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Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:35 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Beriyeva sisters play duo piano concert Thursday

A duo piano concert featuring the Beriyeva sisters, Lena and Leeza, is being held this Thursday, July 23, at the Steinway Piano Gallery, 3001 E. Skyline Drive.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7.

Admission is $25. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reservations may be made by calling Steinway at 325-9797. Valet parking is available.

Lena and Leeza Beriyeva grew up in the Republic of Georgia. They are graduates of the University of Arizona and the New England Conservatory of Music, completing master's degrees in performance. They have played at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

The adopted Tucsonans visit their parents, Svetlana and Nikolay, and other relatives several times a year, and enjoy playing for them.

Thursday's concert selections include works by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Lutoslawski and Gershwin.

Norgaard performs this Saturday at La Encantada

Amber Norgaard performs in the La Encantada Summer Concert Series this Saturday, July 24.

The concert in the Catalina Foothills shopping center begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase in the lower level courtyard beginning at 6 p.m. The series is sponsored by the newly named Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, formerly known as the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council.

Norgaard is "a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with," according to Tucson Lifestyle. "Her lyrics don't paint a picture, they grab your arm," wrote the Iowa Entertainer.

Norgaard has a big voice and dynamic energy, a release said. Her music is "a mix of pop, folk and rock," with "well-crafted and honest lyrics" about the human experience.

Amber left her family's Iowa farm to see the world and serve others. She graduated from Creighton University's School of Nursing in Omaha, Neb., did volunteer work in the Dominican Republic, and worked as a full-time volunteer in Oregon and Alaska. Norgaard then was a nurse for six years in southwestern Alaska, where she bought her first digital keyboard, discovered her music and eventually moved south to Tucson.

She has two albums, Soul in Motion and Rising, and has toured the country.

Tickets for the show are $10 each.

There are three other shows remaining in the La Encantada Summer Concert Series. Descarga performs on Saturday, Aug. 8. Big Band with Chip Ritter is the Aug. 22 act. A steel drum band wraps up the series Sept. 5.

Braun, Bromberg to give a boost

Rick Braun and Brian Bromberg have practically become household names for Tucson jazz fans, especially those who regularly attend the Tucson Jazz Society's annual New Year's Eve Gala.

They're in the 2009-'10 lineup as well.

In the meantime, as a kind of Christmas in July, the two talents return to Tucson for a special sneak preview and fundraiser concert on Friday, July 31, to help out their friends at TJS.

Organizers of the Celebrity Jazz Benefit "are thankful for the generosity of these busy musicians, and hope the event will put the non-profit in a more positive financial position," a release said.

Trumpeter Braun got his start in contemporary jazz with Sade in 1994 and has been cranking out CDs and gathering awards ever since. His "Beat Street" was the No. 1 smooth jazz record for 1995.

Bromberg, who grew up in Tucson and began his music career on drums, is now one of the most accomplished bassists in the world. Fluent on acoustic, electric, synthesizer and piccolo bass, Bromberg caught the attention of critics early on who noticed he was doing things with the bass that hadn't been done before.

Each is considered a crossover artist, recording CDs in both contemporary jazz and mainstream jazz styles. Bromberg, especially, has bounced between the two.

Braun is currently recording a tribute to trumpeter Chet Baker, which takes Braun back to his earlier career when his music was more reflective of Baker's introspective approach. Not coincidently, Bromberg contributes to the album.

Straight-ahead jazz will be the emphasis of this timely mid-summer benefit concert as Braun and Bromberg heat up the stage backed by Judy Roberts, Greg Fishman and other Tucson jazz artists.

The July 31 event will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 West Starr Pass Blvd., in its new air-conditioned pavilion, starting at 7 p.m. A special $99 room rate is being offered for the night, based on availability; call 888-527-8989.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for TJS members and $10 for students and military and are available through Bookmans, www.tucsonjazz.org, 520-903-1265 or 800-595-4849. Premium tables for two are $175 general public, $150 members. Additional contributions are welcome.

Celebrity Jazz Benefit

Rick Braun and Brian Bromberg

Friday, July 31, 7 p.m.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 West Starr Pass Blvd.

Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for TJS members and $10 for students and military and are available through Bookmans, www.tucsonjazz.org, 520-903-1265 or 800-595-4849. Premium tables for two are $175 general public, $150 members.

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