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Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:12 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Christine Vivona plays second harp with Tucson Symphony Orchestra, but this Sunday, Oct. 17, she'll perform another of her favorite musical genres — jazz — at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church's 7th annual Jazz Sunday.

Vivona, who holds a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Music in New York and a doctorate in harp performance from the University of Arizona, is joined by Rob Boone on piano and trombone, John Snavely on clarinet, Mike Levy on bass, Mike Smith on drums, and the St. Mark's Celtic Choir under the direction of David Gay, St. Mark's music director.

St. Mark's Jazz Sunday is a worship service designed entirely around jazz classics as well as jazz treatments of traditional hymns and gospel music, such as "Amazing Grace" and "Down by the Riverside," a release said.

"Jazz is a kind of music that a lot of people resonate with," said Gay. "Jazz Sunday has a kind of unity and strength that makes it fairly unique. It's real upbeat and gutsy."

The service starts at 11 a.m. Sunday. St. Mark's Presbyterian Church is located at 3809 E. Third Street in Tucson, just southwest of Alvernon and Speedway.

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