichment camps when I was a kid, I can tell you that I saw the same expressions on our campers faces as I’m sure I had at the camps I attended: excitement, joy and curiosity.  Not all of our five campers were immediately engaged, but within the first hour of the camp they were excited about what they were about to learn and accomplish at Kids Recording Kids.

Each camper had his or her own reasons for taking the camp. Some wanted to find out more about their future career choice:  announcing, a graphic artist, a sound engineer, others were simply curious about the workings of a radio station and once they saw what was involved they were STILL interested.

Our campers were also receptive to the talents of our instructors.  They were fascinated by Jeffery Blair, with his massive knowledge about sound engineering,  including the numerous types of microphones and what they’re used for.  I learned something too.  And film composer Brian Satterwhite whose tales of writing music for film were enthralling and introduced a career that some of the campers didn’t really know existed. Dianne Donovan’s instruction on doing interviews really got the campers attention, especially the parts about what NOT to do.

My joy was in seeing the light bulb of understanding beaming above their heads.

I think our campers walked away with “new” knowledge that they’re excited to build on as they get older and their career aspirations become clear.

KMFA is so proud to offer an enriching and educational program such as this. Be a part of it by tuning in to hear all that the campers accomplished at camp on the KMFA airwaves in the fall. We will be airing their hour long showcase on August 24th and again on September 1.  We hope you can join us!

Kids Recording Kids is sponsored by Austin Optimist Club. Thank you for your generous support!


All of our campers: Lori, Brian, Francesca, Alex, Louis, Braulio, Judlyne

Justice Phillips on the classical guitar

Justice Phillips on the classical guitar


One Ounce Opera performing in the KMFA studio

June 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Saturday Night at the Symphony

I was fortunate to hear the Austin Symphony Saturday night at the Long Center. The delightful program began with a living composer, Robert Paterson’s Dark Mountains. This Copland-esque work is colorful and charming. The piece is in three contrasting sections which is set off with fabulous rhythms and an intimate orchestration. Paterson was present, and came by KMFA last week while he was in town. You can listen to the interview he did with KMFA.

Next up was Mozart’s dark Piano Concerto #20 with soloist Gabriela Montero. Known for her passionate readings and improvisations, Montero took brisk and exciting tempos. Cadenzas were impromptu – a great throwback to “historical” performance. That said, it was awesome to hear on a modern piano, with deep colors and long melodic lines. She stopped by the KMFA studios last week as well to discuss piano, Mozart and Venezuela. Listen to her interview with Dianne Donovan.


Gabriela Montero rehearses Mozart with the ASO [credit: John Clare]

Gabriela asked for suggestions from the audience (who were on their feet for a standing ovation) for her improvised encore. It turns out she wound up with the same tune to play each night, The Eyes of Texas. Hear her version from Friday night and a different version Saturday night.

The second half of the Austin Symphony’s program was a real masterpiece, Richard Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra. Made famous (the first three minutes at least) by 2001: A Space Odyssey, the stage was filled with 103 musicians (reportedly) including two harps, six horns, and an electronic organ! This particular performance was also Music Director Peter Bay’s 500th performance with the orchestra in his 16th full season with the ASO.

John Clare and Peter Bay, backstage selfie [credit: John Clare]

John Clare and Peter Bay, backstage selfie [credit: John Clare]

I am looking forward to many more performances, from the Austin Symphony and other great groups around the area – and hope to see you there too! Say hi, and keep KMFA Classical 89.5 close – on air, online, and with our great app!

– John Clare, Program Director

May 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

From the General Manager: Leave a Legacy

Ann_smallWe 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 4 comments

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