Classical Cactus

Classical Cactus is our series at The University of Texas’ historic Cactus Cafe. Featuring a full bar with artists announcing their programs from the stage, this is our most relaxed series! Each evening features two artists, ticket giveaways, and fantastic music. Sip, relax, enjoy!

Classical Cactus Presenting Sponsor

Fiddler's Green


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Isaac Bustos and Chad Ibison

Thursday, January 29th at 8pm
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus $10

One of our favorite virtuoso artists, international award winning guitarist Isaac Bustos returns to Austin for what promises to be a dazzling show on the intimate Cactus Cafe stage. The evening begins with multi-international-award-winning musical marvel Chad Ibison. This will be fabulous evening of guitar playing. Get your tickets, and arrive early to grab a good seat up close to the action – you’ll be glad you did!


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Celil & Mehmet Refik Kaya and Steve Kostelnik

Thursday, February 26th at 8pm
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus $10

Celil Refik Kaya returns, this time with his father – all the way from Turkey – for an evening of Turkish music on Oud and Rebap. After blowing our minds with his last Cactus performance on classical guitar, he informed us that he loves to play traditional Turkish music with his father. How could we resist? The evening begins with phenomenal Austin virtuoso, Steve Kostelnik. An evening not to miss!


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Alexander Milovanov and Michael Gratovich

Thursday, March 26th at 8pm
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus $10

Michael Gratovich returns to Austin! After several years pursuing a doctoral degree at USC, Gratovich returns to the Cactus stage, and we can’t wait to have him! The show continues with supreme performer Alexander Milovanov, whose playing is simply transcendent. This will be an unforgettable evening.

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Dimitri Illarionov and Paulina Puljek

Thursday, May 7th at 8pm
Cactus Cafe, UT Campus $10

Pinch us, we might be dreaming! Dimitri Illarionov returns! The last time we saw him in the US was about ten years ago on his Guitar Foundation of America winner’s tour. That he’s returning, and that we get to see him in Austin, at the Cactus and at a Salon show, is nothing short of miraculous. The evening begins with fabulous player Paulina Puljek. A perfect close to our 2014-15 Classical Cactus season!

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