A program of Brazilian and Spanish classical and popular music will be featured in the weekly concert at Academy Village Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Two talented musicians, natives of Brazil now living in Tucson, are featured in the concert: Gabriel Navia, an award-winning classical guitarist, and Valquiria Pommé, vocalist.  Their programwill include selections by noted composersHeitor Villa-Lobos (Brazil) and Enrique Granados (Spain); also some Brazilian popular music.

 Sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy, the concert is free and open to the public. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the ASA Building, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.  Academy Village is an active adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East.

Navia completed his bachelor’s degree at Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo, and his master’s degree at the University of Arizona, both in guitar performance. He is pursuing his doctorate in music theory at UA where he has been a graduate teaching assistant for the Guitar Department and the Music Theory Department.

Since 2009 Navia has served as conductor and artistic director of the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra.  He has performed with orchestras and musicians in the U. S. and Brazil and has received awards in several guitar and chamber music competitions in both countries.  He was one of four finalists in the 2008 Sholin Memorial Guitar Competition in Tucson, receiving the third place honor.

Pommé started her musical studies in 1998 at Brazil’s Universidade Livre de Música and subsequently received her bachelor’s degree in voice performance from the Faculdade de Artes Alcântara Machado, both in Sao Palo.

Currently a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, she performed with several major choirs and vocal ensembles in Brazil before coming to Tucson.

Due to the popularity of Arizona Senior Academy events, non-members are encouraged to make advance reservations.

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If You Go
What:   Classical guitar/vocal concert by Gabriel Navia and Valquiria Pommé
When: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23)
Where: Arizona Senior Academy Building, 13715 E. Langtry Lane
Admission:  Free; donations accepted
Reservations:  Recommended; e-mail info@arizonasenioracademy.org
Information:  call 647-0980
Brazilian Songs, Classical Guitar: Oct. 2012
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