Peter Bay & Festival Chamber Orchestra

2022 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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The opening night of the 2022 Austin Chamber Music Festival features the finest players in the city led by Maestro Peter Bay. The hand-sculpted Festival Chamber Orchestra will provide the quintessential Austin Chamber Music experience; the program includes J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Joseph Bologne’s Violin Concerto in A Major featuring concertmaster Patrice Calixte. The finale features pianist and Artistic Director Michelle Schumann performing Mozart’s A Major Concerto No. 12.

Advance tickets on sale now. Save up to 30% on your tickets by getting a discount package of 3+ Festival concerts. Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, and $55 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the concert. The box office will open at 6:30 PM that day. If you prefer to watch online, please select a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and provide on-demand access starting the Monday after the concert until the end of July.

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Program

Concerto for Violin and Chamber Orchestra in A Major, Op. 7, No. 1 | Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)

  • Allegro moderato
  • Largo
  • Rondeau

Patrice Calixte, violin

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

  • Allegro
  • Adagio
  • Allegro

INTERMISSION

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, No. 12 in A Major, K. 414 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)

  • Allegro
  • Andante
  • Allegretto

Michelle Schumann, piano

 

FESTIVAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Peter Bay, conductor

Mariama Alcântara, Patrice Calixte, Christabel Lin, Zachariah Matteson, Nick Montopoli, Leigh Wallenhaupt, Elise Winters, violins
Ruben Balboa, Karl Mitze, Bruce Williams, violas
Barbara George, Frank Jenkins, Geoff Manyin, cellos
Jessica Valls, bass
Michelle Schumann, piano

Peter Bay

Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also conductor of the Bravo! Big Sky Classical Festival Orchestra (MT) and Arizona Philharmonic, and the primary conductor for Ballet Austin.

A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks. He was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in May 2016.

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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. He has performed as concertist all over the Quebec province as well as around very experienced orchestra musicians. 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. 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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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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