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!

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


“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 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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AFCM’s 50th commissioned work!

 January 23, 2013, 7:30pm

Lowell Liebermann’s third Piano Trio will be premiered by the acclaimed Trio Solisti. This will be AFCM’s 50th commissioned work!

AFCM’s program for commissioning new chamber music is unique in the world.

“A real gem in our American cultural scene. Unusual, inspired, and critical.”
(Miro Quartet)

“It’s a model for the country.”
(Denver Chamber Music Society)

We find outstanding composers and ask them to create a new work of chamber music. We arrange for the performing group that will do the world premiere. Our program is distinctive for the number of works that have been created and for their high quality, and unique because every work has been sponsored (paid for) by members of our audience. We invite the composers to come to town for the world premiere performance, and there is an opportunity for the audience to meet them.

Also unique is our commitment to sharing these new works with arts community worldwide. Complete audio recordings and recently videos of the premiere performances of all our commissions are online in the Commissioning section of our website. Google’s search engine ranking of our website for “chamber music commissioning” is a remarkable number 1.

Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded
living composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an
innovator.” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience
appeal. Having written over one hundred works in all genres, several of them have gone
on to become standard repertoire for their instruments, including his Sonata for Flute
and Piano, which has been recorded more than twenty times to date, and his Gargoyles
for Piano, which has been recorded fifteen times. Gargoyles was performed here by Joyce Lang during her February 7, 2010 Piano & Friends concert and was so well received that it immediately prompted two audience members to sponsor the commission of this new piano trio.


Hailed “The most exciting piano trio in America” by The New Yorker Magazine,
Trio Solisti celebrated their 10th Anniversary in the 2011-2012 season. The trio is composed of three brilliant instrumentalists – violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff. One of America’s most notable critics, Terry Teachout of The Wall St. Journal proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber-music ensemble of its kind.”

Trio Solisti’s soulful and passionate performances are marked by soloistic virtuosity, electric energy, seamless ensemble playing, and thrilling abandon. These qualities have drawn high praise from such journals as The New York Times (“consistently brilliant”) and The Washington Post (“unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”)

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