The Street Minstrels include (from left) Jay Vosk, Frank Ross & Michael Fan'
The Street Minstrels include (from left) Jay Vosk, Frank Ross & Michael Fan’

The Street Minstrels will bring their “Special Fun Summer Concert” to the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village on Tuesday (July 9), beginning at 11:30 a.m.  The Street Minstrels are a talented musical trio whose members entertain with guitar, flute, clarinet, violin and percussion.

They play a wide variety of music ranging from American standards, oldies, swing, jazz and country, as well as music from France, Italy, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, Peru and others countries. This is truly an eclectic group.

The performers, Michael Fan, Frank Ross and Jay Vosk, are well known and loved by Academy Village audiences, in this group as well as with different ensembles.  The Street Minstrels are known about town for playing at weddings, special events and at retirement communities.  Recently they performed this same concert at The Vineyard City Church in Tucson.

Fan, a composer, author and violinist, has composed numerous works for children of all ages, and especially for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Just for Kids series.  He has also composed works for Linda and Bobby Ronstadt and for the Arizona Theatre Company.  Three of his works were performed as ballets by Dance Southwest.  Fan is also active in several performing groups, including The Klezmopolitans, and as a studio musician.

Besides playing saxophone, clarinet and flute with The Street Minstrels, Vosk plays clarinet and saxophone with the River Ramblers, a Dixieland group, and clarinet with The Klezmopolitans.  He is also a music teacher-artist with TUSD’s OMA program. In addition, Vosk is an active composer who has written over 100 works that have been performed in Europe, Asia and throughout the U.S.

Ross is the group’s founder and is constantly looking for great music to share with his audiences.  Lately, he says, he has been adding to his tango list.  His interest in music began as a child in Spain where he joined a group of students to play traditional folk music.

“We enjoy playing at Academy Village,” Ross said, “because the people who live there always seem very knowledgeable about the music we perform, be it classical, American standards or music from other parts of the world.”

Submitted by Marcia Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

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Trio Promises ‘Special Fun’ in Senior Academy Concert: June 2013
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