Peter Bay & Festival Chamber Orchestra

2024 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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The hand-sculpted Festival Chamber Orchestra celebrates Austin’s own fabulous talent, providing the quintessential Austin Chamber Music Festival experience. Austin Symphony Maestro Peter Bay leads the ensemble. The program includes music by Gerald Finzi (the ethereal “Eclogue”), Britten’s Simple Symphony, and a Divertimento by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Austin Chamber Music Center’s own Michelle Schumann will top off the concert with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, $45 Preferred, and $80 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.


Eclogue | Gerald Finzi (1901–1956)

Simple Symphony, Op. 4 | Benjamin Britten (1913–1976)

  • Boisterous Bourrée
  • Playful Pizzicato
  • Sentimental Sarabande
  • Frolicsome Finale

Divertimento for Strings | Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928–2016)

  • Allegro
  • Adagio
  • Allegretto ma energico


Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413 | W. A. Mozart

  • Allegro
  • Larghetto
  • Tempo di Menuetto


Peter Bay, conductor
Michelle Schumann, piano

Patrice Calixte, Zach Matteson, Mariama Alcântara, Antonio Cevallos, Elise Winters, Christabel Lin, violins
Karl Mitze, Luis Bellorín, Ruben Balboa III, violas
Barbara George, Anna Park, Elizabeth Lee, cellos
Jessica Gilliam-Valls, double bass

Approximate run time: 65 minutes, plus one short intermission

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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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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