Acclaimed musicians Steven Moeckel, violin, and Paula Fan, piano, will celebrate 15 years of collaboration in a performance at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 3) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
Both artists are perennial ASA audience favorites.
Long-time ASA members got to know Moeckel when he was concertmaster at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He was so beloved that the ASA community chipped in to help him buy a better violin, one crafted about 1840 by celebrated French craftsman Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Likewise Fan has masterfully performed at ASA so often that she is considered family.
The program will consist of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata in the realization by Fritz Kreisler (one of their heroes), the slow movement of the Korngold Violin Concerto (the ultimate in romanticism) and the Saint-Saens Sonata #1 in D Minor.
Moeckel’s effortless virtuosity, vivid characterization and uncanny ability to capture the very essence of a work have been hailed by critics worldwide. He is currently concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
Moeckel began his career as a violinist in the United States and then, from the age of 11, toured as principal soprano soloist of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. Resuming his violin studies, he graduated with honors from the Mozarteum in Salzburg at the age of 19 and immediately assumed the position of Co-Concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic.
Fan, principal pianist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, is also Regents’ Professor Emerita of Music and the first Senior Fellow of the interdisciplinary Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona. As the first accompanist-coach invited to an emerging China, she performed on the earliest concerts of Western chamber music and art song to be heard there for decades.
Both artists are at home in myriad styles, including classical, country, tango and jazz.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer