If I Can Make It There…

2022–2023 Season: Big Fish, Bigger Pond

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
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)London Trio No. 1 in C Major, Hob. IV:1
Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980)A Thousand Tongues
Joshua Uzoigwe (1946–2005)Talking Drums
W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415
Ebonee Thomasflute
Patrice Calixteviolin
Antonio Cevallosviolin
Ruben Balboa IIIviola
Amy Levine-Tsangcello
Michelle Schumannpiano

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How nice to be a big fish in a small pond? SO NICE! But these composers were not so satisfied with their cushy status quo. Old-timers Haydn & Mozart, and young guns Missy Mazzoli and Joseph Uzoigwe, did not walk from their comfy porches of success… they RAN-RAN-RAN! To London! To Vienna! To Amsterdam! To Ireland! All in search of growth, recognition, fame, and fortune. Did they find it? Join us and find out the whole story.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, and $45 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office starting at 6:30 PM on the evening of the Saturday night concert. Friday night in-person tickets are only available in advance. If you prefer to watch the Friday night livestream, please select a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through May.

We are closely monitoring the pandemic and its impact on in-person events. With the health and safety of our community in mind, ACMC has updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with City of Austin and CDC. View all recent updates to our programming by visiting our COVID-19 Response page.

Pre-Concert Performance

String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor “From My Life” | Bedrich Smetana (1824–1884)

  • Allegro vivo appassionato

ACMC Student Pre-Concert Performance by McCallum High Fine Arts Academy In-School Ensemble
Thea Krische & Georgia Halverson, violins | Z Campbell, viola | Mateo Jones, cello  


London Trio No. 1 in C Major, Hob. IV:1 | Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)

  • Allegro moderato
  • Andante
  • Finale. Vivace

A Thousand Tongues (for violin, cello, piano, and electronics) | Missy Mazzoli (b. 1980)

Talking Drums | Joshua Uzoigwe (1946–2005)


Piano Concerto No. 13 in C Major, K. 415 | W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)

  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Rondeau: Allegro

Ebonee Thomas, flute | Patrice Calixte & Antonio Cevallos, violins | Ruben Balboa III, viola | Amy Levine-Tsang, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano

Ebonee Thomas

Hailed for her “verve and pizazz” and the “gleaming purity” of her artistry by the Miami Herald, Ebonee Thomas is Second Flute and Piccolo of The Dallas Opera. Ebonee is a Piccolo Artist for Burkart Flutes and spends her summers as Second Flute and Piccolo with the Central City Opera. She has previously served as Principal Flute of the Knoxville Symphony and the Florida Grand Opera, and spent one year as Second Flute of the Houston Symphony. In addition she has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Ebonee has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Dallas Symphony.

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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. 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 hired in the first violin section of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra where he stayed for two years. Leaving Calgary in search of more development, Patrice moved to Austin where he completed his Artist Diploma at the University of Texas with Prof. Daniel Ching as his mentor. 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.

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Antonio Cevallos

Originally from Chicago, Antonio began his musical studies at age three and made his solo orchestral debut at 17 performing Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3. Currently, Antonio is a resident of Austin and is an avid performer in the area. He is a substitute musician with the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera. Antonio holds a Bachelors Degree in Violin Performance from The Chicago College of Performing Arts and a Masters Degree in Violin Performance with a Minor in String Pedagogy from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Ruben Balboa III

Recognized by the American Viola Society as both an Emerging Artist and Teacher, Dr. Ruben Balboa III is quickly becoming a sought-after educator, clinician, and performer. Dr. Balboa has a multifaceted career as a performer and enjoys working with a variety of musical ensembles. He has performed with The Dallas Opera, Austin Camerata, Abilene Philharmonic, Austin Opera, Celtic Thunder, Evanescence, Il Divo, Las Colinas Symphony, Lindsey Sterling, Mid-Texas Symphony, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and many others. His passion for chamber music has led him to many unique experiences and collaborations with Anton Nel, Austin Chamber Music Festival, Beerthoven Concert Series, Candlelight Concerts, Sandy Yamamoto, and the Miró Quartet. Dr. Balboa is a founding member of the Favola String Quartet, which won the Grand Prize at the 2020 Coltman Chamber Music Competition. One of Dr. Balboa’s biggest joys is presenting recitals of works for viola, voice, and piano with his wife, Dr. Samantha Balboa.

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Amy Levine-Tsang

Cellist Amy Levine-Tsang enjoys an active career as both chamber musician and teacher. In addition to her appearances with the Austin Chamber Music Center, Ms. Levine-Tsang has collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Brentano, Cassatt, Colorado, and Meridian String Quartets; and the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. She is also a former member of the Richardson Chamber Players and the award-winning Laurel Trio. Ms. Levine-Tsang has performed at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts.

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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 audiences, bringing diverse music together under a narrative blanket. She was named “Best Classical Musician” in the Best of Austin 2019 Readers Poll by the Austin Chronicle.

Schumann is 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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