Pianist Mary Turcotte and saxophonist Derek Granger
Pianist Mary Turcotte and saxophonist Derek Granger

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

More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at info@arizonasenioracademy.org or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to www.asa-tucson.org.

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Saxophonist, Pianist Plan Eclectic Program: October 2016
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