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Longhorn Music Releases Two New Albums

March 7, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas –The Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin has released two new albums through their record label, Longhorn Music. Previous ensembles and musicians featured on Longhorn Music include the Miró Quartet, the Butler Opera Center, and the UT Jazz Orchestra, which released an album late last year in November, titled "In the Thick of It."

Aeolus Quartet: Many Sided Music
Many Sided Music is the Aeolus Quartet's second release on the Longhorn Music label, representing the culmination of the Aeolus's two-year residency at the Butler School of Music. Funding for production was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the NEA American Masterpieces: Chamber Music grant, a highly competitive grant that's intended to build new audiences for American chamber music. The grant enabled the ensemble to pursue programming that was less traditional in the industry and in comparison to the previous CD. The album features three attractive and virtuosic works by emerging, young American composers, and is anchored by William Bolcom's beloved "Three Rags for String Quartet."

The record will be available for digital download by most major vendors, including Amazon and I-Tunes on March 6 and CDs will go on sale on March 27 through Naxos USA.

Formed in 2008 in Cleveland, the quartet served as Graduate Quartet in Residence at the Butler School of music, University of Texas at Austin, 2009 – 2011. They are currently the Graduate Fellowship String Quartet at the University of Maryland where they are pursuing Doctoral Degrees. Praised by Strad Magazine for their "high-octane" performance, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today.
More information about the quartet and their upcoming concerts and tours can be found on their web site.

Gobo: "Commissions and Premiers for the Oboe"

This album is the Longhorn Music debut for acclaimed oboist and University of Texas Butler School of Music professor, Rebecca Henderson. Commemorating Henderson's illustrious career of championing new music for the oboe, this album includes five brilliant new commissions or premiers of chamber music with oboe.

Album production began in Seattle in 2001 and the last piece was recorded in 2009 at the university. The timeline and variety of locations behind production provided a unique set of challenges for Henderson and her team, but the final product is sure to please the ear. "All of the works on the CD are modern, but they are all immediately and completely accessible to any listener," said Henderson.

The record will be available for digital download by most major vendors, including Amazon and I-Tunes on March 6 and CDs will go on sale on March 27 through Naxos USA.

Henderson holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Henderson has been a member of the Butler School of Music faculty at The University of Texas at Austin since 2001.