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Golden Hornet Project is reanimating Mozart’s legendarily unfinished Requiem Mass in D minor. Spear-headed by co-artistic directors Peter Stopschinski and Graham Reynolds and featuring movements contributed by genre defying composers from around the world, this project further engages GHP in the international conversation that is the alt-classical movement.

At the time of his death, Mozart was had not yet completed the anonymously commissioned piece.  The version that is most performed today was completed by his student at his wife's request so she could collect the promised fee.  Mozart's Requiem Undead eliminates anything not written by Mozart’s hand and turns the vocal score over to ten composers with artistic backgrounds ranging from rock to hip-hop, video games to film, dance, experimental and beyond.

Production Partners
Texas Performing Arts - Situated on the main campus of one of the largest and most prestigious research universities in the country, Texas Performing Arts serves The University of Texas at Austin campus and the Austin community at large through a diverse season of world-class fine arts performances, educational activities, and collaborative partnerships.

Texas Choral Consort - Over the last decade TCC has held over 30 concert projects and several international tours receiving acclaim for performing Mozart's Requiem both nationally and abroad.  Music director Brent Baldwin is an adventurous young conductor with aesthetics that perfectly complement those of GHP’s Graham and Peter.  In fact, Brent was Peter and Graham's 1st choice to conduct both their 4th and 5th Symphonies.

FuseBox Festival - Austin’s annual hybrid arts festival champions adventurous works of art across a variety of different mediums and takes place in Austin each April. Mozart Requiem Undead will be the opening event of the 2014 festival.

Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky
Caroline Shaw (2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music)
Adrian Quesada
Todd Reynolds
Justin Sherburn (Okkervil River)
Kate Moore
Petra Haden
Glenn Kotche (Wilco)
Graham Reynolds
Peter Stopschinski

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at
Golden Hornet Project, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit presenting and commissioning organization founded by composer/musicians Graham Reynolds, leader of the avant-jazz-rock-classical ensemble The Golden Arm Trio, and Peter Stopschinski, of the radically experimental Brown Whörnet. Since 1999 GHP has presented over 60 concerts of indie classical music by more than 40 composers from non-academic musical backgrounds in underground rock, jazz, electronic and hip hop and has world premiered 14 new orchestral works and countless chamber pieces.

Board of Directors

For over a decade, GHP has presented adventurous music in sometimes unusual settings. In doing so we have proudly premiered over 60 new works by more than 50 composers.

June 22, 1999 Tosca I Hyde Park Theater Chamber
February 12, 2000
Symphony #1 Scottish Rite Temple Orchestra w/ Soloist
May 24, 2000
Chamber Music Off Center Chamber
July 12, 2000
Composers at the Piano Empanada Parlour Duets
October 4, 2000
Brass + Percs Ritz Upstairs Chamber
January 18, 2001
Vision's Fugitives ALO Preece Chamber
February 25, 2001
Voice + Percs ALO Preece Chamber and Chorus
April 5, 2001
Classical Hoot Nite Mercury Rock Bands
May 2, 2001
Children's Piano ALO Doucloux Piano 2 hands/4 hands/6 hands
July 27, 2001
Str 5-tet Empanada Parlour Chamber
September 12, 2001
Solos Hyde Park Theater Solos
October 6, 2001
Symphony II ALO Doucloux Orchestra
December 3, 2001
Concertos 1st Unitarian Church Orchestra w/ Soloist
January 1, 2002
Tosca II Mercury Chamber
March 16, 2002
SXSW Tosca Scottish Rite Chamber
April 10, 2002
Imbroglio Hyde Park Theater Chamber
September 7, 2002
Chamber Music II Rm 710 Chamber
November 1, 2002
20 CD BOx Set Release Mercury Chamber/Solo
February 14, 2003
Hunchback Alamo Drafthouse Silent Film w/ Chamber
June 6, 2003
Percussion III Rm 710 Chamber with Electronics
October 11, 2003
Symphony III Off Center Orchestra with Electronics
January 5, 2004
Woodwind Quintet Church of the Friendly Ghost Chamber
June 15, 2004
Solo Chuck Fischer Church of the Friendly Ghost Solo
October 11, 2004
Concerto for Rock Band Ruta Maya Orchestra with Rock Band
April 30, 2005
Red Armada Quartet Church of the Friendly Ghost Chamber
June 4, 2005
Metropolis Harry Ransom Center Silent Film Score
July 14, 2005
Solo Bruce The Hideout Solo
September 12, 2005
Symphony IV Ruta Maya Orchestra
December 1, 2005
Beyond the Rocks Paramount Silent Film Score
February 5, 2006
Shostakovich Cactus Café Chamber
June 1, 2006
Piano Trio Hyde Park Theater Chamber
September 9, 2006
Symphony V Off Center Orchestra
December 6, 2006
Percussion V Off Center Chamber Music
June 29, 2007
Honeymoon Concert Beerland Chamber Music
October 5, 2007
Big Band Frenzy Ruta Maya Big Band
February 26, 2008
Tosca String Quartet Lambert’s Chamber Music
July 12, 2008
Russian Masters Hoot Night Beerland Rock Bands
August 16, 2008 Percussion VI Salvage Vanguard Chamber
September 4, 2008
Big Band Frenzy Redux Wooldridge Park Big Band
March 1, 2009
Tosca String Quartet Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Chamber Music
March 18, 2009
Metropolis SXSW Film Festival Silent film w/ live score
March 21, 2009
Non-Classical Showcase SXSW Music Festival Chamber w/ electronics
April 2, 2009
PVC Surround FueseBox Festival Chamber w/ Electronics
August 15, 2009
German Masters Hoot Night Club deVille Rock Bands
February 6, 2010
Symphony VI Ballet Austin Orchestra
April 26, 2010
Tosca String Quartet w/ Special Guest Rostam Batmanglij Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Chamber Music
June 25, 2010
The Lost World Discovery Green Park Silent Film
July 11, 2010
Steinway to Hell Pete's Piano Bar Dueling Composers at the Piano
September 11, 2010
Metropolis Seaholm Power Plant Silent Film
April 16, 2011
String Explosion! Ballet Austin McCallum High School Orchestra

GHP is currently raising funds for our 2013 - 2014 season. You can aide this effort with a tax deductible donation. Thank you for your support.

John Riedie, executive director

Peter Stopschinski,
co-artistic director

Graham Reynolds,
co-artistic director

PO Box 4559
Austin, Texas 78733