The New World

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
Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)Suite from L’Histoire du soldat
Béla Bartók (1881–1945)Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz. 111
James Shieldsclarinet
David Felbergviolin
Michelle Schumannpiano

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Nature or Nurture? How much does social environment and locale influence brave, renegade artists? Dvorak, Bartok, and Stravinsky all traveled miles across the sea to reach the New World… but what new ideas were provided to these visionaries? Take a deep dive into the convergence of genius and inspiration in this exploration of cross-cultural influence. Featuring clarinetist James Shields, violinist David Felberg, and pianist Michelle Schumann.

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.

Saturday Pre-Concert Performance

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45 | Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

  • Allegretto espressivo all Romanza

ACMC Student Pre-Concert Performance at 7:20 PM on Saturday only by Pedro Salas on violin, accompanied by Michelle Schumann on piano


Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100 | Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

  • Allegro risoluto
  • Larghetto
  • Scherzo. Molto vivace — Trio
  • Finale. Allegro

Suite from L’Histoire du soldat | Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)

  • Marche du soldat
  • Le Violon du soldat
  • Un Petit concert
  • Tango – Valse – Ragtime
  • Danse du diable


Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz. 111 | Béla Bartók (1881–1945)

  • Verbunkos (Recruiting Dance)
  • Pihenö (Relaxation)
  • Sebes (Fast Dance)

James Shields, clarinet | David Felberg, violin | Michelle Schumann, piano

James Shields

James Shields joined the Oregon Symphony as Principal Clarinet in the fall of 2016. Before relocating to Portland, James served as principal clarinet of the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, as well as the New Mexico Philharmonic in Albuquerque. During the summer, he can be heard as principal clarinetist and soloist of the Music in the Mountains festival in Durango, Colorado. A graduate of The Juilliard School, James studied with Ricardo Morales, principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra. James has appeared as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Albuquerque Philharmonic (NM), and as guest principal clarinet with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival (CO), and Santa Fe Pro Musica (NM). In addition to his orchestral and solo activities, James is the co-artistic director of Chatter, an Albuquerque-based chamber music organization that presents more than 70 concerts per year.

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David Felberg

Praised by The Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on intonation,” violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is the co-founder and artistic director of Chatter, a groundbreaking series exploring both new and old music. David plays in, and conducts, many of the shows—often premiering twentieth- and twenty-first-century pieces of music that have never before been heard in New Mexico. Chatter was recently mentioned in The New York Times in an article about curated silence, one of the main features of their performances. David is also Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He also directs New Music New Mexico, the contemporary ensemble at the University of New Mexico.

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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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