Tuesday (April 23) at the Arizona Senior Academy, the spotlight is on music for cello and on the talents of the next generation when a young, upcoming Tucson cellist, 17-year-old Ben Nead, plays a concert of music by Bach, Popper,
Curiosity, the first robotic rover sent to another planet capable of scooping up and analyzing rock and dust samples, has been hard at work on the surface of Mars since last August. On Wednesday (April 24), a scientist involved in
Paul Eli Ivey, art historian at the University of Arizona, continues his lecture series on Contemporary American Art at the Arizona Senior Academy next Thursday (April 25). The topic of his second lecture is “Pop, Minimalism and Earth Art,” covering
Soprano Vanessa Salaz will grace the stage at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (April 16), performing favorite arias of Puccini and Mozart and songs of Liszt, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Obradors. Her performance begins at 11:30 a.m., and she will
Paul Eli Ivey and other lecturers who conduct the innovative UA Humanities Seminars are picked for their exceptional teaching abilities. So it’s no surprise that Ivey, who has taught art history at the University of Arizona since 1989, has been
Identical twins have the same DNA, but are often quite different. Blood cells and skin cells contain identical DNA, yet they perform different functions in the body. The science attempting to understand how such differences occur is called epigenetics,
Color is one of the richest and most complex elements in design. It has the power to draw a strong emotional response, yet we are often unaware of how our body and brain connect and react to color. In her
The Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly mid-day concert Tuesday (4/9) will feature a talented pair of graduate students from the University of Arizona performing on clarinet and piano. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA
Why are Tucson and Phoenix – two cities that apparently share so much of the same Southwestern desert environment – so different from each other? Any resident of either community would agree that they are very different and will
Are we the only intelligent life forms in the universe? People have long pondered this question with feelings ranging from avid curiosity to abject terror at thoughts of what other advanced civilizations might lie beyond in the cosmos. Can our
The Kingfisher String Quartet, an innovative chamber ensemble established in 2008, will perform a lunchtime concert on Tuesday (April 2), beginning at 11:30 a.m., in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy. Members of the quartet are Benjamin Nisbet,
What was the climate like during the early days of hominid emergence in Africa? Ask a geologist. Gail Ashley, professor of Earth and Planetary Science at Rutgers University, and her students have been studying this question for many years, and
The University of Arizona Collegium Musicum will present an evening concert of choral music at 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 25) at the Arizona Senior Academy. Directed by Brent Rogers, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, the Collegium performs music of
A program of lively percussion music from Africa and Brazil performed by the University of Arizona’s World Music Gang will highlight the Arizona Senior Academy’s weekly concert Tuesday (3/26). Led by Clifford Berrien, an adjunct instructor in the UA College
A panel discussion summarizing the UA’s “Genomics Now” lecture series brought all five series speakers together to discuss the future of the emerging science. A podcast of their March 6 program will be shown at the Arizona Senior Academy on
Terri Haag likes to describe her work as making “monsters,” highly life-like models of living or extinct animals and plants. She’ll show and tell about her process in a presentation set for 3:30 p.m. next Thursday (Mar. 21) in the
How can the Earth provide food for its nine billion people by 2050? That is the question being tackled by Prof. Rod A. Wing who holds the Bud Antle Endowed Chair at the University of Arizona School of Plant Sciences
“A major force in the saxophone world” (American Record Guide), internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ magazine, Japan). He returns to Tucson and Academy
What is music? This and many other questions are considered by ethnomusicologists, of which Dan Kruse of Tucson is one. A lecturer, film-maker, writer, musician and the local host of NPR’s “All Things Considered”, Kruse recently acquired a Master’s in
Music for string quartet is not always the most familiar, but that’s hardly the case when Tucson’s Palladio String Quartet appears in an evening concert Tuesday (March 5) at the Academy Village. Headlining the program, which begins at 7:30 p.m.,
In the next replay of the University of Arizona’s “Genomics-Now” lectures, a UA professor will discuss how genomics “has deepened our understanding of evolution in ways Darwin never could have imagined.”
Trumpeter Amy Burmeister will be the featured artist in a lunchtime recital on Tuesday (March 12) at the Arizona Senior Academy. A doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, she is active in many UA ensembles, including the Faculty Brass Quintet, Wind Ensemble, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds, Arizona Choir, Trumpet Ensemble, and Graduate Brass Quintet.
How useful is the widely used PSA test in diagnosing potentially fatal prostate cancer? The scientist who discovered the prostate specific antigen in 1970 believes the test is minimally effective and overprescribed. Richard J. Ablin, Ph.D., research professor of immunobiology
Did you miss the Wednesday-evening lecture series on current studies of genetics presented by the University of Arizona College of Science? If so, you can still see and hear them at the Arizona Senior Academy, which is offering repeat performances
Classically trained flutist Andrea Matthews fell in love with the Native American flute while touring the Southwest. Her ASA concert will be followed by a workshop for those wishing to know more about the instrument.
Once called “Hollywood in the Desert,” Tucson has been the location for hundreds of film and television projects since the late 1930s. But the last big-studio production involving Tucson finished work in 2010, and the city’s future as a popular
Arizona’s borderlands south of I-10 stretch from the Baboquivari Mountains to New Mexico. Seemingly limitless, largely absent of people, they seem “forever.” But, they’re not. They’re challenged by small communities spreading outward, ranchers converting their spreads to subdivisions, decreasing water
Three UA faculty members combine forces on Tuesday (Feb. 19) for a unique performance at Academy Village featuring clarinet, horn and piano. Jerry Kirkbride on clarinet, Daniel Katzen on horn and Rex Woods on piano, are well-known and popular performers
Cognitive scientist Roger Shepard will speak on “Mystifying Mental Phenomena: Improbable Coincidences? Prophetic Dreams? More Than One Mind Within the Same Head?” at the Arizona Senior Academy next Thursday, Feb. 14. The topic of this lecture represents a departure for
Must citizens wait for government aid if they wish to preserve the historic and environmental richness of their surroundings? Ron Pulliam, one of America’s finest ecosystem scientists, doesn’t think so. Instead of counting on government aid, he established Borderlands Restoration,
Ashley Knecht will play works by Robert Schumann, Miklós Rózsa, Pierre Gabaye and Aaron Copland during her performance at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday. The clarinet, that prominent member of the woodwind section of orchestras and bands throughout the world, will be the featured instrument when the young musician appears for a lunchtime concert.
Opera singer James J. Kee will make his Tucson debut Friday with an afternoon recital at the Academy Village. Kee has been acclaimed for his “beautiful voice” (Washington Post), his remarkable presence and his ability to convey a great range of emotions.
Evocative art songs and boleros by some of Mexico’s most famous composers will be sung by tenor Humberto Borboa in a lunchtime recital Tuesday (Feb. 5) at Academy Village. Already an accomplished performer, Borboa is a graduate student in vocal
Rancher Sidney Spencer has been running her “no additives” cattle ranch for 17 years. Her talk at the Academy kicks off a three-part series describing the challenges facing the ranchers and townsfolk of Arizona’s borderlands.
Violist Hong-Mei Xiao and pianist Tannis Gibson make a welcome return to the stage at Academy Village for a lunchtime concert at 11:30 a.m. Friday. (Feb. 1) Their program will include Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in A minor for
Statistics show that the opportunity gap for Americans from different family backgrounds has been growing in recent decades. UA Professor Lane Kenworthy will discuss causes and possible cures for this national problem.
Academy Village resident Anne Kilmer will speak on “Ancient Music” at a special Arizona Senior Academy presentation next Wednesday. (Jan. 30) Scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Great Room, the program will also include harpist Lorna Govier playing a
The great 19th Century French horn player Anton Horner once said, “God made some people Horn players; others are not so fortunate.” Members and guests of the Arizona Senior Academy (ASA) will hear some of the fortunate next generation horn
When flutist Merrie Siegel steps onto the Academy Village stage next Tuesday and begins to play the rollicking Venezuelan “Hibiee-Jibiees” by Marco Granados, the audience is in for an exciting hour of music many may never have heard before. A
Many adults who are in mid-life or older are aware of the strong relationship between age and reported hearing loss. According to national statistics, 18 per cent of American adults 45-64 years, 30 per cent of adults 75-74 years old
As memories of World War II fade with the passing of time, it becomes easier to believe that Adolph Hitler’s efforts to exterminate Jews started with the gas chambers of Auschwitz and the other death camps. In fact, hundreds of
Hungarian-born Frederic Balazs, a Tucson treasure, wears many musical hats. He has devoted much of his musical life to mentoring young people and introducing the gifted musicians he meets all over the world to new audiences. He’ll do that again at the Arizona Senior Academy.
ASA member Gary Fenstermacher, an internationally recognized scholar in the philosophy of education, is presenting a four-part course on Western Philosophy on successive Thursdays through Jan. 31.
Fans of classical guitar virtuoso Gabriel Ayala and pan-global percussionist extraordinaire Will Clipman will be treated to a free concert Tuesday at Academy Village.
A frequent performer as percussionist with a variety of musical ensembles, Will Clipman marks his first solo appearance at the Arizona Senior Academy with “Myths & Masks,” a live performance of mythopoetic storytelling, world music and multicultural mask art.
Fred Neidhardt will update a previous lecture on abuses in Arizona prisons Thursday with new information focusing on the effects of privatization.
Empire High School’s Imperial PANdemic Steel Drum Band will be performing its seventh concert at the Academy Village’s Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday. (Dec. 11)
The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will present “A Retro Christmas,” a nostalgic musical trip through songs of the ‘40s and ‘50s,, in a concert scheduled for Tuesday evening (Dec. 18) at the Academy Village. Considered the premier women’s chorus of
We all know the universe is big. But how do we know? That will be the topic of the lecture to be given by Desika Narayanan, astronomer at the Steward Observatory.
Is it possible to get too much Vitamin D from the sun? Do some people get too little Vitamin D or in the wrong form? What are good food sources of Vitamin D? Are some people more at risk for