May 27

Tuesday concert features soprano Jenina Gallaway

The Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly mid-day concert on Tuesday will feature an award-winning soprano singing classical selections by 19th and 20th century composers. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building.

Jenina Gallaway, a UA doctoral candidate, has sung a wide range of genres internationally and throughout the United States. She will be accompanied by collaborative pianist Woan Ching Lim, a native of Malaysia, who is the staff pianist for the UA School of Dance and the UA Trumpet Studio.

Gallaway will open the concert singing two melodies (art songs) by Henri Duparc, a French composer in the late Romantic period, followed by Austrian composer Alban Berg’s “Sieben frühe Lieder” (Seven Early Songs), written for voice and piano in the early 20th century.

The concert will then feature selections by mid-20th century African-American composers Leo Edwards (“Sympathy; Lullaby from Harriet Tubman”) and Margaret Bonds (“Minstrel Man” and “Dream Variation from Three Dream Portraits”). The concluding number will be Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” from “Tosca.”

Among her many awards, Gallaway was an Arizona district winner and Western Region finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. She was also a first-place winner in several Tucson-area competitions.

In addition to the title role in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” her solo repertoire includes operas by composers including Johann Strauss II, Mozart, Gershwin and Purcell.

Gallaway holds a master’s degree in vocal performance from California State University- Northridge and a bachelor’s in vocal performance from Azusa Pacific University. She is working toward a DMA in vocal performance at the UA.

Lim holds a master’s of music degree in collaborative piano from the UA.

She has played for the Tucson Desert Song Festival, Ballet Arizona, Vancouver International Song Institute, the Arizona Opera Company and the Tucson Girls Chorus.

H. Deon Holt

May 29

Tune stuck in your head? Learn why it won’t go away

“Master of the house, quick to catch your eye / Never wants a passer-by to pass him by.” George Costanza can’t get that tune out of his head in an old “Seinfeld” episode. This is called an “earworm,” from the German, “ohrwurm,” or in academic parlance, an “involuntary musical image” (INMI).

Returning to the Arizona Senior Academy on May 29 for the fifth time in two years is Dan Kruse to tell us all about earworms. You may remember his previous appearances on the history of rock and roll; the story of “Zoom,” a Tucson recording studio; all about snare drums; and questions in ethnomusicology.

Since arriving in Tucson in 1997, Kruse has pursued a career in music and media, performing, touring and recording with a variety of ensembles and more recently completing an interdisciplinary master’s of ethnomusicology degree at the UA, focusing on the production of documentary media on musical culture and history.

In his May 29 11:30 a.m. presentation, Kruse will explore the phenomenon of musical memory, why many people have the ability to record tunes in their brain’s long-term memory and what stimuli evoke the sensation of “hearing” these tunes in their heads, sometimes in the form of an almost endless loop.

The audience may be asked to participate by relating their experiences of earworms.

Kruse recently won a grant from the UA Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry to scientifically study INMIs in collaboration with Donald Traut, professor of music theory, and Andrew Lotto, professor of cognitive science in the UA’s speech/language and hearing department.

Fritz Reinagel

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