Friends of Music Concert: WoodsMusick

 

On Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents WoodsMusick. The legend of the phenomenal Woods family — University of Arizona Professor of Music Rex Woods, piano; Alexander Woods, violin; Aubrey Woods, violin; and Garrick Woods, cello — sees its next chapter in a program of the finest chamber music gems that includes a premiere by University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Richard Faith of Quintet for Strings and Horn with Daniel Katzen. WoodsMusick will showcase the lyricism, virtuosity, and beauty of treasured chamber works for strings and piano.

WoodsMusick smallerThe suggested concert admission is $20 per person. The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events. For more information see www.friendsofmusictucson.org or call 520.222.7277

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Pianist Rex Woods has performed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, China and Australia, but is best known to regional audiences for his frequent artistic performances as both a soloist and chamber musician. He received his musical education at Brigham Young University, the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau. He was awarded the Otto Guth Memorial Award from the San Francisco Opera Center for excellence in vocal coaching and was the recipient of the Premier Prix de Fontainebleau in chamber music. Since 1988, he has taught at the University of Arizona. His recording credits include Summit label recordings as a member of The Bruch Trio along with clarinetist Jerry Kirkbride, and violist Jessie Levine.

Alexander Woods, violin, has been hailed by the New York Times as both a “showstopping” violinist as well as a “deft and sensitive accompanist.” He has studied with many of the world’s great violinists and pedagogues including Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Syoko Aki, and Mark Rush, and enjoys passing on the great violin tradition with students. He is in demand as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral musician in New York City and abroad, performing most recently at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University, the World Financial Center, and Trinity Wall Street Church. He frequently performs with the world-renowned Talea Ensemble, the Sebastian Chamber Players, the Clarion Society, Ensemble ACJW, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and is a member of the early music group TENET. He has worked closely with some of the most prominent modern composers, including John Adams, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Tod Machover, Ingram Marshall, and Tarik O’ Reagan.

Aubrey Woods, violin, is a sought-after soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra player. In her young career she has performed as soloist and section player with ensembles throughout the United States, France and China. In a recent performance as concertmaster, performing Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben her solos were described as being “played with feeling and expressiveness, and shimmering beauty” (reichelreccomends.com). Last summer Aubrey toured China as a soloist performing The Butterfly Lover’s Concerto in several major cities. In addition, Aubrey has performed as a period violinist with the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in Los Angeles and the Sebastian Chamber Players in New York City and Connecticut. She is a graduate of Brigham Young University in violin performance.

Garrick Woods, cello, has studied music from his earliest years — violin at age 4 and cello beginning at age 5. He began his studies with Mary Beth Tyndall and continued to be instructed and influenced by Cassel Grubb, Pamela Frame, Zoran Stilin, Nelzimar Neves, Mark Votapek and Nancy Green. In 2008 Garrick received his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Arizona and continued on to receive a Master of Music degree in 2010. In addition to his experience with formal study he has participated in workshops and master classes with some of today’s finest musicians, among them Janos Starker, Carter Brey, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has won various awards in local solo competitions and awards in both cello and composition from Interlochen Arts Camp, and in 2001 was the Emerson Scholarship winner for the state of Arizona at Interlochen. A cello faculty member at Brigham Young University Southern Utah University, he regularly participates in professional recordings for films and recording artists

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