The sounds of saxophone and piano will fill the room at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Oct. 11) at 11:30 a.m., as saxophonist Derek Granger and pianist Mary Turcotte present a joint recital.
The eclectic program will include Jerome Savari’s Fantasie sur des motifs du Freischütz, solo piano pieces by Robert Schumann and Nikolai Medtner, a transcription for saxophone of Giacomo Puccini’s art song A Te, a sonata by the French Romantic composer Fernande Decruck, and another sonata by Robert Muczynski, the late composer-in-residence at the University of Arizona.
Granger is an active saxophonist, woodwind artist, and music educator in Tucson. A native of Las Vegas, he graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011 with degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. He is the director of choirs at Flowing Wells High School, and performs with the Presidio Saxophone Quartet and Artifact Dance Project. Under his direction, the Flowing Wells High School Choirs look forward to performing with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra this coming Thanksgiving.
Turcotte is an accomplished pianist, composer, and collaborator. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from Michigan State University, studying under Panayis Lyras. Since moving to Tucson in November 2015, Mary has worked with Artifact Dance Project and has accompanied for ballet classes at the University of Arizona. She is looking forward to continuing opportunities for performance and study in Tucson.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer