The Kingfisher String Quartet, featuring members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, are (from left) Anne Gratz, Ellen Chamberlain, Benjamin Nisbet and Emma Votapek.
The Kingfisher String Quartet, featuring members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, are (from left) Anne Gratz, Ellen Chamberlain, Benjamin Nisbet and Emma Votapek.

A few of their favorite things – that’s what the Tucson-based Kingfisher Quartet is bringing along when it returns to Academy Village Tuesday (Feb. 4) for a 7 p.m. concert at the Arizona Senior Academy.

Luckily, patrons are quite likely to share the tastes of these four musicians — Benjamin Nisbet and Ellen Chamberlain, violins; Emma Votapek, viola; and Anne Gratz, cello. With a program of prime Mozart, Turina, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Coleman, patrons are in for a treat – just like the artists themselves.

All four players are members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. They got together to form a quartet back in 2008, with the goal of collaboration with other arts organizations and dedication to both standard quartet literature and contemporary works – like the Coleman “Lullaby” on their Academy Village program, which comes from his second string quartet.

In fact, there’s something from every century from the 18th to the 21st on the bill; and the quality of the music is matched only by its variety.

There’s classicism – light classicism in the case of the Mozart divertimento they’ll offer – buoyant  classicism in the case of the Mendelssohn scherzo from the third of his Opus 44 quartets. Turina’s “Bullfighter’s Prayer” brings 20th century Spanish Impressionism to the evening. And any program that features the Tchaikovsky Quartet No. 1, with its lovely, moving and melancholy andante, is just about a must.

The Tuesday evening concert will honor ASA members who made donations to enhance our programs, non-member Friends of the Arizona Senior Academy, and members of our Board of Directors. The concert is dedicated to the memory of Joan Heymann, a longtime ASA member and benefactor, who died on Dec. 14.

Submitted by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer

Feb. 4: String quartet brings TSO quality to ASA