Adam’s Goes to the Met!

Our Founder Joe Bratcher and Artistic Director Tony Tobin just returned from a trip to NYC to glean new ideas and listen to music They heard Yefim Bronfman play the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto and the New York Philharmonic perform Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony. Bronfman has never played better and exhibited consummate control of tone, balance, and the beautiful Steinway D.

Next on the agenda was a wonderful performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Metropolitan Opera. The cast, staging, and music were top-notch and made for a wonderful evening.

Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC

But the highlight of the trip was a performance of the not-often heard Pelleas et Melisande by Claude Debussy. Since Tony Tobin is a Debussy specialist who had never seen the opera live, this was a special treat. Not only did the cast and staging impress, the new conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, is a worthy successor to James Levine and tantalizes with the possibilities the Met will have in the future.

We also shopped for music for the collection at Adam’s once it arrives we will tell you more about it, but in the meantime here is a preview:

The Fairies Are Exquisite Dancers by Debussy was inspired by a drawing in this book

Please Join us February 9th at 2PM for Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa’s master class, we already have 5 great students lined up to play.

February 24th at 4PM Dr. Tobin will play the first book of Debussy Preludes and show his new film about Debussy’s special Bluethner piano.

March 2nd at 2PM Sophia Gilmson will give an encore master class. The last was sensational so we do hope you will attend!

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa

Enrique Rangel Performs Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa

This week we’re posting Enrique Rangel’s performance of Forgotten Melodies, Op. 38: No. 2. Danza graziosa.

Check out our YouTube channel for Enrique’s lecture & Op. 38: No. 1. Sonata-Reminiscenza & stay tuned for more!

Adam’s Music House on KMFA

Missed us on KMFA’s Classical Austin last month? Check out their archives to hear Adam’s Music House founder Joe Bratcher III and artistic director Dr. Anthony Tobin discuss our Winter Fellowship Concert featuring our first ever fellow, Enrique Rangel, and Nicolai Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies.

Stay tuned for videos of Enrique Rangel performing Nicolai Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies Op. 38.

October Update!


Saturday October 20th 9 students traveled to Austin from Laredo, 7 played before and after dinner at Cenote. We had a wonderful time and they invited Dr. Anthony Tobin to play, give a class, and show his film at TAMIU in Laredo next spring. Thanks for making the trip to Austin! Next Saturday, October 27th at 2PM, Dr. Bradley Bolen of Baylor University will give a master class, we are looking forward!


Sophia Gilmson gave a wonderful lecture-demonstration of Bach and Shostakovich Preludes and Fugues Saturday October 13th at 2PM. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and talent with us!


Saturday’s September 29th class with Dr. Fritz Gechter from TAMIU in Laredo was enjoyed by students and observers alike.  We are pleased Dr. Fritz imparted his knowledge and experience!


Our first Adam’s Music House Fellowship winner, Enrique Rangel, is making progress. September 23rd he played the Opus 38 Medtner Sonata and greeted the public.


Enrique Rangel Fellowship Winner~

Sunday September 24th Enrique Rangel played the Sonata Opus 38 by Medtner, the first part of his work on the complete Opus 38 which he will present December 20th.

Joe Bratcher presented him with a certificate and half his award. Enrique played really well, we are very pleased with his work and progress and look forward to the rest of his work.