PKWproductions Music & a Movie Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Mozart’s 255th Birthday
PKWproductions Music & a Movie Celebrates 5th Anniversary, Mozart’s 255th Birthday

Coyote Music Press Release


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February 10, 2011 - Austin, TX Kicking off the fifth year of the popular “Music and A Movie” series, PKWproductions director P. Kellach Waddle and the musicians of PKWproductions present once again their flagship event: Milos Forman’s highly acclaimed 1984 film Amadeus, combined with live performances of Mozart at the Alamo Drafthouse Lake Creek on Sunday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The PKWproductions' Alamo Drafthouse "Music and a Movie" series started with this event in February 2006 and has now grown into one of the most attended and prominent "alternative" classical music presentations in Austin, as well as in Houston and San Antonio.

What began as an experiment in alternative presentation of both music and film, that sprang from a meeting PKWproductions director had with his undergraduate classmate, Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League, PKWproductions “Music and A Movie” series is now a mainstay that continues to attract crowds of music and movie lovers. Other presentations have included pairing with classics such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho and Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and have been met with near sold out audiences.

The program of both the pre-movie and intermission concerts epitomizes PKWproductions' knack for presenting both standard classical repertoire and debut compositions with engaging and unique instrumentations. The pre-movie and intermission concerts for this anniversary show are presented under the heading of "Arias and Concertos". The program features movements from concertos, an opera aria, and the world premiere of the very first piece ever composed on a Mozart theme written by PKWproductions' director, three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee P. Kellach Waddle.


Note: All music except World Premiere by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Pre-Movie Concert

  • "Per Pieta" from Cosi Fan Tutti Emily Breedlove, Soprano Nikki Birdsong, Piano
  • Concerto for Flute and Harp, 2nd Movement , Andantino Elaine Barber Harp, Lauryn Gould, Flute Nikki Birdsong, Piano
  • Concerto in Bb originally for Bassoon , transcribed for Bass by S. Sankey First Movement, Allegro -- P. Kellach Waddle, Bass Nikki Birdsong, Piano

Intermission Concert

  • Aria-Variation on W.A. Mozart's Piano Concerto #21, 2nd Movement (Elvira Madigan) for Solo Bass(WORLD PREMIERE) performed and composed by P. K. Waddle
  • Concerto in Bb originally for Bassoon , transcribed for Bass by S. Sankey Third Movement, Rondo : Tempo Di Minuetto, P. Kellach Waddle, Bass Nikki Birdsong, Piano
  • ABOUT Amadeus, 1984 DIR. MILOS FORMAN

    While some movies about artists tend to be dull and uninspired, rendering the subject of the film far less interesting than his or her work, Amadeus is certainly an exception. In the film adaptation of Peter Shaffer's Broadway hit, director Milos Forman crafted an amazing portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, filled with rich details, powerful drama and a commanding score.Amadeus covers the last 10 years of Mozart’s life chronicling his triumphs and failures from the vantage point of Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), the Court Composer to Emperor Joseph II (Jeffrey Jones).The film begins in an insane asylum, where aging royal composer Salieri recalls the events of three decades earlier, when the young Mozart (Tom Hulce) first gained favor in the court of Austrian emperor Joseph II. Salieri was incensed that God would bless such a vulgar and obnoxious young snipe with divine genius. Why was Salieri--so disciplined, so devoted to his art, and so willing to toady to his superiors--not touched by God? Unable to match Mozart's talent, Salieri uses his influence in court to sabotage the young upstart's career. Disguising himself as a mysterious benefactor, Salieri commissions the backbreaking "Requiem," which eventually costs Mozart his health, wealth, and life. Amadeus won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham.

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    Synopsis compiled from


    P. Kellach Waddle enjoys a widely lauded career as a solo bassist, composer, chamber musician, orchestra musician, conductor and concert director. He has been cited as " ... an Austin classical music legend…" by Award-Winning Viola By Choice Director Aurelien Petillot; he has been called "… an amazing, incredible virtuoso..." by famed Austin radio personality John Aieili; and after his ovation-garnering solo concert at the 2009 International Society of Bassists Symposium (where he was one of only five dozen bassists from all over the world invited to perform a solo recital) convention officials declared "… (Waddle) is now obviously one of the great solo bassists of the world. "Waddle's music has been performed over 700 times in nearly 40 states and in 10 foreign countries. With over 20 premieres scheduled for the calendar year 2011 alone and nearly over 370 works composed as of Winter 2011, Waddle continues to maintain his position as one of the most prolific and performed composers of his generation.

    Waddle has been a member of numerous professional and festival orchestras including his current position with The Austin Symphony, which he has held since 1992. He has been nominated three times as a possible finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in Music and twice nominated for State of Texas Musician of The Year. He also serves as the "part-time Bach" in his position as Composer/Artist is Residence at Ascension Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. Waddle also is the director of PKWproductions—a company presenting sets of concert series comprising new works presented on literature, music presented with movies at the legendary Austin Alamo Drafthouse Theaters, and music of Waddle's all devoted to single instrument or medium—all of the series under the PKWproductions umbrella continue to be some of the most lauded, inventive and unique classical music presentations in the nation. Mr. Waddle's music is published exclusively by TfV Inc. of Concord, Massachusetts and Wyatt Brand of Austin Texas manages his publicity. For more detailed information as well as links to recordings of Waddle's music please go to

    While Mr. Waddle’s output still mainly is in the realm of chamber music, his piece for string orchestra, “The Temperature In The Forlorn Cathedral” was premiered in Ontario, Canada during the summer of 2009 marking the first of four works in larger forms to be premiered in the next eighteen months, the next being his 20-minute tone poem “A Walk Through The Vampire’s Garden” which will be premiered by the Prince George’s Philharmonic of Maryland in March 2011.

    Mr. Waddle has been profiled in several TV and print media in the past several months, including Austin Monthly, The Austin Chronicle and The Austin American-Statesman as well as on KOOP, KMFA and KUT radio stations. More information about and transcripts of these profiles can be viewed at (Last season, Waddle was featured with fellow Austin composers Dan Welcher, Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopchinski as part of a front page Austin Chronicle article by Robert Faires).

    Following up on Waddle’s writing for “unusual” media, such as his widely publicized pieces for massed tubas/euphoniums and organ, for the University of Texas carillon (bell tower) in May 2007 and a piece for (19-piece) Contrabassoon Choir in the summer of 2007, Waddle had a piece for massed trombones and organ premiered in 2009. Other works to be premiered outside of Austin during the 2009-10 season include five pieces for organ in Boston, Massachusetts, and sonatas for solo contrabassoon, solo oboe d’amore, and violin and bassoon as well as over a dozen new works for bass (including trios for bass/bassoon/piano and bass/contrabassoon/piano in New York City). Nearly 100 recordings of PKW’s pieces, from solo works to all three of his major Pulitzer prize-nominated orchestral works, can now be heard by entering “P. Kellach Waddle” at and at http://www.classicalmatter


    PKWproductions continues to forge itself into a major presence in the crowded Austin classical music scene. With an emphasis on collaboration between art forms and breaking the "fourth wall" of dogma that intimidates many possible listeners of this genre of music, PKWproductions continues to draw both established and new audiences through innovative programming. Collaborations have included lectures on art given by Mr. Waddle before premieres of new musical works about the art, discussions on literary works previewing original concerts inspired by the books in a series now held at Book People, and a series of often sold-out "Music and a Movie" concerts in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse. Also under the PKWproductions umbrella is another series entitled "The (instrument(s)) according to PKW"—a set of chamber concerts that feature Waddle's works for a particular instrument or set of instruments. Along with unusual programming such as music by warhorse composers in new instrumentations (music by Mozart for four double basses, music by Tchaikovsky for four trumpets, etc.) and one or more world premieres written by both PKW and host of other prominent local composers at every concert, PKWproductions continues to carve a unique niche in the Austin musical landscape for both performers and audiences alike.

Posted on 2/10/11