Celebrating the 75th birthday of Israel
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 – 7:00 p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, $Free
Hosted by the Center for Judaic Studies and the Center for American Culture and Ideas
Featuring remarks from religious and civic leaders of Tucson and Arizona
This concert/event is in celebration of Yom HaZikaron and Yom Haatzmaut, Day of Remembrance and Day of Independence in Israel, and Israel’s 75th birthday. The event will feature Daniel Asia’s Jewish music, and brief comments on the meaning of Israel by members of Tucson’s religious communities, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim, as well as civic and political leaders representing their various communities.
Daniel Asia has enjoyed grants from Meet the Composer, UK Fulbright Arts Award, Guggenheim, MacDowell Tanglewood and DAAD Fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, Copland Fund grants, and numerous others. He was recently honored with a Music Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1991-1994 he was Meet-the-Composer Composer- in Residence of the Phoenix Symphony, and from 1977-1991 the co-music Director and Conductor of the New York-based contemporary music ensemble Musical Elements. He is Professor of Composition and Head of the Composition Area at The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music and President of The Center for American Culture and Ideas. The recorded works of Daniel Asia may be heard on the labels of Summit, New World, Attacca, Albany, Babel, Innova, and Mushkatweek.
The Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams studied at St John’s College, Cambridge, at the National Opera Studio, and with April Cantelo. He made his debut with Welsh National Opera as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and has since appeared in more than 60 operatic roles. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Glyndŵr University in 2009 for services to music in Wales and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of Aberdeen in 2011.
Violinist Steven Moeckel has engaged audiences and critics worldwide with his effortless virtuosity, vivid characterization and uncanny ability to capture the very essence of a work. A graduate of both the famous Hochschule Mozarteum in Salzburg and Indiana University in Bloominginton, Steven Moeckel has served as Concertmaster of the Ulm Philharmonic in Germany, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. In 2020 he was awarded a tenured violin professorship at Northern Arizona University.
Daniel Linder is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music. Recent accolades include the Fresno Musical Club Susan Torres Award, and prizes in the James Ramos International Competition, the Seattle International Piano Competition, and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, among others. Daniel is an avid performer of 20th- and 21st-century works. His recordings of solo and duo piano works by Daniel Asia are included on Ivory II, released by Summit Records in early 2021.