Best Bets: Singing in the rain

Published 10:22 am Thursday, April 9, 2015

Enjoy the sounds of music this weekend as Austin students take on popular movie songs, adults take on classical music and a well-known pianist takes on the piano at the Historic Paramount Theatre. With the chance of rain this weekend, stay dry inside and enjoy the talent Austin has to offer.

1. 2015 Austinaires Show: It’s Movie Night!

7-9 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Christgau Hall — Austin High School

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Featuring the Austinaires and Choralaires performing music from “Into the Woods,” “Ghostbusters,” “Footloose,” “Sister Act” and much more. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee or the Austin High School cashier. Adults cost $7, students and senior citizens cost $5 in advance; at the door tickets are $1 more. For more information, call Brian Johnson at 507-460-1800, ext. 420.

2. Classical Music for Dummies with Brad Mariska

7-8 p.m., Thursday, Austin ArtWorks Center

From “Looney Tunes” to waiting rooms, classical music is not only a part of history and culture but also everyday life. This four-week class introduces adults to the joys of classical music and major composers, explaining why certain artists were important and why their compositions have endured (and also provides some trivia about the composers and their odd personal lives). The course includes listening activities so participants can start to identify certain styles and composers. This class will also help participants make sense of classical music as more than just pretty background music. Cost is $55 for AACA members, $60 for non-members. Please note: This class is a four-part series that begins April 9 and runs four consecutive Thursdays. For more information, call 507-434-0934.

3. Autism Family Respite Night at the YMCA

6-8:30 p.m., Friday, Austin YMCA

Offering those with ASD the chance to socialize, grow, and interact with friends while parents get a few hours away. For kids in grades kindergarten through 12. Cost is $5 per event, payable to the Hormel Historic Home prior to the event. Supervised activities will include free time in the gym with organized games as well as scooters, basketballs, and other equipment, swimming, snack, and special holiday events. The event is staffed by ASD professionals. Pre-registration is required at the Hormel Historic Home by 4 p.m. the day prior. The event fee will not be accepted at the event. To register or for more information, call 507-433-4243.

4. Gourmet Pancake Breakfast

8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sunday, Cunningham Hall, Queen of Angels Catholic Church

Come find out what makes these pancakes special — pancakes like these can’t be found anywhere else in town. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and milk. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and Pacelli Catholic Schools. For more information, contact Neil Drees at 507-440-4343.

5. Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven Bash

2-4 p.m., Sunday, Paramount Theatre

The event will feature Fei-Fei Dong on the piano. Praised for her “natural musicality and beauty of tone” by the Cincinnati Enquirer during the 2013 Cliburn Competition, Chinese pianist Fei-Fei Dong landed among the top six finalists. She continues to build a reputation for her poetic interpretations, charming audiences. Committed to sharing her joy for music and connecting with communities, she also does school and outreach concerts, traditional master classes, Q&A sessions, and other activities. Ms. Dong gave her first recital at age 10. She has since appeared with the many symphonies and worked with well-known conductors. She has been presented in Alice Tully Hall, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, and the Louvre Auditorium, and been featured multiple times on New York’s WQXR radio. Cost for tickets is $12 in advance or $15 at the door.