“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya Angelou
The Space Between the Notes
The healing and sustaining power of music. Works by artists who wrote music in order to mend their own broken spirits: Arvo Pärt, Rachmaninov, Morten Lauridsen, Dvorak, and Hildegard von Bingen.
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.
Caritas abundat in omnia | Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)
Fratres | Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G Minor | Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)
O Magnum Mysterium | Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)
Piano Trio No. 3, Op. 65 | Antonín Dvorák (1841–1904)
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Allegretto grazioso
- Poco adagio
- Finale. Allegro con brio
Patrice Calixte, violin | Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello | Michelle Schumann, piano
Canadian violinist Patrice Calixte did most of his studies with Claude Richard at Université de Montréal, where he obtained Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in music performance. He has worked with many orchestras in Canada, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He then moved to Austin where he completed his Artist Diploma at the University of Texas with Daniel Ching as his mentor. He currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of both the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Opera as well as the first violin of the Austin-based Artisan Quartet. Patrice performs on a violin made in 1910 in Florence by Valentino di Zorzi, kindly on loan from Lorraine and John Wang.
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.