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!

2020 Virtual Festival Announcement

Artistic Director Michelle Schumann has created a Festival plan that maintains our wonderful ACMC spirit while keeping everyone safe and healthy.

We will move online for the Austin Chamber Music Festival, where, from June 27 through August 8, we will present a weekly series of  curated performances. Dr. Schumann will lead all of these musical features with narrative, interviews, and behind-the-scenes tidbits. Our world-class artist lineup includes: Pacifica Quartet, Anton Nel, the Butler Trio, a Black Artists & Composers program, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Duo Sonidos (a collaboration with Austin Classical Guitar), and the Horszowski Trio.

Join us on Saturday, June 6 for Michelle’s installment of Chamber Connect, where in addition to her performances of Beethoven, Chopin, and more, she will be making a special online Festival announcement and sharing some wonderful details!

All Festival gift certificates and account credits will be valid through 2022.

The 2020 Blue Bash – Now Free Online

ACMC is bringing our biggest event of the year, The Blue Bash, to your living room on Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM CT! Join Artistic Director Michelle Schumann along with the incredible Graham Reynolds and two ACMC alumni, composers Diana Burgess and Noah Simon, for performances and a look at how composition plays into our educational programs. Register to receive the access link. It is free to attend.

Please consider making a donation to support ACMC during our biggest fundraiser of the year, made all the more important at this difficult time. The first $15,000 raised will be matched 1:1 by one of our board members, to double your impact. Anyone who donates $500 or more will receive a special invitation to a party at the home of Executive Director Peter Helf with live music from Invoke. We’ll set the date when we can safely gather again. You will also have the option to order an antipasto platter with a bottle of wine for pick-up or delivery from our longtime sponsor Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar—orders accepted until Thursday, May 7 at 4 PM.

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Update regarding ACMC Education Programs

The spring semester of the Young Artists Academy is scheduled to continue virtually on Saturdays, starting April 11. Students have all been contacted directly with details.

Our School Concerts and In-School Coaching sessions are currently suspended with schools being closed indefinitely; we hope to provide virtual resources to participating schools in the coming weeks, and will reach out to them directly.

The following educational events have been suspended:

  • Adult Academy Masterclass, April 5
  • In-School Program Collaborative Concert, May 3
  • Adult Academy Outreach Concert, May 6
  • Collaborative Chamber Music Concerts, May 9
  • Adult Academy Final Concert, May 9

The Austin Chamber Music Center is committed to paying our contracted faculty in full through the end of the semester. Please consider making a donation to support our efforts to continue serving our community with chamber music during quarantine restrictions.

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Introducing New Virtual Series, Chamber Connect

Although our in-person performances have been suspended for the safety of our community, the Austin Chamber Music Center is excited to share with you our new virtual chamber music series, Chamber Connect. Please join us on YouTube Premieres on Saturdays at 8 PM. If you have a Google or YouTube account, you can interact with the performing artists and your chamber music friends during the watch party. If you do not have an account, you can still enjoy the video and view the comment feed.

Visit our Chamber Connect page to watch past installments or to request a reminder for an upcoming Saturday evening!

Update regarding Beethoven & the Infinite

We remain committed to presenting our season finale, Beethoven & the Infinite, if and when possible. We hope patrons will consider holding on to tickets until we make a final decision, which should happen no later than mid-April. In the event that we do cancel, we will send a form to select from the following options with respect to tickets:

  • Convert your tickets into a donation to ACMC. Your fully tax-deductible donation will help keep us afloat during this challenging time.
  • Exchange your tickets for an upcoming performance. We are happy to exchange your tickets for another performance later this year once our summer and fall events have been confirmed.
  • Receive a refund.

We were also looking forward to announcing our 2020-2021 season this weekend. We’ll put that on hold for now as we navigate the next several weeks. Know that Michelle has some very special things in store for our 40th anniversary!

You can hear Attacca Quartet, as well as other artists from our 19–20 season and from our faculty, on our new Spotify playlist: ACMC Artists. Our staff has been enjoying the playlist as we work from home, and we hope you will too!

Updates Regarding COVID-19 and Spring Event Programming

In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are suspending our upcoming concert programming through May. We are in the process of exploring live virtual “watch parties” and other alternative ways to deliver you chamber music content.

The event and concert programming affected are:

  • Final Season Concert: Beethoven & the Infinite, March 27 & 28
  • A Moveable Feast at Esquina Tango, April 18
  • The Blue Bash, May 14

Decisions will be made about rescheduling concerts in the upcoming weeks. If you have purchased a ticket to either Beethoven & the Infinite, A Moveable Feast, or the Blue Bash we will reach out to you with details. For ACMC educational program participants, Jeni Gossard will be contacting you with updates. During the suspended educational programming, we are committed to paying our contracted faculty in full to ensure that they can continue to make ends meet.

We will continue to monitor and comply with all recommendations from public officials and will keep you informed as necessary here as well as via email and social media. Our staff will be working from home for the time being but please don’t hesitate to contact us via email or by leaving a voicemail on our main office line: 512-454-0026.

During this period of uncertainty, we hope that you are using chamber music as a distraction. Stay on the lookout for new content from us in the coming weeks!

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