Longtime children’s music advocates, classical pianist Alexander Tentser and his wife Anna Gendler, a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform classical and romantic works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Chopin in a concert to benefit Interfaith Community Services (ICS).
The duo will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Rincon Congregation United Church of Christ, where Tentser is the accompanist.
The couple say they are giving the concert because “we want to help Interfaith Community Services, a nonprofit organization, with its programs to assist those in need, particularly disadvantaged children.”
The concert is free, with a suggested donation of $15 per person that will benefit ICS programs for children and families in financial crisis, including emergency food, homelessness prevention, school supplies and enrichment activities.
The duo have been through much in their lives but have always found music to be a universal language, one they are eager to share with kids. Tentser and Gendler have been involved in music education in Tucson since they emigrated from Moscow. They also teach at the Tucson Symphony Women’s Association Music Center, helping low-income children to learn music.
Performing a concert to benefit children and families in need seemed to mesh well with those interests.
Tentser began studying piano at the age of 4. 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 United States 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. Tentser now teaches music at Pima Community College and directs the Pima Community College Orchestra. Learn more on his website.
Born in Russia, violinist 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 (Opening Minds Through Arts) 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 Gendler here.
Benefit Concert At-A-Glance
What: Classical pianist Alexander Tentser and his wife Anna Gendler, a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform classical and romantic works by Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Chopin as a benefit concert for (ICS).
When: 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Where: Rincon Congregation United Church of Christ, 122 N. Craycroft Road.
Cost: Free; suggested donation of $15 per person to support ICS and its programs to help Pima County children and families in need.
For more information, visit the website at www.icstucson.org, or call 297-6049.