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Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 8:38 am | Updated: 8:43 am, Wed May 9, 2012.

Classical pianist Dr. Alexander Tentser and his wife, Anna Gendler, a violinist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, will perform love songs by Bach, Beethoven, and other classical composers during a special concert to benefit Interfaith Community Services. The couple performs at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at Rincon Congregation United Church of Christ where Dr. Tentser is the accompanist.

The concert is free and open to the public; a suggested donation of $15 per person will benefit Interfaith Community Services and its programs to help Pima County seniors and people in need. Light refreshments will be served in the church’s fellowship hall following the performance.

The concert came about from the couple’s desire to use their musical gifts to help others. “Anna and I have experienced adversity in our lives,” said Dr. Tentser, “and we are grateful that we can offer this concert to give back to others who are less fortunate. Music is a wonderful way to bring people together for a common cause. We want to support the universal message of service that is part of so many different religions.”

Alexander Tentser began studying piano at the age of four. 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 U.S. 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. Dr. Tentser now teaches music at Pima Community College and directs the Pima Community College Orchestra. Learn more on his website.

Born in Russia, violinist Anna Gendler received her musical education at the celebrated Moscow Conservatory and began her tenure with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 1991. Gendler is a faculty member at Pima Community College and has served as a teaching artist for numerous organizations, including the OMA Foundation and The Symphony Women’s Association. She performs locally as a member both of the Tucson Symphony String Quartet and its Flute Trio, as well as nationally. She is a founding member of Daystar Chamber Players.

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