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

Day 1

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

String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
Sonata in C Major for Two Violins, Op. 56
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

Day 2

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

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

Day 3

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

Dmitri Shostakovich
Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11
Bright Birds and Sorrow: Suite for Soprano Saxophone and String Quartet
Partita for Violin and Piano
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

Day 4

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

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

Performed by:

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

Day 5

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

Lieder (arranged for Viola and Piano by Ettore Causa)
Chris Rogerson
String Quartet No. 4 (World Premiere)
Concerto for Oboe and Strings (arranged for Saxophone by Rowan Harvey-Martin)
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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