Marathon Chamber Music Concert with Classical Music Luminaries Celebrates Cellist Bion Tsang’s first 10 Years at The University of Texas at Austin

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Special guests include the Miró Quartet, soprano Mela Dailey, Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay and many more

Austin-based cellist Bion Tsang, winner of the 2012 Austin Critic’s Table Award for Outstanding Symphonic Performance, presents a hand-picked concert with his University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music colleagues and Austin classical music luminaries on Friday, September 14, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Bates Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 with discounts for seniors, students and UT students and faculty. The concert also will be webcast live via the Butler School of Music website at

The concert features Butler School of Music faculty Patrick Hughes, Kristin Jensen, Anton Nel, Rick Rowley, David Small, Nathan Williams, Sandy Yamamoto, DaXun Zhang and the Miró Quartet as well as the UT Cellos and guests Peter Bay, Mela Dailey, Amy Levine-Tsang and John Novacek. This marathon of chamber music features works by Bach, Boccherini, Mozart, Novacek, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and Villa-Lobos.

The program spans a range of works for strings, piano, voice and wind instruments and includes the debut of the UT Cellos, the school’s first all-cello ensemble, which will perform under the baton of Austin Symphony Orchestra conductor Peter Bay.

“I am grateful for the time and talent of these artists who agreed to celebrate this milestone,” says Tsang, who moved from New York to Austin in 2002 to join the Butler School of Music at UT Austin. He earned the Texas Exes Teaching Award after his first year of service. His popular recitals draw on the talents and experience of his peers and the community and have included marathon performances of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Cello/Piano; the Bach Cello Suites; and contemporary works such as Tan Dun’s Snow in June.

The concert opens with a virtuoso string quintet featuring the Miró Quartet with Tsang. Later in the program, former Miró violinist Sandy Yamamoto returns to the stage for English composer Vaughan Williams’ Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Piano. In addition to the premiere of the UT Cellos under Peter Bay, the program features Bach’s spiritually powerful Chaconne for solo violin arranged for two cellos, performed by Tsang and his wife, Amy Levine-Tsang.

General admission tickets are $10 at the door; seniors & non-UT students $5. Admission is free for UT students, faculty and staff (2 per I.D.) and children under 12.

Program: Celebrating 10 Years at UT – Bion Tsang and Special Guests

Quintet, G. 310, Op. 28, No. 4, for Strings
Allegro con moto
Rondeau: Allegro con moto
Miró Quartet
Bion Tsang, cello

Sonata, K. 292, for Bassoon and Cello
Rondo: Allegro
Kristin Jensen, bassoon
Bion Tsang, cello

"Auf dem Strom," D. 943, for Voice, Cello & Piano
David Small, baritone
Bion Tsang, cello
Rick Rowley, piano

  • Intermission -

Chaconne for Two Cellos, from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004, for Solo Violin
Amy Levine-Tsang, cello
Bion Tsang, cello

Duetto for Cello and Double Bass
Andante molto
Bion Tsang, cello
DaXun Zhang, double bass

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Orchestra of Celli
Prelùdio (Modinha)
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Celli
Aria (Cantilena)
Mela Dailey, soprano
Peter Bay, conductor
Bion Tsang and the UT Cellos

  • Intermission -

Quintet in D major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Piano
Allegro moderato
Intermezzo: Allegretto
Finale: Allegro molto
Nathan Williams, clarinet
Patrick Hughes, horn
Sandy Yamamoto, violin
Bion Tsang, cello
Anton Nel, piano

"Foster Fantasy" for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
"Intoxication (A Rag)" for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Nathan Williams, clarinet
Bion Tsang, cello
John Novacek, piano

About Bion Tsang
Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. Mr. Tsang earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for his performance on the 2009 PBS special A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Harmonia Mundi). Highlights of recent seasons include his solo debut with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a return engagement of Plaza X with Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company and a recital appearance with legendary pianist Leon Fleisher. See him online at and

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