Recital to feature

UA trumpet player

Trumpeter Amy Burmeister will be the featured artist in a lunchtime recital Tuesday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

A doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona studying with professor Edward Reid, Burmeister is active in many UA ensembles, including the Faculty Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds, Arizona Choir, Trumpet Ensemble and Graduate Brass Quintet.

Hailing from Minnesota, Burmeister received her undergraduate degree in instrumental music education from Bemidji State University and her master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. She recently traveled to Greece with the UA Trumpet Ensemble and Graduate Brass Quintet to participate in the "Exploring Trumpet in Greece" music festival.

Burmeister's repertoire includes works by Danish trumpeter and composer Thorvald Hansen, French composers Eugene Bozza and Pierre Gabaye, contemporary Czech composer Jiri Laburda and the young American composer, conductor and arranger Sean O'Loughlin. It also includes works by well-known composers Leonard Bernstein and Maurice Ravel.

Tuesday's concert, which begins at 11:30 a.m., will feature works drawn from this repertoire.

She will be joined by pianist Woan Ching Lim, also a UA graduate student, pursuing a master's degree in collaborative piano under professor Paula Fan.

What is music? Ask ethnomusicologist

What is music? This and many other questions are considered by ethnomusicologists, including Dan Kruse of Tucson.

A lecturer, filmmaker, writer, musician and the local host of NPR's "All Things Considered," Kruse recently acquired a master's degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Arizona School of Music.

On Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., he will bring many musical questions to the Arizona Senior Academy and attempt to explore answers with the audience. He promises his presentation will be less of a "lecture" and more of a dialogue, an inquiry into musical meaning.

Kruse encourages audience members to bring a notepad and pen or pencil, as he'll be asking them to provide their own answers to what he calls "the three big questions" of ethnomusicology. He'll also provide a variety of listening and viewing examples to stimulate curiosity, questions and discussion.

Broadcast revisits genomics lecture

The Arizona Senior Academy continues its replays of the University of Arizona's College of Science Genomics-Now lectures with a broadcast of the lecture "Genomics and the Complexity of Life" on March 14 at 3:30 p.m.

The speaker is Michael Nachman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the UA.

The abstract of his talk states "Our genomes provide the ultimate record of evolution, and evolution explains many fascinating aspects of our genomes. How do changes in the genome allow organisms to adapt to their environment? How do changes in the genome produce new species? … Genomics has deepened our understanding of evolution in ways Darwin never could have imagined."

Nachman uses his own research on color variations of rock pocket mice to simply and elegantly illustrate the science he is explaining.

Nachman is director of the UA's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program in Comparative Genomics, which provides doctoral candidates with interdisciplinary activities designed to focus attention on the evolutionary, functional and computational aspects of genomics.

About Academy Village

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

• Make reservations: Email or call 647-0980.

• Information: Go to online.

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