KBAQ Heart of the Arts

Photo: David Finlayson
Violinist Elmira Darvarova, after 24 years with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, as former concertmaster and the first female concertmaster in the MET’s history, is once again gracing concert halls as a soloist. She’ll be making two Arizona appearances this month as she returns August 23 & 24th to perform with the Red Rocks Music Festival, in “FROM BACH TO BLUES”, an eclectic recital program that includes several world premieres-all for unaccompanied violin.
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Photo Courtesy of the MIM
The families that live in Cateura, Paraguay make their living by recycling trash and selling it. In 2006, Visionary teacher Flavio Chavez decided to start a music program for the children in the area. With no funds or means, he, along with community members, turned to the resources at hand- and decided to build instruments from trash. Seven years later, the children of Cateura have a thriving music school and a youth orchestra that performs internationally. This week, The Recycled Orchestra makes their US debut at the MIM.
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Jimmy Benitez and Members of Arizona Repertory Orchestra
The Arizona Repertory Orchestra, founded in 2006, has evolved from a sightreading session group to a full symphony orchestra that is now sharing free concerts with the Valley. K-Bach's Jane Hilton catches up with Arizona Repertory Orchestra’s Director, Eric Broomfield.
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Image Courtesy of Arizona Artist Guild
We received a generous letter in the mail from a group of dedicated artists –all members of the Arizona Artist Guilld: "Dear KBAQ---KBACH is our listening pleasure during the life drawing sessions- allowing our personal muse to come through for creative and spontaneous drawing activity.” Well, as it turns out, the artists weren’t the only ones who found K-Bach’s classical music inspiring.
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The Czech Connection
Just when you thought that live classical music had dried up in the Valley of the Sun there’s a summer series taking place at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Arizona Pro Arte has the second of it’s summer Chamber orchestra programs this Saturday evening.
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