Upcoming LIVE broadcast: ALO’s Cinderella!

We are so thrilled about the upcoming Austin Lyric Opera event: Cinderella !


KMFA is broadcasting the event *live* this Saturday night, and even though we’ve done a couple of live broadcasts this year, every event is uniquely exciting!

This morning we welcomed two guests on the air: Kevin Patterson (Director of the Austin Lyric Opera) and Lauren Rico (visiting from NYC, where she understudies for Margaret Juntwait at the Metropolitan Opera). They were so enthusiastic and insightful about Saturday’s upcoming performance that I went straight to the ALO website to read more about it: www.AustinLyricOpera.org.

KMFA’s Production Manager, Jeffrey Blair, and our Production Associate, Phil Pollack, coordinate preliminary preparations with the engineers at the Long Center, testing all kinds of broadcast equipment and Internet functionality. Tonight, after their regular workday is over, they’ll trek over to the dress rehearsal, plugging into microphone arrays and tweaking the broadcast sound quality. I don’t understand half the technical stuff that they work on, but we’re SO glad to have their help!

So, if you can’t attend this wonderful performance in person, be sure and tune in this Saturday evening at 7pm. Lauren Rico and our own Dianne Donovan will be hosting the “pre-game” interviews right there in The Long Center lobby… and we’ll be glued to our radios!

~posted by Alison @ KMFA 🙂

The last night in Paris!

KMFA’s La Belle France tour could not have ended on a better note. Stunning. Mesmerizing. Fantastique!

Saturday we were treated to the opening night of the Paris Ballet’s Les Enfants Du Paradise .  Immediately we were thrown in the world of Garance and her fickle heart’s choices of suitors.  At times it was difficult to tell where the ballet started and where it ended as several of the dancers/actors performed from the audience.  At intermission the dancers did a mini performance in the main hall of the Palais Garnier.  The building was entertaining in itself, dripping with gold and velvet ornaments from ceiling to floor.

After the splendid ballet performance (which I will never forget) we all walked across the street to the Cafe de la Paix and our tastebuds were treated to equally as appetising foods. 

It’s only been a day but already I miss Paris, the Louvre, the Ballet, cafe au lait, Dianne Donovan’s great explanations of the concerts, our tour guide James’s incredible wealth of knowledge, and most of all the 17 very cool and eclectic folks who signed up for KMFA’s first ever trip.

Au revoir (for now)!
Judy Watts

p.s. pictures to come soon.