Tuesday, November 27, 11:30 – 12:30, Arizona Senior Academy Great Room
Cellist Theodore Buchholz always delights Arizona Senior Academy audiences, bringing new and exciting guest performers at each appearance at the ASA. Tuesday November 27th will be no different when Buchholz performs with British pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen in a concert beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The program will be an unusual one, featuring works by a single composer titled, “Afterglow: the Forgotten Works for Cello and Piano by Henry Hadley.”
Henry Hadley (1871-1937) was one of the most popular American composers in the early 20th century. An outstanding orchestral composer, his works were performed by virtually every major orchestra in the United States. He was the founding conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and elevated the ensemble to high professional standards before becoming conductor of the New York Philharmonic. Regretfully, Hadley is largely forgotten today, though his compositions remain colorful, charming, and persuasive.
In 2017, Buchholz uncovered a collection of Hadley’s manuscripts in a forgotten archive at the New York Public Library. These works had been neglected for more than one hundred years including a dozen pieces for cello and piano. Hadley’s aesthetic was that of an ultra-romantic: dearly holding to a romantic vision when other art was turning increasingly modern. Thus, this program borrows its title from one of the works called “Intermezzo Afterglow,” evoking Hadley’s yearning for an aesthetic whose sun had already set.
Buchholz is the cello professor at the University of Arizona, where he also serves as String Area Coordinator, String Chamber Music Coordinator, and the Director of the UA String Project. He is also the cellist of the Deco Piano Trio.