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Husband and wife blend trombone, harp for Wickenburg concert

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 9:00 am | Updated: 1:42 pm, Wed Jan 25, 2012.

Presenting the unusual combination of harp and trombone in a program of popular, classical and seasonal music, Christine Vivona and Rob Boone will perform Friday at the Wickenburg Community Center for the next Friends of Music free concert.

Vivona is a versatile Juilliard-trained harpist who is comfortable in musical styles from popular to classical to jazz. Her performance and recording credits include work with Johnny Mathis, Roberta Flack, Leonard Bernstein, and Trisha Yearwood, among others. She has been the second harp of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1986 and has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony. 

Vivona founded the harp program at Arizona State University and taught there for more than a decade. She currently conducts a large teaching studio in Tucson, where she performs with her students several times each year. Her two CDs “Radiance” and “Red Hot & Blue” receive airtime worldwide on classical and jazz radio. She also plays the harp on cruise ship gigs throughout the world.

Boone is part of the Original Wildcat Jass Band, who delighted Friends of Music listeners last season. He performs regularly with several other big bands and jazz groups. He is a multi-faceted musician with major credits as a solo performer on trombone and piano, conductor, composer, arranger and recording artist. Among the notable artists he has worked with are Pat Boone, Ray Charles, The Moody Blues and Bernadette Peters.

Boone and Vivona are a musical husband and wife who live in Tucson with their two musical sons. Boone is a graduate of the University of Arizona and is on the faculty of Pima Community College, where he teaches trombone and jazz piano.

The annual Friday night “Holiday Concert” will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine St., Wickenburg. The doors will open at 7, and seating will be first-come, first-served. All Friends of Music concerts are free and open to the public. A traditional artists reception will follow the concert.

The Friends of Music Committee is a volunteer, non-profit Wickenburg area organization. For 37 years it has staged a variety of live musical concerts and an array of performers to enliven and enrich the community. FOM concerts are underwritten by financial contributions from individuals and local businesses.

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