The Long Center offers variety of musical events this summer —
July 2, 2020

The Long Center offers variety of musical events this summer

By Merideth Cox

The Long Center for the Performing Arts


Kids dancing, couples lounging on blankets, old friends in their trusty folding chairs, lone bicyclists and pedestrians who have been distracted from their destinations-all united by the sound of music. Residents of the “Live Music Capital of the World” are invited to come enjoy the original kind of live music . . . before electric guitars and amps.

The Hartman Foundation “Concerts in the Park,” presented by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, brings together ardent enthusiasts and unwitting attendees alike just as similar events did in town centers years ago.

In its 14th summer season, these free ensemble concerts take place at the Hartman Concert Park in front of the Long Center City Terrace and will run on Sunday evenings from June 5-August 28 at 7:30 p.m. Each Sunday a different ensemble of the Austin Symphony will be featured at the park, located on the front lawn of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, performing music from jazz and light classical to pops selections and film scores. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner and blanket and make it a group outing.

The music and atmosphere will reflect a simpler time when performances of familiar classics in downtown gathering places were commonplace. It is the hope of the Hartman family that these free and very informal outdoor events will provide an opportunity for Austinites to become acquainted or reacquainted with the classical music experience at Austin’s new gathering place for the arts. These enchanting outdoor park concerts, which last one hour, are an ideal opportunity for Austinites to enjoy some of the Capitol City’s greatest pleasures – the fine music presented by the Austin Symphony and the magnificent cityscape views of downtown Austin.

June concerts include June 5 – Strings, June 12 – Woodwinds, June 19 – Big Band, June 26 – Brass. The concerts are free and additional information is available at the Austin Symphony website,, or by calling 512-476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (Toll-Free).

Rendering of the new Austin Statesmen Skyline Theater at the Long Center.
Rendering of the new Austin Statesmen Skyline Theater at the Long Center.


The Long Center for the Performing Arts has been a staple of the Austin music and arts scene ever since its opening in 2008. In fact, it’s one of the most important venues in Austin when it comes to promoting local talent – 80 percent of the performances at the Long Center come from local artists.

While many people are familiar with the indoor theater, which has hosted numerous events like Jimmy Kimmel Live, Leonard Cohen and Bon Iver, as well as being the permanent home for Austin’s Ballet, Symphony and Opera, in the last four years the Long Center has begun to focus on memorable outdoor experiences as well. Events like Sound & Cinema, Trailer Food Tuesdays, and city-wide watch parties for games like the World Cup have brought thousands of people to the lawn of the Long Center.

Based on the popularity of these events, the Long Center is debuting the Statesmen Skyline Theater at the Long Center this summer. The 7,000 person capacity, open-air venue overlooks Lady Bird Lake and has picturesque views of downtown Austin. Official performances begin on Saturday, June 11, with Boston’s 40th Anniversary tour featuring special guest Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx. The season continues with Steve Miller Band (July 26), Culture Club (August 2), the Goo Goo Dolls with special guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society (September 11), Needtobreathe (October 23), plus more concerts to be announced in the near future.

“Skyline Theater at the Long Center will be a spectacular complement to Dell Hall, the indoor theater at the Long Center,” said Jamie Grant, former President and CEO of the Long Center. “We’re quite confident that Skyline Theater at the Long Center will help us fund even more free outdoor community events and activities and continue to maximize the use of this iconic community gathering place.”

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