Exquisitely composed pieces of passion and beauty, these piano trios by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Carlos Simon, and Stephen Barber take you to a place of connection and meaning. Join us for music and conversation with Patrice Calixte, Prudence McDaniel, and Michelle Schumann. The broadcast has ended for this program, but you can get on-demand access in December when you complete the Fall Sessions registration form.
be still and know | Carlos Simon (b. 1986)
Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor | Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897, “Notturno” | Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Pace (Peace) | Stephen Barber (b. 1952)
Patrice Calixte, violin
Prudence McDaniel, cello
Michelle Schumann, piano
Beginning the violin at the age of eight, Canadian violinist Patrice Calixte was later admitted into a highly competitive high school music program in Montreal, Quebec, where he studied with Francine Pépin. He then went on to study with Claude Richard, at Université de Montréal where he obtained his Undergraduate and Master’s degree in music performance. He has performed as concertist all over the Quebec province as well as around very experienced orchestra musicians. Patrice has worked with many orchestras in Québec and Ontario, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. He was then hired in the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where he stayed for two years.
Prudence McDaniel is the cellist with the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ), celebrating 31 years of mainstage and educational outreach performances nationwide. She has more than 20 years of orchestral and freelance experience, having performed with organizations such as Houston Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Prudence has been the featured soloist with several regional orchestras and has been recorded for broadcast in Portugal and on WQED-FM. She is the cello instructor at Temple College, and a lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts & Kinesiology at Blinn College on the Bryan, TX campus. Prudence holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music performance from Drake University and Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. She has 10 private students between the ages of 10 and 70, and she is also a Transformational Coach and Speaker, certified in life, business, entrepreneurship and financial coaching, and a best-selling author.
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.