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Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, March 13 — Sunday, March 20, 2016


“One of the best and most adventurous festivals in the US!”
(American Record Guide)

“A jewel of a festival.” (WFMT, Chicago)


The 23rd Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival is anchored by one of today’s finest ensembles, the Pacifica Quartet, and brings together such festival favorites as Cynthia Phelps, Bernadette Harvey, Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith with exciting festival newcomers Marc-André Hamelin and Yura Lee. As he has since the beginning, festival director Peter Rejto masterminds a stimulating mix of familiar and unfamiliar, old and new— including the exciting premiere of an AFCM commissioned duo for cello and piano by Canadian composer Heather Schmidt. And don’t forget our Festival Gala Dinner and Concert, an elegant meal at the Arizona Inn graced with performances of music you won’t hear at any of the regular festival concerts.

Festival Series Subscription - 5 concerts - $120
(5 for the price of 4)

Gala Dinner only - $160

Five festival concerts and Gala Dinner - $280

Please note: "Partner" discount tickets are available only for members of the Arizona Early Music Society or Tucson Guitar Society. All single ticket orders are processed in the order in which they are received, and will be held at the Will Call window at the Leo Rich Theater.  Series subscriptions will be mailed. We accept Visa and Mastercard only. Other cards can be accepted on the PayPal shopping cart. Enter number of tickets on the shopping cart.

Adult, Student, Partner

Sunday, March 13, 2016
3:00 PM

Dvořák: Terzetto for 2 violins & viola, Op.74
(Yura Lee, Martin Beaver, Cindy Phelps)

Britten: Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major, Op. 65
(Steven Doane, Bernadette Harvey)

Barrière: Sonata for Cello & Bass in G Major No. 10
(Clive Greensmith, Volkan Orhon)

Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 59 No. 1
(Pacifica Quartet)

Sponsored by Randy Spalding and Nancy Bissell.

Adult, Student, Partner

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
7:30 PM

Schumann: Andante & Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos & horn in B flat major, WoO 10
(Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bernadette Harvey, Eric Ruske, Clive Greensmith, Steven Doane)

Eugène Ysaÿe: Trio for 2 violins and viola "Le Londres”
(Yura Lee, Martin Beaver, Cindy Phelps)

Puts: Ritual Protocol for Piano & Marimba
(Bernadette Harvey, Svet Stoyanov)

Schubert: String Quintet in C Major
(Pacifica Quartet, Steven Doane)

Sponsored by Jay Shah & Minna Mehta, and Serene Rein.

Adult, Student, Partner

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
7:30 PM

Rossini: String Quartet No. 6
(Steven Doane, Yura Lee, Martin Beaver, Volkan Orhon)

Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
(Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bernadette Harvey, Svet Stoyanov, Matthew Strauss)

Schmidt: Cello Sonata
(AFCM commissioned world premiere)

(Bernadette Harvey, Clive Greensmith)

Brahms: Horn Trio in E Flat Major, Op.40
(Martin Beaver, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Eric Ruske)

Tonight's premiere sponsored by Robert and Ursula Garrett, Drs. John and Helen Schaefer, Carla Zingarelli Rosenlicht, and Jean-Paul Bierny and Chris Tanz.

Thursday March 17, 2016
Youth Concert

Every year during our Festival, 500 kids (grade school through high school) pack the concert hall, some traveling from more than an hour away. They come in school groups to hear a concert by the same world-class musicians who play for the festival. And they get to interact with them!

Adult, Student, Partner

Friday, March 18, 2016
7:30 PM

Puts: Piano Quintet
(Bernadette Harvey, Martin Beaver, Cindy Phelps, Clive Greensmith, Volkan Orhon)

Dresher: Double Ikat
(Yura Lee, Svet Stoyanov, Bernadette Harvey)

Wieniaski: “Reverie” for viola & piano
(Cindy Phelps, Marc-Andre Hamelin)

Ornstein: Piano Quintet
(Pacifica Quartet, Marc-Andre Hamelin)

Saturday March 19, 2016
3:00 & 4:00 pm
Master Classes

Attendance is free and open to the public

Saturday March 19, 2016 6:00 pm
Gala dinner and concert at the Arizona Inn

Cocktails and open wine bar 7:00 pm
Performance 8:00 pm

Dinner reservations required.

Adult, Student, Partner

Sunday, March 20, 2016
3:00 PM

G. Schurmann: "Romancing the Strings" for string nonet Premiere
(Pacifica Quartet, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, Yura Lee, Cindy Phelps, Volkan Orhon)

Dvořák: String Quintet No.2 in G Major, Op.77  
(Martin Beaver, Yura Lee, Cindy Phelps, Volkan Orhon, Steven Doane)

Harbison: Twilight Music
(Bernadette Harvey, Eric Ruske, Yura Lee)

Ravel: La Valse, arranged for 2 pianos
(Marc-Andre Hamelin, Bernadette Harvey)

Sponsored by Wes Green.

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Pacifica Quartet

Brandon Vamos,
Sibbi Bernhardsson,
Simin Ganatra,
Masumi Per Rostad,

Peter Rejto,
artistic director
Martin Beaver,
Clive Greensmith,
Marc-André Hamelin,
Bernadette Harvey,
Steven Doane,
Yura Lee,
Volkan Orhon,
Cynthia Phelps,
Eric Ruske,

Svet Stoyanov,

Matthew Strauss,
Heather Schmidt,
piano and composer