Sheryll McManus will perform at Arizona Senior Academy 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Guy Atchley

The Arizona Senior Academy kicks off its 2014 concert season with a piano recital by Tucson resident Sheryll McManus at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday featuring the music of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Debussy.

McManus moved to Tucson in 2012 after driving through too many blizzards in Indiana and researching areas with more sunshine.

She had been living in a historic mansion in Peru, Ind., that was difficult to leave — it was once owned by Cole Porter’s cousin, and Cole Porter himself had played piano there.

McManus had the opportunity to participate in annual Cole Porter festivities, playing and singing Porter tunes.

Coming from a musically inclined family, she began piano lessons at age 4 and received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory and her graduate degree from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

She served as keyboardist for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for more than 20 years and performed as piano soloist with a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Since arriving in Tucson, she has been busy playing piano and violin with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, singing with the Tucson Symphony Chorus and maintaining a private piano studio. McManus left a large studio in Indianapolis, where a number of her students were prizewinners.

She has also collaborated as pianist in recitals with Tucson violinists Joseph Rousos-Hammond and Matthew Vera.

Events are held in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.

Nonresidents who want to ensure priority seating can make reservations by emailing or calling 647-0980.

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