It is always a pleasure to be treated to fine musicianship and a cohesive sense of ensemble when members of the Esperanza Chamber Ensemble take the stage. Whether playing string quartets, piano trios, duets or other chamber combinations, the joy in music-making shared by these talented instrumentalists results in a truly satisfying experience for the audience.
On Tuesday (Sept. 9), the Esperanza Chamber Ensemble will present a midday concert of piano quartets at the Arizona Senior Academy beginning at 11:30 a.m. Pianist Alexander Tentser will join violinist Anna Gendler, violist Melissa Hamilton and cellist Theodore Buchholz in performing music of Mozart and Brahms.
Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 is often played “a quattro” in a chamber music setting. It is a humble work that exudes elegance and form. Brahms’s Piano Quartet in A major is a seldom-heard Romantic masterpiece. This full-bodied work is painted with expressive paintbrush strokes resulting in optimistic lushness.
Alexander Tentser began studying music in his native Kiev, Ukraine and completed his piano education at the Gnessin Music College and the Russian Music Academy in Moscow. Accepting a full scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in 1991, he has since appeared as guest soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He is currently on the faculty at Pima Community College as orchestra director and piano instructor.
Anna Gendler is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, and has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1991. An accomplished chamber musician who has dedicated much time to children’s musical education in Tucson, she is currently on the faculty at Pima Community College as violin instructor.
Melissa Hamilton received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music. She has performed with the Pacific String Quartet at Western Washington University as well as with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera, and currently performs with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists.
Theodore Buchholz, who was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Arizona, has been lauded for his virtuosity and outstanding musicianship. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is currently a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As a leader in music education, Buchholz serves as president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer