Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, March 16 — Sunday, March 23, 2014

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

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

Our world-class chamber music festival provides an intense and uplifting week of musical activities at a time when spring arrives in the Sonoran Desert.

The 21st Tucson Winter Chamber Musical Festival promises to be our most exciting yet. Once again, festival director Peter Rejto will assemble some of the finest musicians from across the United States, bringing them to Tucson for a week of inspired music-making. Anchored by the superb Miró Quartet, the concerts will include old friends like baritone Christòpheren Nomura and new visitors like guitarist Pepe Romero.

These concerts will also include two world premieres! The first is by esteemed composer Gunther Schuller (who will be eighty-eight years old at the time of the Festival). Next we will premiere a sonata for piano by Sylvie Bodorova, familiar to us from her thrilling "Mysterium Druidum", premiered here in 2003.

Please join us for another season, as we bring the joy of great music to Tucson.

View the complete program notes here

Open dress rehearsals Wednesday, Friday and the final Sunday 9:00am to noon.

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Artists

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Miró Quartet


Peter Rejto,
artistic director

Martin Beaver

Bernadene Blaha,
piano

Paul Coletti,
viola

Kevin Fitzgerald,
piano

Antonio Lysy,
cello

Christòpheren Nomura,
baritone

Pepe Romero,
guitar

Gunther Schuller,
composer

Sylvie Bodorova,
composer

Sandy Yamamoto,
violin

James Austin Smith, oboe

Programs

Festival Series Subscription
5 concerts - $130
Five festival concerts and Gala Dinner
$280

 

Adult/Student

Sunday March 16, 2014 at 3 pm
Featuring the Miró Quartet, Bernadene Blaha, Paul Coletti, Chris Nomura, Pepe Romero, James Austin Smith

Clara Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 22
Falla: from Siete Canciones Espagnole— Cancion, Nana, Polo
Albeniz: “Leyenda”
Celedonio Romero: “Fantasia”
Dutilleux: Quartet Ainsi la nuit (1976)
Copland: Old American Songs: 1.Simple Gifts, 2.The Little Horses, 3 At the River, 4. Ching a Ring Chaw
Beethoven: Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 70, No. 2

This afternoon's concert is generously underwritten by Carla Zingarelli-Rosenlicht, and Sandy and Elliott Heiman.


Adult/Student

Monday March 17, 2014 at 7:30pm
Featuring the Miró Quartet, Martin Beaver, Paul Coletti, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Antonio Lysy, Chris Nomura, Pepe Romero, James Austin Smith, Sandy Yamamoto

Dorati: “Notturno and Capriccio”
Boccherini: Guitar Quintet in D major “Fandango”
Schubert: “Die Forelle” and “Der Tod und das Mädchen”
Schubert: Quartet in D minor, D. 810 “Death and the Maiden”

This evening's concert is generously underwritten by Carla Zingarelli-Rosenlicht, and Drs. John and Helen Schaefer.


Adult/Student

Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Featuring the Miró Quartet, Martin Beaver, Paul Coletti, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Antonio Lysy, James Austin Smith, Sandy Yamamoto

Beethoven: String Trio in G major, Op. 9, No. 1
Puts: Concerto for Oboe and Strings (1997)
Elgar: Quintet in A minor, Op. 84

This evening's concert is generously underwritten by Wesley C. Green.


Thursday March 20, 2014
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!

This Youth Concert concert is generously underwritten by Linda Leedberg and Stan Caldwell.


Adult/Student

Friday March 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm
Featuring the Miró Quartet, Martin Beaver, Bernadene Blaha, Paul Coletti, Antonio Lysy, Chris Nomura

Wolf: Mörike-Lieder: Um Mitternacht & Fußreise
Schuller: String Quartet (Premiere)
Chausson: Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 30

This evening's concert is generously underwritten by Jayant Shah and Minna Mehta.


Saturday March 22, 2014

Master Classes at 3 pm and 4 pm Public is welcome
• Leo Rich Theater

Gala Dinner and Recital at the Arizona Inn:
6 pm Cocktails and open wine bar
7 pm Performance; 8 pm Dinner
Program will include songs by Gershwin with baritone Chrisopheren Nomura, Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances with pianinsts Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Bernadene Blaha, plus appearances by Miró Quartet and oboist James Austin Smith.


Adult/Student

Sunday March 23, 2014 at 3 pm
Featuring Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Chris Nomura, James Austin Smith

Mahler: Songs of a Wayfarer
Dutilleux: Sonata for Oboe 1947
Bodorova: Sonata for Piano (Premiere)
Mendelssohn: Octet for Strings in E-flat major, Op. 20

This afternoon's concert is generously underwritten by Jerry Short, Merrill Lynch, Sr. Financial Advisor, Walter Swap, and Jean-Paul Bierny and Chris Tanz.



Watch

Videos from prior festival premieres here

Listen

These are complete movements from prior Festivals.

 

Learn about our Festival recordings