Posted to Volacci's blog on September 28th, 2011

Local & national artists collaborate at Austin's Moody Theater for Austin Pictures

October 1, artists from all walks of life and artistic mediums will meet at Moody Theater to participate in Austin Pictures. Some are world-renowned musicians and others are high school students who have never played in front of such a large audience. Some are photographers who contributed images of their favorite local landmarks and some are promising painters, commissioned to create one of the 11 paintings for the event. 

All came together to bring Austin Pictures to life. 

Hosted by Austin Classical Guitar, the event celebrates our city’s rich artistic tradition by highlighting the intersection between three mediums under one, unifying theme--Austin and Central Texas. Each musical piece, picture, film and mural highlights an aspect of the region. For example, a new piece by Austinite Joseph William II, named for the event, consists of five movements: Hill Country, Floating on Lady Bird Lake, Dance of the Grackles, Violet Crown with Cicadas and Capital City Construction. 

Guests will have the chance to view the paintings by young local artists in the gallery before the show begins. Led by Austin Symphony conductor, Maestro Peter Bay, Act I is the world premier of Austin Pictures and will feature a 100-member guitar orchestra composed of musicians from the nonprofit’s school programs playing alongside the Miró Quartet. Following the piece is a 12-minute film about the painters who created the art showcased in the gallery. Act II features renowned classical guitarist Jorge Caballero and the Miró Quartet. Act III places the spotlight on Caballero as he performs Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  

“At its heart, Austin Pictures is about promoting an arts-rich lifestyle in Austin,” Dr. Matt Hinsley, Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar, said. “We’re bringing together members of our diverse community through art, music and film. The world class professionals along side of distinguished students artists will create an evening that will be both entertaining and inspiring.”

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For more information on how you can get involved in the arts community, visit or ping Volacci's CEO, Ben Finklea, who is a board member.