Matt & Rebekah Rolland (Photo credit: Amy Martell)

RISO:  Matt & Rebekah Rolland” – posted 8/4/20

The Arizona Senior Academy once again partners with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) to present this video concert. Matt and Rebekah Rolland perform together as the acoustic folk duo RISO. Their music features exciting fiddling, original songs that often draw from history and literature, and fresh takes on traditional and familiar folks songs. For more about RISO, see their website:  

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Spencer Meyer

“Spencer Myer – Piano Recital for ASA” – posted 7/24/20

Steinway Artist Spencer Myer makes a virtual visit to the Arizona Senior Academy from his living room in New York City, presenting a special at-home recital. His program of beloved works includes Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, three Debussy selections, Gershwin’s Three Preludes, an Etude on Embraceable You, and three Chopin selections. For more about Spencer Myer, see his website: For this video, please raise the volume for spoken intro and commentary, then lower volume for the music – this will enhance your listening pleasure.


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“Heather Hardy & The Lil’ Mama Band” – posted 7/16/20

Photo credit:  Rex Scofield

Violinist Heather Hardy was given the nickname “Lil’ Mama” by legendary bluesman Sam Taylor when she joined his band in Tucson in the 1990s. Heather had switched from classical violin and piano to blues and rock while busking in the NYC subways before relocating to Tucson. She has remained a mainstay in Tucson’s music scene, playing in a variety of bands including her own Lil’ Mama Band. Band members include Heather Hardy violin/vocals, Alvin Blaine guitar/vocals, Larry Lee Lerma bass/vocals, and filling in on drums for this ASA video-concert, Heather’s son Jacob Hardy.

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“Alexander Tentser Plays Mozart & Schubert” – posted 7/14/20

Alexander Tentser

This video concert is presented by the Arizona Senior Academy in partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA).  Alexander Tentser returns with a solo piano recital and sends the following message:

Dear Arizona Senior Academy audience – My new program includes early sonatas by Mozart and Schubert. Mozart’s Sonata in Bb Major features virtuosic displays, a lyrical aria-like slow movement, and a concerto grosso-like finale full of humor and inventiveness comparable to Mozart’s writing for opera. Schubert’s Sonata in Eb Major shows his absorption of the Viennese classical tradition of Haydn and Mozart, but also shows the influence of Beethoven’s explorations beyond the traditional classical approach. As a composer of many songs, Schubert creates song-like melodies that vary from lyrically simple to profound and introspective, to virtuosic and dramatic. I hope these two pieces bring you joy and a smile.  –Alex 

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“Tucson Guitar Quartet” — posted 6/24/20

Tucson Guitar Quartet

The Tucson Guitar Quartet – University of Arizona faculty artist Jose Luis Puerta and fellow classical guitarist colleagues Michael Nigro, George Ramirez and Alfredo Vasquez – have created a “mash-up” video of sequestered and pre-Covid-19 solos, duets and quartets, featuring selections from their new CD “Latin American Soundscapes.”

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“Alexander Tentser & Anna Gendler Concert” – posted 6/16/20  

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth year, pianist Alexander Tentser and violinist Anna Gendler perform the composer’s monumental “Kreutzer Sonata” – his longest and most demanding work for violin and piano. Also on the program are two Impromptus for piano by Schubert. Alex and Anna send the following message:

Dear Arizona Senior Academy audience – We miss you, you became an important part of our professional life here in Tucson. It has been a very unusual time for everyone, but we wanted to use the time to learn new programs and make new connections through the technology available now. Fortunately, the internet provides lots of opportunities for musicians and we are really grateful to Arizona Senior Academy for sponsoring our concert. Please be well and we hope to see you soon.  — Alex and Anna

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 “Tucsonics Western Swing Band”– posted 6/5/20

The Tucsonics

The Tucsonics are a group of seasoned Tucson musicians whose monthly gig at Monterey Court, interrupted by Covid-19, usually brings them together to play traditional Texas swing, West Coast swing and jazz. All six members – Nick Coventry (fiddle), Lex Browning (fiddle, guitar), Matt Mitchell (guitar), Alvin Blaine (pedal steel, accordian), Evan Dain (upright bass) and Fred Hayes (drums) – converged on Lex’s scenic back patio to create this special ASA concert.

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“Canyon Currents”– posted 5/29/2020

Canyon Currents

Award-winning seasoned singer-songwriters/instrumentalists, with Lex Browning (guitar, violin), Peter McLaughlin (guitar), and Brian Davies (upright bass), performing original and cover Americana, folk and bluegrass-based songs and instrumentals. The trio’s name comes from themes of Southwest history, rivers and canyons, and stories of Americana, and their performance reaches out to your heart in these times of Covid-19 sequestering.

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“Diane & Lisa:  Early Jazz & Blues” – posted 5/19/2020

Lisa Otey (left) and Diane Van Deurzen

Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey explore early Jazz & Blues from the 1920s-1940s, including songs by and stories about George & Ira Gershwin, Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, Harold Arlen, and Julia Lee. 






“Nancy & Danny Live At-Home!” – posted 5/5/2020

Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger

Singer-songwriters/guitarists Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger perform songs by Nancy and Danny, Americana and Irish tunes.