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


Minn. singer set for show at church

Tanque Verde Lutheran Church is hosting a concert featuring Minnesota singer-songwriter Rachel Kurtz at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Kurtz "shares personal testimonies of tragedy and triumph with a vulnerability that captivates her audience," according to her website.

Concert tickets can be purchased online at for $10, with group discounts available.

The church is at 8625 E. Tanque Verde Road. Call 749-1606 for more information.

Ex-UA president to discuss his book

With degrees from Stanford and MIT, Peter Likins was an engineering professor at UCLA, a dean and then provost at Columbia University, president of Lehigh University and president of the University of Arizona (1997-2006).

But his memoir focuses on family, and not on his successful academic career.

In "A New American Family: A Love Story," Likins chronicles his family's story, touching on issues including interracial adoption, mental illness, drug addiction, unwed pregnancy and homosexuality.

Likins will discuss his book from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Foothills, 5102 N. Craycroft Road. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 299-5631.

New sermon series tackles 'Holy Grail'

David Wilkinson, pastor of St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church, will begin a seven-week Lenten sermon series titled "The Quest for the Holy Grail" this Sunday.

"There is an ancient wisdom within esoteric Christianity that the grail was a symbol, or a metaphor, for the soul. In the quest for the grail we are therefore on a journey to reawaken to the kingdom of God within (or in our midst) to which we have fallen asleep," Wilkinson wrote in an email.

"Such a legend makes for captivating tales of kings, queens, wizards, knights and holy virgins, all of whom long for the restoration of the kingdom of heaven on Earth."

Wilkinson said he will approach these legends of the grail as the "effort of medieval poets and troubadours to restore, or resurrect, the full story of a gospel that had been and continues to be obscured by our own orthodox systems of belief that often deprive us of the profound significance of Jesus' central message: that the kingdom of God is in our midst."

The series will be presented during regular worship, at 8 and 9:30 a.m., Sundays at St. Francis, 4625 E. River Road.

For more information, go to online.

Concert series invites performers to apply

Applications are being accepted from professional soloists and chamber musicians interested in performing in St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church's Friends of Music's 2013-14 concert series, summer series and Lenten recital series.

For more information, requirements and an application form, go to online.

The deadline for submissions is March 8.

The St. Philip's Friends of Music series features prominent local and national artists performing a variety of genres at the church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

Mental illness, help focus of Sunday talk

"Understanding Mental Illness" will be the focus of a presentation Sunday by Clarke Romans, executive director of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Southern Arizona, for the Sunday Adult Forum at the Lutheran Church of the Foothills.

Romans will present an overview of mental illness, including what mental illness is and its prevalence, the barriers and discrimination faced by those with mental illness, and what community resources are available and how to access them.

The presentation, free and open to the public, will be from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. in the activities room at the church, 5102 N. Craycroft Road.

For more information, call the church at 299-5631 or go to online.

Lecture series set on New Testament

Beginning Sunday, the adult education program at St. Francis in the Foothills United Methodist Church will sponsor a six-week session, "Reading the Christian Scriptures Again - For the First Time," presented by Jerry Gill.

Gill, who holds a Ph.D. from Duke University, will review and discuss the structure and main themes of the New Testament.

The first session will focus on the overall content, format and authorship of the Scriptures. Topics in following weeks will include "The Life of Jesus and History," "The Teachings of Jesus," "The Early Christian Community," "The Travels and Letters of Paul" and "The Letter to the Romans."

The series will include handouts and opportunity for questions and discussion. Participants are encouraged to read Marcus Borg's book "Reading the Bible Again - For the First Time."

The classes will be in St. Francis' center from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. They're free and open to the public.

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

To contribute a brief go to online.