Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 3–10, 2019

AFCM is thrilled to present the 26th annual festival, a week of chamber music with favorite returning artists and dynamic new artists who together with artistic director Peter Rejto will come together in a variety of ways over the course of five world-class concerts.

The festival will mark the Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson's Tucson debut in the performance of the US premiere of Ross Edwards‘ new quintet “Bright Birds and Sorrow.” Joining her, also in his Tucson debut, will be pianist James Giles who will perform the monumental Taneyev Piano Quartet. Also a first at the festival will be Chris Rogerson’s new Quartet written for the Escher Quartet. Other highlights include violist Ettore Causa in an impressive arrangement of the Brahms Lieder, and cellist Edward Aron performing “Air” from the Pulitzer Prize winning composer Kevin Puts.

The festival has a slight Russian theme so the Taneyev Quartet will be augmented by the Shostakovich Quintet, Schnittke Quintet, and the rarely-performed Arensky Quartet for two cellos. Violinist Axel Strauss and pianist Bernadette Harvey, favorite festival musicians, will perform 20th century Polish composer Grazyna Bacewicz’s partita for violin and piano. Also returning is violinist and Yale School of Music professor Ani Kavafian; she appeared in our first festival in 1994.

Festival Concerts


Festival
Day 1

Sunday, March 3, 2019
3:00 PM at Leo Rich Theater


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
Sergei Prokofiev
Sonata in C Major for Two Violins, Op. 56
Philip Glass
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (arranged for Saxophone and Piano by Amy Dickson)
Dmitri Shostakovich
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

Performed by:

Ani Kavafian, Axel Strauss, Ettore Causa, Edward Arron, Pierre Lapointe, Amy Dickson, Bernadette Harvey, James Giles, Escher String Quartet

Festival
Day 2

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
Béla Bartók
String Quartet No. 5
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Trio in B-flat Major (“Archduke”), Op. 97

Performed by:

James Giles, Axel Strauss, Ettore Causa, Edward Arron, Escher String Quartet, Bernadette Harvey, Ani Kavafian

Festival
Day 3

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater


Dmitri Shostakovich
Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11
Ross Edwards
Bright Birds and Sorrow: Suite for Soprano Saxophone and String Quartet
Bacewicz
Partita for Violin and Piano
Arensky
String Quartet in A Minor for Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos, Op. 35

Performed by:

Ani Kavafian, Axel Strauss, Ettore Causa, Edward Arron, Escher String Quartet, Bernadette Harvey, Brook Speltz

Festival
Day 4

Friday, March 8, 2019
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater


Jenö Takács
Two Fantastics for Alto Saxophone and Piano, Op. 88
Alfred Schnittke
Piano Quintet
KEVIN PUTS
Air for Cello and Piano
Taneyev
Piano Quartet in E Major, Op 20

Performed by:

Amy Dickson, James Giles, Escher String Quartet, Edward Arron, Bernadette Harvey, Axel Strauss, Ettore Causa

Festival
Day 5

Sunday, March 10, 2019
3:00 PM at Leo Rich Theater


Brahms
Lieder (arranged for Viola and Piano by Ettore Causa)
Chris Rogerson
String Quartet No. 4 (World Premiere)
KEVIN PUTS
Concerto for Oboe and Strings (arranged for Saxophone by Rowan Harvey-Martin)
Felix Mendelssohn
Sextet in D Major for Piano and Strings, Op. 110

Performed by:

Ettore Causa, James Giles, Escher String Quartet, Amy Dickson, Axel Strauss, Ani Kavafian, Edward Arron, Philip Alejo, Bernadette Harvey, Pierre Lapointe

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