Arizona Senior Academy will treat classical music fans to a concert by the Esperanza String Quartet on Tuesday (Oct. 9). The quartet is made up of Tucson Symphony Orchestra artists Theodore Buchholz, cellist; Anna Gendler and Carlie Rigg, violinists; and Melissa Hamilton, violist.
Esperanza’s performance will feature Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat major, Opus 74, “The Harp,” a full, rich and lavish work that is often overlooked. Also on the program is Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A minor, Opus 13. Composed when Mendelssohn was 18, it draws much of its inspiration from Beethoven’s quartets.
The concert begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building, adjacent to the Community Center at Academy Village, an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. The performance is open to the public free of charge.
Buchholz has been described by The Arizona Daily Star as a “virtuosic cellist.” In addition to performing with the TSO, he annually performs in over 70 concerts. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is director of America String Teacher’s Association Tucson Cello Congress and is currently on the faculty at Pima Community College.
Gendler is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia and has been a member of the TSO since 1991. In addition to being an accomplished chamber musician, she is involved with the musical education of children in Tucson. She is teaching artist for the OMA (Opening Minds through the Arts) Project and is on the faculty at Pima Community College.
Rigg is currently a member of the first violin section of the TSO and performs with many arts organizations throughout Southern Arizona. A well-rounded performer, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Violin Performance from the UA and the University of Idaho. She is violinist and manager of Aracelli Strings.
Hamilton is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Viola Performance. While at Eastman, she was co-winner of the 1987 Cleveland Quartet Competition. Before returning to Tucson in 1997, she was instructor of viola at Western Washington University and violist of the Pacific String Quartet at Western. Presently, in addition to performing with the TSO, she is violist with the Tucson Chamber Artists.