Foothills briefs

Composer-pianist Richard Faith at the piano with Arizona Symphonic Winds conductor László Veres.


Paul the Apostle topic of discussion

Some New Testament scholars maintain that Paul the Apostle, not Jesus, was the initiator or inventor of Christianity.

Paul's life and work will be the focus of the Adult Education program Sunday at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church. The discussion will begin at 11 a.m. in the Church Center and will be led by Jerry Gill.

The scholars in question maintain that while Paul traveled throughout the Western world spreading his understanding of the Christian message and founding churches, Jesus never sought to start a separate religious movement and simply taught a message of God's love within the parameters of the Jewish faith.

The talks are free and open to the public.

St. Francis in the Foothills is at 4625 E. River Road, at North Swan Road. For more information, call the church office at 299-9063.

Faith featured soloist at winds concert

The Arizona Symphonic Winds will present its spring concert, featuring music of Verdi, Faith, Sousa, Strauss and more, at 2 p.m. March 24 at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive.

The Arizona Symphonic Winds, under the direction of László Veres, is a community concert band comprised of 65 volunteers. It has been performing in the Tucson area for more than 28 years.

The concert's main feature is the world premiere of the concert band version of Richard Faith's "Festivals." Faith, a nationally known composer and University of Arizona professor emeritus, will also be the featured piano soloist performing the slow movement of his Second Piano Concerto. At 86, the composer is still an accomplished pianist and active composer.

The concert also includes Verdi's "Nabucco" overture and the "Manzoni Requiem" celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth.

This is a typical Symphonic Winds concert, fashioned after those led by the great American band leader and composer John Philip Sousa, and showcasing a variety of music from classics to marches and novelty pieces.

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

For more information, call 721-2068.

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