Kathryn Christensen's performance, titled "Homage," will include contemporary pieces, Hebrew folk songs and music inspired by the desert.


Pianist Kathryn Christensen will perform at 7 p.m. Friday in the Bloom Music Center at St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

Titled "Homage," her program includes 20th- and 21st-century piano pieces that honor various muses, including Hebrew folk song, the Sonoran Desert and religious figures from history, interspersed with "palate-cleansing" Scarlatti sonatas.

As a solo pianist, Christensen delights in sharing a variety of contemporary and familiar "classical" styles with audiences of all types.

While she adores music of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, she often finds an extra-special connection to music written in the past 100 years. Knowing that this music is often deemed "inaccessible" to an average listener or a traditional music lover, she performs challenging contemporary works in such a way that any audience member can connect and be enriched by it.

Christensen received her master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Arizona. She is active locally and nationally as a recitalist, clinician and educator.

Admission is a $15 suggested donation to St. Philip's Friends of Music.

Parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar covered parking structure on the east side of the church campus. The office phone is 299-6421.

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