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GUEST ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: “Reflections” Concerts

We’re very excited to welcome some special guest artists for our “Reflections” concerts this weekend, April 5-7, 2019! The first time we performed Bach’s Jesu meine Freude was in 1959 — exactly 60 years ago — and we’re having a great time collaborating with pianist and organist Jeremy Peterman. We welcome bassist Eric Nakamoto, performing with us for the very first time on John Rutter’s jazz-influenced Birthday Madrigals. We also welcome back saxophonist Mary Petrich, who performed with us previously on the Duke Ellington Sacred Concert in 2016, for two new arrangements by Anders Paulsson, Deep River and Bright Morning Stars.


Get to know the guest artists featured this weekend on “Reflections:”

Dr. Jeremy Peterman, organist and pianist, is active in the Valley as a performer, piano instructor, and vocal coach. He earned undergraduate degrees in French and Piano Performance at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. He has played for numerous productions of both Arizona Opera and Phoenix Opera, as well as under the baton of Michael Christie of the Phoenix Symphony in Stravinsky’s Petrushka, John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls, and Golijov’s Ainadamar. In 2016, he completed his final summer as staff pianist at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Working there every summer since 2003, he eventually became the director of the AIMS staff pianists during his tenure. Also the AIMS organist and director of church music since 2005, he performed with singers in many churches in and around Graz. Dr. Peterman was previously piano professor at Arizona Christian University and a member of the educational opera troupe OperAntics; he continues his work as pianist for Chandler Children’s Choir and is the organist/handbell director at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale. He is also a stay-at-home father of his one son, Henry. Having made his Arizona MusicFest debut in early 2018, he is delighted to now be collaborating with the Phoenix Chorale.


Mary Petrich holds degrees in classical saxophone performance from Indiana University and Arizona State University, Mary’s love for the freedom of improvised music has led her to develop her own creative vision for the past 20 years. Her desire to push the boundaries has led her to many projects and collaborations, the latest being the album “Murmuration” with her quartet “OpenHand” which features original compositions from the quartet members. With an abiding love for free style improvisation and the intimate collaboration of small group settings, she is equally at home playing standards and working in larger group formats. Large group work includes the Phoenix Symphony, the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, the Az. Music Festival Orchestra, The Jazz Women All Stars, and the Nash Composer Coalition.


Eric Nakamoto is a freelance musician located in Flagstaff, AZ pursuing his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Northern Arizona University. Originally from the Phoenix area, Eric began his musical journey in elementary school starting on Violin. A year later he would switch to the Double Bass. Through out high school, Eric was involved in many after school programs such as Young Sounds of Arizona, The Nash legacy Ensemble, Phoenix Youth Symphony, and Jazz combos at Scottsdale Community College. In addition to his Classical and Jazz studies, Eric also has experience playing rock and folk music having been apart of numerous rock bands and a Peter, Paul, and Mary Tribute band. Currently, Eric plays in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and maintains a busy schedule performing, teaching, and composing all around Arizona.