“Tsars and Dukes” - Theodore Buchholz, Cello

Feb 28 7:00 PM


Holsclaw Hall
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004



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(520) 621-1655

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The Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona presents “Tsars and Dukes” a faculty artist series recital featuring cellist Theodore Buchholz and guest artist Mack McCray, piano. The free-admission performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Holsclaw Hall on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Faculty cellist Theodore Buchholz and renowned guest pianist Mack McCray present the monumental Cello Sonata by Rachmaninoff. Also, featuring faculty violinist Timothy Kantor on Beethoven’s tremendous “Archduke” piano trio.

About the Artists

Theodore Buchholz

Cellist Theodore Buchholz has been lauded by newspaper critics as a “virtuosic cellist,” an “outstanding performer,” and a “wonderful musician.” Debuting in New York’s Merkin Hall, he has appeared as a recitalist and chamber musician at important venues including the Spoleto Festival USA, in New York, New Jersey, California, Idaho, Phoenix and Portland, and as a faculty collaborative artist. Dr. Buchholz served as a professional orchestral musician for ten years, and has collaborated in chamber performances with members of the Audubon, Escher, and New World Quartets, and with members of the Cleveland, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota, New World, San Francisco, and Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the University of Arizona. His principal teachers include Nathaniel Rosen, Bonnie Hampton, and Sadao Harada (Tokyo String Quartet). His research accomplishments include publications in "American String Teacher," the Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and annual presentations at the ASTA national conferences. His research is focused on historical cello treatises, and he edited the technique book "Exercises and Etudes for Elegance of Sound and Form in Cello Playing."

As a leader in music education, Buchholz regularly appears as a guest artist, teacher, and clinician across the country. He currently serves as president of the American String Teachers Association of Arizona, is the director of the Tucson Cello Congress, and is assistant professor of cello at the University of Arizona. During the summers he performs and teaches at the prestigious Killington Music Festival in Vermont. More information is at killingtonmusicfestival.org.

Mack McCray, born in California in 1943, studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Irwin Freundlich from 1963 to 1971. In the single season of 1969-1970, McCray won first prizes in the San Francisco Symphony's International Young Artists Competition and the Charleston Symphony Competition; Silver Medal at the International Enesco Competition in Bucharest, plus a special award for best performance of a contemporary Rumanian work; second prize at the International Liszt Competition in Boston; an Italian government citation for his performance at the Giornate Musicale festival in Todi, Italy; grants from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation and the Insitute for International Education: and Juilliard's Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize. During that same season McCray made his first tour of Europe, including London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels and Zurich, among other cities.

Since that year, Mack McCray has performed around the world, notably at the Paris Festivale d'automne, at Seville's Great Interpreters Series with the Monte Carlo Orchestra at the UNESCO Festival of International Artists in Monaco, at Hong Kong's City Hall Concert Series, at the Bucharest Philharmonic Bach-Beethoven-Brahms Festival; and Boston's Fromm Foundation Concerts at Harvard. In 1972 McCray founded an international chamber music festival in Trogen, Switzerland and for many years was concert accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera soprano Teresa Stratas. His recording of John Adams' piano work Phrygian Gates (New Albion Records) was placed on the Best Recordings of the Year (1981) lists of both the New York Times and High-Fidelity-Musical America.

McCray has performed with such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart, Josef Krips, Leon Fleisher, Arthur Fiedler and John Adams. He has been an invited soloist at the American Liszt Society Conference in Eugene, Oregon, the New Orleans International Piano Festival, the Atlanta Festival of the Arts and the Honolulu Academy of Art's Sounds of Our Time Festival. In 1991 he gave the American premiere of John Adams' new work for piano and orchestra, Eros Piano at the Cabrillo Music Festival. Recently McCray performed with the Japan Philharmonic in Tokyo, on the all-Schubert series at famed Trinity Church in Manhattan, at the Carmel Bach Festival, and at the Los Angeles County Art Museum, as well as in Alaska and across the United States. He currently is Artistic Director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy. Since 1971 he has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Timothy Kantor is the newly appointed professor of violin at the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona. A member of the Afiara Quartet, Mr. Kantor is also the former concertmaster of the Evansville (Indiana) Philharmonic. He was a founding member of the Larchmere String Quartet and the Eykamp String Quartet in residence at the University of Evansville. He has performed as a member of the Kuttner String Quartet in residence at Indiana University, the chamber music and Quartet in the Community residencies at the Banff Centre, the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar. He has also performed with many of today’s leading musicians, including Joshua Bell, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Atar Arad, Alexander Kerr and the Pacifica Quartet.

In 2013 Mr. Kantor was featured as the Young Artist in Residence for American Public Media’s “Performance Today.” Mr. Kantor is devoted to the performance of new music and has participated as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician with the new music ensembles at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Indiana University.