Sunday, January 31, 2016
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Tucson Convention Center
Tucson Arena


3:00 PM
Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 No. 1
Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5 No. 2

Variations in G Major, WoO 45
Sonata in A Major, Op. 69

7:30 PM
Variations in E-flat Major, WoO 46
Sonata in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1

Variations in F Major, Op. 66
Sonata in D Major, Op. 102 No. 2

The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music offers you a rare opportunity to hear all of Beethoven’s original works for cello and piano in a single day, performed by our old friend Sharon Robinson (cellist of one of AFCM’s favorite ensembles, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio) and a series newcomer, the eloquent and virtuosic pianist Benjamin Hochman. Performing Beethoven’s cello sonatas and variations has been called a journey through Beethoven’s life. The works range from his early Classical period (these sonatas give prominence to the piano rather than the cello) through his largely optimistic, tuneful middle period, to his intense, concentrated final phase. The Robinson-Hochman duo will present not only all five sonatas, but also Beethoven’s three delightful sets of variations on themes by Handel and Mozart. This will all take place over the course of two full-length concerts separated by a dinner break, and it is sure to be one of the most memorable events in AFCM’s 68th season.

Revered for her chamber music performances, cellist Sharon Robinson co-founded the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio nearly four decades ago. Winner of the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Piatigorsky Memorial Award, the Pro Music’s Award, and a Grammy nomination, she is recognized worldwide as a consummate artist. Whether as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, or member of her trio, critics, audiences and fellow musicians respond to what the Indianapolis Star has called “a cellist who has simply been given the soul of Caruso.”

Pianist Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend artistic bravura with poetic interpretation. Described by The New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist,” he is an impassioned and intelligent exponent of diverse composers, from Bach and Mozart to Kurtág and Lieberson. He strives to express the essence of each composer’s works, resulting in interpretations that the Vancouver Sun described as “stylish and lucid, with patrician authority and touches of elegant wit where context allows.”

Ticket prices from $11 – $31.

Buy tickets at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office or

For additional information please call 520-791-4101 X 1.

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