Music and movement without choreography; benefit concert has moveable parts

2013-09-28T00:00:00Z Music and movement without choreography; benefit concert has moveable partsBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

This may be a first of its kind: a movable concert.

On Sunday, you’ll have to get out of your seat to capture the full experience of “Classical Meets Ecclesiastical: Famous Favorites,” a fundraising concert for Interfaith Community Services.

You won’t have to go far. Here’s how organizers say the performance will work:

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet — husband and wife David Rife and Wynne Wong-Rife on violins, Ilona Vukovic-Gay on viola and Mary Beth Tyndall on cello — opens the concert in one spot at Christ the King Episcopal Church.

When the quartet wraps up, you will have to focus your attention elsewhere to catch the Powe family trio play a composition it created over the summer with the TSO Young Composers Project. The young musicians attended the composers project with funding by Interfaith Community Services Youth Enrichment Activities program.

The Powe kids also will play a string trio by Haydn.

After the Powe family finishes, you’ll have to refocus your ears and eyes somewhere else to hear organist David Gay perform on the church’s year-old historical pipe organ. The organ was built in 1949 and was originally at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Tucson. Tucson-area organ builder Michael O’Sullivan restored the organ and installed it at Christ the King in spring 2012.

Sunday’s concert begins at 3 p.m. at the church, 2800 W. Ina Road. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. 

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642.

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