A Spring Song Garden
April 1 | 7:00 p.m. | Armstong Community Music School
Join us for a celebration of music and the human voice! Spring Song Garden features artists Liz Cass and Jayoung Hong in a program of classical opera arias, French art song and some wonderful surprises! LOLA is proud to be a company in residence of the Armstrong Community Music School.
- Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
- Time: 7:00 P.M.
- Venue: Armstrong Community Music School
- Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lola-presents-a-spring-song-garden-tickets-573084540287
- Cost: $25.00
- Name: LOLA
LOLA's mission is to create innovative high-quality artistic experiences that eliminate barriers to connecting with the operatic artform, bringing artists and communities together.
LOLA commits to cultivating the future of opera by offering new approaches to this art form & classical singing & to propelling opera out of the grand hall & into the larger community at events in bars, parks, & small theaters. LOLA is particularly keen on giving Austin-based artists of all stripes unique & interesting outlets for their work that otherwise would not exist in the Austin cultural landscape. We work to ensure 70% of our cast and crew are female-identifying &/or from historically underrepresented communities (Latinx, Black and queer artists in particular.) Recent data tells us we reach diverse audiences & many who are new to Western classical vocal music. In 2022, we reached over 1,000 people through our programming at Waterloo Park, Mozarts, & our production of Lardo Weeping at CRASHBOX. Our audiences included people of all ages, families, & members of the LGBTQIA & BIPOC communities.
Instead of a formal season, we stay open to collaborating with arts organizations & artists & finding ways to support each other & center voices that are not traditionally uplifted in the opera community.
From LOLA’s first performance, we were already breaking from tradition by casting Puccini’s La Bohème with all treble voices. We intentionally set out to engage local singers of high quality as well as develop some new talent in the community. Organically we decided to tell this story through a queer lens of found family, young love, & heartbreak.
Our most recent production, Lardo Weeping a new chamber opera by composer Stopschinski & librettist Galloway, gives voice to Dinah LeFarge, a quite large, sexual, woman with 5 dollars in her bank account struggling to find meaning, hope, & laughter while living in her single room apartment. It is an exquisite meditation on finding beauty & value in unexpected places, biting criticism of fatphobia, & an unflinching look at an individual we all know but usually overlook for the easily digestible character.
- Address: 404 Camp Craft Rd
- City: West Lake Hills
- State: TX
- Zip: 78746