A day late, but the sentiment remains

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church will hold its annual Bach’s birthday concert on Saturday, a day after the famous composer’s actual birthday. 

The all-Bach concert at 2 p.m. features guest harpsichordist and organist Guy Whatley, and musicians from Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Tucson Chamber Artists. Admission is free but donations are accepted to benefit Interfaith Community Services. Birthday cake will be served.

The concert is part of Dove of Peace’s popular free concert series, which benefits local charities. It will be held in the church’s sanctuary at 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. 

12 hours, 12 pianists, one mission: Help teen

It’s a wacky proposition: For 12 hours on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., the piano at Green Fields Country Day School will have human hands touching it.

Mostly those hands will be playing the instrument either solo or with other musicians and vocalists.

At no moment during the 12-hour piano marathon will the instrument be left unattended, which could turn out to be one of the most intriguing music events/fundraising concerts of the season.

The marathon was organized by pianist and Green Fields parent Linda Lazzeroni, who will be at the piano for most of the event. Some of her musically gifted friends, students and family will be dropping in to help, and those attending will slip her donations to continue playing.

Proceeds will go to help fund advanced rehabilitation treatment for Dominique “Nikki” Landreville, the Canyon del Oro High School grad who suffered traumatic brain injuries after being hit by a car  last November. Landreville, 18, is the niece of Green Fields’ fourth grade teacher Sally Miller.

The musicians will play everything from light classical to pop to lounge music at all levels of experience, said Meredith Savin, Green Fields director of student services whose 10-year-old son Henry, a Green Fields fifth-grader, will be among the pianists.

The event will take place in the school’s Center for the Performing Arts at the northwest side campus, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Orange Grove and Shannon roads.

Details: Call 297-2288 or online at greenfields.org

UA winds groups unite
for spring concert

The University of Arizona Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony will play a combo spring concert on Tuesday at Crowder Hall. 

The ensemble will draw its program from works that it played on a tour to Reno and Las Vegas including Robert Gandalfi’s “Vientos y Tangos,” Carter Pann’s “The Three Embraces,” Percy Grainger’s “Colonial Song,” Adam Gorb’s “Yiddish Dances” and David Maslanka’s “Requiem.”

The symphony’s program includes Malcolm Arnold’s “English Dances,” Alfred Reed’s “In Memoriam” and Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture.”

Tuesday’s concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at Crowder Hall, East Speedway and North Park Avenue. Admission is $10, with discounts at tickets.arizona.edu 

Examining high culture and its future

Those gathered for the inaugural multiple-arts conference “The Future of (High) Culture In America” today and Friday have a lofty mission: Explore the present state of dance, drama, visual arts, music and poetry to project its future.

One of the pressing questions: Is the proliferation of technology, particularly social media, making those disciplines less relevant or more relevant?

Speakers include gallery director Bob Monk from New York’s Gagosian Gallery;  Katharine Martinez, director of the UA Center for Creative Photography;  dance and cultural critic Elizabeth Kendall; Jesse Rosen, president and CEO of the League of American Orchestras: former UCLA law professor Daniel Lowenstein, director of the UCLA Center for the Liberal Arts and Free Institutions; Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Britt Salvesen; and Carol Iannone, editor-at-large of the National Association of Scholars’ journal Academic Questions.

“The Future of (High) Culture In America” is organized by University of Arizona School of Music professor Daniel Asia’s 5-year-old UA Center for American Culture and Ideas. It begins at 9 a.m. today and Friday  at Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road.

The cost is $350 per person, $250 for UA alumni and $175 for UA employees and students. Details: 626-7680.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.