The performing arts scene is alive and well in Austin thanks in part to this expansive venue along the shores of Lady Bird Lake. The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts (to use it's full name—it's generally shortened to the Long Center), plays host to a wide variety of performing arts groups and touring national and international acts like the Vienna Boys Choir, Burt Bacharach, and Blue Man Group. It also serves as the permanent home to Austin
Lyric Opera, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the center houses a wing for community arts education programs.
Austin Lyric Opera. Austin's first professional opera company has been putting on multiple productions a year for nearly 30 years. 701 W. Riverside Dr., 78704. 512/472–5927. www.austinlyricopera.org.
Austin Symphony Orchestra. Eight classical concerts, four pops concerts, a holiday favorite performance, a children's Halloween presentation, and many free events are performed by the Austin Symphony throughout the year. Venues include the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the Palmer Events Center. 1101 Red River St., Central, Downtown & the Capitol Area, 78701. 512/476–6064. www.austinsymphony.org.
Ballet Austin. Now in a state-of-the-art downtown center, Ballet Austin has risen in prominence over the years as the city's preeminent dance company. Part performance company and part dance academy, Ballet Austin puts on a regular lineup of ballet productions throughout the year including an annual rendition of the classic The Nutcracker each holiday season. The season runs from September through May with season tickets options that offer better seating for frequent attendees. 501 W. 3rd St., Central, Downtown & the Capitol Area, 78701. 512/476–2163. www.balletaustin.org.