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.
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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
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
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 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.