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Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival

Sunday, March 15 — Sunday, March 22, 2015

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

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

More new acquaintances await us at the 22nd Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. Two world premieres are scheduled, the first by Czech composer Jiri Gemrot — his fifth premiere through our Commissioning Program — and the other by Lowell Liebermann — his second composed for us. Other old friends include the Prazak Quartet in their ninth appearance, but also look for new faces among the world-class Festival musicians.

As always, Festival director, Peter Rejto, will offer us a stimulating mix of familiar and unfamiliar, old and new, in the best tradition of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.

And don’t forget our Festival Gala Dinner and Concert! Experience chamber music as it has been presented for centuries, in an intimate and elegant setting at the historic Arizona Inn.

Over 2 hours of music! Enjoy a random full length track from each of our Festival CDs using the player below. Use the forward and reverse buttons to scroll through the selections.

Festival Series Subscription - 5 concerts - $130

Five festival concerts and Gala Dinner - $280

Gala Dinner only - $160


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:00 pm
Mozart: String Quartet in D Major (“Hoffmeister”), K. 499
(Prazak Quartet)

Bodorová: Mysterium Druidum
(Prazak Quartet, Kateřina Englichová)

Dupont: Piano Quintet
(Prazak Quartet, Pianist to be announced)


Tuesday March 17, 2015 7:30 pm
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major, K. 414
(Prazak Quartet, Bernadette Harvey, Philip Alejo)

Dahl: Concerto-a-Tre
(Bil Jackson, Clive Greensmith, Axel Strauss)

Saint-Saëns: Fantasy for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
(Kateřina Englichová, Joseph Lin)

Mendelssohn: String Quintet No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 87
(Joseph Lin, Axel Strauss, Paul Neubauer, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Clive Greensmith)


Wednesday March 18, 2015 7:30 pm
Martinů : Musique de Chambre No. 1
(Kateřina Englichová, Bil Jackson, Axel Strauss, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Michal Kaňka, Bernadette Harvey)

Gemrot: String Quartet No. 2 (World Premiere)
(Prazak Quartet Quartet)

Dale: Romance for Viola and Piano
(Bernadette Harvey, Paul Neubauer)

Dvořák: Piano Quintet
(Prazak Quartet, Bernadene Blaha)

Thursday March 19, 2015
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!


Friday March 20, 2015 7:30 pm
Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132
(Bil Jackson, Paul Neubauer, Bernadene Blaha)

Bacewicz: Piano Quintet No. 2
(Joseph Lin, Axel Strauss, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Clive Greensmith)

Lukas: Quintet for Harp and Strings
(Kateřina Englichová, Prazak Quartet)

Korngold: String Sextet in D Major, Op. 10
(Prazak Quartet, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Clive Greensmith)

Saturday March 21, 2015 3:00 & 4:00 pm
Master Classes

Attendance is free and open to the public

Saturday March 21, 2015 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.

Baermann: Adagio Clarinet & String Quartet
(Bil Jackson, Josef Klusoň, Axel Strauss, Paul Neubauer, Clive Greensmith)

Handel: Concerto for Harp & String Quartet (Kateřina Englichová and the Prazak)

And more!


Sunday March 22, 2015 3:00 pm
Lutosławski: Dance Preludes
(Bil Jackson, Bernadette Harvey)

Debussy: Danses sacrée et profane
(Kateřina Englichová, Prazak Quartet)

Liebermann: Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Viola (World Premiere)
(Bil Jackson, Paul Neubauer, Bernadene Blaha)

Enescu: Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7
(Prazak Quartet, Axel Strauss, Joseph Lin, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Clive Greensmith)

Complete Program


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Prazak Quartet


Bernadene Blaha,
Bernadette Harvey,
Peter Rejto,
artistic director
Kateřina Englichová,
Jiri Gemrot,
Clive Greensmith,
Bil Jackson,
Lowell Liebermann,
Joseph Lin,
Paul Neubauer,
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola
Axel Strauss,