Members of the Van JHulse Ensemble are Evgeniya Belinskaya, violin, Woan Ching Lim, piano, Rahşan Apay-Durdağ, cello, and Raphael Lizama, viola.
Members of the Van JHulse Ensemble are Evgeniya Belinskaya, violin, Woan Ching Lim, piano, Rahşan Apay-Durdağ, cello, and Raphael Lizama, viola.

The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present the debut concert of a newly formed group with widely varied roots but a common love of fine music.

Calling themselves the Van Hulse Ensemble, they will perform at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 1) in the ASA Great Room.

All four hail from different countries and speak different first languages (Mandarin, Russian, Turkish, and English). The performers are Evgeniya Belinskaya, violin, originally from Russia; Raphael Lizama, viola, from California; Rahşan Apay-Durdağ, cello, from Turkey; and Woan Ching Lim, piano, from Malaysia.

They took their name from the fact that the four first gathered at the Van Hulse house in Tucson. The house was built in the 1930s and belonged to Camil Van Hulse, an immigrant from the Netherlands who was the founding conductor of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

The ensemble’s Tuesday program will include works by Tchaikovsky, Ernest Bloch and Vaughan Williams, selected to reflect each performer’s musical heritage. They will finish with Schumann’s Piano Quartet Op. 47.

Despite their diverse backgrounds, group members say they have bonded together because of their unwavering passion for making music. “This is the Van Hulse Ensemble’s debut concert,” the four said in a joint statement, “and we anticipate there will be many more!”

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer

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