Adoration & Remembrance

“Adoration & Remembrance” is a musical event presented by KMFA featuring the ensemble American Dreamer that explores loss and the many ways that we honor those who have passed on before us. The program’s center revolves around two works. The first of these is Florence Price’s Adoration, one of several semi-secular works in the composer’s output. Originally composed for solo organ, this arrangement by American Dreamer beautifully captures their skill for adaptation, drawing on their background as classically trained musicians. Paired with Price’s work is a composition by Giovanni Bottesini called Concerto for Double Bass No. 2 in B Minor, performed by American Dreamer founding member, Dana Marie Wygmans. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Draylen Mason, who is not only the namesake of KMFA’s primary concert venue, but also, the former student of Wygmans. Combining classical and folk idioms, as well as American Dreamer’s unmatched skill for musical storytelling, “Adoration and Remembrance” speaks to the human experience of grief and the power of art to heal.


American Dreamer

American Dreamer is four gifted musicians who bring a heavy dose of strings to their unique blend of Indie-Folk. Each member – Courtney Castaneda, Dana Marie, Camille Schiess, and Sasha Klare-Ayvazian – contributes something distinctive to their rich and remarkable sound. The quartet’s music builds on relatable Folk songs, transformed through bold string arrangements (violin, cello, bass) and resplendent three-part harmony.

American Dreamer’s four members met while pursuing graduate degrees at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, Austin. They share a lifelong passion for crafting their art and using it to connect with urban and rural communities. American Dreamer strives to honor America’s deeply rooted Folk tradition while exploring contemporary elements that roll the genre forward.

American Dreamer has toured nationally and performed widely across Texas. In addition to frequent performances at festivals and noted Austin venues, the group appears regularly at schools, shelters, hospitals, and in rural communities.


KMFA Studios

41 Navasota Street

Austin, TX 78702

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Friday, April 12, 2024

6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Pre-Performance Talk in the Miller Conference Room

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Performance in the Draylen Mason Music Studio (doors at 6:30 PM)

8:15 PM - 9:15 PM

New Music Mixer in the Coltman Shay Reception Lobby



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