Although Lindabeth Binkley left her position as artistic director of the St. Andrew's Bach Society last year, the oboist hasn't abandoned the group.
Binkley, who led the Bach Society for five years, returns Sunday for its "Bach Lives, Part II" summer concert.
Binkley, who was the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's principal oboist, stepped down from the society last year. For the previous two seasons, she had commuted from Michigan, where she teaches at Central Michigan University. It was a grueling schedule, but the decision to leave the Bach Society caused her great angst, she told the Star.
Binkley will perform Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto for Oboe in A minor.
Alongside Binkley will be Bruce Chamberlain, director of choral activities at the University of Arizona. The Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association has just named him Choral Director of the Year.
He has "elevated choral music through excellent performances and through the musical posts and leadership positions of his students and graduates throughout the state," the association said in a press release.
Chamberlain will lead the orchestra for Sunday's concert. Among the works that will be performed are J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite in D, BWV 1068; J.C. Bach's Sinfonia in D Opus 18 #4; and C.P.E. Bach's Sinfonie in G.
Sunday's concert is at 2 p.m. at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Tickets, at the door, are $12; $5 for students with i.d.