Kingfisher string quartet cropThe Kingfisher String Quartet, an innovative chamber ensemble established in 2008, will perform a lunchtime concert on Tuesday (April 2), beginning at 11:30 a.m., in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy. Members of the quartet are Benjamin Nisbet, violin; Ellen Chamberlain, violin; Emma Votapek, viola, and Anne Gratz, cello.

All are members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and are recognized as some of the most active and accomplished musicians in Southern Arizona. Each is a dedicated music educator, as well.

Co-founder Nisbet says Kingfisher is one of the few professional string quartets in the Tucson area. The group is committed to performing a standard repertoire of quartet music as well as collaborating with other arts organizations in creating new musical experiences. A noteable collaborative effort is with the Tucson-based Artifact Dance Project, which focuses on choreography and new music, including dance, film and visual arts. Nisbet serves as the project’s musical co-director.

The material for the Academy Village concert will be taken from an Artifact Dance Project program entitled, “I Wonder if my Name is Alice.”  Information on the program is available at Tuesday’s concert at the ASA highlights works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Maurice Ravel.

This is Nisbet’s third visit to Academy Village, although a first for the Kingfisher Quartet. Nisbet says he always looks forward to playing at the Arizona Senior Academy. “The audience is extremely knowledgeable, and I enjoy the interactivity between the audience and performers.” 

Submitted by Valerie Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer


Kingfisher String Quartet (All TSO Members): April 2013