DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center
Peter E. Müller-Kovacs grew up listening to classical music. His father was a classical pianist and his maternal grandfather conducted the local brass band in his hometown Adliswil, Switzerland. At the age of 9, Peter fell in love with the Beatles and then discovered sophisticated pop music and pop jazz. His father inspired him to compose his own music. Peter also learned to play the piano and the guitar and took singing lessons with opera singer, Antonio Giuglielmi.
At the age of 13, he won his first composition contest winning over some notable adult composers. World-famous composer and harp player, Andreas Vollenweider, formed a long-term collaboration with Peter which included Peter singing numerous advertising jingles and even co-producing the record “The Keiser Twins” which featured three songs composed and interpreted by Peter. While working as a singer-song writer, Peter headed up a number of bands performing at large festivals.
Peter composed music for numerous film documentaries and in 1984, he wrote a song called “Wings” for Swissair which, together with a documentary of the same name, won a “Golden Award” at the International Film & TV Festival of New York. He has also written compositions for Swissair, American Express, Toyota, and others and was contracted by BMG and founded his own recording studio “Acousticolors”.
In 2013, Peter returned to his roots and started composing symphonic crossover for large orchestra. The suite Timeless Zeitgeist, is being premiered at the Tucson Pops Orchestra’s June 5, 2015 concert.
A native of Madison, Wisconsin, George Blum began playing the violin at age 6. Upon earning a performance degree from the University of Arizona, he enrolled at the prestigious Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he learned the fine art of string instrument making and repair. George has played with the Tucson Pops since 1993 and currently serves as Associate Concertmaster. He has been a member of the Tucson Symphony since 1986, and has also performed at summer festivals throughout the United States in addition to playing with the American Sinfonietta both in Bellingham, Washington, and in Europe. Currently, he makes and sells instruments out of his studio here in Tucson and will be performing tonight on one of his own violins.
Violinist José Leonardi Moore born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has served as a violinist and violist in different orchestras such as The Akron Symphony, Akron Baroque, Cleveland Opera Circle, Tuscarawas Philharmonic, Warren Philharmonic, Puerto Rico Symphony and Puerto Rico Philharmonic orchestras, among others. Dr. Moore is the Second Prize Winner at the 2009 Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona, Second Prize Winner at the 2006 Tuesday Musical Competition in Ohio, First Prize Winner at The University of Akron Concerto Competition 2006; First Prize Winner at the Puerto Rico Conservatory Concerto Competition 2003, and awarded several other prizes in other competitions besides being awarded Outstanding Graduate Student in Strings 2006 and 2007, at the University of Akron, Ohio. Dr. Moore earned his Bachelors of Music Performance degree from the Puerto Rico Conservatory where he studied with Dr. Francisco Cabán, Dara Morales and Henry Hutchinson. He also holds a Masters degree in Music Performance from The University of Akron in Ohio, where he studied violin and viola with Prof. Alan Bodman, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona where he was teaching assistant to Prof. Mark Rush. He currently teaches the Suzuki and Traditional Methods, is the first violinist of the Sheherazade String Quartet, teacher for the TUSD, orchestra teacher at the Waldorf School, member of the Tucson Pops Ochestra, substitute violinist for the Tucson Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony and Co-Concertmaster of the Tucson Repertory Orchestra.