A special curated program for cello and piano which features composers who were also scientists: Alexander Borodin and Sir Edward Elgar, influential chemists, and Camille Saint-Saëns, an avid astronomer. Also featured is Graham Reynolds’ piece for cello and electronics: “The Brain,” a work based on a collaboration with UT Neuroscientist (and ACMC mega-fan) Kristen Harris and performed by cellist James Burch. Hosted by Gail and Jeff Kodosky in their gorgeous new home.
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Notturno from Quartet No. 2 | Alexander Borodin (1833–1887)
Chanson de matin | Edward Elgar (1857–1934)
Chanson de nuit | Edward Elgar
Salut d’amour | Edward Elgar
Allegro Appassionato | Camille Saint-Saëns (1835–1921)
The Brain | Graham Reynolds (b.1971)
James Burch, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, James Burch is a cellist currently based in Austin, Texas. As a soloist he has performed works by Dvorak and Maslanka at the Rialto Center in Atlanta, Georgia and Bates Recital Hall in Austin. He has also performed internationally including most recently at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno Italy, where he was awarded the Performer Prize. Committed to the performance of contemporary music, he has worked with numerous composers including Xi Wang and Donnacha Dennehy. His current projects include upcoming performances of works by Kaija Saariaho and Michael Gordon as well collaborations with other Austin-based composers. In addition to his role as a performer, James is also the co-director of Tetractys, a new-music concert series in Austin.
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.