A former punk rocker and self-taught composer, Nathan Felix, is teaming with the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (COSA) for an evening of classical music to benefit area schools in lower income neighborhoods.
Dubbed as the Classical Music Kegger, the event will feature local musician Chris Maddin, Austin’s Kitty Xiao, and concludes with Felix performing compositions specifically written for six restored pianos obtained through Craigslist and by donation.
During this unorthodox performance, the audience will sit in the center of the room surrounded by the six pianos, and afterwards, each piano will be given to area schools with the goal of enriching their music education programs.
The Classical Music Kegger, an ongoing event, comes to the Alamo City after it was first introduced in the musician’s hometown of Austin in November 2015. The idea for the event came after Felix witnessed an opera performance at a train station during his time living in Los Angeles.
In a short film produced by Austin’s KLRU-TV, Felix reveals he was inspired to create something “bold” and “challenging” that would make classical music more accessible to the undeserved communities in his own state. “I want to start grooming and growing the next crop of young, talented kids,” he said.
Nathan Felix and COSA present the Classical Music Kegger
Free, donations will be accepted, rsvp on Facebook, 8pm, Sat. May 7, Mattress Factory, 1903 S. St. Mary’s, electrochestral.com