Music from Bach and Before

When a group of friends, including University of Arizona professors James Anthony and John Boe, started organizing concerts by early music specialists on period instruments, they may not have envisioned that thirty-five years later, their efforts would continue to bear fruit in programs by internationally acclaimed artists taking place in Tucson.

We are pleased to continue the tradition and proudly present our 35th concert season:

  • Canadian instrumental ensemble ¡Sacabuche! (Spanish for sackbut) presenting works of Venetian masters.
  • Dr. Guy Whatley performs in a solo harpsichord recital of music of J. J. Froberger and the composers Froberger knew throughout Europe.
  • Renowned tenor Rufus Müller and plucked instrument specialist Daniel Swenberg perform “A Musicall Banquet” (1610), a collection of lute songs from around Europe as part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival.
  • Monteverdi’s magnificent Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610), with instrumental ensemble Tesserae in collaboration with True Concord—a rare opportunity to hear this extraordinary work with period instruments and a fine choir.
  • Superb English viol consort Fretwork visits Tucson with a program of 16th and 17th consort music.

Subscribers receive tickets to concerts at discounted prices.
Tickets may also be purchased by credit card on this website, or at the door prior to each concert.
Tickets for students age 28 and under are available at the door.

Join us as we celebrate our 35th anniversary year!

The Arizona Early Music Society is a non-profit organization supported by ticket sales, grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation, the Tucson Desert Song Festival, and tax-deductible donations from audience members and local businesses.