In his debut recital as newly appointed cello professor at the University of Arizona, cellist Theodore Buchholz presents “Kaleidoscope: Vignettes for Cello and Piano.” His 11:30 a.m. concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (April 7) features short pieces – vignettes – from a variety of composers from different nations, working in different styles and at different eras.
The colorful, characterful pieces on his program include works by Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Cui, Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Satie, Bernstein, de Falla, and others.
Rex Woods, a superb collaborative pianist and fellow member of the UA faculty, is Buchholz’s partner for the recital.
Buchholz has been lauded by critics as a “virtuosic cellist,” an “outstanding performer,” and a “wonderful musician.” Debuting in New York’s Merkin Hall, he has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at important venues including the Spoleto Festival USA, in New York, New Jersey, California, Idaho, Phoenix, Portland, and as a faculty collaborative artist.
He served as a professional orchestral musician for 10 years, including positions as the Principal Cellist of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist of the Stockton Symphony, and in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
A leader in music education, Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist, teacher, and clinician in Arizona and across the country. He was on faculty at Pima College for four years. He currently serves as president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona, is the director of the Tucson Cello Congress, and is assistant professor of cello at the University of Arizona.
This summer he will perform and teach at the prestigious Killington Music Festival in Vermont. Closer to home, hear him at the ASA on April 7.
Written by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer