“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” — John Muir
Silent Wood, Deep River
Explore connections between the forces of the natural world and the music inspired by it. Works by Fauré, Dvorak, Louis Ballard, Gabriela Lena Frank, and a world premiere by Daniel Temkin.
Friday Intimate Concerts take place at KMFA 89.5. Friday night tickets are only available in advance and include drinks and light bites during a post-concert reception with the artists. Saturday Synchronism Concerts take place at the First Unitarian Church. Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $33 General Admission, and $48 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office starting at 6:30 PM on the evening of the Saturday night concert.
Klid (Silent Woods) | Antonín Dvorák (1841–1904)
Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 120 | Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Allegro vivo
Katcina Dances | Louis W. Ballard (1931–2007)
Ríos Profundos | Gabriela Lena Frank (b. 1972)
- Introducción: “Ernesto”
- Fantasía: “La María Angola”
- Huayno: “La Chichería”
- Canta: “El Pongo”
- Salón: “Confusa”
- Harawi: “Ojos Azules”
- La Vuelta
Rise (World Premiere) | Daniel Temkin (b. 1986)
Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano
Praised for “hypnotic lyricism, causing listeners to forget where they were for a moment,” (The New Yorker), cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins is the winner of the Pierre Fournier Award, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs Emerging Soloist Competition, Father Merlet Award from the Pro Musicis Foundation, New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, and Hennings-Fischer Young Artist Competition. She is Artist-in-Residence of the EstOvest Festival Contemporary Cello Week and the Austin Chamber Music Center for the 2023-24 season. Jacobs-Perkins is also cellist of Quatuor Mona and Trio Brontë, winner of the 2023 Ilmari Hannikainen International Chamber Music Competition. She regularly performs at venues such as the Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Berliner Philharmonie, Krzyzowa Music, Ravinia Steans Institute, Yellow Barn Festival, and Marlboro Music.
Annie’s primary teachers include Frans Helmerson, Troels Svane, Laurence Lesser, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Kathleen Murphy Kemp.
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.