October 2 Venue Update

Due to the recent surge in Austin’s COVID-19 numbers, we are moving the concert on Saturday, October 2 to our office lobby at 7600 Burnet Road. We know that many of you have enjoyed Beethoven’s Birthday in our lobby in past years and are thrilled to safely present this concert in ACMC’s home! Capacity will be limited to ensure socially distanced pod seating.

Friday night is sold out, and limited in-person tickets remain for Saturday night at the ACMC lobby. Join us as we kick off a season of Favorite Things with this special opening weekend, featuring music by Brahms, del Águila, and Mozart—reserve your seats now! Virtual access is also available; the concert on Friday, October 1 will be livestreamed from KMFA and then made available on demand through May.

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2021–2022 Safety Guidelines

With the health and safety of our community in mind, we have updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with the most recent City of Austin and CDC guidelines. The guidelines that ACMC implements will depend on the current City of Austin stage of risk at the time of each event. The current stage for the City of Austin and corresponding guidelines can be found at AustinTexas.gov/Covid19. ACMC guidelines are subject to change.

Stages 1–3: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are recommended for individuals who are not vaccinated.
Stages 4–5: Masks worn over the nose and mouth are required for all individuals except while eating and drinking. Unvaccinated and at-risk individuals are encouraged to join the virtual concert experience or exchange tickets for an event at a later date.

Please plan to stay home if you or someone in your household is sick or feels ill. Your tickets can be exchanged for virtual access to the concert or for tickets to an event on a later date.

Contact us with any questions. All ACMC staff and artists are fully vaccinated, and we look forward to sharing the 2021–2022 Concert Season with you!

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 incredibly grateful to have been able to continue to serve, employ our artists and staff, and create music that inspired and connected our communities during this time of great challenge. This year of pivoting and innovating will inform our work as we return to in-person concerts. We’d like to share some of our lessons learned, some of the art itself, and reflect on what we think we might take forward into the future.

Throughout the season, the Executive/Managing Directors of each organization spoke every Friday to share ideas and lessons learned, frequently engaging other team-members and community members in certain discussions.

We are very grateful especially to all those friends near and far who believed in us, took steps with us into online streaming events, supported us, through this most unusual year. Here is a brief report on some of what we learned, and we welcome feedback, comments, and questions.

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Festival Mask Policy Update

Given the updated guidance from the CDC and the City of Austin, masks are no longer required for our outdoor Festival events but are recommended for unvaccinated people. Please contact us if you have questions about this updated protocol.

If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available for all Festival events on a sliding scale $0–40 and include on-demand access through July.

We look forward to sharing the final two concerts with you, live this Thursday and next!

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25th Annual Festival: Outdoors & Online

We are thrilled to announce that the 25th Annual Austin Chamber Music Festival will take place both outdoors and online!

The concerts will be held on the front lawn at the Neill-Cochran House Museum each Thursday evening May 27 through June 24. Seating pods of 1-4 people will be spaced six feet apart and masks will be required. If you prefer to watch the livestream, virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through July. Don’t forget to check out our Streaming Tips page if you are not yet familiar with our streaming platform.

Click the button below to check out the full Festival lineup and reserve your tickets!

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Spring Sessions on New & Improved Platform

The Chamber Connect: Spring Sessions are about to begin, and we are thrilled to be able to kick off a new year of concerts with you on our new virtual platform! The platform has been personalized for our ACMC audience and offers an elevated quality for streaming and on-demand video access. Get to know how it all works on our Streaming Tips page.

Tickets are available now through our box office page for the Spring Sessions, which begin on January 23. Similar to the fall, these programs will be accessible to everyone on a sliding scale. Only one ticket is needed per streaming device, and you can select the price that works best for you, between $0 and $40.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas New Virtual Event

ACMC presents its 9th annual celebration of A Charlie Brown Christmas this year as a special virtual event. To brighten your season, the program will be free to watch. Enjoy your favorite tunes from this holiday classic from the comfort of your home!

The concert features Vince Guaraldi’s original music from the animated television special. Returning to perform these iconic pieces is bassist Utah Hamrick, ACMC Artistic Director and pianist Michelle Schumann, and drummer Scott Laningham. Special guests include vocalist Michelle Haché and Ephraim Owens on trumpet. A new recording from KMFA Classical’s new Draylen Mason Music Studio is currently under production, and will be broadcast on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 PM CT and Sunday, December 13 at 4:00 PM CT.

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Fall Update for Education Programs

ACMC continues to bring safe learning opportunities to students during the 2020–2021 academic year! Virtual Composition classes are in session this fall as part of the Young Artists Academy, and ensemble coaching is in the works for the spring. Our faculty is working with students in our In-School Program virtually and in-person at outside locations, taking all necessary precautions. ACMC is currently producing educational videos as a virtual option for our School Concerts program; these videos will soon be available on our website to all schools and individuals as a teaching resource through the end of the school year.

For more details about our education programs, visit our Education Overview page.

Virtual Concerts Continue This Fall

The Austin Chamber Music Center is presenting brand new content as part of its virtual series, Chamber Connect. The new Fall Sessions will feature works by Bach, Schubert, Glass, Rachmaninov, Carlos Simon, and more. These evocative and thought-provoking programs will be recorded especially for the ACMC audience. The sessions include pre-concert talks as well as a live Zoom chat between the artists and the audience members. Each online event takes place on a Saturday at 7:30 PM CT: the first program, Kindred Spirits, on September 26; the second, be still and know, on October 17; and the third, Bach Remix, on November 14.

Performing these works are violinist Patrice Calixte of the Austin Symphony, cellist Prudence McDaniel of the Marian Anderson String Quartet, percussionist Thomas Burritt from the UT-Austin faculty, and pianist and ACMC Artistic Director Michelle Schumann.

Access links to these virtual events can be obtained by completing the fall registration form, which allows attendees to pay what they can on a sliding scale. Registrants will also receive on-demand access to the programs during the month of December.

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Update for Beethoven & the Infinite Ticketholders

ACMC has finalized our plans to finish out the 2019–2020 Tribute season, and we will present the Attacca Quartet virtually on September 12. To cap off our season of “big birthdays and big ideas,” the 2019 Grammy®-winning Quartet will take us on our Beethoven & the Infinite journey, featuring the String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 127. Their performance will be recorded especially for Austin Chamber Music patrons. In addition to a stellar performance, the event will feature behind-the-scenes discussions on the music and the lives of our artists.

If you purchased tickets to the original Beethoven & the Infinite event scheduled for March, you don’t need to take any action to access to the exclusive Attacca concert stream. We will convert the value of your ticket into a donation the week of August 17, send you an electronic thank-you letter to acknowledge your tax-deductible contribution, and provide the information for accessing the concert shortly thereafter. If you have requested a refund, your refund will be processed the week of August 17 and you will not receive access to the Attacca stream.

For anyone who did not purchase tickets to Beethoven & the Infinite this past year, stay tuned for information on how you can join the exclusive virtual event!

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