July 8

Unusual combination makes a ‘perfect sonic marriage’

Hudson Lanier plays the guitar. Laura McIntyre’s instrument is the bassoon. Together, as Duo Brucoco, they are expanding the repertoire of two instruments that are seldom paired but make what has been described as “a perfect sonic marriage.”

Join them at the Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for a musical journey that visits the Baroque era of Vivaldi and Diesel and contemporary America, where works by composers Michael Albaugh and Michael Djupstrom will be featured.

A side trip to Argentina and Brazil promises to be memorable with Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” and Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.”

Lanier, who recently completed his doctor of musical arts degree at Arizona State University, is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. He made his solo debut with the Rochester Symphony Orchestra in 2012 playing the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquin Rodrigo.

McIntyre, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with a master’s of music degree from ASU, is completing her doctorate at the University of Texas-Austin. In 2013, she won second prize in the T. Gordon Parks Collegiate Concerto Competition sponsored by the Arapahoe Philharmonic in Littleton, Colorado.

Lanier and McIntyre first played together in 2011 at a Phoenix farmers market as part of Classical Revolution, a loose collective of classically trained musicians across the country who are dedicated to broadening the audience for high-quality chamber music by performing it in untraditional settings.

Currently based in Austin, where they work with Boys and Girls Clubs, the duo is focusing on bringing live classical music to youths who have few opportunities to hear it. As part of their outreach efforts this summer, they are touring small towns in rural Texas playing free concerts for children.

Caroline Bates

July 9

Amerind director to discuss theories of mysterious Chaco

With its monumental architecture and earthworks, exotic artifacts and immense scale, the accomplishments of the people who inhabited Chaco Canyon 1,000 years ago stand out from everything that came before or after. As a result, theories of Chaco have been a continuing source of disagreement among archaeologists.

Explanations of Chaco range from a Mesoamerican influence, centralized redistribution systems, complex chiefdoms, city-states, to a destination for pilgrims, among others.

In the last of a three-lecture series, John Ware, executive director of the Amerind Foundation in Cochise County, will argue that the key to understanding 11th century Chaco may lie in deciphering the differences and similarities among the living descendants of the Chaco Anasazi, the present-day Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona.

The lecture will be at the Arizona Senior Academy Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Ware is an anthropologist and archaeologist whose research and teaching focus on the prehistory and ethnohistory of the northern Southwest, where he has worked for more than 40 years. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Colorado.

Ware has been with the Amerind Foundation since 2001. His most recent book, “A Pueblo History: Kinship, Sodality and Community in the Northern Southwest,” was published in March.

Ware’s Arizona Senior Academy lectures are always well-attended. He will be retiring from Amerind in August, so this lecture will likely be his final presentation at Academy Village.

Priscilla Moore