Austin Chamber Music Center Presents "Sublime Movement"

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Works by Brahms and contemporary composer Aaaron Jay Kernis fill a church during a casual yet engaging quartet performance

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  • $14 for one ticket to see Austin Chamber Music Center presents Sublime Movement (up to $28 value)
  • When: Saturday, January 18, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: First Unitarian Church
  • Seating: general admission behind the first three rows
  • Door time: 6:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Sublime Movement

“Expect something divine to happen, but leave all the formality of heaven behind,” says the Austin Chamber Music artistic director, Michelle Schumann, about Sublime Movement. For the latest installment of their Saturday Synchronisms series, Schumann joins Charles Wetherbee, Korine Fujiwara, and Clancy Newman for two powerhouse quartets for violin, viola, cello, and piano. Despite the grandeur of the music and the venerability of the venue, though, the quartet emphasizes accessibility and encourages deep engagement.

  • Kernis—Still Movement with Hymn: Splintered, sparsely assembled chord pairings bookend moments of silence. Quietly intertwining melodies join in harmony before separating again with sudden bursts of sound. And for the finale, the strings soar into thin, ethereal ribbons that cut through the air.
  • Brahms—Piano Quartet in C Minor: “The quartet has communicated itself to me only in the strangest ways,” Brahms wrote to Theodor Billroth while revising this piece yet again. He’d begun it nearly 20 years early, alongside his first two piano quartets, Op. 25 and 26, but was never fully satisfied with it. His self-doubt can be heard in the moments of dark solemnity that dominate the uneasy, though sometimes playful, quicker-tempo chapters.<p>

Austin Chamber Music Center

When Felicity Coltman founded it in 1981, the Austin Chamber Music Center’s goal was simpler than it is today, yet still ambitious: to create a summer chamber-music workshop for teens. Since then, not only have many alumni gone on to become professional musicians, but the center has expanded into an outreach organization whose concerts and instruction brings chamber music to Austin ears, instruments, and hearts. Adults of similar skill levels gather into small chamber-music groups, whereas youngsters meet with instructors on weekends, during the summer, or in school. Just two years after its founding, the center sent students on two European voyages and hosted musicians from Salzburg, starting an international exchange program that continues today.

In 1988, a unique performance series took form with the center’s Intimate Concerts, which take place in private homes so that audiences can experience the music in a personal way and help their cats learn to read sheet music. Led by artistic director Michelle Schumann the center now holds year-round concerts for a variety of musical tastes, with all programs including live program notes.

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