Autumn Lotus Ball 2013

The first Autumn Ball was held on Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at the Asian American Resource Center.

Michael Hsu (Michael Hsiao-yue Hsu) the son of a ship captain, was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and emigrated to Houston, Texas at age 3. Michael graduated from the University of Texas and is now settled in Austin with his wife and their two young children. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture was formed in 2005 and is doing design driven projects in Austin and Houston, and more recently in San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and El Paso for local and national clients. Michael Hsu’s architecture has been the recipient of numerous design awards from the AIA, IIDA, and others.His signature local projects include some of Austin’s most iconic hot spots: Uchi, La Condesa, Uchiko, Sway, Lamar Union, Amy’s Ice Cream, P.Terry’s, and a 500,000Sf mixed use development and home of Alamo Drafthouse. In 2015, the South Congress Hotel will join the numerous hotels and contemporary residences Hsu has made his mark on. According to the Austin Business Journal, “[y]ears from now, Michael Hsu and his architecture firm will likely be viewed as being responsible as anyone in his field for influencing the way Austin looks and feels.”

Peter Bay is celebrating his 16th full season as Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.He is the first Asian American to lead Austin’s oldest and most revered performing arts group. Bay is also Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas, and Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra in Montana. As a Guest Conductor, Peter has performed in and received rave reviews across the United States and in Europe. A native of Washington, DC, Peter is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. Peter is married to soprano Mela Sarajane Dailey and they have a son, Colin.

The program featured the 2013 Asian Image Award honorees: Peter Bay and Michael Hsu.

Chinatown caterer

Austin Symphony Conductor Peter Bay and Architect Michael Hsu