Festival Piano Quartet

2021 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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The celebrated Andrade sisters return to Austin in a homecoming performance with longtime ACMC collaborator Charles Wetherbee and Artistic Director Michelle Schumann, featuring fiery and gripping works by Villa-Lobos, Danny Elfman, and Robert Schumann. The quartet will also give the world premiere of a new arrangement of Miguel del Aguila’s DISAGREE!, commissioned by ACMC.

Seating pods of 1-4 people will be created based on each ticket order. Pods will be spaced six feet apart and masks will be required. Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $35 General Admission, and $55 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the concert. Please note that the venue capacity is very limited.

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 July.

Program

DISAGREE! | Miguel del Águila (b. 1957)

Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor | Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959)

  • Allegro non troppo
  • Andante sostenuto
  • Scherzo: Vivace
  • Allegro troppo e Finale

Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 | Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  • Sostenuto assai – Allegro ma non troppo
  • Scherzo: Molto vivace
  • Andante cantabile
  • Finale: Vivace

Piano Quartet | Danny Elfman (b. 1953)

  • Die Wolfsjungen

Charles Wetherbee, violin
Rita Andrade, viola
Laura Andrade, cello
Michelle Schumann, piano

Charles Wetherbee

Violinist Charles Wetherbee is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. A native of Buffalo, New York, Charles gave his first performances at age six. He has performed solos under the baton of Mstislav Rostropovitch, as well as with the Japan Philharmonic, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Columbia), the Columbus Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico, and many others. The Washington Post has called Wetherbee “a consummate artist… with flawless technique.”

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Rita Andrade

Rita Andrade, a native of Austin, Texas, is currently living as an active orchestral and studio violist in Los Angeles. After pursuing a pre-college arts education at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, Rita continued studying viola performance for her bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Texas Butler School of Music and finished her masters at DePaul University.
In the years following school, Rita was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, with an assistant principal position for the 2014–2015 season. Rita was also a fellowship member of the Chicago Sinfonietta and Grant Park Symphony Project Inclusion programs. Some of her most memorable and influential musical experiences were at summer festivals such as the String Academy in Cambridge UK, Encore Chamber Music Festival, and Bowdoin Music Festival.

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Laura Andrade

Texas native Laura Andrade is a Latina cellist who calls Austin home. She enjoys a diverse musical career as a solo, orchestra, and chamber musician. Laura is a prize-winning laureate of the 2019 Sphinx Competition and has been featured as a soloist with the Austin Civic Orchestra and San Antonio Symphony under the baton of maestro Ken-David Masur.

Laura has a passionate love and curiosity for chamber music. In the past, she has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Borromeo, and Miró string quartets. She has performed at IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music, Verbier Festival, and Accademia Isola Classica.

In 2019, Laura joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as its inaugural Colton Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree and performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a master’s degree from The Juilliard School.

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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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