FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mona Myhre, Executive Director
Chamber Music West formerly Sun Cities Chamber Music Society (623) 972-0478
Sun Cities Chamber Music Society announces name change, new venue, new office location - same beautiful music on its 30th Anniversary season.
Sun City, AZ - October 1, 2006 - The Sun Cities Chamber Music Society today announced its new name, Chamber Music West, which better reflects the audience served by their six-concert series as the only professional chamber music series presented in the West Valley.
Chamber Music West President, Muriel Stone Johnson said, "The Society has gone through several name changes during the past 29 seasons, however, the legacy of presenting the world's finest chamber music has not."
Conceived of in 1977 by a group of Sun City residents, when the nearest professional chamber music series was thirty-five miles away in Scottsdale, Chamber Music West was originally incorporated in 1979 as the Sun City Fine Arts Society. In 1982, its name was changed to Sun Cities Chamber Music Society to reflect the growth of its sister community, Sun City West.
The original concerts were at Mountain View Auditorium in Sun City, then Sundial Auditorium, moving to Bellevue Heights Church mid-season 1998. On November 6, 2006, the St. Petersburg String Quartet will kick off CMW's 30th anniversary series as Chamber Music West moves a mile to the west - to Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 N Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City, a larger venue. "Faith Presbyterian Church has welcomed us with open arms, even doing a bit of remodeling to better accommodate our artists." said immediate past president, Carole Sleight, who guided the move and name change through the very busy 2005-2006 season.
"Chamber Music West strives to keep ticket prices reasonable for our retirees while continually raising performance standards" said 2nd Vice President and Artistic Advisory Chair, Elsie Sterrenberg. "In addition to the St. Petersburg String Quartet, this season CMW will continue that tradition with Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola/violin; the Fine Arts Quartet; Cantus, a Minnesota-based male vocal ensemble ; the Weilerstein (piano) Trio with Gerard Reuter, oboe; and Chu-Fang Huang, piano - winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition in 2005."
All concerts are preceded by a Speaking of Chamber Music . . . lecture on the music performed, including information on the composers lives, history during the period the composition was written, and noting particular passages to listen for by using taped sections to expand audience appreciation of the piece. These lectures are arranged by Dimitri Drobatschewsky, former art critic with the Arizona Republic and a past president of Chamber Music West who also writes Program Notes for the concert playbill.
The CMW School Program was begun in 1982 to assist the arts in schools programs and develop future audiences. CMW's business partners, Target and the America West Education Foundation (now US Airways Education Foundation) generously support these educational School Programs. Each CMW artist(s), including our gala artist, harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, M.D., will present two School Programs and/or master classes this season at no cost to the schools for a total of 14 school programs. We work in partnership with schools across the valley - but focus primarily on students in the West Valley. "Today, the School Program mission is to advance music education in appreciation of chamber music." said School Program Chair, Muriel Stone Johnson.
On May 22, 2006, Chamber Music West moved its office just around the corner (in the same building) to a larger suite at Bell Plaza Professional Building North, Suite 122E. "This will enable the Board of Directors to meet on-site and for volunteers to work on various projects in the office." per Executive Director, Mona Myhre.
Incorporated as a nonprofit, 501 © (3) tax deductible organization, Chamber Music West relies on the support of individual donors and concert and school program sponsors, as well as grant support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.