Did you know that Tucson is home to some wonderful viola players? The Arizona Senior Academy has been privileged to present performances by some of Tucson’s finest, one of whom will present a recital on Tuesday (April 3) at 11:30 a.m. Some unsung gems of the viola repertoire will be performed by violist Raphael Lizama and pianist Woan Ching Lim.
The program includes several short pieces by British composer Rebecca Clarke, whose musical style was influenced by exoticism, ancient English tunes, and French impressionism. A sonata by Alessandro Rolla, the teacher of Nicolo Paganini, is a technically challenging work with singing passages in the late-Classical operatic style. A more familiar composer, Robert Schumann, rounds out the program. His Märchenbilder is a set of character pieces depicting children’s fairy tales.
Lizama studied at the Oberlin Conservatory for his undergraduate degree and earned a master’s degree at Bowling Green State University. Currently he is a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, studying with Hong Mei Xiao. He also enjoys teaching violin and viola to students here in Tucson.
The husband and wife team of Lizama and Lim have entertained Academy audiences together and with a variety of other musicians. A native of Malaysia, Lim earned a master’s degree in collaborative piano at the University of Arizona, studying with Paula Fan. Lim continues a busy performance schedule and is the staff accompanist for the university’s School of Dance and the Tucson Girls Chorus. She is also in her fifth season as an Arizona Opera Teaching Artist, sharing the joy of music and opera with students in Arizona.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer