Popular perfomers Diana Schaible, flute, and Meily Mendez, piano, return on June 13 to demonstrate the intimate relationship between dance and music.
Two Pieces for Flute and Piano by Paquito D’Rivera (arranged by Marco Rizo) are titled after dances and evince a fiery Cuban flair. Deux Morceaux by Lili Boulanger (younger sister of Nadia) evokes the frolic of night at a royal court; originally written for violin, it was transcribed by Schaible for flute. Also on the program is the Sonata for Flute and Piano, op. 14 by Robert Muczynski, former University of Arizona faculty member.
Diana Schaible received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Idaho, studying flute with Leonard Garrison and classical guitar with James Reid. She won numerous prestigious regional prizes in guitar performance. She received her Master’s degree in Flute Performance at the University of Arizona, where she competed as a finalist in the UA Concerto Competition, performed in the Fred Fox Graduate Wind quintet, and played principal flute in the Arizona Symphony and UA Wind Ensemble.
Schaible has performed on both flute and guitar in Canada, Mexico, Ireland, and the United States. She currently teaches at various music academies in Tucson, works as an instrumental teaching artist for Tucson Unified School District, and maintains a private music studio.
Meily Mendez received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona, studying with Steinway artist John Milbauer. Mendez’s performance venues include the Leo Rich Theater Performance Hall, Stevie Eller Theater, and Brechemin Hall. She has performed as a solo and collaborative artist in both the U.S. and Mexico. Mendez teaches piano lessons and classes to all ages and levels, both privately and for The Symphony Women’s Association.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer