Friends of Music Summer Series Concert: Phoenix Chamber Brass

phoenixOnce again, Friends of Music presents their popular Summer Sizzler Series on four Sundays over the summer at 2 p.m. in the Church.

The first concert of the series will be on Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the Church, featuring Phoenix Chamber Brass, a brass quintet consisting of Greg Lloyd, trumpet; Donald Smith, trumpet; Rose French, horn; Matt Lennox, trombone; and Jesse Chavez, tuba. Lloyd says, “It can get weird, talking to people about classical music. It’s like people think they have to choose between listening to boring music by stuffy dead people or ultra-modern noise music that will make your ears bleed.” Phoenix Chamber Brass will present some less painful choices that will certainly keep you captivated.

Concerts continue on Sundays July 19 (Titan Valley Warheads), August 16 (Weiss/Soflin percussion/saxophone duo), and September 13 (LoBros, classical/Latin/jazz).

The 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.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. For more information click here or call (520) 222-7277.

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Phoenix Chamber Brass members hold many prestigious awards and accolades, performing at international venues large and small. The mission of the Phoenix Chamber Brass is three-fold: to perform a wide diverse repertoire of music that entertains audiences, to collaborate and create new projects with other artist of this generation, and to reach out to the next generation of musicians and artists through educational programs.

Phoenix Chamber Brass uses the diverse background of its member to create engaging concert experiences. Don, Greg, Rose, Matt and Jesse first came together in 2009 and set out on several large projects its first season. These experiences helped the group grow as an ensemble, spending much rehearsal time approaching a new work and style that is new to the brass ensemble. Also, as all of the group members are educators, the launch of two educational endeavors focused on master classes for high school students preparing for AMEA all-state auditions and a week-long summer music camp for chamber music.

Becoming established as one of the premiere chamber ensembles in Arizona, Phoenix Chamber Brass has participated in larger festivals and chamber music series including: The Western Horn Symposium (Las Vegas, NV), Live at the Library Series (Glendale, AZ), Second Sunday Series (Glendale Community College, AZ), Peoria Arts and Culture Festival (AZ); as well as concerts and master classes for high school students in Houston, Texas, and performing at the 45th International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN.

St. Philip’s Day: Special Music and Festivities

St Philip croppedSt. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church observes the feast day of its patronal saint in early May each year. Liturgically, the day will be marked with special music. On Sunday, May 3, the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services will feature the thrilling Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein, interspersed throughout the liturgy. St. Philip’s adult and youth choirs, with treble soloist, will be joined by members of the choir from Temple Emanu-El to present this monumental work, celebrating our joint Old Testament heritage and our community and friendship through music. This will be a rare occasion to hear the work sung with orchestra, including four percussionists. Well known for his striking musical language, as seen in West Side Story, Bernstein partners his musical expressiveness with one of the oldest of sacred texts, the Psalms.

The public is cordially invited to attend. A freewill offering will be collected during the service. On First Sundays, St. Philip’s has a “food for hunger” food drive to replenish our food pantry to help our neighbors in need. Donations of non-perishable food in unbreakable containers are gratefully accepted. Also on First Sundays, St. Philip’s Prison Ministry accepts donations of new or used paperback books, on any subject, which are donated to Reading Between the Bars to be distributed to prisoners in Arizona.

The day will include festivities in the Plaza beginning at 11:30 a.m. Activities include a dunking tank, karaoke corner, water activities for kids, and fantastic food. The cost for lunch is $7 per person ($20 per family), payable at the event. Proceeds support St. Philip’s J2A youth group.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our parking structure that houses our solar power array. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Friends of Music Concert: Strauss Divas

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents The Strauss Divas with sopranos Dianne Iauco, Mary Paul, and Amy Williams, accompanied by pianist Bonnie Bird. Richard Strauss’ preference for the soprano voice above all others is evident in his operas and songs. Three diverse sopranos (dramatic, lyric, and coloratura) combine forces to showcase some of Strauss’ most compelling, most beguiling, and most beloved vocal music, including selections from Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, Arabella, and a variety of songs.

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Pianist Bonnie Bird; Sopranos Dianne Iauco, Amy Williams, Mary Paul

The 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 click here 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 our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Dianne Iauco, Soprano. Dianne Iauco has been acclaimed by The New York Times, Indianapolis Star, Opera News and other leading publications across the U.S. for her distinctive timbre, effortless coloratura, remarkable vocal compass and her captivating presence onstage. A winner of the Second Opera Company of Philadelphia/Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition—after which she sang opposite Mr. Pavarotti—Ms. Iauco served as a principal artist at New York City Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, Opera Columbus, Texas Opera Theater, Indianapolis Opera, and Western Opera Theater, Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, and numerous other regional companies. Born in Syracuse, NY, Ms. Iauco was raised in Indianapolis, IN, and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cincinnati College‑Conservatory of Music, as well as an Artist’s Certificate in Opera Performance. A former national winner of the Metropolitan Opera auditions, she resides in Tucson with her husband, basso Arizeder Urreiztieta, and their daughter.

Mary Paul, Soprano. Hailed for her flawless coloratura and impeccable phrasing, Mary Paul has been acclaimed in major roles in the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti, Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss, most notably as The Queen of the Night, Susanna, Blonde, Despina, Gilda, Oscar, Marie, Norina, Adèle, Sophie, Zerbinetta and Olympia. She has performed with the opera companies of Washington, DC, Miami, Utah, Arizona, Indianapolis, Sacramento, Chautauqua, Sarasota, Knoxville, Milwaukee, Chattanooga and Michigan, and as soprano soloist with Milwaukee Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Bel Canto Festival, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Bella Carità Chamber Orchestra, and St. Philip’s Friends of Music concert series. A gifted and engaging teacher, Ms. Paul maintains a private voice studio in Tucson, AZ and has given guest recitals and master classes at New York University, Queens College, Aquinas College, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Utah, and University of Northern Iowa. Ms. Paul earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice at the University of Arizona, and resides in Tucson with her husband, baritone Lawrence Alexander, and their two children.

Amy Street Williams, Soprano. Amy Street Williams has been singing in the chorus of the Arizona Opera Company for past 15 seasons. She has sung in 39 productions with the company both as a chorister and in comprimario roles. She studied voice at Indiana University with Teresa Kubiak and Virginia Zeani. While she was there she sang the role of the Beggar Woman in their production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Recently she sang the role of Olga in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and the role of The Monitor in Giacomo Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Southern Arizona Opera Company. She lives in Tucson, studying voice with Lawrence Alexander and coaching with Bonnie Bird.

Bonnie Bird, piano. Bonnie Bird studied at the Juilliard Prep Division as a teen, later earning a bachelor’s degree in piano from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. She continued her musical studies at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. She later earned a Master of Music degree in accompanying and voice from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Following a year of teaching at CCM, she spent six years at Edgecliff College in Cincinnati as instructor in voice and opera. Following a 20-year residence in Germany, Ms. Bird now makes Tucson her home and is on the staff at the University of Arizona School of Music voice department as an accompanist and coach. She also maintains a private voice studio.

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

Bach Marathon

kangOn Saturday, February 28, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents the annual Bach Marathon, a celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. At 10:00 a.m., organists Woosug Kang and Jeffrey Campbell present “Darkness and Light”, an exploration of major and minor key organ works. Woosug Kang will perform several prelude and fugue pieces in minor keys (“darkness”). Then Jeffrey Campbell will perform several prelude and fugue works in major keys to bring the “light” into this concert. The program will include the mentally and physically challenging Dorian, the giant “Wedge,” the dramatic Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, and many others to achieve the true feeling of “marathon” on the Holtkamp organ.

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The morning concert follows with “Bach’s lunch.” Lunches may be ordered before the morning concert.

 

marshallContinuing at 2:00 p.m., famed organist Dr. Kimberly Marshall will present “Handel and Bach, Cosmopolitans of the Organ”. The Largo from Handel’s Xerxes, two adaptations of Handel’s music by Alexandre Guilmant, and Bach’s Passacaglia in C Minor complement the program.

 

On Sunday morning, March 1, at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. services, the St. Philip’s Singers, soloists, and Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Woosug Kang will present Bach’s uplifting Cantata No. 4 “Christ lag in Todesbanden” in the context of the liturgy. Dr. Jeffrey Campbell will perform organ music of Bach. Because some of the music will be used as prelude, it is suggested that you arrive 10 minutes before the listed service time.

The suggested concert admission is $25 per person for either only morning session or only afternoon session; $40 for both; $10 Bach’s Lunch. 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 click here 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 our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Organist and choral conductor Woosug Kang is the Director of Music at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson where he leads a large and vibrant music program with six adult-, children’s- and mixed voice choral ensembles. He is responsible for all musical activities including the First Sunday Music Series, where major choral works with orchestra are performed within the liturgy monthly. Mr. Kang guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern US. Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Mr. Kang is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Kang received his Masters of Music Degree from Yale University and has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Arizona School of Music, where he instructed students in organ performance.

Jeffrey Campbell has distinguished himself throughout North America as an organ recitalist, choral conductor, and clinician. A graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Campbell has specialized in the interpretation of Bach’s organ and choral music, as well as English and French romantic repertoire. Since August 2001, he has been associate music director and principal organist at the Episcopal Church of St. Philips in the Hills, Tucson. Recent engagements have included performances on the Fritts instrument at Arizona State University, and the Schoenstein organ at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Kimberly Marshall is a Full Professor at the Arizona State University School of Music where she oversees the graduate organ studio and presides over the Paul Fritts instrument. Dr. Marshall also maintains an active career as a concert organist, performing regularly in Europe, the US and Asia. Dr. Marshall’s compact disc recordings feature music of the Italian and Spanish Renaissance, French Classical and Romantic periods, and works by J.S. Bach. Her current CD celebrates the music of Arnolt Schlick on the 500th anniversary of its publication (2012).

Pipes, Pedals, and Virtuosos

Woosug Kang at organOn Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents Woosug Kang, organ: Pipes, Pedals and Virtuosos: Famous and Less-Known Corners of the Organ World. The gifted and versatile director of music at St. Philip’s, who also guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern U.S., gives an evening of organ selections. Well known for his unerring musical instinct, authenticity, finesse and technical prowess, Kang is a doctoral candidate in organ performance at Indiana University. Proceeds from this concert with benefit the 2016 United Kingdom Choral Residency in Worchester, England by St. Philip’s youth choir.

The 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 click here 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 our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

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The St. Nicholas Choir

 

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Organist and choral conductor Woosug Kang originally comes from Auckland, New Zealand. He is the Director of Music at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson where he leads a large and vibrant music program with six adult-, children’s- and mixed voice choral ensembles. He is responsible for all musical activities including the First Sunday Music Series, where major choral works with orchestra are performed within the liturgy monthly. He also began the Canterbury Apprentice program for changed voices to educate young singers with high caliber choral repertoire. Mr. Kang guides the largest Royal School of Church Music training program for young choristers in the Southwestern US.

Mr. Kang is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ performance with Dr. Larry Smith and Todd Wilson. He received minors in Music History and in Church Music. Mr. Kang received numerous prizes and scholarships during his academic pursuits. While studying at Auckland University in New Zealand he held the position of Belinda Godfrey Organ Scholar at the Auckland Cathedral of Holy Trinity, where he was responsible for accompanying regular sung masses and choral evensongs. He also worked as organist for the famed Auckland-based choir Musica Sacra, accompanying the choir for concerts, concert tours, monthly Evensongs, live radio broadcasts, TV broadcasts and the production of their first two CDs. While he was completing his Master of Music degree at Yale University he founded the choir for the Episcopal Church at Yale. Mr. Kang is a founder of Friends of Music at Emanuel, Inc., a non-profit organization in Connecticut focused on enriching the community through musical concerts. Mr. Kang has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Arizona School of Music, where he instructed students in organ performance.

Mr. Kang is active as an organ recitalist in the USA, New Zealand, Australia and the UK with venues including Truro Cathedral, UK; the Trinity Church in Boston; St. Philip’s Cathedral, Atlanta, Georgia; Princeton University Chapel; and St. Thomas Fifth Ave, New York City, NY.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

St. Philip’s In The Hills is a large Episcopal church on the northeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue, with a beautiful Joesler-designed structure and lovely grounds. We offer special services and other events throughout the Advent season (for a full listing click here).

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A large number of people attend services on Christmas Eve. We offer five services on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day. Services are approximately one hour in length except for the Children’s Service, which is about a half-hour.

live nativity 2The 4 p.m. service on Christmas Eve is a communion service especially designed for toddlers and preschoolers and their families. Music will feature the Cherub Choir (young children’s choir) and the Choir Chimes. Attendees are invited to bring Baby Jesus from their home crèche (Nativity Set) to be blessed. The service is followed by a live Nativity scene in the church plaza, reenacted by children and a young family from St. Philip’s.

At 5:20 p.m., music begins, which leads into an All-Generations Eucharist at 5:30 p.m. This is a Holy Eucharist service for school-aged children and their families. Music is provided by the St. Nicholas Choir (children and youth choir), with trumpet, handbells, and organ, as well as congregational carol singing. The Chalice Players, a group of youth, will dramatize the Christmas story.

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The 7 p.m. Candlelit Eucharist with Carols is preceded by music beginning at 6:50. This quiet, reflective Choral Eucharist service is rooted in our ancient Anglican tradition. It includes carols sung by the Schola Cantorum; also the St. Philip’s ringers, harp, and popular carols for congregational singing.

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The 9 and 11 p.m. Festival Eucharist services begin with music 10 minutes before the hour. The service music is Haydn’s St. Nicholai Mass, scored for choir, soloists, and chamber orchestra. There will also be handbells and popular carols for congregational singing. The 11 p.m. service includes incense.

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On Christmas Day, congregational carol singing preceding the 11 a.m. service begins at 10:50, followed by the Feast of the Nativity, which is a Holy Eucharist Rite II service with choir and well-loved congregational carols.

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The public is cordially invited to attend. Worshippers on Christmas Eve should be aware that they will be waiting in line outdoors and should dress accordingly. Those who want to minimize waiting in line may wish to consider attending the less crowded services, at 4, 5:30, or 11 p.m. or on Christmas Day. We welcome everyone seeking to celebrate the birth of Jesus by worshipping with us.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. The main parking lot is to the north of the Church. Although there will be security on site, it is advisable not to leave belongings in vehicles. For more information about St. Philip’s, please click here.

Kirking o’ the Tartans

bagpipes processionThe “Kirking o’ the Tartans” will be celebrated at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 23, at the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services. The Tucson Highlanders, a pipe band dedicated to the music of the great Highland bagpipes and Scottish-style drumming, will head the procession to and from the church on that day.

Scottish and nae-Scottish parishioners and visitors are encouraged to wear their tartans to this service. They will be invited forward at the conclusion of the service to have their tartans blessed.

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Kirking o’ the Tartans is said to have originated during the 18th century, when the English rulers attempted to subdue rebellious Scottish people by prohibiting them from wearing tartans, symbols of their clans and family solidarity. Some hid wee bits of their tartans under their clothes and had them blessed at church. However apocryphal this tale, St. Philip’s uses this occasion to celebrate the Scottish heritage of the Episcopal Church. The Scottish Episcopal Church is important in our history because it is independent of the Church of England. This allowed the consecration of the first Episcopal bishop in the fledgling United States, Samuel Seabury, in 1784, because it took place in Scotland and thus he did not have to swear allegiance to the British crown. As a result, the Communion rite adopted by the Episcopal Church in 1790 was closely based on the Scottish liturgy, rather than the English. At the services on November 23, the Eucharistic Prayer will come from the Scottish Prayer Book.

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The public is cordially invited to attend. A freewill offering will be collected.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.

Friends of Music Concert: Passion and Betrayal in the House of Strauss

Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams

Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams

On Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents renowned artists baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, and Paula Fan, piano in PASSION AND BETRAYAL IN THE HOUSE OF STRAUSS — A MUSIC AND LETTERS CONCERT.

Paula de Ahna was the formidable soprano who caught the eye of the young conductor, Richard Strauss, in 1887. After she threw a score at him in rehearsal, he announced their engagement. His ear was captivated as well. “No one sang my songs in such a touching way as she did,” he wrote, and it was she who helped him understand the female voice as he created operatic roles like Marschallin, Octavian and Sophie. However, Pauline’s jealousy was legendary, and while she is immortalized as a romantic presence in Strauss’ tone poems, the couple’s squabbles are depicted in his Sinfonia Domestica and in the opera Intermezzo.

In song and in the Strauss’ own words, the distinguished Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams tells the story of these two towering temperaments in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the composer’s birth. “It’s scripted and 90% of the material is from primary sources. I would say there’s enough titillation for the National Enquirer crowd, scholarship for the New Yorker folks, and enough absolutely gorgeous romantic material for the heart of any listener.”

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Pianist Paula Fan

The 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 our solar parking structure on the east side. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St. John’s College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) and has since appeared in sixty operatic roles throughout major venues in North and South America, Australia, Hong Kong, and most European countries. Equally, he has given recitals at many major music festivals and has appeared in concert with concert orchestras in France and Spain. He is renowned as an exponent of contemporary music and has made many commercial recordings, including eight solo discs of songs. As a principal singer with Welsh National Opera he received the inaugural Sir Geraint Evans Award from the Welsh Music Guild, given annually to a person or persons who have made a significant contribution to Welsh music in any one year or recent years: “…there has been an unanimous decision that the first award should be made to baritone Jeremy Huw Williams in recognition of not only his performing ability but also for the tremendous support that he has given to Welsh composers and their music in recent years.” He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndwr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales, and received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011. Williams’s visit is sponsored in part by Wales Arts International.

Pianist Paula Fan has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on five continents. As the first accompanist-coach to be invited to an emerging China, she performed on the earliest concerts of Western chamber music and art song to be heard there for decades. She has recorded twenty albums and has broadcast for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China and international stations from Bosnia to Australia. As one of the first recipients of the doctorate in Collaborative Piano, she has lectured on the subject worldwide. A committed Earthwatch volunteer, Paula Fan is passionate about bridging the gap between the scientific and musical worlds. She is a founding member of the Solar Storytellers, a solar-powered piano trio that has performed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Open House

OpenHouse

TourGuideThe long, hot summer will soon be over, school is in session, and fall activities have begun. Why not head back to church? St. Philip’s In The Hills Espiscopal Church is hosting an Open House on Sunday, October 5, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are inviting neighbors and other guests to visit and learn about our parish. Come take a guided or a self-guided tour of the campus, and experience our stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, meditation labyrinth, fully stocked library, and renovated Children and Youth centers. We’re showcasing our more than 90 inspiring ministries and classes, renowned worship music, and thriving children’s and youth programs.

The 9 and 11:15 a.m. services feature special liturgical music — Schubert’s Mass in C Major, D. 452. This wonderful mass will be performed for the first time at St.Philip’s and will be sung by St. Philip’s adult choirs with soloists and chamber orchestra. We will also have a Food Truck Round-up in the east parking lot!

Our Open House is an opportunity to get to know you, our neighbors.  Share your Sunday morning with us! We look forward to meeting YOUR family!

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Parking is available in the north parking lot, entered from Campbell Road just north of the church, or under our solar parking facility on the east side. The campus and Church are fully wheelchair-accessible. The office phone is 299-6421.