Adventurous Favorites

2021–2022 Season: Favorite Things

Friday Intimate ConcertIn person at KMFA
Virtual AccessStreaming live Friday evening with on-demand access through May 31
Saturday Synchronism ConcertIn person at First Unitarian Church
Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)Chansons madécasses
Samuel Zyman (b. 1956)Suite de la Mancha
Samantha Balboasoprano
Ebonee Thomasflute
Amy Levine-Tsangcello
Michelle Schumannpiano

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Adventurous Favorites features exotic sounds and influences by Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Mexican composer, Samuel Zyman, taking us on an enthralling journey.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID) and $30 General Admission tickets may be purchased at the box office starting at 6:30 PM on the evening of the Saturday night concert. Saturday Premium tickets are sold out. If you prefer to watch the livestream, please select a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through May.

We are closely monitoring the pandemic and its impact on in-person events. With the health and safety of our community in mind, ACMC has updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with City of Austin and CDC, including requiring proof of negative test or vaccination for all patrons while at Stages 4 and 5. View all recent updates to our programming by visiting our COVID-19 Response page.


Sonata for Cello and Piano in G Minor, Op. 19 | Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)

  • Lento – Allegro moderato
  • Allegro scherzando
  • Andante
  • 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
  • Dulcinea
  • Rocinante

Samantha Balboa

Samantha Balboa is an Austin, Texas based performer and voice teacher. Although billed as a fuller-voiced soprano, Samantha has performance experience singing mezzo-soprano repertoire as well. Samantha has won several awards and competitions in singing, including the UNT Concerto Competition, the David Daniels Concerto Competition, and the Matilda Dodge Wilson Award for vocal excellence. She is an active chamber music performer and often presents recitals of works written for voice, viola, and piano, alongside her husband, Ruben. Recently, the two were selected to present a program of lesser-known works for this instrumentation at the 2021 American Viola Society Festival. Samantha currently serves on the voice faculty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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Ebonee Thomas

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.

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Amy Levine-Tsang

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.

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Michelle Schumann

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.

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