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All in the Family – Sedona Spring Music Festival

​The Speltz family, cellist David Speltz and violinist Connie Kupka, are two of Los Angeles’ most respected artists who perform on a regular basis in the Los Angeles studios, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the California Chamber Symphony Society.

February 1, 2017

David and Connie, together with their sons violinist Brendan and cellist Brook will be featured for three “Concerts for Youth”, Thursday Salon Musicale, and a featured movie at the Sedona International Film Festival.  Joining the Speltz Family Sunday at 2:30pm for the final program is violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt for the concert finale, Schubert’s Cello Quintet, one of the most popular and exciting works in the repertoire. The concert takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road.

David and Connie performed for the 2003 Sedona Chamber Music Festival along with members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Calder Quartet and the Amadeus Trio. “At that time Brendan and Brook were getting started on their careers, and it was at the Grand Canyon Music Festival September 2015 that we reacquainted,” said CMS artistic director Bert Harclerode. “Post-concert we had a chance to talk and I immediately set to bringing the family here.”

Wednesday at 4pm David and Connie together with Harclerode will host a musical documentary at the Sedona Film Festival’s Mary Fisher Theater. Thursday and Friday the Family Quartet will perform 45-minute “Concerts for Youth” at Sedona schools.  Thursday at 5:30pm the Quartet will mingle with guests at a Village of Oak Creek home for a Salon Musicale enjoying appetizers and Arizona wines, and then from 6:15-7pm, the Quartet will perform in the intimate setting.

“We’ve put together a very diverse and contrasting program,” said David Speltz. “We open with two movements from Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello featuring Brendan and Brook, then Milena and I perform Beethoven’s Eyeglass Obbligato duo for Viola and Cello, and our family performs Anton Arensky’s A Minor String Quartet that he arranged for a very unique combination – violin with Brendan, viola with Connie, and Brook and I perform on two cellos. The work is an homage to Pyotr Tchaikovsky and brings to it a warm and contemplative sound unique in the repertoire. Then Milena joins us for the great Schubert C Major Quintet where every movement brings applause from concert goers.  A fabulous program that we believe will be a real crowd pleaser.”

For more information visit or call 928.204.2415.  Chamber Music Sedona is supported by the City of Sedona.