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Piano Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
- Allegro con brio
- Andante cantabile con 5 variazioni
- Minuet. Quasi Allegro – Trio
- Finale. Prestissimo
Sonata for Violin and Piano | Aaron Copland (1900–1990)
- Andante semplice
- Allegretto giusto
Omaramor for Solo Cello | Osvaldo Golijov (b. 1960)
Tango Set | Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
- Verano Porteño
- Primavera Porteña
Ruxandra Marquardt, violin | Joel Becktell, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano
Romanian-born violinist Ruxandra Marquardt attended the ‘George Enescu’ School of Music and Conservatory of Music in Bucharest. As a young musician, she won several prizes and medals in international competitions such as “Concertino” Prague, Henryk Wieniawski, Tibor Varga, All-Romania Prize, and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition. After immigrating to the US, she was the youngest Associate Concertmaster in the US. She was also Principal Second Violin and Concertmaster of the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida and guest Concertmaster with the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Boulder Philharmonic. Since moving to New Mexico, Ms. Marquardt has appeared as a soloist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Chatter Chamber Music Series. She frequently performs in the Abiquiu Music Festival, Serenata Santa Fe, and is a member of the Santa Fe Symphony.
Joel appears on modern and baroque cello and violoncello piccolo as a soloist and with ensembles throughout the world. He has been heard as a soloist with orchestras such as the Austin Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, and the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra. He is co-founder and cellist of the New Mexico-based concert series Movable Sol, and its period instrument companion series BWV. Joel is a member of the Columbus ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony. He is the continuo cellist and frequent leader and soloist for the St. John’s Bach Project in Albuquerque. He has recorded for the Blue Griffin Records, Revel Records, Marquis Classics, and Parma labels.
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.