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Arizona's gay, lesbian choirs on single stage

All five of Arizona's gay and lesbian choirs, including Tucson's Desert Voices and Reveille Men's Chorus, will participate in "Arizona Pride" on Sunday.

Desert Voices is hosting the event to celebrate its upcoming 25th season. Also participating are three choirs from Phoenix: Arizona Women in Tune, the Phoenix Metropolitan Men's Chorus and relative newcomer, Voices of the Desert.

In all, the performance will feature 175 vocalists, organizers said. San Diego Gay Men's Chorus Conductor Gary Holt will direct.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tickets are $18 at with part of the proceeds benefiting Wingspan.

Orchestra to perform Music of the masters III

It was always the plan of Conductor Toru Tagawa to dig into the deep tapestry of classical music with his Tucson Repertory Orchestra.

Now the 2-year-old ensemble, comprised of professional and non-professional musicians, will present the third installment of its "Music of the Masters" series.

On Saturday, the orchestra is set to play Strauss' Serenade for Winds as a precursor to Rachmaninoff's brilliant Piano Concert No. 2 featuring pianist Kyungsun Choi.

"Music of the Masters III" ends with Dvorák's Symphony No. 8.

The orchestra's two earlier performances - one last summer and the second in late December - drew enthusiastic audiences and critical praise. Chalk up most of that to a group of musicians, moonlighting members of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and University of Arizona among them, whose primary mission is to play music for the love of the music.

Saturday's concert begins at 2 p.m. at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Details:

St. PHilip's takes look at jazz's spiritual side

St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church will kick off its forum series, "Explore the Religious/Spiritual Component of Jazz," at 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the church's East Gallery.

Over three Sundays - this Sunday, July 14 and July 28 - jazz historian Tom Eiff will lead discussions that point to jazz's religious influences. Eiff teaches at the University of Arizona.

The first session will look at the history of jazz. The second session looks at the religious phase of Duke Ellington's composing career. The series concludes in the third session with a look at how their Catholic conversions affected the composing careers of Dave Brubeck and Mary Lou Williams .

The sessions are hosted by St. Philip's Adult Formation Ministries and held between church services.

Admission is free. The sessions will be held at the East Gallery on St. Philip's campus, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at River Road. Details: Call 299-6421.

Cathalena E. Burch