Rotary Club presentation

Dr. Richard Sanderson, a member of the Downtown Rotary, and a long-time member of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music audience, invited Jean-Paul Bierny to do a presentation about chamber music to the Rotary.  Jean-Paul enlisted the Southwest String Quartet to do a live presentation of chamber music.

The Quartet, (David Rife, Ilona Vukovic Gay, Mary Beth Tyndall and Wynne Rife), all members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, had an enthusiastic reception from 150 Rotarians.  Thanks to Rotarian Sid Hirsh for his organizational help!

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Intro to Chamber Music at the Honors College

Under the sponsorship of AFCM and presented by Professor Leslie Tolbert (Neuroscience) and Jean-Paul Bierny, the Southwest String Quartet performs for Honors College students in Yuma Residence Hall at the University of Arizona.

Brown bag lunch and chamber music! Thanks to Barbara Whittlesey and Karna Walter of the Honors College for making it possible.

The quartet, David Rife, Ilona Vukovic Gay, Mary Beth Tyndall and Wynne Rife, are all members of TSO.

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Ellison String Quartet premiere video

Another exciting premiere to relive, a part of AFCM’s world famous commissioning program.

Michael Ellison’s String Quartet No. 3, “Fiddlin’ “) performed by the Fry Street Quartet on December 11, 2013.

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Concert review by Cathalena Burch

Here’s an excerpt from Azstarnet.com

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“It’s not often in Tucson that you get to see an oboist in the leading role of a concert.

The oboe is usually part of the orchestra, squeezed somewhere in the winds section, jockeying for attention between the trumpets and flute. Their solo lines in concerts are glorious, albeit rarely spotlight grabbing, and even rarer still do you actually glimpse the oboist in action.

At the third concert of the weeklong Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival at Leo Rich Theatre on Wednesday, oboist James Austin Smith showed us what we have been missing…”

Read the complete review on Azstarnet.com here.

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Pepe Romero at the 2014 Festival

Pepe Romero performs live at the 2014 Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival on March 16, 2014
Video and audio recorded by Matthew Snyder

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More video from our premieres

Premiered by the Shanghai Quartet and Bernadette Harvey, piano, at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music festival on March 24, 2013.

Sponsored by Wesley C. Green, in memory of his wife, Pearl Green.

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Video of a premiere

Relive the excitement of this premiere performance!

Quartet for Clarinet and Strings by Sylvie Bodorova from Arizona Friends of Chamber Music on Vimeo.

Quartet for Clarinet and Strings by Sylvie Bodorova was premiered at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival on March 22, 2013.

Premiered by:
Bil Jackson, Clarinet
Ani Kavafian, Violin
Cynthia Phelps, Viola
Colin Carr, Cello

Sponsored by Bob Foster, in memory of Betty Cochran; Suzanne and Charles Peters; Jean-Paul Bierny and Chris Tanz.

Audio and video by Matthew Snyder Recordings

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50th commission video online

Trio Solisti’s premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Trio No.3 rocks!

Video production by Bob Foster, MD.

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