Arizona Wind Quintet, with new member, returns to ASA
The Arizona Wind Quintet, a longtime favorite of Arizona Senior Academy concert audiences, will return Tuesday with a new member. Sara Fraker, University of Arizona professor of oboe and second oboe with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, has replaced Neil Tatman, who retired from the UA School of Music last year.
The group is made up of the wind professors at the School of Music. Rounding out the quintet are Brian Luce, professor of flute; Jerry Kirkbride, professor of clarinet; Will Dietz, professor of bassoon; and Daniel Katzen, professor of horn.
The quintet’s Arizona Senior Academy performance begins at 11:30 a.m. It will feature a sextet by Leos Janacek entitled “Mladi” (“Youth”), which brings in a bass clarinet to fill out the sound.
The performance will also include a piece by UCLA clarinet professor John Steinmetz, a piece by 20th-century Dutch composer Jan Koetsier and a short piece by Vincent Persichetti, written before his turn toward atonality.
The quintet has been giving ASA performances for more than a decade.
“We love the opportunity to come to ASA for a variety of reasons: our fondness for the Kofflers (ASA founder and former UA president Henry Koffler and his wife, Phyllis) and our other friends there, the opportunity to play for an audience that is knowledgeable and eager, and a ‘dry run’ before our faculty recitals,” Katzen said.
In addition to teaching and performing on and off campus, the members of the Arizona Wind Quintet serve as coaches and mentors for the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, a master’s level student quintet.
‘Taming of the Shrew’ ends Shakespeare lecture series
Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” — a farcical comedy about the tempestuous courtship of the feisty Katherina and the manipulative Petruchio, who bends her to his will — is a classic battle of the sexes that still plays out on stage and in film.
Early audiences found it uproarious, ribald, mis-
ogynistic, or all three. George Bernard Shaw dismissed it as a “vile insult to womanhood and manhood.”
But writers long after Shakespeare and Shaw pilfered and reworked the plot to suit the sensibilities of their times.
On Wednesday,(Oct. 23) James Reel, classical music director of Arizona Public Media, returns to the Arizona Senior Academy for the last of his four-part series on the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s plays.
His 2:30 p.m. lecture will cover how various artists have been inspired by “The Taming of the Shrew.”
According to Reel, the first spinoff came in 1611, when John Fletcher’s popular sequel turned the tables in “The Woman’s Prize or The Tamer Tamed.” In this play, after the death of Katherina, Petruchio takes the less compliant Maria as his second wife. Refusing to cede to his demands, she bands with other like-minded women who barricade themselves with provisions in an upper floor of her house.
In 1756, David Garrick, a giant of the London theater, wrote “Catharine and Petruchio,” depicting a more harmonious marriage in which the shrew is less tamed. For the next 150 years, it was performed more often than Shakespeare’s original.
The year 1949 brought “Kiss Me, Kate,” an award-winning musical with a memorable Cole Porter score, which was turned into a movie four years later. Among many notable film adaptations, a 1967 standout starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, whose own off-screen marital spats added sparks to the performance.
The battle keeps spinning even on the contemporary stage. At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year, the backdrop for “The Taming of the Shrew” featured a boardwalk on the beach and Petruchio cast as a rockabilly musician.
Global status hard to get, equally hard to lose
In the second part of his two-lecture presentation, beginning at 3:30 p.m. next Thursday at the Arizona Senior Academy, UA political science professor Thomas J. Volgy will provide insights into global norms and the status ranking of all nations.
Volgy argues that a nation’s perceived status is a powerful ongoing influence on other countries’ foreign policy decision-making.
For example, Russia’s role in today’s Syrian conflict was possible because of Russia’s renewed status as a major power.
Volgy will present four or five key factors in developing international status strategies. For example, which is a more effective international status influencer — hosting the summer Olympic Games or providing foreign aid?
Volgy will evaluate post-Cold War themes such as greening, human rights and democracy building and their influence on international status enhancement in foreign affairs.
Volgy is the editor of a 2011 book on status, “Major Powers and the Quest for Status in International Politics: Global and Regional Perspectives,” published by Palgrave Macmillan.
He served on the Tucson City Council from 1977 to 1987, and was mayor of Tucson from 1987 to 1991. He has been on the UA faculty since 1971.