Trio Combray performs Sunday December 10th at the TCA

Friend of TPA and Haydn’s Ferry Chamber Music impresario Catherine Hayden wrote to me about a wonderful concert Sunday.  Because it is after the deadline for submitting concert reviews, it may be used to review for no penalty if students’ parents request an extension.

Here’s what Mrs. Hayden said:

Please tell your students about Trio Combray playing a Proust-inspired program this Sunday, December 10th at the Tempe Center for the Arts at 2:30pm. First prize winner of the Dino Ciani Competition, pianist Jeffrey Swann formed the trio with internationally acclaimed cellist Jeffrey Solow and violinist Gregory Fulkerson, first prize winner of the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. Their program is inspired by music from Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. They will play:

  • Ernest Adler’s Fantasy from “Lohengrin”
  • Claude Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano
  • Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano
  • Guillaume Lekeu’s Piano Trio in C minor

In keeping with the theme we will serve petite madeleines at the reception following the concert.  Jeffrey Swann, a Proust scholar, will tell us how the music connects to the book.  I do hope you and your students can join us for this beautiful and most interesting performance.  For tickets, please call the TCA box office on 480-350-2822 or follow the link on the website below.  Student tickets are $10 and accompanying adults and all school staff pay the subscription price of $24 by quoting “charter school.”

Hopeful Dawns exceeds financial goal

Thanks to the generosity of our families and patrons, the fall concert and dessert netted $6,834.07.  Our goal was $6,000.

Special thanks to event chair Louise Wolfe, development director Christina Staring, Mr. and Mrs. Reed Stough, Tamra Gaylor, Jen Kartchner, Emily Campbell, Jen Hamilton, Cheryl Smith, and Venessa Colinares for their leadership and support for the event.  Raffle leaders Wendy Darling and Lisa Schmoker helped to bring in the most raffle intake ever.

Our VIP table donors included Mrs. Lisa Borawski, Dr. Scott Evans, Mrs. Tamra Gaylor, Mr. Michael McQuaid, Mrs. Deborah Dendy, and Mrs. Rita Seto.  Our Prime table donors were Mr. Reed Stough and Mr. Jason Rotner.

Counting the guests and performers, 333 people were present. Bel Canto, directed by Mrs. Marlynn Rey, Sinfonia, and Cantamus all performed separately. The new director of Cantamus, Mrs. Aimee Stewart, performed spectacularly.  Cantamus, with over 50 singers joined Sinfonia, directed by Mrs. Lenore Wilkison, to perform “And the glory of the Lord” from Handel’s Messiah. Thanks to the generosity of our families and patrons, the fall concert and dessert netted $6,834.07. Our goal was $6,000. I estimate that approximately 93 non-parents were present at the event including extended relations, a faculty member and students, alumni, and members of the larger Tempe community.

Urgent: return this form tomorrow!

Monday is the tech rehearsal for the fall concert!

Parents, please download, sign and return by tomorrow the bus information form here,  if possible.

10th Grade Students: will need to be dropped off at Redemption Church TPA Auditorium on Monday no later than 8am.  They will take the bus back to campus for the rest of the day.

11th Grade Students: will take the bus from TPA to the auditorium and back to TPA.  They should be dropped off at TPA as normal.

Please see the detailed schedule by clicking on the event 11/27/17 Tech Rehearsal on TPA’s online calendar.


Recording of “Awake” in our key

All of the recordings on the Music Class Downloads page of “Awake the Harp” by Haydn are in the original key of D Major.  We’re singing it in C Major, which is a little more accessible for high school voices.  Mrs. Wilkison found a recording of a high school choir performing it in C, so I put it on the blog with the other “Awakes.”  Find it there now to practice with it.

Cello sonatas, piano duos

Mrs. Catherine Hayden, director of Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Series contacted me with the following information.  All recitals in the Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Series qualify for concert review.  EW

The first concert this season on the Hayden‘s Ferry Chamber Music Series brings cellist Evan Drachman, grandson of Gregor Piatagorsky, to Tempe for the first time. He will perform the Grieg and Chopin cello sonatas with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Ursula Oppens. Mr Lowenthal and Ms Oppens will play Samuel Barber‘s Souvenirs, a suite for four hands. Mr Lowenthal is a professor at Juillard. Ms Oppens has commissioned and premiered more new works for the piano than any other pianist.

I hope you and your students can come and eat some cake! It will be served at the reception following in memory of William Kapell, Mr. Lowenthal‘s teacher and inspiration for this concert. Mr. Kapell was killed in a plane crash on October 29, 1953. Please call the Box Office on 480-350-2822 for tickets. Adult tickets are $30, but faculty and accompanying adults can get the series price of $24 by quoting “Charter” and students are $10. A glass of wine is included in the Adult ticket price. If you would like to buy the five concert series (the concerts are listed on the website) it costs $120. There is a ticketing fee of $3 per ticket if you buy them on the TCA website (follow the buy ticket link). The ticketing fee is $1 for a phone purchase. You will be surrounded by art and listening to exceptional musicians!

Acceptable concerts list available

A list of nearly 60 concerts acceptable for review is here.

All music class students are required to review two concerts.  The concerts must be:

  • Live
  • Classical (not folk or pop)
  • College-level performers or above

Due date for both reviews is Friday, December 8, 2017,  3:00 p.m.   Reviews may be submitted any time prior to the due date. 

For more information, go here.

Happy listening!

Some Concerts Suitable for Review

Some students have asked for a list of concerts they can review to satisfy their class requirement.  Students must use the concert review form.

Although the full list is not yet ready, here are 18 concerts in chronological order that are suitable for review.

No. Date Time Performer(s) Place
1. 10/5/2017 5:00 David Russell, cello ASU Katzin
2. 10/5/2017 7:30 Violin Studio Recital ASU Katzin
3. 10/6/2017 7:30 ASU Chamber Orchestra ASU Katzin
4. 10/7/2017 7:30 Sonoran Desert Chorale First United Methodist Mesa
5. 10/8/2017 3:00 Sonoran Desert Chorale La Casa de Cristo Lutheran
6. 10/13/2017 7:30 Yen Wei Chen, piano ASU Katzin
7. 10/13/2017 7:30 Taryn Cantrell, soprano ASU Organ Hall
8. 10/13/2017 7:30 Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall
9. 10/14/2017 7:30 Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall
10. 10/15/2017 2:00 Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall
11. 10/15/2017 2:30 Karen Nguyen, piano ASU Katzin
12. 10/15/2017 7:30 Fitzpatrick and Ryan, soprano and piano ASU Katzin
13. 10/18/2017 7:30 ASU Choirs TCA
14. 10/18/2017 7:30 St. Lawrence String Quartet ASU Katzin
15. 10/19/2017 7:30 ASU Choirs TCA
16. 10/20/2017 7:30 Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center
17. 10/21/2017 7:30 Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center
18. 10/28/2017 7:30 Phoenix Chorale Trinity Episcopal


  • ASU Katzin, in the music building on the campus of Arizona State University, at 11th Street and Mill
  • ASU Organ Hall, in the music building on the campus of Arizona State University, at 11th Street and Mill
  • First United Methodist Church, 15 E 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ Mesa, AZ 85210
  • La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ  85254
  • Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
  • Symphony Hall (Phoenix Symphony Hall), 75 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
  • Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix