Two 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.
The duo will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rincon Congregation United Church of Christ, 122 N. Craycroft Road, where Tentser is the accompanist.
Tentser says he and his wife want to help Interfaith Community Services to help with its programs assisting those in need, particularly disadvantaged children.
The concert is free; a suggested donation of $15 per person will benefit ICS programs for kids and families in financial crisis, including emergency food, homelessness prevention, school supplies and enrichment activities.
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 learn music.
ICS provides food, job help and emergency financial assistance to Pima County residents in need and mobilizes volunteers to help seniors and people with disabilities with Mobile Meals, transportation, home repairs, calls and visits, and health and safety referrals. ICS assists more than 33,000 people a year.
About the artists
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 and now teaches music at Pima Community College and directs its orchestra.
Born in Russia, Gendler received her musical education at the celebrated Moscow Conservatory and began her tenure with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 1991. She is a faculty member at Pima Community College and has served as a teaching artist for numerous groups, including the OMA (Opening Minds Through Arts) Foundation and the Symphony Women’s Association.
Gendler performs locally as a member of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and its Flute Trio, as well as nationally. She also is a founding member of Daystar Chamber Players.