Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 1–8, 2020

When you love chamber music, the opportunity to experience all it has to offer within a short period is thrilling. The juxtaposition of well-known pieces and unexplored compositions over the course of a week during which brilliant musicians come to the stage in different arrangements makes the festival unique.

Open rehearsals enable you to get behind the scenes. A youth concert brings chamber music to the school children in our community. Master classes enable the amateur and the curious to learn from the best. Pre-concert discussions provide depth to the program. And a gala dinner and concert offers the opportunity to combine food and chamber music in a festive atmosphere.

For 2020, Artistic Director Peter Rejto has developed an unprecedented week of concerts. We present leading Australian composer Ross Edwards with the premiere of a new commission that includes instrumentation for the pipa, a rare inclusion in Western chamber works. So enthusiastic was he about the pipa, Edwards delivered the score a year early.

Russian-born composer, pianist, and poet Lera Auerbach returns to premiere a musical interpretation of winter, our contribution to the Four Seasons series on day four. In honor of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020, you will hear the seldom-encountered Beethoven String Quintet.

Julie Albers, Lera Auerbach, Rafael De Stella, Bernadette Harvey, Yura Lee, Dimitri Murrath, Tara Helen O’Connor, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Matthew Strauss, and the Jasper String Quartet. A schedule of highly regarded players, all live on stage in Tucson, March 1-8, 2020.

Festival Concerts

Day 1

Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 PM at Leo Rich Theater

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Bohuslav Martinů
Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Ambush on Both Sides
Alberto Ginastera
Pampeana No. 2 for Cello and Piano
Bedřich Smetana
String Quartet No. 1 in E Minor, “From My Life”

Performed by:

Julie Albers, Tara Helen O’Connor, Yura Lee, Dimitri Murrath, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Yang Jin, Bernadette Harvey, Jasper String Quartet

Day 2

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater

Philip Glass
The Sound of a Voice
Gabriel Fauré
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Major, Op. 13
Franz Schubert
Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, “Trout”

Performed by:

Julie Albers, Tara Helen O’Connor, Yura Lee, Matthew Strauss, Bernadette Harvey, Lera Auerbach, Rafael De Stella, Dimitri Murrath, Alexander Sitkovetsky

Day 3

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater

Antonín Dvořák
Violin Sonatina in G Major, Op. 100
Jeffery Cotton
Meditation, Rhapsody, and Bacchanal
André Jolivet
Chant de Linos
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29

Performed by:

Bernadette Harvey, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Yura Lee, Matthew Strauss, Tara Helen O’Connor, Jasper String Quartet, Dimitri Murrath

Day 4

Friday, March 6, 2020
7:30 PM at Leo Rich Theater

Zoltán Kodály
Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12
Joan Tower
Wild Summer
Christopher Theofanidis
Akira Nishimura
Lera Auerbach
Winter (premiere of an AFCM commission)
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano Trio, Op. 94 (arr. by Auerbach of Violin Sonata No. 2)

Performed by:

Yura Lee, Dimitri Murrath, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Jasper String Quartet, Julie Albers, Lera Auerbach

Day 5

Sunday, March 8, 2020
3:00 PM at Leo Rich Theater

Richard Strauss
String Sextet from “Capriccio,” Op. 85
Arnold Bax
Viola Sonata
Ross Edwards
Four Inscapes (premiere of an AFCM commission)
Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet in D Major, Op. 44 No. 1

Performed by:

Julie Albers, Yura Lee, Dimitri Murrath, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Bernadette Harvey, Tara Helen O’Connor, Matthew Strauss, Jasper String Quartet

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