Guitarist getting honorary UA degree

Every winter for the past seven or eight years, Scottish guitarist David Russell has been in residence at the University of Arizona performing and teaching.

So it surprises no one that the UA School of Music on Friday will award Russell an honorary doctoral degree.

The degree is from the school’s Bolton Guitar Studies Program, whose benefactor Sanford “Sandy” Bolton sponsored Russell’s annual residencies.

Russell will be honored at a recital and ceremony — “David Russell: Musician, Scholar, Teacher and Humanitarian” – A Convocation of the University of Arizona School of Music. The event, at 7 p.m. Friday  in Holsclaw Hall, will feature Bolton students and guitarists in the community interpreting pieces close to Russell’s heart, including Bolton’s arrangements of Scarlatti, Bach and Celtic music.

Seating at Holsclaw, North Park Avenue and East Speedway on the UA campus, is limited so reservations are required. Email Julia Pernet, chairwoman of the Tucson Guitar Society, at to reserve a seat. Admission is free.

Tucson Flute Club brings out choir

Ask a flutist and they will tell you: flutes sing.

The Tucson Flute Club will show us just how loudly when its choir of flutists joins the group’s annual Members Recital Sunday. The TFC Flute Choir will join a host of soloists, duets and trios for a concert that mines an eclectic variety of compositions and musical styles.

The recital at 3 p.m. will be in the East Gallery of St. Phillip’s In The Hills Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at East River Road. Admission is free and a dessert reception will follow.

The Tucson Flute Club celebrates its 45th year next year. The group’s membership is open to flutists and those interested in flute music.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.