July 22

Skyline Flutes to feature early-blooming composers

When the Skyline Flutes — Jerry Ervin, Christine Harper, Fran Moskovitz and Sandy Schwoebel — return to Academy Village Tuesday evening, it’s with repertoire by composers who wrote early and often.

Indeed, all the composers on the quartet’s program, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane, had finished not just their compositional careers but, alas, their time on Earth by age 40.

The Skyline Flutes, Ervin said, chose from a group of composers that includes lots of heavyweights, from Baroque-era Henry Purcell to Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert; Frenchman Georges Bizet; Americans Stephen Foster and George Gershwin; and Englishman John Lennon.

Ervin, who was a founding member of the group in 2008, spun the idea for the program from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s “40 Under 40” awards to top young community leaders.

“It led me to think about composers who made their mark before they were 40,” Ervin said. “It turns out there were a bunch of them.”

And though it was “a little macabre” to settle on composers whose lives were cut short, coming up with a top-notch roster was, unfortunately, quite easy.

Somewhat more difficult, save for the experience of Ervin and fellow quartet members, is finding repertoire for flute quartet by these composers.

None of the composers on Ervin’s list wrote for this combination of instruments: typically two C flutes, an alto flute and a bass flute. Nor is there much original material for flute quartet, period.

Ervin finds saxophone quartet arrangements work well. “That really broadens our repertoire,” he said.

“I tried to sell this concept to the National Flute Association a couple of years ago,” he adds, “but I think the title of my presentation was too academic. This time when I put it in, I’m going to call it ‘The Joy of Sax.’ ”

Susan Isaacs Nisbett

July 23

The future of online shopping in business and our lives

The constant use of search engines on modern computers, tablets and smartphones has brought about a revolution in how many of us go shopping for thousands of types of items. And the ever-improving systems put in place by such e-commerce giants as Amazon and eBay, as well as “brick and mortar” stores such as J.C. Penney and Walmart, make it possible to find a desired item online one day and on our doorstep the next.

For residents of places such as Academy Village — several miles outside of the Tucson city limits — such convenience has proved to be invaluable.

Anita Bhappu, of the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has devoted much of her career to research and teaching in areas related to “The Future of Shopping.”

On Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., she will be sharing the results of some of her research at the Arizona Senior Academy and making forecasts about the state of e-commerce and what innovations she expects.

She also will discuss those changes and what their impact is projected to be on individual lives and on the economy at large.

Bhappu’s areas of expertise include consumer adoption of technology, service delivery, effectiveness of work teams and organizational diversity.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (with a minor in French literature) at the University of Arizona, she worked for several years at Procter & Gamble as a product development engineer. Then she returned to Tucson for UA graduate work in organizational behavior (M.S. and Ph.D.), followed by a stint at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Management and several years at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

In 2007 she returned to Tucson, which she considers home, and has had seven years in a whirlwind of research, teaching and writing at the UA.

Janet Kerans

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