Linda Rosenthal, violin, and
Alexander Tentser, piano
Tuesday, February 25, 2020,
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
Based in Juneau, Alaska, violinist Linda Rosenthal returns to the Arizona Senior Academy as guest artist along with pianist Alexander Tentser to perform a varied program including music of Handel, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Smetana and Massenet.
Rosenthal has performed and taught throughout Alaska, from logging camps in the Panhandle to tiny villages above the Arctic Circle, and has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. She frequently tours the U.S. under auspices of the New York-based Piatigorsky Foundation, whose mission is to send its artists to populations that have little exposure to live classical music.
In 1995, Rosenthal was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to create Strings & Stories, a show for young audiences that she and L.A. actor Bill Blush continue to perform annually for thousands of children across the country. Rosenthal is Founder and Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar and Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Juneau Jazz & Classics Music Festival. She has commissioned more than a dozen works and has recorded 5 solo CDs. She plays a Guadagnini violin made in 1772.
Currently on the faculty at Pima Community College, Alexander Tentser has performed as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist in Russia and the U.S. He began studying piano with his father at the age of four in Kiev, Ukraine. A highly acclaimed performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age twelve led to studies at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow, the oldest music college in Russia, where he trained in the celebrated Russian piano tradition. Emigrating to the U.S., he received a full scholarship for doctoral studies at the University of Arizona. Tentser maintains a private piano studio in Tucson and is a sought-after lecturer and scholar, teaching music courses for adults for The Learning Curve.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer