Meet mezzo-soprano Martina Portychova and don’t miss her soloing with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra this weekend!
49th Annual President’s Concert – Arizona Symphony Orchestra
with 2022-2023 Concerto Competition winners
Gloria Ines Orozco Dorado, clarinet
Wenxin Guan, piano
Martina Portychova, mezzo-soprano
Emmy Tisdel, violin
February 4, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
February 5, Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
Crowder Hall, $10 music.arizona.edu/tickets
The concert will feature the Arizona Symphony Orchestra and student soloists who won the highly competitive University of Arizona Concerto Competition. Featuring clarinetist Gloria Ines Orozco Dorado, performing the “Black Dog Concerto” by Scott McAllister; pianist Wenxin Guan, performing movements II and III of the Piano Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn; mezzo-soprano Martina Portychova, performing “Nobles Seigneurs, salut!” from Les Huguenots by Giacomo Meyerbeer; and violinist Emmy Tisdel, performing movement I of the Violin Concerto in D major, Opus 35 by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The students are selected from each area of the Fred Fox School of Music – strings, voice, wind and percussion, and keyboard. They represent the depth of talent at the school, shining in this performance with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Graduate students Yudai Ueda and Fátima Corona del Toro will conduct the students’ performances. The program will also include works by Myroslav Skoryk and Alexander Borodin, under the baton of Dr. Thomas Cockrell.
About Martina Portychova
Born in Liberec, Czechoslovakia, Martina Portychova started her musical education when she was just five years old. She was enrolled at the elite Public Music Academy for piano, and auditioned for the prestigious Children’s Choir, where she remained a member throughout high school. In 1995 Ms. Portychova moved from the rolling green pastures of the Czech Republic to the Arizona desert. She lived in Tucson where she attended University of Arizona and earned her Bachelor and master’s degree in Voice Performance. When she was not performing, she would explore the desert on her Arabian horse Gypsy Gaim and compete in endurance races. She remained in the United States after her education was completed and moved to New York to seek her professional life. Recently she officially became a citizen here. This was an essential life goal, and her American identity is important in her life. Maintaining dual citizenship in both the Czech Republic and this country gives her a seamless advantage to working anywhere between the European Union and here in the United States. Having grown up in Eastern Europe, Ms. Portychova speaks several languages. Russian, Czech, German, French, Italian, and Latin are her most fluid. Her other personal interests include skiing, horseback riding, and target shooting.
“La tragédie de Carmen” adapted by Peter Brook, music by Georges Bizet
Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.
Crowder Hall, $20, 15,