Concert to Benefit Benedictine Sisters

The Chief Judge John M. Roll Chapter of the Knights of Columbus is hosting a series of concerts to benefit the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

First up on Saturday is a piano recital by William Gilman, a retired chaplain who spends his winters in Tucson.

Gilman studied the life and 19th-century music of Franz Lizst. His recital will focus on famous composer's works while talking about Lizst's Catholic faith, zest for life, failings and quest for God.

Gilman studied music at the Cornish School of Allied Arts in Seattle and earned a degree in music from Centralia College before going on to Evergreen State College to earn a degree in computer science and labor studies.

Saturday's event begins at 7 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 192 S. Stone Ave., downtown. A reception will follow in the church's Cathedral Hall.

Tickets are a $15 donation per person at the door or online at All proceeds will benefit the Benedictine Sisters.

Recital covers Russian, American composers

University of Arizona flutist Brian Luce and pianist Rex Woods will team up for a recital of works by Russian and American composers.

The composers share the history of having come up in a time when their countries' divergent political and economic systems collided. But the music created during those tense times has endured.

The program includes pieces by Americans Aaron Copland, Norman Dello Joio, Joseph Schwantner and retired UA music professor Richard Faith; and Russians Edison Denisov, Galina Smirnova and Tatiana Smirnova.

The recital begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Crowder Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway at the UA School of Music. Admission is $5 at the door or in advance by calling the box office, 621-1162; or online at

Beethoven's 'Moonlight' next up on Dove series

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church continues its multiyear Beethoven sonatas project on Sunday with a trio of pianists.

The recital, covering Beethoven's early, middle and late period sonatas, includes the beloved "Moonlight" sonata - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor. Recent University of Arizona graduate Kathryn Christensen will perform the piece.

Also on the program is Sonata No. 8 "Pathetique," featuring UA music major Jieun Huh. Award-winning pianist Nehemiah Powers, a Tucson native who regularly performs with Tucson Chamber Artists, will tackle Sonata No. 29.

Sunday's concert begins at 2 p.m. at Dove of Peace's sanctuary, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken to benefit a local charity.

This is the third installment of Dove of Peace's Sonata Project. The church has been hosting free classical music concerts for nine years. Details: 887-5127.

Cathalena E. Burch