Sponsored by Wilson Campbell
Scenes from The Tempest by William Shakespeare set to music
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor “The Tempest,” I. Largo-Allegro
Christos Hatzis, “Odd World”
“Lovers First Meeting”
Antonin Dvorák, Piano Trio in E Minor, IV. Andante moderato
Béla Bartók, 44 Duos: No. 22 “Mosquito Dance”
“The Monster Meets a Drunkard and a Clown”
Dmitri Shostakovich, Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, IV. Allegretto
Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, “The Tempest,” II. Adagio
“Lover’s Resolution—and Prospero Looks On”
Antonin Dvorák, Piano Trio in E Minor, V. Allegro
“Freedom for All”
Johann Sebastian Bach, French Suite in G Major, Gavotte
Sonja Larson, violin
Nora Karakousoglou, cello
Michelle Schumann, piano
Rick Roemer* — Prospero
Rachel Wolff — Miranda
John Austin — Prince Ferdinand
Taylor Flanagan — Ariel
Devin Finn — Caliban
Max Green — Trinculo
Harsh Joshi— Stephano
*member of Actors’ Equity Assn.
Sonja Larson earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, where she studied violin performance and pedagogy. An active freelancer, Sonja has performed in numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles and festivals in Minnesota, New England, South Carolina, and Texas. Her orchestral work includes performances with Boston Ballet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and the Masterworks Chorale. She has accompanied violinists Gil Shaham, Itzhak Perlman, and Anne Akiko-Meyers, and has shared stages with Deep Purple, Kat Edmonson, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Since arriving in Austin in 2013, Sonja has performed with the Austin Symphony, Austin Opera, and Chorus Austin, and has collaborated in chamber music performances with Dr. Michelle Schumann, Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, and cellist Nora Karakousoglou. Other notable Austin work includes accompanying Local Opera Local Artists (LOLA) as well as teaching and concertizing as an Artist in Residence at Armstrong Community Music School. She has also enjoyed organizing a few local house concerts.
Originally from Greece, cellist Nora Karakousoglou is an active performer, teacher and teaching consultant based in Austin, Texas. She began her music studies in Greece and continued in France and in the US. In 2016, she graduated with a doctorate in Cello Performance from the Butler School of Music at UT Austin, where she studied with Bion Tsang and also served as his teaching assistant. In January of 2019 she appeared at the Paramount Theater in Austin, in the premiere of Gretel!, a new musical for which she composed and performed an original score for cello. Nora performs frequently as a member of the Austin Chamber Music Center, Local Opera Local Artists, and in duo with violinist Sonja Larson. She is on faculty at the Armstrong Community Music School, where she teaches cello and advanced musicianship, and also teaches privately. As a consultant, Nora works one-on-one with music teachers, empowering them to grow beyond the limitations of traditional music training, and master meaningful and effortless teaching.
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 the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.
Schumann is artist-in-residence and 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.
Austin Shakespeare presents professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible. It endeavors to connect with young people on a regular basis by expanding education and outreach efforts in the classroom and by bringing full productions before young audiences. Entering its 36th season, Austin Shakespeare brings Free Shakespeare to Zilker Park, and is a resident company of the Long Center for the Performing Arts.