Koa Performed with the Texas Youth Wind Symphony

"Wind Symphony" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2.2, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Wind Symphony” Austin, 2019

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Outside of school, Koa has been practicing with two music groups, the Austin Youth Orchestra and the Texas Youth Wind Symphony. Today the latter had their spring performance at Bates Recital Hall on the UT campus.

The recital hall is really awesome. Not only are the acoustics amazing, but it has stadium seating so you can pretty much see all the performers from an elevated position. In most general-purpose auditoriums, the stage is elevated, so you need to be in the middle/back rows in order to have a chance to see everyone’s face, and then you are pretty far from the stage. But at the Bates Recital Hall, everyone had a view of their student performer, even in the front rows.

Koa plays percussion, so he was moving around among the different instruments. My favorite was when he played the bass drum in “Of Our New Day Begun”. It was great! And LOUD!

There were a total of 4 pieces in several movements. Please enjoy the videos! (I just used my Fujifilm X-T10 and built-in mic, hand-held, so the quality is not the best. Also, I mainly just made sure Koa was in the videos, so apologies if you weren’t able to see your student)

A Visit to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin

"Holding Hands" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Holding Hands” Austin, 2019

Today Bay and I were at UT for a recruiting event, and after that was over we decided to check out the Blanton Museum of Art. Actually, Bay has been there twice before but this was my first time.

The Blanton Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, so if you are in town for an event, vacation, or touring UT, it’s super-convenient to visit. There’s a parking garage right next door, and it’s only $4 (with validation). Admission to the museum for me was $12 (adult), and just $5 for Bay (youth). If you are a UT student, the admission is free, and $5 if you are a student at another college. Oh, and admission is FREE on Thursdays!

I enjoyed the modern art of the permanent collection, but if you are used to the offerings in New York City or other large metropolises, you might be disappointed. Still, the space is top-notch and the temporary exhibition Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton was really good. I really liked the wood print posters and their graphic style.

I took a few photos in the museum, and at the Ellsworth Kelly Austin installation. Enjoy!

"Make Tacos Not War" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/100 sec, ISO6400
“Make Tacos Not War” Austin, 2019
"Color Light" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec, ISO640
“Color Light” Austin, 2019
"B" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO800
“B” Austin, 2019
"Delicate Sculptures" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/125 sec, ISO2500
“Delicate Sculptures” Austin, 2019
"Skylight" Austin, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/4, 1/420 sec, ISO200
“Skylight” Austin, 2019

Anko the Sink Cat

"Anko by the Sink" Cedar Park, 2019
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-T10, 35mm, f/2, 1/60 sec, ISO500
“Anko by the Sink” Cedar Park, 2019

Our silly cat Anko drinks water from the faucet, much like a hamster or rabbit drinks out of their water bottle. But she also likes to hang out at the sink and look out the window. It’s probably her favorite place in the house!

Another odd thing is that as soon as I go up to the sink and turn on the faucet, she’ll run from wherever she is and come jump up on the counter, even though she may have just drunk a bunch of water. I guess it’s just a learned response now. Such a strange cat!

I hope you had a nice Friday!