Humberto Borboa
Elena Miraztchiyska

“Humberto Borboa – Songs of Latin America” – posted 11/13/20

Tenor Humberto Borboa and pianist Elena Miraztchiyska present a travelogue in song by composers from Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Mexico in this new ASA-sponsored video-concert. Mexicali, Baja California native Humberto Borboa has returned to Tucson after stints as Apprentice Artist for Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera and San Diego Opera, as well as performing as soloist across the U.S., Mexico and internationally. Award-winning Bulgarian-born pianist Elena Miraztchiyska, well-known as an active collaborative pianist in Tucson, joins Humberto to present this Latin American program.  Click here for an annotated program, in lieu of translations.

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Steel del Sol – Caribbean Jazz” – posted 11/6/20

The Arizona Senior Academy presents a virtual concert by Steel del Sol, the trio of Dave and Tina Walton on steel pans and Jeff Rodenkirch on upright bass. Enjoy the rhythms of Samba, Calypso and Reggae tunes from Jamaica, Cuba and Trinidad, with some Bossa Nova and Tango for added spice. Band leader Dave Walton’s steel pan arrangements also include standards and pop tunes such as All of Me, Autumn Leaves, (Sting’s) Fragile, and Tenderly. The historic Fox Theatre in downtown Tucson, otherwise closed to the public during coronavirus lockdown, made their stage available for this Steel del Sol video recording.

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Sly Slipetsky at ASA

“Sly Slipetsky – Piano Jazz” – posted 10/29/20

Jazz pianist Daniel “Sly” Slipetsky delights the Arizona Senior Academy audience with a concert featuring selections from jazz greats, such as Fats Waller’s “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” and Billy Strayhorn/Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” along with some surprises, like Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” arranged by George Winston, and Fred Rogers’ “What Do You Do with the Mad That You Feel?” This video-concert was recorded from the ASA stage (in our otherwise locked-down auditorium), with production courtesy of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA).

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Kay He

“TURN UP Festival – Multimedia Concert” – posted 10/23/20

Pianist/composer/video artist Kay He introduces the ASA audience to a virtual multimedia concert, presenting selections from this year’s online TURN UP Festival. Director of the Festival, Dr. He is a University of Arizona faculty artist who teaches composition and electro-acoustic music, specializing in combining cutting-edge technology with music and art. Set aside your usual expectations for a traditional musical experience, and instead allow yourself to be open to a multimedia world where traditional sounds and images contrast with the novel and abstract. The Prelude, “HEAT it UP!” – performed by Kay He and fellow faculty artist, clarinetist Jackie Glazier – was recorded before a live audience prior to Covid-19, opening the program with enthusiastic audience response.

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The 2020 University of Arizona Vocal Arts Showcase — posted 10/17/20

The 2020 University of Arizona Vocal Arts Showcase, sponsored in part by the Arizona Senior Academy, features the winners of the Dr. Larry Day and Marguerite Ough Memorial Voice Competitions, as well as finalist performances from the UA Wildcat Competition for High School Singers.  Fred Fox School of Music Voice and Opera faculty host the Showcase video, which breaks from the traditional concert format and instead presents a montage of excerpts from competition entries and master classes. The video provides a window into how the training and competition judging of voice students is being carried out in these unprecedented times of distance learning and performance.

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Lisa Otey (left) and Diane Van Deurzen

“Diane & Lisa – Broadway Tony Winners & More” – posted 9/19/20
Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey bring the ASA audience a different side of their vast and varied repertoire. This time it’s a special collection of contemporary Broadway and Off-Broadway tunes from shows including Hamilton, Fun Home, Kinky Boots, Wicked, Disenchanted, Waitress, and The Color Purple. Combining iconic photos from the shows with stories behind the songs, Diane & Lisa will make you laugh, sigh, cheer, cry, and reflect on the times we are living in.
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“Raphael Lizama & Woan Ching Lim – Viola and Piano” – posted 8/31/20

Violist Raphael Lizama and pianist Woan Ching Lim return to the Arizona Senior Academy to perform an inspired and varied program, including a viola transcription of a lyrical art-song by Gabriel Faure, a Divertimento in bel canto style by Alessandro Rolla, the brilliant Viola Sonata by British-American composer Rebecca Clarke, and a devilish Tango by Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. This video-concert was recorded from the ASA stage (in our otherwise locked-down auditorium), courtesy of the ASA’s partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA), with additional support from AARP Arizona.

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“Diane & Lisa — Singers and Songwriters” — Posted 8/10/20

Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey return to the Arizona Senior Academy video-concert series, this time performing from their sequestered location in Michigan, to bring us a tribute to beloved singer/songwriters whose music significantly touched our lives in the 1960s and 70s. The concert features songs of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, John Prine, and Jim Croce, along with a couple of original tunes by Diane & Lisa.

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Christine Vivona

“Christine Vivona – Harp Recital for ASA” – posted 8/11/20

A favorite performer at the Arizona Senior Academy for many years, harpist Christine Vivona performs a virtual concert of her favorite selections, mixing styles from classical and jazz to Broadway and pop tunes. The program includes music of Prokofiev, Gershwin, Pachelbel and Debussy, along with Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Scott Joplin. Dr. Vivona trained at Juilliard and the University of Arizona, plays with True Concord Voices & Orchestra, and maintains a private studio in Tucson.

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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 and the Lil’ Mama Band (Photo credit: Rex Scofield)

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

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

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

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.

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Tucson Guitar Quartet

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

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

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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The Tucsonics

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

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

“Canyon Currents”– posted 5/29/2020

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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Lisa Otey (left) and Diane Van Deurzen

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

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.

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Nancy McCallion & Danny Krieger

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

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

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