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In autumn, art falls into place

Blanton exhibit by El Anatsui, return of 'The Laramie Project' are among the highlights

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

It might feel like summer outside, but the Austin area is gearing up for the fall arts season.

Exhibits not to miss include a retrospective at the Blanton Museum of Art of noted African artist El Anatsui and the Ransom Center's monumental show in spring on the King James Bible.

Ballet Austin remounts its award-winning original production, "Light: The Holocaust and Humanity Project," at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The Austin Symphony Orchestra welcomes locally based star soloists pianist Anton Nel and cellist Bion Tsang to their roster of international guest artists, while five-time Grammy-nominated choir Conspire joins the symphony for two concerts (Gustav Holst's "The Planets" and Leonard Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms").

And theater highlights include "Rappahannock County," a startling new production about the Civil War co-commissioned by UT's Texas Performing Arts. Zach Theatre revisits the stirring, emotional "The Laramie Project."

Following are our curated lists of Austin's 2011-2012 cultural calendar. Look for more previews, reviews and related stories in this section, the Life & Arts section and @austin360.com/arts throughout the season.

jvanryzin@statesman.com; 445-3699