Ben Nisbet

Ben Nisbet, artistic director of St. Andrew’s Bach Society, also plays violin with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. 

Ben Nisbet

St. Andrew’s Bach Society’s 26th summer concert series will feature two landmark collaborations, an internationally recognized classical guitarist and a piano trio playing trios by two of the genre’s most memorable composers.

The four-concert season, curated by Bach Society Director and violinist Ben Nisbet, runs through late August. Here’s a few things you should know going in:

Tickets: $12 adults, $6 students at the door or online at

Where: Unless noted, performances are at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St..

Details: or 808-2122.

The season:

Tremendous trios The season opens June 8 with a classic piano trio recital — pianist

Tannis Gibson, violinist Nisbet and cellist

Ian Jones featuring trio masterpieces by Felix Mendelssohn and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Bach and his guitar: Chilean classical guitarist Renato Serrano A doctoral student at the UA School of Music, will perform a recital including works by Johann Sebastian Bach on June 29. We get him in between his busy summer season that includes concerts throughout Europe and the U.S.

Mountain music: Violist Danny Seidenberg, a longtime member of the celebrated Turtle Island String Quartet, performs a solo recital on July 20 before he heads up to Mount Lemmon to work with Tucson Junior Strings’ Chamber Music in the Mountains Festival. The society is hosting his run with the festival, during which Seidenberg will work as a senior faculty member and mentor to the young musicians, said Nisbet, a TJS alum who works with the festival.

Pirouetting with Vivaldi: The society closes its summer series with what promises to be a remarkable collaboration with Artifact Dance Project on Aug. 23 and 24. The two groups will mount a full-length ballet set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” Full disclosure: Nisbet is Artifact’s music director and helped start the dance company with his dancer wife and the group’s co-artistic director, Ashley Bowman

Tucson Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Lauren Roth makes her Bach Society debut as soloist for the piece, which will be mounted in Stevie Eller Theater, 1737 E. University Blvd., on the University of Arizona campus. The performance will include a full company of Artifact dancers and the St. Andrew’s Bach Society Chamber Orchestra.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.