Known throughout the state, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s String Quartet is described by the Arizona Daily Star as “the closest thing Arizona has to a European chamber ensemble.”  They will perform at a special evening concert at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday (Jan. 10).

The quartet’s repertoire spans the music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods, often featuring works of 20th century American composers. Their program had not been announced when this was posted. The performers are:

Joseph Rousos-Hammond, a native of Tucson, began playing the violin in his elementary school orchestra program, and also participated in Tucson Junior Strings and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. He also performs in Tucson with True Concord, St. Andrew’s Bach Society, and as a recitalist

Wynne Wong-Rife,  another Tucson native, began playing the violin at 10 in the TUSD Public Schools, and was a member of the Tucson Youth Symphony and Tucson Junior Strings.  She studied at the University of Arizona, the Eastman School of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music. She has played with the TSO since 1985.

Ilona Vukovic-Gay is the TSO Assistant Principal Viola and the Young Composers Project Instructor. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. Each year, she composes the music for the centerpiece of the of TSO’s KinderKonzerts concert series, a musical retelling of a story by a local author.

Robert Chamberlain earned a bachelor’s in cello performance from the University of Arizona in 2006 and a master’s degree from Indiana University. Chamberlain is an active orchestral player currently performing with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera Orchestra, and True Concord.

The Tuesday concert will honor ASA members who made donations to enhance our programs, non-member Friends of the Arizona Senior Academy, and members of the Academy’s Board of Directors.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer


Enjoy an Evening with the TSO String Quartet:Jan.2017