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4/9/2012 9:01:00 AM
Beethoven Festival comes to Sedona April 12-15
Phoenix Symphony Concert Master Steven Moeckel
Phoenix Symphony Concert Master Steven Moeckel

""Words cannot describe (his) brilliance, expression, energy and passion" said the Schwabische Zeitung about violinist and Phoenix Symphony Concert Master Steven Moeckel.

Acclaimed as a soloist, chamber musician and concert master, Moeckel's many years of training will come to life as he performs all 10 Beethoven Violin Sonatas April 12-15 in Sedona in a festival celebrating one of the world's most beloved composers. The Festival is made possible by generous contributions from David Webster and Edward Ingraham & Martha Mertz.

Moeckel will be joined by University of Arizona Regents Professor of Piano Paula Fan. The first two of three performances are Salon concerts: Thursday, April 12, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, April 15, 2:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Church, 180 Soldiers Pass Road.

Acclaimed for his sensitive and captivating performances, Moeckel's effortless mastery of virtuoso technique continues to draw attention as PSO Concert Master and as an internationally acclaimed soloist. Moeckel's "brilliance, expression, energy and passion" have earned him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. As both soloist and concert artist, he has captivated audiences with his musicianship, rich sound, and technical prowess. Moeckel has performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg, and as first violinist of the Auraeus Quartet in concerts throughout Europe. His notable U.S. appearances include chamber music performances with Leon Fleisher and Menachem Pressler at Chicago's Ravinia Festival and concerto appearances in repertoire ranging from the Brahms Double Concerto with cellist Andres Diaz to the dazzling Red Violin Concerto of John Corigliano.

The German born Moeckel's versatility dates from an early age. At age eleven he was principal soprano soloist of the renowned Vienna Boys Choir. With his concurrent violin studies, he soon graduated with honors at the age of 19 from the Mozarteum in Salzburg and immediately assumed the position of Co-Concertmaster of Germany's Ulm Philharmonic, where he remained for three seasons. After returning to America for further study, he first became Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and then assumed the same position with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. At home in styles from classical to jazz, Steven Moeckel enjoys a stimulating career as concertmaster, concerto soloist and recitalist. His principal teachers include Helmut Zehetmair, Leonidas Kavakos and the distinguished American violinist Miriam Fried.

PaulaFan has performed as soloist and chamber musician on five continents. She made her London debut in 1977 and her New York debut in 1978. In 1980 she joined members of Beijing's Central Philharmonic Orchestra for the first concert of Western chamber music since the Cultural Revolution. In 1981, as the first ever accompanist-coach invited by the Chinese Minister of Culture, she organized and accompanied the first Liederabend presented in many years. Dr. Fan has recorded 15 albums and has broadcast for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China and other international stations. She has coached and accompanied singers from the world's leading opera houses, and, as a specialist in wind chamber music, she has performed with many of today's leading clarinetists at numerous international festivals. Dr. Fan is Tucson Symphony Orchestra pianist.

The first of two of three performances are Salon Concerts; Thursday, April 12 at 6pm at the home of Mille Leenhouts on Oak Creek. The evening features Sonata No. 2, Op. 12, No. 2 in A Major; Sonata No. 3, Op. 12, No. 3 in E-flat Major; Sonata No. 4, Op. 23 in A Minor; and Sonata No. 8, Op. 30, No. 3 in G Major. The evening includes light hors d'oeuvres and wine.

The second performance is 3 p.m., Saturday, April 14 also at the Leenhouts home performing Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 in F Major; Sonata No. 6, Op. 30, No. 1 in A Major; and Sonata No. 7, Op. 30, No. 2 in C Minor. A "Chocolate & Champagne Meet the Artist Reception" brings the afternoon to a close.

As part of the 29th season subscription concert series, the final performance is 2:30pm, Sunday, April 15 at St. John Vianney Church performing Sonata No. 1, Op. 12, No. 1 in D Major; Sonata No. 10, Op. 96 in G Major; and Sonata No. 9, Op. 47 in A Major "Kreutzer."

A pre-concert talk presented by Dr. Michael Bradburn-Ruster will take place from 1:15-1:55pm in the Don Bosco Room immediately before the concert. Bradburn-Ruster studied piano and composition in California, and served as a copyist in London for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, under musicologist Christopher Palmer, conductor Charles Gerhardt, and composers Miklós Rózsa and Elmer Bernstein.

Tickets to the salons and concert (each priced differently) are available on line at www.chambermusicsedona.org.

Tickets for Sunday, April 15, are $40 reserved and general admission $25. Student tickets (with full time ID) are $10 at the door.

Chamber Music Sedona is supported by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona, the National Endowment for the Arts, The City of Sedona Arts, and a membership base of more than 250.

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