Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

March 1–8, 2020

“A festival is the best time to hear chamber music.”

Only once a year—a dynamic array of chamber music’s best, performed by musicians from around the globe. Get your tickets now!

The award-winning Jasper String Quartet.

The seldom-heard String Quintet in C Major, in honor of Beethoven’s 250th.

A most unique feature, the inclusion of the pipa and percussion, rare at chamber events

The premiere of Four Inscapes on Sunday March 8th by Ross Edwards utilizes both the pipa and percussion, as does The Sound of a Voice composed by Philip Glass on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Every concert has at least one, and many two, known works by great composers. The traditional repertoire includes some great fare: Faure Violin Sonata, Smetana Quartet, Schubert Trout Quintet, Beethoven String Quintet, and Mendelssohn Quartet in D, and more.

Get your Festival Pass (5 concerts for the price of 4) $120.

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, 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, 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:

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


Saturday, March 7, 2020
Gala Dinner & Concert, 6:00 PM at Arizona Inn

5:30 pm – Silent Auction Begins
6:00 pm – Cocktails
7:00 pm – Musical selections by Festival musicians
8:00 pm – Dinner

The Gala Dinner and Concert will be at the Arizona Inn.

Dine with Festival musicians and composers. Advance reservation only–until full. Cost includes champagne, wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and live performance by the Festival musicians. Contact info@arizonachambermusic.org for more information.

RSVP no later than March 3.

View Gala Details

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, Tara Helen O’Connor, Matthew Strauss, Jasper String Quartet

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