Everyone is invited to: The ASA Donor Appreciation Concert for 2020
Yasmin Alami, piano, and Emily Chao, violin
Tuesday, January 14, 2020,
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
In the last few years, I’ve gotten to know these two extraordinary Tucson-based musicians as teachers, coaches and performers. The pleasure has been all mine. Soon the pleasure will be all yours: the two are the featured duo for the annual ASA Donor Appreciation Concert, which celebrates those who have made special gifts and provided volunteer services to the ASA.
Beyond the pleasure of making the acquaintance of the players, there will be the pleasure of becoming acquainted with their program: with the exception of Beethoven’s “Spring Sonata” – a nod to the 250th anniversary of the Big B’s birth – the bill presents works by women that get considerably less hearing.
All the composers are well known, if under-played: from the 19th century comes Pauline Viardot; from the 20th, Rebecca Clarke. Jennifer Higdon wears the mantle of contemporary composition. The idea for the program evolved through Tucson Adult Chamber Players (TACP). Alami and Chao met coaching the adult amateurs who participate in TACP, run under the aegis of Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Having paired up to play at a TACP recital, they were inspired to develop a works-by-women bill.
Chao, who holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and Boston University (D.Mus.), actively performs as recitalist and chamber musician; plays with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and True Concord Voices & Orchestra; and volunteers as personnel manager and board secretary of Tucson Repertory Orchestra.
The Jordanian-born Alami moved to France at 18 to continue her musical education, earning degrees in piano performance at the National Conservatory in Tours and in musicology at the François Rabelais University of Tours, and a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music. She has worked with pianist Philippe Entremont, who became a mentor. Alami is currently the only Jordanian pianist performing in North America, and she continues to tour across the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.
Written by Susan Isaacs Nisbett, Academy Village Volunteer