The Arizona Senior Academy is pleased to present a solo recital by award-winning harpist Christine Vivona on Tuesday (May 15) beginning at 11:30 a.m.
The program will feature music from Spain and France, including Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez (second movement), Manuel de Falla’s Spanish Dance no. 1 from the opera La Vida Breve, Claude Debussy’s Arabesque no. 1 and La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin, plus the popular tunes, “La Vie en Rose” and “The Girl from Ipanema.”
A favorite performer at the ASA for many years, Vivona has appeared in solo recitals as well as together with flutist Christine Harper, as “The Two Christines,” and with her husband, trombonist and pianist Rob Boone. Tuesday’s program is presented as a dual tribute to the Arizona Senior Academy’s founder Henry Koffler and to the late University of Arizona faculty artist, harpist Carrol McLaughlin.
Vivona earned her master’s degree at the Juilliard School of Music and her doctoral degree in harp performance at the University of Arizona. She is principal harp with True Concord Voices and Orchestra and harp II with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She also maintains a teaching studio in Tucson where she performs with her students several times throughout the year. Her students regularly win national competitions.
Vivona is also in demand as a recording artist and has performed with celebrities such as Leonard Bernstein, Sir George Solti, Ray Charles, The Moody Blues, Roberta Flack, Al Jarreau, Bernadette Peters, and Linda Ronstadt to name a few.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer