Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave
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Cello Sonata No. 5 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Allegro con brio
- Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto – Attacca
- Allegro – Allegro fugato
Viola Sonata, Op. 36 | Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881)
- Maestoso – Allegro
- Barcarolla: Andante con moto
- Finale Scherzando: Allegretto
Piano Quartet in C Minor | Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
- Allegro molto moderato
- Scherzo, Allegro vivo
- Allegro molto
Charles Wetherbee, violin
Ames Asbell, viola
Amy Levine-Tsang, cello
Michelle Schumann, piano
Violinist Charles Wetherbee is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He has performed solos under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as with the Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the Columbus Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, and many others. The Washington Post has called Wetherbee “a consummate artist… with flawless technique.”
Charles is the first violinist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. He is a devoted teacher, currently Assistant Professor of Violin at The University of Colorado – Boulder. He is also the Artistic Director of The Dercum Center
Ames is in great demand for teaching and performances of all types throughout Texas and beyond. Recent performances have taken her across the US and to Mexico, Turkey, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to her current positions, Ames is a frequent performer with Arizona Musicfest, the Victoria Bach Festival and Conspirare: Company of Voices. When her schedule allows, she also enjoys exploring Baroque viola performance with La Follia Austin Baroque and the St. Cecilia Baroque Festival.
Cellist Amy Levine-Tsang enjoys an active career as both chamber musician and teacher. She is a founding member of the Laurel Trio and frequently collaborates with numerous ensembles such as the Brentano Cassatt, Colorado, and Meridian String Quartets; the New Jersey Chamber Music Society; the Richardson Chamber Players; and the Chamber Soloists of Austin. She received degrees from Yale and Rutgers Universities, where she studied with Aldo Parisot and Bernard Greenhouse, respectively. She is a former member of the music faculty at Princeton University, and continues to teach privately since relocating to Austin.
Hailed for her “sensitive, flexible, and tempestuous dexterity” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Michelle Schumann has built a reputation for evocative and moving performances. Since 2006, Michelle has served as Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she “is fearlessly expanding our definition of chamber music” (Austin American-Statesman). Her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.
Schumann is artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and additionally holds a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory.