The program will include classical selections for harp such as the Allegro from Handel’s “Harp Concerto,” Zabel’s “La Source” and Prokofiev’s “Prelude in C,” as well as arrangements of jazz standards such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Scott Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag.
Well-known to Tucson audiences, Christine Vivona performs solo and ensemble classical and jazz programs throughout the state and beyond. She is principal harp for the Tucson Chamber Artists and harp II with the Tucson Symphony.
Recent musical endeavors have included a three-week run as harpist for the Fall production of the musical The Fantasticks at the University of Arizona, and then as featured soloist with the University Symphonic Winds in November. That same month saw a joint performance with her husband, trombonist/pianist Rob Boone, at the Chandler Jazz Festival.
Vivona received her master’s degree from the Juilliard School and her doctoral degree in harp performance from the University of Arizona. She started the harp program at Arizona State University in Tempe in 1989 and taught there until 2000. She maintains a large teaching studio in Tucson and performs with her students several times a year.
Joining Vivona and Boone in performances around town are musical sons Jesse (on bass) and Cory (on drums). Their family jazz CD will be released soon.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer