Tuesday (April 23) at the Arizona Senior Academy, the spotlight is on music for cello and on the talents of the next generation when a young, upcoming Tucson cellist, 17-year-old Ben Nead, plays a concert of music by Bach, Popper, Piazzolla and Saint-Saens.
The concert takes place from 11:30 a.m. t0 12:30 p.m. in the ASA Building on the campus of Academy Village.
Nead has been studying cello since age 4 with Tucson Symphony Orchestra assistant principal cellist Mary Beth Tyndall (who accompanies him Tuesday on piano), and the accolades he’s received are just about as numerous as the number of years he’s been refining his skills on his chosen instrument.
The latest of his achievements is his inclusion, as one of 120 musicians nationwide (and just two from Arizona), in the inaugural season of the Carnegie Hall National Youth Orchestra. Under the direction of famed conductor Valery Gergiev, the group will play concerts this summer at Washington, D.C.’s, Kennedy Center and in Moscow, St. Petersburg and London.
In past summers, Nead has participated in Southwest String Quartet summer workshops, Chamber Music in The Mountains, and the Rocky Ridge music camp in Estes Park, Colo. Last summer he attended Interlochen music camp in Michigan where he was an Emerson scholarship winner.
A junior at University High School, Nead is a member of Tucson Junior Strings and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra; he’s won both gold and bronze medals in the Tucson Philharmonia Orchestra Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition; firstand second places in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; and first and second places in the Tucson Civic Orchestra Competition.
Nead also studies composition with Ilona Vukovic Gay and is a member of TSO’s Young Composers Project.
Submitted by Susan Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer