For the love of music

From the left, Julie Stafford, Charles du Preez, and Zoran Stilin

BISBEE — On Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 10 at 3 p.m., For the Love of Music will present three musicians, but play music on five instruments — an oboe, oboe d'amore, English horn, clarinet and cello. Julie Stafford will play the three instruments of the oboe family; Zoran Stilin will play one of the cellos he has made; and, new to us in Bisbee, Charles du Preez will perform on the clarinet. The music will be the "Mala Suite" by Papandopulo, a concert grosso by Vivaldi, and a trio by Beethoven.  Much of the music was arranged for this group of instruments by Julie Stafford, who will say something about each of the instruments in the oboe family.

The concerts will be held at the Bisbee Woman's Club, 74 Quality Hill Road, at the corner of Ledge Avenue.  Individual tickets cost $15 for adults, and students through high school are admitted free. They will be available at the door a half hour before the concerts.

Tickets are not sold in advance, except for subscriptions to the entire series.  People holding series tickets are invited to contact Katherine Hagstrum at  520 432 7217, by the Friday before the concert weekend, to ask her to reserve seats for them.

Julie Stafford is a professional musician who plays oboe and English horn in the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra where she also serves as treasurer. In addition, she performs with the Green Valley Concert Band and freelances as a solo, chamber, and musical theatre musician. Julie has an active private music studio and has taught orchestra in the Tucson Unified School District.

Zoran Stilin is a native of Zagreb, Croatia, and a prize-winner of the former Yugoslavia National Cello Competition. He was a performing soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio-Television Orchestra, Music Academy Symphony Orchestra, and Gaudeamus Chamber Orchestra. Zoran continued his studies in Switzerland, and later at the U of A.  He was a student of Karl Roy, a German violin maker and one of the world’s leading authorities on violin making. His instruments and bows have won top awards at the Violin Makers Association of Arizona International Competition. He is a member of the TSO, principal cellist of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and an active solo and chamber musician.

Charles du Preez hails from rural Nebraska, having grown up just steps from a corn field.  After earning his BA in English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he attended the California Institute of the Arts, where he received his MFA in Music Performance in 2011.  Beginning in August, 2017, Charles started his DMA in Clarinet Performance at the University of Arizona.

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