Celebrated Classical Musicians to Give Benefit Concert for Interfaith Community Servicesby Hot Off The Press (Release) on May. 02, 2012, under Press Releases
TUCSON—Classical pianist Dr. Alexander Tentser and his wife, Anna Gendler, a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform love songs by Bach, Beethoven, and other classical composers during a special concert to benefit Interfaith Community Services. The couple will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Rincon Congregation United Church of Christwhere Dr. Tentser is the accompanist.
The concert is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $15 per person will benefit Interfaith Community Services and its programs to help Pima County seniors and people in need. Light refreshments will be served in the church’s fellowship hall following the performance.
The concert came about from the couple’s desire to use their musical gifts to help others. “Anna and I have experienced adversity in our lives,” said Dr. Tentser, “and we are grateful that we can offer this concert to give back to others who are less fortunate. Music is a wonderful way to bring people together for a common cause. We want to support the universal message of service that is part of so many different religions.”
Alexander Tentser began studying piano at the age of four. A native of Kiev, Ukraine, he studied at the Gnesin Music College in Moscow—the oldest music college in Russia—and the Russian Academy of Music. Since coming to the U.S. in 1990, he has performed with New York Philharmonic violinist Anna Rabinova and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He received a doctorate from the University of Arizona. Dr. Tentser now teaches music at Pima Community College and directs the Pima Community College Orchestra. Learn more on his website.
Born in Russia, violinist Anna Gendler received her musical education at the celebrated Moscow Conservatory and began her tenure with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 1991. Gendler is a faculty member at Pima Community College and has served as a teaching artist for numerous organizations, including the OMA Foundation and The Symphony Women’s Association. She performs locally as a member both of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and its Flute Trio, as well as nationally. She is a founding member of Daystar Chamber Players. Read more about Ms. Gendler here.
About ICS: ICS provides food, job assistance, and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to assist seniors and disabled individuals with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals. ICS offers compassionate support by connecting over 600 volunteers and 65 faith communities with our community’s most vulnerable residents.From nutritious food to health evaluations to a ride to the doctor’s office, ICS assists nearly 21,000 people a year. Visit www.icstucson.org for more information about ICS’s services and volunteer opportunities.