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FALL, 2020
If you're interested in learning to compose music, join one of Ilona's composition classes at at Rocky Ridge. The classes are online so you can participate from anywhere in the world! Join her for an introductory class on October 9th or 10th to discover the composer in you!
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April, 2020
UPDATE:

For over 20 years the Southwest String Quartet Summer Workshops have been the highlight of the summer for all of us. The chance to work on musical masterpieces with amazing students in small groups is so exciting and satisfying.  As you know, summer 2020 is presenting extreme challenges for everyone.  We are still hopeful that we will be able to offer a workshop in July, but we reluctantly have faced the fact that our planned workshops in May and June need to be canceled.  In addition to serious health concerns for all, we are dependent on finding a facility that is willing to host our workshop.  Also, we need to investigate our insurance situation.

We are exploring the idea of holding a multi-level workshop July 6-10.  In past years we have combined the advanced and intermediate levels successfully into one workshop, and we are confident that we can creatively accomplish this again.  If this comes to fruition, our current plan is to do 5 days, 9:30 to 2:30, with a livestreamed concert the afternoon of the last day. Having a large audience does not seem possible or safe this summer.  We will work on this plan and communicate details to you when we can.

As noted above, we are dependent on finding a facility willing to have the workshop. And we want to make sure that all of us are confident that the workshop will be a safe environment.  If you have any ideas or thoughts concerning this, please share them with us.

We love making music with all of you and we can't wait for the next opportunity to come together under the Southwest String Quartet umbrella, even if it has to be in summer 2021.  Please keep practicing and enjoying your instrument. You are the future of our amazing art form, and you can model for others the compassion and sensitivity that playing music together brings to our world.

Please don't heistate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Take care, be safe, well and happy!

Summer, 2020
We will be on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado
Please join us there!

Junior Artist Seminar (ages 13 to 18), June 2-14
Junior Music Program (ages 10 to 16), July 15-26
www.RockyRidge.org

2020 Chamber Music Workshops
2020 Chamber Music Workshop Intermediate Division
Grades 6-8
June 22 to 26 (Monday through Friday)
9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Festival Concert - Friday, June 26, 7:00pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'RE BACK AT THE TUCSON SYMPHONY CENTER
Tucson Symphony Center
2175 N. Sixth Avenue  85705
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2020 Chamber Music Workshop Advanced Division
Grades 8 and above
May 26 to 30 (Tuesday through Saturday)
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Festival Concert - Saturday, May 30, 7:30pm
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE'RE BACK AT THE TUCSON SYMPHONY CENTER
STucson Symphony Center
2175 N. Sixth Avenue  85705
click here for more information and to download forms

 

Music From Rocky Ridge in Tucson 2016
With special guests Grant Larson, saxophone; Ken Marrs, bass; Nicolas Miller, cello; Paul Oftedahl, piano
World Premier of Longs Peak Jazz Suite by Grant Larson
Music of Dvorak, Bottesini, Ravel, Nicolas Miller and more
Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:00 pm
Tucson Symphony Center Recital Hall, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.
suggested donation $5 - proceeds will go to the RRMC Scholarhip Fund

Piano Masterclass with SoYoung Lee, Executive Director of Rocky Ridge
Saxophone Masterclass with Grant Larson
Open to the public, free of charge
Please contact Ilona Gay, 325-5807 or Mary Beth Tyndall, 884-4308 to participate
Saturday, January 2, 2016, 3:00 pm
Tucson Symphony Center Recital Hall, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.


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Music From Rocky Ridge in Tucson 2015
With special guests Nathan Hess, piano; Grant Larson, saxophone; Ben Hansen, baritone;
Ken Marrs, bass; Claire Thai, harp
Music of Shostakovich, Russell Peterson, Faure, Piazzolla, Handel and Lily Cottman
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 3:00 pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell
suggested donation $5 - proceeds will go to the RRMC Scholarhip Fund

Piano Masterclass with Nathan Hess, piano
Open to the public, free of charge
Please contact Ilona Gay, 325-5807 or Mary Beth Tyndall, 884-4308 to participate
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 2:00 pm
Tucson Symphony Center Recital Hall, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.


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MOZART TO MODERN
Yuma Hall House Concert, University of Arizona
Sponsored by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Friday, February 28th, 2014
11:30 AM 12:30 PM
Yuma Hall, first floor Lounge
Music of Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Gardel, Ben Nead and Nico Miller

Music From Rocky Ridge in Tucson
With special guests Nathan Hess, piano and Rebecca Mindock, oboe
Music of Dvorak, Mozart, Paul Reade, Aleksey Igudesman, Nico Miller
Saturday, January 4, 2014, 3:00 pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell
suggested donation $5 - proceeds will go to the RRMC Scholarhip Fund

Piano Masterclass with Nathan Hess, piano
Oboe Masterclass with Rebecca Mindock, oboe
Both are open to the public free of charge
Please contact Ilona Gay, 325-5807 or Mary Beth Tyndall, 884-4308 to participate
Friday, January 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 1200 N. Campbell


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Sunday, January 27, 2013, 2:30pm
Holsclaw Hall in UA School of Music
With Nathan Hess, piano
Performing works by Brahms, Piazzolla and more

August, 2012
We are on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center, Junior Student Seminar 2

June, 2012
David and Mary Beth are on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center, Junior Student Seminar 1

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 3:00 pm
The Bisbee Woman's Club, For the Love of Music Series
Performing works by Peter Schickele, Dvorak and Gardel

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Gila Valley Arts Council Residency
Performing The Three Little Javalinas, music by Ilona Vukovic-Gay

August 1-14, 2011
David, Ilona and Mary Beth are on the faculty of Rocky Ridge Music Center, Junior Student Seminar

Monday, November 8-10, 2010
Residency for Gila Valley Arts, Safford, AZ
Family Concert: performing The Three Javalinas, Music by Ilona Vukovic-Gay
  and works by Bennett, McClean and Grant-Still
Formal Recital:  performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Turina, Cosentino

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 3:00 pm
Recital at Sunsites Community Center
Performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Gershwin, Gardel, Cosentino, Puccini, Bennett

Performing as the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet
Sunday, October 11, 2010, 6:00 pm
Recital at MVCC, Saddlebrook
Performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven, Gershwin, Gardel

Sunday, October 17, 2010, 6:00 pm
Recital at Splendido
Performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven, Gershwin, Gardel

Friday, January 28, 2011, 7:00 pm
Recital at the Sun City
Performing works by Performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven, Gershwin, Gardel, Puccini

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 11:00 am
Recital at Academy Village
Performing works by Mozart, Dvorak, Gershwin, Gardel

Saturday, March 5, 2011, 10:00 and 11:15 pm
Just For Kids, Tucson Symphony Center
"The Earth is Alive with the Sound of Music"
 

We are on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster.
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Performing with Tony Redhouse
February 1, 2010
 


The Southwest String Quartet
Gary "work the journey" Stroutsos, Native American flute
Bob Richardson, composer/conductor
Tutka Bay, Alaska
August, 2007

 

 

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