KBAQ Heart of the Arts

Image courtesy of Catalyst Quartet
This month the Grand Canyon Music Festival celebrates 30 years with a great roster of concerts including ETHEL, The Native American Composers Apprentice Project, and the up and coming Catalyst Quartet.
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Catalin Rotaru balances a busy international performing schedule with his teaching duties at Arizona State University's School of Music. This Saturday evening, 7:30pm, August 24th, local audiences will have a chance to enjoy the great bass virtuoso as he performs Haydn's Cello Concerto in C with the Arizona Pro Arte Orchestra at the Tempe Center for the Arts. -Sterling Beeaff
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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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