Tucson Federation of Musicians


Southwest String Quartet

The Southwest String Quartet, based in Tucson, Arizona, is known throughout the state for classical recital performances, children's programs, senior citizen concerts and string quartet workshops. The quartet has an original approach, accompanying each composition with commentaries and insights into the composers and music. The Southwest String Quartet performs yearly recitals in Tucson, Green Valley, Sun City, Phoenix, Scottsdale and other communities in Arizona. Their repertoire spans the music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary periods. The quartet frequently features works of twentieth century American composers. The quartet has created a special "Out West" program for children of all ages. The group dresses in a western style and leads the listener down the pathways of the wild west. The program culminates in a musical dramatization of Susan Lowell's "The Three Little Javelinas", or "The Tortoise and the Jackrabbit". In a series of vivid and rollicking sound pictures with melodies, words, grunts, squeaks, whistles and thumps, the quartet uses all the resources of classical music and more to tell the stories. The Southwest String Quartet has collaborated recently with two dance companies in the Tucson area. The quartet provided the narration and music for the Tucson Regional Ballet's performance of the "Three Little Javelinas". The quartet has also performed with the Tenth Street Danceworks in a series of modern dances set to traditional classical music. The Southwest String Quartet leads two summer Chamber Music Workshops for high school and middle school students. The programs have been sponsored by national grants from the Chamber Music Society and the Clinton B. Ford Fund. These highly successful workshops introduce young string players to the challenges and joys of string quartet playing. The Southwest String Quartet is available for a wide variety of performance situations including residencies, recitals, special presentations and weddings. We are on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. Click here to visit our ACA Roster web site. Please contact The Southwest String Quartet for more information.