July 23

Both performers appear often

Mezzo-soprano Kimberly Prins Moeller and pianist Wong Ching Lim will perform at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

The pair will offer a selection of works by American and French composers beginning with two witty cabaret songs by John Corigliano with texts by composer-librettist Mark Adamo. These will be followed by Francis Poulenc's "Metamorphoses," a quick and breezy song cycle, and "Trois poemes de Mallarme" written by Maurice Ravel in 1913.

The program concludes with Jake Heggie's "The Breaking Waves" set to poems by Sister Helen Prejean.

Moeller is an active performer in a variety of media and venues, and appeared at the Vancouver International Song Institute in June. She has many stage and oratorio credits, including soloist for Handel's "Messiah" with the American Chamber Orchestra, as Flora in "La Traviata" with the University of Arizona Opera Theater and as Dinah in "Trouble in Tahiti" with the Penn State Opera.

Moeller is a multiple winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing competitions. She is pursuing a doctorate in voice performance at the UA.

Wong Ching Lim collaborates in classical performances, instrumental repertoire, musical theater and ballet. She serves as the accompanist for the UA community chorus, UA trumpet studio and UA opera productions. Recent performances include an appearance in the Vancouver International Song Institute with Moeller. Lim has also performed in "The Marriage of Figaro" with the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona, "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" with Rose Theater Company and the Guest Artist Series at Northern Arizona University.

Lim will be completing her master's degree in collaborative piano in December. She has a bachelor's degree in piano accompanying and chamber music from Northern Arizona University.

July 25

A look at Vietnam, then and now

Almost 40 years after the war ended, for many Americans a mention of Vietnam still brings back images of body counts in the far-away jungles, and protests and pain at home.

But when visitors land in Hanoi or Saigon today, the sights, sounds and chaotic energy demonstrate that the younger generation of Vietnam, 80 percent of whom were born after 1975, has found ways to move on, in spite of current political restrictions and tough economic conditions.

Next Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Andy Mai will explore "Vietnam, Then and Now" in a presentation sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village.

Mai was born in Vietnam as one of seven children. In 1964, sensing that war was coming, his parents encouraged him to leave the country after high school and seek opportunities elsewhere. He applied and was accepted for a scholarship to study engineering in Germany. Following his university education, his love for travel led him to take employment in Finland, Canada and eventually the United States. Mai is now retired and recently settled at Academy Village.

Mai said his native country is still quite poor by Western standards, although the recent jumps in exports of oil, agricultural products and tourism have been a big boost to the country's economy. Having visited Vietnam many times in the last 15 years, he says he has witnessed remarkable economic progresses, as well as a slow but continuous relaxation of personal freedom.

Mai's talk will explore the history of Vietnam, its accomplishments in recent years and the challenges ahead.

About Academy Village

• 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 info@arizonasenioracademy.org or calling 647-0980.

• To learn more about the academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org online.

• Visitors can buy lunch at the Academy Cafe across the courtyard from the Arizona Senior Academy Building. The cafe is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Prices range from $4.50 to $9.50. For more information call the cafe at 647-0903.

Priscilla Moore Marcia Reinagel