Beethoven as Dramatist

A collaborative musical event presented by the Austin Chamber Music Center and Austin Opera

Experience engaging dialogue between Austin Opera’s Sarah and Ernest Butler Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Timothy Myers, ACMC’s Artistic Director Michelle Schumann, and special guests as they explore Beethoven’s penchant for the dramatic within his works. This is an event for classical music lovers, students, and curious cultural enthusiasts alike!

With performances of:

  • A movement from the Sonata for Violin and Piano “Kreutzer” with Patrice Calixte and Michelle Schumann
  • Selections from Fidelio sung by stars from Austin Opera’s upcoming production

Join us at KMFA’s Draylen Mason Music Studio on Wednesday, April 13. Doors at 7:00 PM, program at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $25 per person, with wine and snacks included in the price of admission.

Patrice Calixte

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. Patrice currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra as well as section first violin at the Austin Opera Orchestra. He is also the newest addition to the Austin based Artisan Quartet with whom he performs regularly for the Georgetown, Mason and Victoria Music Festivals.

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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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