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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 8:19 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Pianist Kathryn Christensen, the 2009 state champion of the Arizona Music National Teacher Association's Young Artist Competition, performs in the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church's 18th-century music series this Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m.

As always, the concert is free and open to the public. A free-will offering is being taken in support of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse.

Christensen is performing Preludes and Fugues in D Minor and G Major," from J.S. Bach's " Well-Tempered Clavier,"  and Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor, "Appassionata."

Christensen is presenting the premiere of "Desert Miniatures," a new work she commissioned for the occasion. It is a set of five short pieces inspired by different aspects of the Sonoran Desert, and written by five different composers, all with Tucson associations.

Christensen has performed extensively. She is a graduate of Rice University in Texas and the University of Arizona, and has worked with the Opening Minds Through the Arts program in the Tucson Unified School District.

In April 2008, two organizations – Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services (founded in 1963) and Tucson Centers for Women and Children (established in 1975) – came together to form Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse. Emerge!, the largest domestic abuse shelter and provider of domestic abuse prevention services and programs in Southern Arizona, includes two emergency shelters, two housing programs, two outreach and advocacy centers, an accredited community-based childcare center that is open to the public, prevention, education, and volunteer programs.

Dove of Peace Lutheran Church is located at 665 W Roller Coaster Road. More information is available by calling 887-5127, or on the church's website, www.doveofpeacetucson.org.

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