heart of origin


heart of origin


Saturday, September 1

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Welcome to the debut of the Revel Radio Project and our Season 10 Launch Party! Revel in a pre-show jam with invoke, the Austin premiere of a gorgeous new work, Heart of Origin: Six Poems of Rita Dove by Luke Mayernik, a chat about life and art with the artists, and The Birds Will Still Be Singing by Elvis Costello.

Blackerby Stage & Studio
1111 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757

doors & social: 6:00pm • pre-show with invoke: 6:45pm • show: 7:00pm-8:15pm

$10 Student Tickets available at the door with valid student ID.

PLEASE NOTE: Because we're making a radio show for future broadcast, there will be no late seating. Please arrive early.


Liz Cass enjoys a lively schedule of performing, teaching, and producing. Liz recently premiered Graham Reynold’s opera, Pancho Villa: From a Safe Distance, for which she garnered an Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Singer. Ms. Cass is the Executive Director of the Armstrong Community Music School where she has been on the faculty and staff since 2004. Liz Cass, is also a founder and the Executive Producer of the award-winning LOLA, Local Opera Local Artists.

Liz’s upcoming schedule includes a performance of Luke Mayernik's song cycle Heart of Origin with Revel to kick off their 10th anniversary season, the Alto Rhapsody by Brahms and the Lord Nelson Mass by Haydn with Chorus Austin, Handel’s Messiah in Guatemala City and Antigua, Guatemala, and Pancho Villaperformances in Los Angeles, New York City, and Vancouver, BC.In the spring of 2019, Ms. Cass will be premiering LOLA’s first commissioned piece by composer Peter Stopschinski, Lardo Weeping.


Heralded as "Stylish... elegant... intriguing..." by Choir and Organ magazine, "delicious and imaginative" by Pulitzer prize winner & US Poet Laureate Rita Dove, Luke Mayernik is an award-winning composer, organist, pianist, harpsichordist, improviser, and collaborative artist. Earning his M.M. in Composition from The San Francisco Conservatory of Music with the highest honors (May 2017), Luke studied with David Garner, Rodney Gehrke, and David Conte.  Luke has been accorded several first prizes in improvisation and composition respectively, including the 2014 University of Michigan International Improvisation Competition; the 2011-2013 CROPATRIA International Composition Competitions; the 2008 Royal Canadian College of Organists Competition; and the 2004 AGO International Competition in Improvisation. Also in 2004, Luke was awarded the prestigious Associate Certificate by the American Guild of Organists.  A passionate teacher and mentor, Luke has presented masterclasses and lecture-recitals in interpretation, improvisation, and composition at [inter]national universities and conventions.  With a growing catalog of both sacred, secular, and concert works, Luke's original compositions are published with E.C. Schirmer, Hal Leonard, Walton Music, Graphite Publishing, OCP, H.T. Fitzsimons, and many others.  Awarded a full scholarship and a teaching position in composition/music theory, Luke was also a doctoral composition student at The University of Texas at Austin, studying composition with Donald Grantham. He currently serves as the Director of Music for St. Susanna Parish in Mason, OH.

For more information, visit www.lukemmusic.com.


Described by one pretty important radio guy as “not classical...but not not classical," invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The band’s other not-nots encompass traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism. invoke weaves all of these traditions together to create truly unique contemporary repertoire, written by and for the group.

invoke’s 2015 debut release “Souls in the Mud” begins with original works that conjure images of America, including the fast-paced opening track Travesty and The Trace (inspired by bourbon whiskey). The third and title track, Souls in the Mud, is an American transformation of a 16th century motet featuring banjo, mandolin and a bluegrass-influenced boot-stompin’ finale. The EP is rounded out by invoke accompanying a historic recording of a haunting traditional English ballad and two compositions by prolific American composer Danny Clay.

Most recently the Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at the University of Texas at Austin, invoke has also been selected to participate in the Emerging String Quartet Program at Stanford, Artists in Residence at Strathmore, the Emerging Young Artist Quartet at Interlochen, and the Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts. In 2018, the band won First Prize in the Open Category of the international chamber-arts competition M-Prize, in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as First Prize in the Coltman Competition in Austin, Texas. 

invoke has shared the stage with some of the most acclaimed chamber groups in the country, including the Enso Quartet and the U.S. Army Field Band. Other highlights include a week-long residency at the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Institute, and appearances as part of the South Florida Symphony’s Summer Chamber series and the NextNOW Festival at University of Maryland.

In addition to “Souls in the Mud”, invoke has performed and recorded numerous world premieres, including works by Joseph C. Phillips Jr., Armando Bayolo, and Geoff Sheil. The quartet’s recording credits appear on bassist/composer Ethan Foote’s solo album “Fields Burning”, singer/songwriter Marian McLaughlin’s “Spirit House”, and jazz/soul singer Rochelle Rice’s EP “Wonder”, and many more.

Equally at home in a collaborative setting, invoke has appeared with musicians from genres at complete opposite ends of the spectrum - from chamber rock powerhouse San Fermin, to indie sensation Never Shout Never, to DC beatboxer/rapper/spoons virtuoso Christylez Bacon.

invoke endorses the Buffalo Trace line of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Soda Shaq cream sodas, and Kirkland brand everything.


Carla McElhaney is the pianist, co-founder, and Artistic Director of Austin’s innovative music and arts collective, Revel. Her playing has been recognized by the Austin Critics’ Table with multiple nominations for performance awards in the “Best Instrumentalist” and “Best Chamber Music Performance” categories, praised by the Austin-American Statesman as exhibiting “infectious enthusiasm,” and commended by the Austin Chronicle as delivering “an exciting mix of focus and passion.” 

Carla’s passion for music became evident early on; she gave her first public recital at the age of 3, and was a top prize-winner in numerous competitions throughout her youth. She went on to earn performance degrees at the Eastman School of Music and The University of Texas at Austin, where she also served on the piano faculty for a year after completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She went on to a garner a tenured faculty post at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory in Ohio, before returning to Austin to co-create Revel. 

Carla is energized by creative partnerships, as demonstrated by her active performing schedule and ongoing collaborations with many of Austin’s favorite musicians. She currently teaches at Texas Lutheran University, and you can hear her nightly on KMFA Classical 89.5 as the host of Night Music.

Sponsored in part by our Presenting Media Sponsor, KMFA Classical 89.5.