Mezzo soprano Mackenzie Romriell and tenor Humberto Borboa
Mezzo soprano Mackenzie Romriell and tenor Humberto Borboa

The Arizona Senior Academy will feature three young musicians from UA who return to its stage at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 15). The performance is free and open to the public.

Mezzo soprano Mackenzie Romriell and tenor Humberto Borboa will be appearing with pianist Elena Miraztchiyska.

Their ASA concert will feature the song literature of Faure, Debussy and Dvorak and will give east side residents a preview of the second annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, to be held Jan. 30–Feb. 16, 2014.

Romriell is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at UA and will be performing with the Arizona Opera this season.  She also will be soprano soloist for the Tucson Messiah Sing-in and Bach’s “Magnificat” with the Arizona Repertory Singers in December.

Borboa is pursuing his masters’ degree in vocal performance at UA.  He has the lead role in Strauss’s “Die Fledermaus” at the UA Opera Theater in November.

Pianist Elena Miraztchyska
Pianist Elena Miraztchyska

Miraztchiyska is finishing her DMA in piano performance at UA.  She has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals in
her home country of Bulgaria, and in Poland, Japan and the United States.

The Tucson Desert Song Festival will bring together Tucson’s leading arts groups and internationally celebrated guest artists to showcase the tenderness, wit and boldness of life expressed in French mélodie by such composers as Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz and Poulenc.

The mission of the Tucson Desert Song Festival is to elevate Tucson to a world-class destination for vocal music lovers by presenting three weeks of performances and events celebrating classical voice at its highest level. In collaboration with Tucson’s professional performing arts organizations, its annual offerings bring together local artistry of the highest quality with the world’s most promising vocal talent. Both synergetic and unique, the festival has merited recognition on a national level.

Submitted by Marcia Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

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Musicians to Preview Tucson Desert Song Festival: Oct. 2013