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Anne Akiko Meyers - Serenade / KMFA Interview

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"Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods." – Plato

Anne Akiko Meyers is one of the most celebrated violinists around the world, and is also a resident of Austin, TX! Her latest release, Serenade: The Love Album, now released on eOne Music, is her 31st album. It features Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, based on Plato's Symposium, as well as ten world premieres of re-worked music from the American Songbook and classic movies by seven arrangers. The album also serves as a 50th wedding present for her parents. You might have received this album as a thank you gift from KMFA's fall membership campaign!

"My father loves classic movies, and also plays clarinet," says Meyers. "A big influence was Benny Goodman, and my dad played at a lot of jazz clubs as a teenager. This music, from the America songbook and the jazz clubs, that's what is in his blood. He still plays today." Anne also included a little love for her husband Jason on this album. "It was a holiday, and he had never seen Cinema Paradiso. It was my first movie gift to him...it still makes me tear up when I see the scene with all the kisses."

Hear some of the music and more with KMFA: Austin & Anne Akiko Meyers by clicking the orange audio play button above.

Meyers also filmed a trailer for Serenade: The Love Album at Austin's historic Paramount Theatre. WATCH IT!