It’s not every day that audiences have the opportunity to hear a bassoon quartet! It was not until the mid-20th century that four bassoonists decided to perform together. Don’t miss the LuftBassoons Quartet performance at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Aug. 2) at 11:30 a.m.
The quartet will perform an interesting and varied program of pieces arranged for bassoon quartet from compositions by Bach, Prokofiev, and Berlioz to Jim Henson’s “Muppets Theme.”
The LuftBassoons Quartet began playing informally in 2012. This led to collaborative projects and performances in various venues such as the BC Dance Company and Downtown Tucson. Their mission is “to explore classical, pop, and contemporary repertoire arranged for bassoons.” They recently made their international debut at the Festival Alfonso Ortiz Tirado in Alamos, Mexico.
Juan Jose Arevalo, founder of the LuftBassoons, studies with Professor William Dietz as a part-time music student at the University of Arizona. He is a member of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and promotes new music by premiering and commissioning contemporary works.
Cassandra Bendickson received a Master’s in Bassoon Performance from the University of Arizona. She is a freelance bassoonist and has a private teaching studio. Bendickson has performed with several Tucson orchestras and small chamber groups. Performances have taken her to Mexico and Japan.
Brenda Willer Buys completed a Masters of Music in Multiple Woodwind Performance at Florida State University and is currently working on a Doctorate of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Arizona. She teaches privately and is active with Arizona Pro Arte.
Daniel Hursey received a Masters of Music in Bassoon Performance at the University of Arizona and is continuing in its Doctor of Musical Arts program. Daniel has played with many orchestras including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra Sinfonia de Monterrey in Mexico.
Written by Vicki Mitchell, Academy Village Volunteer