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The Balcones Community Orchestra is in its twenty-fifth season of bringing high-quality chamber orchestra music to the Austin region. The all-volunteer group draws its repertoire from the masterworks for small orchestra, and presents free concerts in venues that approximate the conditions under which these works were first performed and heard. 

Please check our website often to see upcoming events, including full orchestra performances, as well as other musical events pertaining to the classics. 

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                                                classical music alive and free to Austin. 

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Anton Nel, Piano
Mozart: Piano concerto in F major


                                                                        2023-2024 CALENDAR - SUNDAYS AT 4:00

September   24    -   Patrice Calixte, Violin & Alex Smith, Viola  - Lakeway Activity Center   
                                              Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

October 22              -   Anton Nel, Piano  -  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
                                                 Mozart:  Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459

November 19         -    Bryan Hall, Violin  -  Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                Dvorak:  Violin Concerto

January 21, 2024  -   Jessica Mathaes, Violin  -  Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                Chen / Zhanhao He:  Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

February 18             -    SungEun Park, Piano  -  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
                                                 Repertoire TBA                                            

March 17                    -     Thomas Gougeon, Violin - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                               Beethoven:  Romanze in F and Wieniawski Polonaise in D Major

April 21                        -    Francesco Mastromatteo, Cello  - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                  Dvorak:  Cello Concerto 

May 19                         -    Artina McCain, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
   Repertoire TBA



Anton Nel:

Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies (he has a repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) In addition to recitals in virtually every U.S. state he has appeared overseas at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam,  Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as major venues in China, Korea, and South Africa. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin and also gives an annual series of masterclasses at the Manhattan School of Music  and the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, and the Orford Music Academy in Quebec. Mr. Nel also frequently performs as harpsichordist and fortepianist. His recordings include four solo CDs,  chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven and Brahms cello/piano works with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, Saint-Saens and Edward Burlingame Hill. The Johannesburg-born Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis,  and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. His website is

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