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Unrequited love is brought to life in song, dance, art

Austin's arts will be found in full force Sunday at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s concert "Love’s Labour Lost," set for 2 p.m. in Knowlton Auditorium at Austin High School.

For the first time, the symphony will be joined by the Jane Taylor Dancers and the Austin Area Art Center for a combination of visual and auditory presentations. The collaboration is meant to "celebrate the joy that art in all its forms brings to our lives," said Millie Masse, public relations for ASO.

The music chosen for the collaboration of dance, art and music is Mahler’s "Songs of a Wayfarer."

To accompany the Mahler music, Jane Taylor choreographed the lyrical dance movements, which her senior troupe will perform.

The gathering of the artwork from members of the art center came about through the efforts of Brad Weber, ASO chair, and Jim Wegner and Linda Draper from the art center. Varied media are represented in the artwork — water color, paintings, photographs, pen and ink, pencil drawings and digital art.


"Songs of a Wayfarer," a song cycle about unrequited love, will be presented by tenor soloist Rick Penning and ASO. Also on stage will be 13 young dancers who, through choreography and drama, will interpret the emotions of the music, while the artwork of 13 local artists projected onto a screen  provides an added element for the audience.

Other featured pieces of Sunday’s concert are Faure’s "Pelleas and Melisande" and Rimsky Korsakov’s "Procession of the Nobles from Mlada."

Three lighter pieces — Percy Grainger's "Country Gardens," "Shepherd’s Hey" and "Irish Tune from County Derry" — also will be performed.

Holly Dallager will play the oboe in "Gabriel’s Oboe" from the 1986 film "Mission."

ASO is funded in part by grants from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund.

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