HIV benefit concert

by chorus is Sunday

For the 15th time in 16 years, Reveille Men’s Chorus will perform its annual TIHAN Musical Potpourri to benefit Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network.

TIHAN, as it is known, assists those living with HIV.

The Musical Potpourri has been an annual event for 16 years; Reveille has performed in the event all but one of those years.

The TIHAN Musical Potpourri begins at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 5102 N. Craycroft Road.  Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children under 12 at the door or in advance by calling TIHAN at 299-6647.

In addition to Reveille, Tucson jazz singer Joe Bourne will perform jazz and big-band works accompanied by drummer Pete Swan and other local jazz musicians.

Mozart and his mutt

at next Just for Kids

What was it like to be the dog of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Find out Saturday when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents “Bimps and Wolfie” at its monthly Just For Kids concert.

The TSO String Quartet shares the adventures of the young composer as seen by his dog, Bimps. And what that pooch must have seen as his master went from prodigy toddler at the harpsichord to wild-eyed, world-wise composer and concert musician playing for kings and queens.

Kids can bring along a stuffed animal to the Just for Kids performance, at 10 and 11:15 a.m. at Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. near East Grant Road.

The TSO Woodwind Quintet, meanwhile, will perform “Pinocchio” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive at Naranja. The performance is hosted by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and features the quintet in costumes performing music by Haydn, Debussy, Shostakovich and others. Kids can dress up as their favorite character including Blue Fairy, Pinocchio or Jiminy Cricket.

Admission to the Tucson performances is a $3 per person suggested donation. It’s free for the Oro Valley show. Details: or 882-8585.

Soul-soothing sounds

Authors, sound pioneers, and teachers Jonathan and Andi Goldman have a calm center and a message to share.

And they’ll do it this weekend with a “Frequencies of Healing” sound workshop.

Among the couple’s accomplishments: they wrote the book “Chakra Frequencies; Tantra of Sound”; Jonathan Goldman has been nominated for a Grammy, and, in 2011, was named one of the world’s most influential spiritual teachers in the United Kingdom’s Watkins (Books) Spiritual 100 List.

The workshop will set you back $199, but here’s what’s in store: you’ll learn how sound can energize and balance you, help keep you healthy, less nervous and relax. Of course, there will be music, meditations and the creation of your own sounds.

It’s happening from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Tucson Osteopathic Conference Center, 3182 N. Swan Road. Call 358-0575 to register.

CYT to stage ‘Oliver!’

Christian Youth Theater brings London to Tucson this weekend with its production of the musical “Oliver!”

A cast of more than 70 youths between 8 and 18 will step into the shoes of the characters Charles Dickens created in “Oliver Twist,” which the musical is based on.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $10 at

Song fest hosting contest for kids

Got a song in you that’s just itching to come out?

The Tucson Desert Song Festival would love to hear it.

In fact, they’d love to share it.

As it prepares for its second festival, to be held Jan. 30 to Feb. 16, the festival is recruiting young songwriters to show off their talents.

The competition will be divided into three categories: kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth and ninth through 12th.

As many as six finalists in each category will be judged by a panel of music educators looking for creativity and originality when it comes to melody and lyrics.

The compositions will be performed at a showcase recital Feb. 4 at the University of Arizona School of Music’s Holsclaw Hall. First-place winners and runners-up in each grade level will receive cash prizes ranging from $50 to $200 for the top high school finisher.

You can download an application and learn more at under the education link. Applications and submissions are due no later than Dec. 9.

UA Wind Quintet playing Monday recital

Arizona Wind Quintet will explore contemporary music at its recital Monday night at Holsclaw Hall.

The quintet — featuring University of Arizona School of Music faculty artists Brian Luce on flute, Sara Fraker on oboe, Jerry Kirkbride playing clarinet, William Dietz on bassoon and Daniel Katzen playing the horn — will perform John Steinmetz’s “Quintet,” Leoš Janácek’s “Mládí (Youth)” Vincent Persichetti’s “Pastoral” and Jan Koetsier’s Divertimento No. 2.

The recital begins at 7 p.m. at Holsclaw, East Speedway and North Park Avenue at the School of Music. Admission is $10, $7 for UA employees and seniors 55 and older and $5 for students. Get advance tickets at

Also this week

at the university ...

Mezzo-soprano Kristin Dauphinais joins a few of her colleagues for the next installment of the Faculty Artist Series on Saturday. She and tenor Ron Brendel from Lee University in Tennessee, ASU violinist Katherine McLin and ASU pianist Andrew Campbell will perform a concert to celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic English composer Benjamin Britten. The program features Britten’s eclectic works, including evocative sets of Michelangelo sonnets, Britten’s Suite for violin and piano and his haunting “Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac.” The program rounds out with his arrangements of British folksongs.

Saturday’s concert begins at 2:30 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall. Admission is $10, $7 for UA employees and seniors and $5 for students.

Kathleen Allen and

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.