UA recital features world-class talent

Today’s University of Arizona Faculty Artist Recital gives a hint of the breadth of musical expertise in our backyard.

Violist Hong-Mei Xiao and pianist Tannis Gibson join forces for a program of works by English composers.

Xiao has an international reputation for her artistry. Among the awards she has won is the top prize at the Geneva International Music Competition and the prestigious Patek Philippe Grand Prize. She has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Budapest Philharmonic, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana and the Japan Philharmonic.

Gibson also has performed around the world and with an impressive array of artists. She has a number of recordings to her credit, including the critically praised “Song of the Birds” with cellist Nancy Green.

The recital is at 7 p.m. today at Holsclaw Hall, in the UA School of Music near the southeast corner of East Speedway and North Park Avenue. And get this: It’s free. 621-1162.

A bit of marimba magic slated for Saturday

The UA’s Percussion Studio will liven things up with “A Celebration of the Marimba” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Crowder Hall in the UA Music Building.

Some pretty impressive music can come from the percussion instrument, which is, basically, wooden bars struck with mallets.

That variety will be featured in the concert, which will include chamber pieces, marimba with voice and — get this — some Bach.

Performers are members of the UA Percussion Studio and the Rosewood Marimba Band. Tickets are $5. 621-1162.

Kathleen Allen

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.