Tuesday, February 12, 11:30 a.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Bassoonist Juan Jose Arévalo, violist Raphael Lizama, and pianist Woan Ching Lim have brightened the Arizona Senior Academy’s stage before but never as a trio. These three instruments seldom make music together, but for this concert, the Academy audience will have a rare opportunity to hear some of the greatest and least-known works in the viola and bassoon repertory.
Opening the program with a C.P.E. Bach Trio Sonata, the ASA’s harpsichord will help create a period feel. The piano will be used for the remaining pieces, including one for viola and piano by Béla Bartók, and another for bassoon and piano by Richard Faith, professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. Bassoon and viola come together in a Duetto Concertante by 20th-century Polish composer Michal Spisak.
Lizama and Lim will perform a piece by British composer Rebecca Clarke, whose Sonata for Viola and Piano tied for first place with a work by Ernest Bloch in a 1919 competition. The judges, doubting a woman could write such music, decided “Rebecca Clarke” was a pseudonym for Bloch and declared him the winner.
The program concludes with Mexican composer Arturo Márquez’s Danzón No. 5 in a special arrangement for bassoon, viola and piano.
All three members of the trio lead busy lives as performers and teachers. Arévalo is a member of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and founder of the LuftBassoons Quartet. Lizama, currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, teaches viola and violin to students from ages four to fifty. Lim, his wife, is a frequent accompanist to ASA soloists, and is also staff accompanist at the UA School of Dance and an AZO Teaching Artist.
Written by Caroline Bates, Academy Village Volunteer