Saxophonist Michael Keepe (left) and pianist Allen Rodriguez will perform Tuesday at Academy Village. Courtesy of the artists


'Figaro' topic for Guild's Brown Bag Opera

The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona is pulling out the stops in its latest Brown Bag Opera installment.

The group has recruited a handful of singers to help spread the word about Mozart's comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro," which Arizona Opera brings to Tucson Music Hall for two performances next weekend.

Brown Bag Opera begins at noon Friday at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Bring a sandwich. Admission is free. Details: 327-6857 or online at

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Rodriguez & Keepe Duo celebrate 20th year

St. Philip's in the Hills Friends of Music is helping the Tucson duo of Allen Rodriguez and Michael Keepe celebrate 20 years of harmonious collaboration.

The piano-saxophone duo - Rodriguez is the piano man; Keepe plays the sax - will dip into the vault of their previous recitals, mining the programs they've performed over the past two decades from traditional solo works for both instruments to those penned for piano and sax.

The recital is at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave. Admission is a suggested $15 donation to Friends of Music, which sponsors community concerts throughout the year. Details: 299-6421.

Tucson musicians, composer honor artist

Former Tucsonan Stephen Secan has tapped a few friends to help him pay homage Sunday to his late mother, artist Martha Secan. Her expressionistic masks are popular among Tubac and Tucson collectors.

Stephen Secan, the longtime principal oboist with the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, will join pianist Michael Dauphnais and his wife, mezzo-soprano Kristen Daugphnais, for a recital including the music of Bach, Bernstein and Gershwin. They also will play a newly commissioned work for piano, oboe and mezzo-soprano by composer and former Arizona Daily Star and Arizona Republic music critic Kenneth LaFave.

Martha Secan spent years creating installations annually exhibited at the Tubac Center for the Arts. She died in 2003.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, in Tubac. Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit the center. For reservations, call 398-2371.

In mood for Big Band? Check out Fox show

Saturday's "In the Mood" big-band revue show features the timeless music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, the Andrews Sisters and Frank Sinatra.

The show captures the magic of that music courtesy of arrangements by the late Vic Schoen, who spent his career working with the Andrews Sisters.

"In the Mood" performs twice on Saturday - 2 and 7:30 p.m. - at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $27 to $64 at the Fox box office, or by phone at 547-3040.

Boys Chorus heading back to china

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will do its fifth and most extensive China tour this summer.

Twenty-two boy choristers and four adults will leave for China on May 29 and will perform 23 concerts and visit 25 cities before returning June 30.

The Boys Chorus will give a sneak preview of what they will perform during a free reception and concert April 13. Reservations are required and can be made until Wednesday by calling 296-6277.

The night, hosted and co-sponsored by the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, kicks off with a 6 p.m. reception at the center, 1288 W. River Road. Details: Call 296-6277.

Cathalena E. Burch