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2021–2022 Season: Favorite Things

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 in the ACMC office lobby
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer”
David Baker (1931–2016)Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942)Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 3
James Shieldsclarinet
Prudence McDanielcello
Michelle Schumannpiano

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Music that is at the same time new and unexpectedly (and charmingly) familiar. Ludwig van Beethoven, David Baker, and Alexander Zemlinsky round out this program of unpredictable delights.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, and $45 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the Saturday night concert. If you prefer to watch the 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.


Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in B-flat Major, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer” | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

  • Allegro con brio
  • Adagio
  • Tema: Pria ch’io l’impegno. Allegretto – Var. 1-9

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano | David Baker (1931–2016)

  • Blues
  • Loneliness
  • Dance


Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 3 | Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942)

  • Allegro ma non troppo
  • Andante
  • Allegro

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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Prudence McDaniel

Prudence McDaniel is the cellist with the award-winning Marian Anderson String Quartet (MASQ), celebrating 31 years of mainstage and educational outreach performances nationwide. She has more than 20 years of orchestral and freelance experience, having performed with organizations such as Houston Symphony and New York Philharmonic. Prudence has been the featured soloist with several regional orchestras and has been recorded for broadcast in Portugal and on WQED-FM. She is the cello instructor at Temple College, and a lecturer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts & Kinesiology at Blinn College on the Bryan, TX campus. Prudence holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music performance from Drake University and Manhattan School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. She has 10 private students between the ages of 10 and 70, and she is also a Transformational Coach and Speaker, certified in life, business, entrepreneurship and financial coaching, and a best-selling author.

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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 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.

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