WHO: The Austin Symphony
WHAT: Summer Music Festival
WHEN: July performances
WHERE: Symphony Square, 11th and Red River
CONTACT: Nan Schwetman (512) 476-6064 or 343-6513 (evenings, weekends)


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The Austin Symphony’s Summer Music Festival at Symphony Square will feature three well known Austin musical groups in July — jazz saxophonist Kyle Turner and his band on Saturday, July 13, Christine Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell on Saturday, July 20, and Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes on Saturday, July 27. (There will be no performance on July 6 because of the Austin Symphony’s concert at Lakeway.) All performances are outdoors in the Symphony Square Amphitheatre at 11th and Red River and begin at 8:30 p.m.; drinks and snacks are available at the adjacent Cafe Serranos.

Houston native Kyle Turner is a hot item here in Texas and across the U.S.. Following in the footsteps of other well-known jazz sax players such as Kirk Whalum, Turner has recorded three CD’s including his current release, Sincerely Yours, on the Midwest Records label. Based here in Austin, he tours from coast to coast with his 5 – piece band, which also includes keyboard, bass, guitar and drums. On June 29th, he’ll be opening for Acoustic Alchemy at The Backyard.

Christine Albert is known for her unusual blend of country music with a French accent. With a mother from Switzerland, a grandmother living in Paris and years of living in Texas and New Mexico, she has developed a unique style of country music with international appeal. Her 1992 release, Texafrance, with its compilation of French music done Texas-style, as well as her appearance as the Bluebell Ice Cream spokesman and in "Don’t Mess with Texas" TV commercials have made her well known in the Austin music scene. She’ll be joined by folksinger Sarah Elizabeth Campbell with her humorous renditions of "sad love songs."

Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes need no introduction to Austin audiences. Their "big hair," outlandish attire and 50’s and 60’s motown sound have been hits with fans for years. Originating as a skit for Esther’s Follies, Ro-Tel and the Hot Tomatoes evolved into a talented band recognized around the country for their high-energy, fun-filled performances.

Tickets are $6 per person and are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. The box office opens at approximately 7:45 p.m.. For more information on Summer Music Festival performances, call 476-6064.

ASO performances are partially funded by the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.

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