Think of two instruments whose sounds evoke heavenly effervescence – did flute and harp come to mind? These instruments have been used to provide orchestral color in so many styles of music, playing delicate melodies as well as flourishes of sound.
The Two Christines will be presenting a concert for flute and harp at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Aug. 29) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Flutist Christine Harper and harpist Christine Vivona have been performing together since 2011, and have appeared at the Arizona Senior Academy together as well as separately over the years. Expect to find that the effervescence of their personalities matches that of their instrumental colors.
Tuesday’s program will feature music by Claude Debussy, Jacques Ibert, Michio Miyagi, and contemporary composer Richard White, who currently resides in Tucson. His Songs Without Words is based on poems by Emily Dickinson.
Christine Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in piano and flute from Indiana University-Bloomington, and her master’s degree in flute performance from the University of Arizona. She performs with the Southern Arizona Symphony, Third Prime Wind Quintet and Skyline Flutes as well as maintaining a private studio.
Award-winning harpist Christine Vivona received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School and a doctorate in harp performance from the University of Arizona. She is principal harp for True Concord and plays harp II with the Tucson Symphony. Vivona maintains a private studio and taught at the University of Arizona this spring, while Carrol McLaughlin was on leave.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer