Fan Favorites

2021–2022 Season: Favorite Things

Friday Intimate ConcertIn person at KMFA with drinks & hors d’oeuvres
Virtual AccessStreaming live Friday evening with on-demand access through May 31
Saturday Synchronism ConcertIn person at First Unitarian Church
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer”
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
Sandy Yamamotoviolin
Amy Levine-Tsangcello
Michelle Schumannpiano

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Fan Favorites explores some of the most virtuosic and dramatic music ever written for strings and piano by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $35 General Admission, and $45 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the Saturday night concert. 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.

Program

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 47 “Kreutzer” | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Adagio sostenuto — Presto
  • Andante con variazioni
  • Finale. Presto

INTERMISSION

Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50 | Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

  • Pezzo elegiaco. Moderato assai
  • Tema con variazioni
  • Variazione finale e coda

Sandy Yamamoto

Violinist Sandy Yamamoto has dazzled audiences in concert performances around the globe for the past three decades as a soloist and as a member of the Miró Quartet. The New York Times describes her performance as playing with “explosive vigor and technical finesse.” With the Quartet, she performed on the major concert stages of the world, regularly concertizing in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She was a recipient of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Cleveland Quartet Awards, won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and was one of the first chamber musicians to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and was the recipient of the 2016 Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award. In the summers, she teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Yamamoto often performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. When she is not busy teaching and performing, Ms. Yamamoto enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel, her two sons, Adrian and Brian, and her cat, Poko.

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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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