Tucson Chamber Artists, marking Year 10, will visit Scottsdale and revisit Mozart

2013-03-31T00:00:00Z Tucson Chamber Artists, marking Year 10, will visit Scottsdale and revisit MozartCathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Tucson Chamber Artists will celebrate its 10th season with a visit to the past that will also take the group north.

The professional chorus will journey to Scottsdale in November to mount Mozart's magnificent C-minor Mass, a landmark work that established the choir's reputation for excellence in its third season.

"The C-minor Mass was a big deal for us in Year 3. It made a big splash," said Eric Holtan, TCA's founder and music director.

The Scottsdale performance is part of the Camelback Christian Church concert series, which Holtan said includes appearances by a number of nationally known ensembles.

TCA also will perform the concert twice in Tucson, joined by Tucson Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Alexander Lipay performing Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major.

In the years since the Mozart, the chamber artists have cemented their reputation for exceptional choral performances and programming with performances including Bach's B-minor Mass and Brahms' Requiem.

In 2011, the group commissioned Stephen Paulus to write a work commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and then spearheaded a community concert that included TSO and other organizations.

The Scottsdale C-minor Mass performance is an encore of sorts to the group's debut at last year's Arizona Bach Festival in Phoenix.

TCA performs mostly in church halls in Oro Valley, Tucson and Green Valley. The season opener in October includes a performance in Catalina. Season tickets start at $70 and are on sale through www.tucsonchamberartists.org

The season is called "Decadence":

• "How Sweet the Sound II: American Folk Songs and Spirituals," Oct. 11 and 12 in Oro Valley; Oct. 13 in Catalina.

Mozart's C-minor Mass, Nov. 1 in Phoenix; Nov. 2 and 3 in Tucson.

• "Christmas Lessons and Carols by Candlelight," Dec. 6 in Green Valley; Dec. 7 and 8 in Tucson.

• Tenth Anniversary Signature Event at the Fox Tucson Theatre, Jan. 31. (Event also opens the second annual Tucson Desert Song Festival.)

• Bach's St. John Passion, Feb. 28 in Green Valley; March 1 and 2 in Tucson.

• Cathedral Classics, March 28 in Green Valley; March 29 and 30 in Tucson.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@azstarnet.com or 573-4642.

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