The Arizona Senior Academy welcomes back the Street Minstrels, an eclectic group whose mixture of international, classical, jazz, Latin, swing, oldies and ethnic folk music from across the world has been delighting Tucson audiences for years.  They will present an evening performance at the Academy on Tuesday (March 17) at 7:30 pm.

The Street Minstrels are (from left) David Rife, Frank Ross and Michael Fan
The Street Minstrels are (from left) David Rife, Frank Ross and Michael Fan

The Street Minstrels currently feature Franklin Ross on guitar and vocals along with violinists David Rife and Michael Fan.  Ross founded the group in 1986.  His interest in music began as a child in Spain where he joined a group of students to play traditional folk music.  Over the years his musical influences broadened to include styles ranging from Latin and jazz to classical.

Rife is a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and first violinist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra String Quartet. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the New England Conservatory.

Fan is concertmaster with the Tucson Pops, and is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a founding member of the TSO Piano Trio.  He performs and composes in a variety of styles and has a special affinity for jazz.

Tuesday evening’s musical itinerary may hop from the U.S. to Mexico, Peru, Brazil, Italy, France, Ireland, Eastern Europe and beyond!

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Street Minstrels Play Music From Around the World: March 2015
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