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The Balcones Community Orchestra is in its twenty-fifth season of bringing high-quality chamber orchestra music to the Austin region. The all-volunteer group draws its repertoire from the masterworks for small orchestra, and presents free concerts in venues that approximate the conditions under which these works were first performed and heard. 

Please check our website often to see upcoming events, including full orchestra performances, as well as other musical events pertaining to the classics. 

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                                                classical music alive and free to Austin. 

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Patrice Calixte, Violin
Alexander Smith, viola

Mozart: Sinfonie Concertante for Violin and Viola


                                                                        2023-2024 CALENDAR - SUNDAYS AT 4:00

September   24    -   Patrice Calixte, Violin & Alex Smith, Viola  - Lakeway Activity Center   
                                              Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante

October 22              -   Anton Nel, Piano  -  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
                                                 Mozart:  Piano Concerto in F Major, K. 459

November 19         -    Bryan Hall, Violin  -  Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                Dvorak:  Violin Concerto

January 21, 2024  -   Jessica Mathaes, Violin  -  Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                Chen / Zhanhao He:  Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

February 18             -    SungEun Park, Piano  -  St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
                                                 Repertoire TBA                                            

March 17                    -     Thomas Gougeon, Violin - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                               Beethoven:  Romanze in F and Wieniawski Polonaise in D Major

April 21                        -    Francesco Mastromatteo, Cello  - Episcopal Church of the Resurrection
                                                  Dvorak:  Cello Concerto 

May 19                         -    Artina McCain, Piano - St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
   Repertoire TBA



Patrice Calixte:

Canadian violinist Patrice Calixte did most of his studies with Claude Richard at Université de Montréal, where he obtained Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in music performance. He has worked with many orchestras in Canada, including the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. He then moved to Austin where he completed his Artist Diploma at the University of Texas with Daniel Ching as his mentor. He currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of both the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Opera as well as the first violin of the Austin-based Artisan Quartet. Patrice performs on a violin made in 1910 in Florence by Valentino di Zorzi, kindly on loan from Lorraine and John Wang.

Alexander Smith:

Alexander Smith has appeared on four continents as an orchestral musician, recitalist, and chamber musician. He is currently a member of the Austin Symphony Orchestra and has previously worked with the Kansas City Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, he has been featured in performances of works by Rolla, Walton, Hindemith, Dale, and Krieger. Recent chamber performances include the Mozart C Major Quintet with Sandy Yamamoto and John Largess. Additionally, Mr. Smith has appeared in chamber music with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Glenn Dicterow, Martin Chalifour, and David Radzynski. A recent doctoral graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Alexander served for three years as the Teaching Assistant to Professor Roger Myers. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Stephen Wyrczynski, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Yuval Gotlibovich.

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