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Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102, No. 1 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Andante
  • Adagio non troppo
  • Finale

Vox Balaenae | George Crumb (b. 1929)

  • Vocalise
  • Variations on Sea-Time
    1. Sea Theme
    2. Variation 1 – Archeozoic
    3. Variation 2 – Proterozoic
    4. Variation 3 – Paleozoic
    5. Variation 4 – Mesozoic
    6. Variation 5 – Cenozoic
  • Sea Nocturne


Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 67 | Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)

  • Andante
  • Allegro con brio
  • Largo
  • Allegretto

Marianne Gedigian

Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade as well as Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.

Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.

William Fedkenheuer

William Fedkenheuer is widely respected as a performer, teacher, and consultant. He is currently the second violinist of the Miró Quartet since 2011 and has appeared on numerous recordings, and is the recipient of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Martin E. Segal Award. William serves as an Associate Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music and oversees its Young Professional String Quartet Program. He maintains an active schedule as a consultant and professional development coach, his mission to empower each individual to give permission to be their most impactful, creative, and alive self.

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, William became the youngest member of The Calgary Fiddlers in 1983 and was named a Canadian national fiddle champion in 1989 before making his solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic in 1994. An active hiker, fly-fisherman, and burger connoisseur, William has two sons, Max and Olli who share his love of curiosity, discovery, innovation and chocolate. William performs on a violin by Peter and Wendy Moes, and bows by Charles Espey and Ole Kanestrom.

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Gregory Sauer

A native of Davenport, Iowa, Gregory Sauer attended the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory. Sauer taught at the University of Oklahoma for eleven years before joining Florida State University’s College of Music in 2006.

Praised for his versatility, Sauer performs in many different musical arenas and was a prizewinner in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Ima Hogg National competitions. A passion for chamber music compelled Sauer to co-found Trio Solis with Read Gainsford and Corinne Stillwell. Sauer’s other chamber music ventures have resulted in festival appearances at Tanglewood, Austin Chamber Music Center, Victoria Bach Festival, Texas Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival and Garth Newel Music Center. Sauer founded and served as co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Quad Cities for thirteen years. He currently holds the positions of principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony and assistant principal of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Sauer is the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet.

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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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