The Sarofim School of Fine Arts is proud to present a spring concert with the Southwestern University Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Ruben Balboa.

The Orchestra will play pieces from 1716 to 2015. Additionally, the President of the American Viola Society and Associate Professor of Viola at Texas State University, Ames Asbell, will be playing alongside us. 

A dynamic and versatile artist, violist Ames Asbell has performed classical, tango, and popular music in nearly 40 countries around the world, in venues ranging from concert halls and universities to clubs. She appears on dozens of internationally released CDs, film scores and broadcasts, including the Dixie Chicks’ Grammy-winning Home, Richard Linklater’s arthouse hit film Waking Life, and eight appearances on PBS staple Austin City Limits. From 2001 to 2005, she toured globally with rock legend David Byrne (of Talking Heads), appearing with him on broadcasts such as Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman as well as two international DVD releases and an album on Nonesuch Records. She has also recorded for labels such as Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Sony, among many others.

While earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas, Ames put down roots in Austin, where she is currently violist of the classical crossover Tosca String Quartet, Principal Violist of the Austin Opera Orchestra, a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and on faculty at Texas State University in nearby San Marcos. She is a frequent performer in the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and Victoria Bach Festival Orchestra. and has also performed with the San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute and National Repertory Orchestra. Her first professional orchestral performing experiences came during her high school years, with the Columbus (GA) Symphony and Montgomery (AL) Symphony orchestras.

Ames is honored to serve as President of the American Viola Society through June 2026.

April 27, 2024 | 2:00 p.m. | Alma Thomas Theater

This event is free and open to the public. Please get your ticket here.


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