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Board Profile: Paul St. John

Posted on October 22, 2018
By admin

AFCM is managed by volunteers who, in addition to being passionately dedicated to chamber music, have outstanding qualifications. We invite you to get to know them. Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Paul St. John: My wife and I have been attending AFCM concerts since we moved to Tucson 30 years ago. […]

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Johanna Lundy in Arizona Daily Star

Posted on July 19, 2018
By admin

We are grateful to the Daily Star for this terrific in-depth article about our 2018 season’s second summertime concert. TSO horn player Johanna Lundy is featured in Arizona Friends of Chamber Music summer series Join us August 22, 2018, for the performance featuring husband-and-wife pianists Gary Steigerwalt and Dana Muller. Tickets are selling fast.

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Season 2018–19

Posted on February 26, 2018
By AFCM

We are pleased to announce the concerts for next season. Reserve your dates. Tickets will be available shortly upon issue of the Season Brochure. October 14, 2018 Blake Pouliot, violin 3 p.m., Leo Rich Theater October 24, 2018 St. Lawrence Quartet 7:30 p.m., Leo Rich Theater November 14, 2018 Modigliani Quartet with pianist Fabio Bidini […]

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Board Profile: Helmut Abt

Posted on December 7, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Helmut Abt: More than 30 years. Fred Chaffee, a longtime AFCM vice president, got me involved— I was his Ph.D. thesis advisor and I introduced him to much music. Q: What is your current role on the Board? HA: I have been the Recording Secretary for […]

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Board Profile: Paul Kaestle

Posted on December 1, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Paul Kaestle: I have been a Board member for five years. Q: What is your role? PK: I am Chairman of the Fundraising Committee and a member of the Marketing and Finance Committees. The most rewarding contributions I make are utilizing the skill I learned as a management consultant in market and […]

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Profile: Cathy Anderson

Posted on October 19, 2017
By AFCM

Meet Cathy Anderson, AFCM’s box office manager. Most likely, you’ve met Cathy. She replies to your emails, returns your calls, and greets you at the entrance to every concert. She has been helping AFCM patrons for 14 years. Q: What does the typical season look like for you? Cathy Anderson: It’s cyclical. It starts when we […]

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Board Profile: Kaety Byerley

Posted on July 31, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Kaety Byerley: I joined the board of AFCM in summer of 2016. I had been a fan for years. Q: What is your current role? KB: In addition to lending a hand with the marketing and Now Music committees, I am the Program Director of Tucson Adult Chamber Players (TACP), […]

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Board Profile: Dagmar Cushing

Posted on July 17, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Dagmar Cushing: I can’t even remember for sure but I think I have been on the board for about 26 years. I started attending the concerts when I first came to the U of A in 1969, when they were being held at Crowder Hall. Q: What is your current role? […]

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Behind the Scenes with James Reel

Posted on July 14, 2017
By AFCM

James Reel is AFCM’s President. As well, he is the Executive Director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, serves on the board of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and is Arizona Public Media’s Classical Music Director and the weekday morning announcer for KUAT-FM. In this program, he discusses the chamber music genre. Q: How is a chamber music concert distinctive as compared […]

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Board Profile: Philip Alejo

Posted on April 14, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Philip Alejo: I first became involved with AFCM in 2014 as a performer in the festival, and I joined the board at the invitation of Jean-Paul Bierny the following season. Q: What is your current role?  PA: It is exciting that my work with AFCM continues to evolve. Earlier this year […]

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Board Profile: Jay Rosenblatt

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By AFCM

Without paid staff, AFCM relies on its board members for strategic planning, artistic direction, and day-to-day operations – among other things. Over the course of the season, we invite you to meet the individuals who dedicate significant time to making AFCM possible. Q: How long have you been involved withAFCM? Jay Rosenblatt: Since 1998. Q: What is your current role? […]

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Board Profile: Randy Spalding

Posted on April 13, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved 
with AFCM? Randy Spalding: I attended my first AFCM concert 47 years ago! I have now served on the board for 20 years, having joined in 1997. Q: What is your current role? RS: Over the years, I’ve worn many hats. Currently, my primary responsibility is to oversee […]

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Board Profile: Leslie Tolbert

Posted on March 3, 2017
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Leslie Tolbert: My husband, Paul St. John, and I have been coming to AFCM concerts since we moved to Tucson almost 30 years ago.  For many years we attended only the occasional concerts, but eventually we began to subscribe to the entire season.  We decided to […]

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Board Profile: Joseph Tolliver

Posted on December 14, 2016
By AFCM

Q: How long have you been involved with AFCM? Joseph Tolliver: I started attending concerts in 1987. I was a visitor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Arizona while on leave from the University of Maryland. The department aesthetician, Henning Jenson, was on the AFCM board and encouraged me and my wife […]

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Dover Quartet Carnegie Hall Debut

Posted on April 13, 2016
By AFCM

“…the young American string quartet of the moment.” —The New Yorker The spellbinding Dover Quartet, already considered one of the great young quartets, passed another milestone last Friday with their extraordinary Carnegie Hall debut. Performing to a sold-out audience, the Dover filled the hall with stunning interpretations of three of the anchors of the string […]

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Chamber Music America Acclaim Award

Posted on April 12, 2016
By AFCM

Jean-Paul Bierny received the Chamber Music America Acclaim award at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, March 13, 2016. Jean-Paul served as president of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music for 35 years, started a commissioning program that has now premiered over 60 works, conceived of our Piano & Friends series for beginning artists such as […]

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Grazyna Bacewicz Piano Quintet #2

Posted on November 29, 2015
By AFCM

Live Performance from Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival on March 120, 2015 at Leo Rich Theater performed by Bernadette Harvey, piano, Joseph Lin, violin, Axel Strauss, violin, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola, Clive Greensmith, cello. Audio & video courtesy of Matthew Snyder, Allegro Recordings, Burbank, CA. Video editing: Peter Rejto

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