St. Philip's offers array of musical performances

2014-03-13T00:00:00Z St. Philip's offers array of musical performancesSubmitted By Sue Agnew St. Philip’s Communications Director Arizona Daily Star

St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church’s Friends of Music is presenting a concert featuring a former Tucsonan and a Lenten recital series.

Unless noted, the performances take will take place in the Bloom Music Center at the church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave.

Classical guitarist Hemmo performs Friday

Classical guitarist Philip Hemmo will perform at 7 p.m. Friday. Formerly a Tucson resident, Hemmo will stop here for his fourth annual concert in support of the St. Philip’s After-School Music and Homework Program.

His performance will consist of works spanning the Romantic and modern eras, including an Arizona premiere of William Campbell’s “Meditation and Toccata.”

Hemmo is known throughout the United States as a teacher and performer of the classical guitar.

As a faculty member who has worked at the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and now at the University of Illinois, Springfield, he has continually fostered the next generation of classical guitarists.

He holds degrees from the UA and Illinois State University, and has studied at the Rubin Academy in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Hemmo has been featured in concerts throughout the U.S. and Mexico as a soloist, as well as with symphonies and chamber ensembles. He’s also the author of the guitar method text “Beginning Classroom Guitar.”

Admission is a suggested $15 donation to St. Philip’s Friends of Music. Proceeds will go to St. Philip’s After-School Music and Homework Program.

The program, in its sixth year, offers vocal and instrumental training, supervised homework sessions, and a daily snack to students in grades 3–5 from neighboring schools.

Students from Rio Vista and Holaway elementary schools attend this program for free, and scholarships for other students are offered based on need.

For more information about the after-school program, call Woosug Kang at 299-6421.

Lenten recital series running through April 10

An array of local instrumentalists and vocalists will perform for a half-hour during recitals that continue during Lent at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays through April 10.

Today, one of Tucson’s youngest award-winning talents, 14-year-old Cameron Williams, will be featured.

Cameron was on NPR’s “From the Top” in 2013 (www.fromthetop.org/content/show-268-tucson-arizona) and is a participant in the Tucson Symphony’s Young Composers Project.

On March 20, the piano duo of Mary Lonsdale Baker and Bernadette Harvey will present “Three Bs for Four Hands,” featuring music by Bizet, Barber and Brahms.

Baker, a local “pianist about town,” will be joined by internationally known pianist Harvey, who is in Tucson as a lecturer at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival.

Mark Akin will present classical guitar music on March 27. Akin has a master’s degree in guitar performance from the UA, and performs widely in Nashville, Tucson and points between.

On April 3, Kang, the St. Philip’s director of music and an acclaimed organist who performs across the U.S., the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, will share “Organ Music Through the Lenten Journey.” The recital will take place in the church.

The series concludes April 10 with Arizona Opera Company soprano Amy Williams and pianist Bonnie Bird presenting “Royal Treatment.”

Admission is a suggested $10 donation to St. Philip’s Friends of Music. For more information, call 299-6421.

For more information about St. Philip’s, go to www.stphilipstucson.org online.

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