Adventurous Favorites features exotic sounds and influences by Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Mexican composer, Samuel Zyman, taking us on an enthralling journey.
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Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 | Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
- Lento – Allegro moderato
- Allegro scherzando
- Allegro mosso
Chansons madécasses | Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)
- Nahandove. Andante quasi allegretto
- Aoua. Andante
- Il est doux. Lento
Suite de la Mancha | Samuel Zyman (b. 1956)
- Don Quijote
- Sancho Panza
“Cass played the camera angles like a pro. Her fruity mezzo was compelling whether amplified or not and she brought a sense of theatricality to the piece…” – Joanne Sydney Lessner, Opera News. Liz Cass is an active operatic performer, Founder and the Executive Producer of the award-winning LOLA – Local Opera Local Artists and she holds the position of Executive Director of the Armstrong Community Music School. In addition, Ms. Cass serves as the President of the Seagle Festival Alumni Association board, as Secretary on the board of the Austin Classical Guitar, and as a member of the KMFA Community Advisory Board.
Recent performance highlights: Soloist on Chorus Austin’s “Southwest Voices”, Soloist and creator of “Divas and Drinks”, Featured performer on the YouTube variety show, “My Talented Friends Live”, Giovanna in Rigoletto with Austin Opera, Mezzo soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solmenis with the Georgetown Festival of the Arts, Dinah LeFarge in LOLA’s Lardo Weeping, by Peter Stopschinski and Terry Galloway, and Mezzo soloist in Graham Reynold’s opera Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance.
Upcoming projects include: Dinah LeFarge in the full production of the opera Lardo Weeping slated for the summer of 2022, Producer of the new opera Good Country now in development, Producer of season 5 of the popular LOLA at 4th Tap music series.
Hailed for her “verve and pizazz” and the “gleaming purity” of her artistry by the Miami Herald, Ebonee Thomas is Second Flute and Piccolo of The Dallas Opera. Ebonee is a Piccolo Artist for Burkart Flutes and spends her summers as Second Flute and Piccolo with the Central City Opera. She has previously served as Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera, and spent one year as Second Flute of the Houston Symphony. In addition she has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Ebonee has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Dallas Symphony.
As a passionate pedagogue, Ebonee maintains a full studio and also serves on the faculty at Brookhaven College in Dallas, TX. Along with her musical endeavors, Ebonee serves as a member of the board of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestras, the National Advisory Board of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program, and is a member of the Piccolo Committee for the National Flute Association.
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.