Summer Vacation

2022–2023 Season: Big Fish, Bigger Pond

Friday Intimate ConcertIn person at KMFA with drinks & hors d’oeuvres
Virtual AccessStreaming live Friday evening with on-demand access through May 31
Saturday Synchronism ConcertIn person at First Unitarian Church
Edward Elgar (1857–1934)Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82
Shulamit Ran (b. 1949)Soliloquy
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
Sandy Yamamotoviolin
Amy Levine-Tsangcello
Michelle Schumannpiano

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What did YOU do on your summer vacation? Let the whimsical, nostalgic reminiscences of leisure, connection, relaxation and FUN ensue. It’s no wonder that composers wrote some of their very best, most delicious chamber works in the summer… when there was time to imagine and create and invent! Magical summer works by Johannes Brahms, Shulamit Ran, and Sir Edward Elgar inspire this narrative.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, and $45 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office starting at 6:30 PM on the evening of the Saturday night concert. Friday night in-person tickets are only available in advance. If you prefer to watch the Friday night livestream, please select a virtual ticket. Virtual tickets are available on a sliding scale and include on-demand access through May.

We are closely monitoring the pandemic and its impact on in-person events. With the health and safety of our community in mind, ACMC has updated our COVID-19 guidelines in accordance with City of Austin and CDC. View all recent updates to our programming by visiting our COVID-19 Response page.

Program

Violin Sonata in E Minor, Op. 82 | Edward Elgar (1857–1934)

  • Allegro. Risoluto
  • Romance. Andante
  • Allegro non troppo

Soliloquy | Shulamit Ran (b. 1949)

INTERMISSION

Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87 | Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)

  • Allegro
  • Andante con moto
  • Scherzo. Presto — Poco meno presto
  • Finale. Allegro giocoso

Sandy Yamamoto, violin | Amy Levine-Tsang, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano

Sandy Yamamoto

Violinist Sandy Yamamoto has dazzled audiences in concert performances around the globe for the past three decades as a soloist and as a member of the Miró Quartet. The New York Times describes her performance as playing with “explosive vigor and technical finesse.” With the Quartet, she performed on the major concert stages of the world, regularly concertizing in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. She was a recipient of the Naumburg Chamber Music and Cleveland Quartet Awards, won First Prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and was one of the first chamber musicians to be awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Currently, she is the Associate Professor of Practice in Violin Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin and was the recipient of the 2016 Butler School of Music Teaching Excellence Award. In the summers, she teaches at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Yamamoto often performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. When she is not busy teaching and performing, Ms. Yamamoto enjoys spending time with her husband Daniel, her two sons Adrian and Brian, her cat Poko, and her two gerbils Sawyer and Silas.

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Amy Levine-Tsang

Cellist Amy Levine-Tsang enjoys an active career as both chamber musician and teacher. In addition to her appearances with the Austin Chamber Music Center, Ms. Levine-Tsang has collaborated with numerous ensembles including the Brentano, Cassatt, Colorado, and Meridian String Quartets; and the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. She is also a former member of the Richardson Chamber Players and the award-winning Laurel Trio. Ms. Levine-Tsang has performed at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Gerhart Chamber Music Festival, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Music in the Vineyards, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts.

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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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