Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival
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.