NOVEMBER 18, 2015

Desert Foothills Library and Arizona Musicfest host “A Duet” December 2

Experience virtuoso performances by Arizona Musicfest’s acclaimed musicians
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North Valley – The Desert Foothills Library and Arizona Musicfest invite the Valley community to its annual “A Duet” performance on Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. The evening soiree will take place at the Library, located at 38443 N. School House Road, in Cave Creek. This year’s “A Duet” music collaboration will feature acclaimed music director Robert “Bob” Moody, cellist Brant Taylor, youth harpist Claire Thai, pianist Jeremy Peterman, and members of Run Boy Run, a Tucson-based folk and bluegrass band. This much anticipated event includes an artist’s reception with desserts, prosecco, and more. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased by calling the Desert Foothills Library at 480-488-2286 or AZMusicfest 480-488-0806.

The music celebration assembles some of the top instrumentalists in the country. Bob Moody is Arizona Musicfest Festival’s Artistic Director, who has been facilitating the event since 2007. Moody is Music Director of the Winston Salem Symphony and has accompanied internationally acclaimed artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renee Fleming, Andre Watts, and Midori.

Brant Taylor is the principal cellist of Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and has been performing with the company for nine years. Also a member of the Chicago Symphony, he has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Jeremy Peterman is both an organist and pianist who is active in the Phoenix music scene. Peterman received his Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University and has served as a staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMES) in Austria for over a decade.

Members from Tucson’s five-piece bluegrass band, Run Boy Run, will also join the cast ensemble, including bassist Jesse Allen, and brother and sister duo, fiddler Matt Rolland, and vocalist/cellist Grace Rolland. Run Boy Run pays homage to Southern Appalachia’s distinct music style blending traditional folk with contemporary twang. The band is renowned for its multi-voiced and multi-stringed arrangements with appearances on National Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion”.

This year, “A Duet” is proud to welcome fifteen-year-old harpist Claire Thai from Tucson. She is the 2015 winner of Arizona Musicfest’s Young Instrumental Competition. Despite her young age, Thai has a decade of playing experience and has had the opportunity to train with internationally recognized master harpists.

“A Duet” offers an evening of technical expertise and vibrant performances. Classical styles are harmoniously infused with original arrangements delivering an innovative collaboration that will delight music enthusiasts from all backgrounds. For more information visit the library online at or AZMusicfest at