KMFA: Live at Round Top

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KMFA: Live at Round Top

With great sadness, the Round Top Festival Institute announced recently their annual festival will not take place this summer. Studies and performances of this year's carefully planned repertoire, which was to celebrate their 50th summer, have been postponed to June 2021.

As part of KMFA's ongoing effort to highlight the work of our arts partners during this pandemic, we are introducing Live at Round Top, a six-week series of broadcasts showcasing the finest performances by 2019 Round Top Summer Festival Institute faculty and young artists.

Friday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Jean Cras, Quintet for Flute, Harp, and Strings (1930)
    • Carol Wincenc, flute
    • Mia Venezia, harp (Young Artist)
    • Stefan Milenkovich, violin
    • Susan Dubois, viola
    • Ching-Hung Chen, cello (Young Artist)
  • Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations, Op. 36 (1898-99)
    • Performed by the Texas Festival Orchestra, conducted by Christoph Campestrani
  • Madeline Dring, Trio for Flute, Oboe, and Piano (1968)
    • Carol Wincenc, flute
    • Nicholas Stovall, oboe
    • Cameron Williams, piano (Young Artist)

Friday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 (1887)
    • Performed by the Texas Festival Orchestra, conducted by Linus Lerner. 
  • Johannes Brahms, Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 1 in g minor, Op. 25 (1856-61)
    • Regis Pasquier, violin
    • Ettore Causa, viola
    • Emilio Colón, cello
    • Bernadene Blaha, piano

Friday, June 19 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Manuel de Falla, Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1920)
    • Texas Festival Orchestra, conducted by Andres Franco 
    • Bernadene Blaha, piano
  • Antonin Dvorak, Seranade for Winds and Double Bass, Op. 44 (1878)
    • 2019 Round Top Festival Faculty and Young Artists

Friday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Gustav Mahler, Quartet for Piano and Strings in A minor (1876)
    • Tomas Cotik, violin
    • Brett Deubner, viola
    • Stephen Balderston, cello
    • Vladimir Valjarevic, piano
  • Anton Bruckner, Quintet for Strings in F, WAB 112 (1878-79)
    • Tomas Cotik, violin
    • Haelee Joo, violin (Young Artist)
    • Brett Deubner, viola
    • Christiano Rodrigues, viola
    • Stephen Balderston, cello

Friday, July 3 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Hector Berlioz, Roman Carnival Overture (1844)
  • Hector Berlioz, Les Nuits d'Ete (Summer Nights) Op. 81 (1843)
    • Texas Festival Orchestra, conducted by Martin Fischer-Dieskau
    • Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
  • Philip Glass, Amazon River
    • Members of the Texas Festival Orchestra percussion section

Friday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Franz Paul Lachner, Nonet in F, Op. 31 (1813)
    • 2019 Round Top Festival Faculty and Young Artists
  • Manuel de Falla, Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, and Cello (1926)
    • Matthew Dirst, harpsichord
    • Carol Wincenc, flute
    • Nicholas Stovall, oboe
    • Amitai Vardi, clarinet
    • Tomas Cotik, violin
    • Jesus Castro-Balbi, cello

Sara Schneider will host Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. through July 10 on KMFA Classical 89.5.

Support for these programs is made possible in part by Estes Audiology.


Host - Sara Schneider

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After studying musicology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Michigan native Sara Schneider put her love of music to work at Classical 89.5, KMFA in Austin, Texas; first as an announcer and producer, and subsequently as Music Director until 2014. From 2014 to 2016, Sara lived in Lübeck, Germany, where she researched and authored a novel, The Eagle and the Songbird

Sara has interviewed numerous early music luminaries, including Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. She is a two-time Gracie Award® winner: in 2011 she received the award for her program Michael Nyman: Motion and Emotion, and in 2018 for Her Name Shall Endure, a program about medieval woman of letters Christine de Pizan. 

Sara serves on the board of Texas Early Music Project. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, hiking, and writing historical fiction. 


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