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Festival Focus: The Winter’s Tale

Notes from ACMC Artistic Director Michelle Schumann What’s great about it: Our combination of live chamber music set to Shakespeare’s scenes is a unique and innovative concept. This year we’re taking on the passion, jealousy, and redemption of The Winter’s Tale and giving it an…

Festival Focus: Pacifica Quartet

Notes from ACMC Artistic Director Michelle Schumann What’s great about it: “Phenomenal,” “brilliant,” “astonishing,” “gripping,” and “breathtaking.” These are the words that have been used to describe the Pacifica Quartet, and with multiple Grammys under their belt, they will join us in Austin on July…

Festival Focus: Merz Trio

Notes from ACMC Artistic Director Michelle Schumann What’s great about it: The Merz Trio (rhymes with the German word Herz: “hair-tz”) is the newest and most stunning piano trio on the chamber music scene. Do you want to know what prizes they’ve won? Sheesh, the…

Reflections on a Year of Making Music Together Apart

Austin Chamber Music Center, Austin Classical Guitar, and Conspirare, with the support and encouragement of the Still Water Foundation, collaborated in the 20-21 season to support one another and share ideas during the COVID pandemic as we transitioned to in-home, streaming performances. Collectively we are…

2021–2022 Season: Save the Date

Favorite Things We’ll return to our Friday Intimate Concert and Saturday Synchronism Concert format with five programs from October through April. Instead of going into homes for Intimate Concerts we are thrilled to partner with KMFA to present all five concerts in the brand new…

Vieuxtemps & the Romantics

In this week’s Chamber Chat, we’ll delve into why our Valentine’s Weekend program will be our most emotionally charged concert of the season. Learn about the virtuosity and drama of Vieuxtemps, the holy aura of Beethoven, and the “heart-on-sleeve” romanticism of Fauré. Friday night and Saturday…

Reicha & the Inner Circle

In this week’s Chamber Chat, Michelle Schumann discusses friendship. Learn about the friendship between Beethoven and Anton Reicha that influenced their music making, and about one piece that Michelle’s friend, award-winning Austin composer Graham Reynolds, wrote for her. Hear this music live on January 18…

Crumb & the Innovators

Venture inside a piano to learn a few modern techniques from Michelle Schumann. She’ll also discuss your next season concert, Crumb & the Innovators, and what makes each piece on the program so experimental for its time. Hear these innovative works by George Crumb, Dmitri…

Clara & the Phenomena

Learn about one of the finest pianists of her time from our own Michelle Schumann. Michelle chats about Clara Schumann’s ingenuity and uniqueness, and about the music by Brahms and Beethoven that will be paired with her Piano Trio next weekend. Discover these influential works live…

Festival Focus: Beijing Guitar Duo

Selections from Austin Classical Guitar’s interview with Beijing Guitar Duo member Meng Su. What do you enjoy the most about performing? I really like performing, it’s part of my life, I mean it’s something I got really used to when I was a kid. And…

The Melting Pot Spotlight: KASA Quartet

We spoke with this month’s featured artists KASA Quartet about their new Marvin Hamlisch project. Learn about their collaboration with the Hamlisch family to honor one of America’s most beloved and highly acclaimed composers, and about how the quartet interprets music from around the globe. KASA, the…

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