Tuesday, December 4, 11:30-12:30, ASA Great Room
As the holiday season approaches, the Arizona Senior Academy’s auditorium will begin to fill with musical sounds of the holidays on Tuesday December 4th, when harpist Christine Vivona returns to the ASA stage for an 11:30 am solo harp program of holiday favorites.
A long-standing popular performer at the ASA, Vivona has appeared as soloist, as well as with flutist Christine Harper in their duo “The Two Christines,” and also in joint performance with her trombonist/pianist husband Rob Boone. Drawing on over 35 years of experience, Vivona enjoys crossing a variety of musical genres ranging from classical to jazz, blues and pop. She is known to treat audiences to a tour of the surprising mechanics of the harp, demonstrating its range and use of pedals to create chromatic shifts on a single string.
Vivona earned her master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music and her doctoral degree in harp performance at the University of Arizona. She is principal harp with True Concord Voices and Orchestra and harp II with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Also in demand as a recording artist, she has performed with celebrities such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir George Solti, Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, Al Jarreau and Linda Ronstadt to name a few.
Dr. Vivona has a large private Harp Studio, teaching students of all levels and ages. Her students regularly perform in the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra and win national and international awards and competitions. Her annual Harp Camp is a sought after event for students of all abilities where students learn various classical and popular pieces as well as theory and reading music and chord charts.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer