Support music education and outreach in Central Texas at our most magical evening of the year!
Join fellow music supporters at Austin Chamber Music Center’s annual gala this spring! Our evening of festivities will take place at the beautiful Austin Country Club on Thursday, May 9, 2019. This year we are thrilled to have John Largess, violist of the Miró Quartet, playing and speaking in support of our mission.
Single tickets are $150 or $250 for premium. Tables accommodate up to 10 guests and are $1,500 for preferred seating and $2,500 for premium seating. Chamber music performances, passed hors d’oeuvres, multi-course dinner, drinks, valet, and other fun activities are included. Premium seat benefits include early arrival (6:30 PM) and champagne served at your table.
Märchenbilder for viola and piano | Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13 | Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Passacaglia in G Minor on a Theme by Handel for violin and viola | Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935)
John Largess, viola
Violist John Largess began his studies in Boston at age 12 in the public schools, studying with Michael Zaretsky of the Boston Symphony, and later as a student of Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. In 1995, he graduated from Yale University to join the Colorado String Quartet as interim violist with whom he toured the United States and Canada teaching and concertizing. The following year he was appointed principal violist of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, a position he held until joining the Miró Quartet in 1997. With his Bachelor’s degree in Classical Archeology from Yale College, and studies at the Hebrew University in Israel, he has participated in excavations in Greece, Israel, and Jordan. John loves to cook gourmet cuisine, particularly French pastry and fine desserts. John serves as Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michelle Schumann, piano
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.