Herlinda Lopez's return to
Arizona from California eight years ago was a full-circle
event. Her grandfather Felipe Lopez had taught music
throughout Arizona in the early part of the 20th century. Her
father and uncles also led musical lives in the Phoenix area,
playing in 1940s dance orchestras at the Arizona Biltmore and
on KTAR-AM (620) when it broadcast live music.
But for the younger Lopez, it was dance, not music,
that allowed her to express her traditions. Having studied
jazz and modern dance in California, she vowed to devote
herself to Spanish dance in the Valley. That devotion blooms
in the performance at 7 tonight of Las Lindas at the Glendale
Library auditorium, 5959 W. Brown St., (623) 930-3573.
"Linda Machado and myself formed the group," Lopez
says. The first names of the founders - Linda and Herlinda -
gave the ensemble its name. A passion for the regional,
classical and flamenco dances of Spain gave it a profile.
Deanne Poulos and Lynneta Neuner joined Las Lindas
shortly after it was started last year. Among the four of
them, they've experienced a range of instruction in Spanish
dance, including years with Valley Spanish dance doyennes
Laura Moya and Lydia Torrea.
"We dance for the love of it, fulfilling a need to
continue the heritage," Lopez says. "It's a part of the
A favorite returns
In 1997, when he played for the first time in
Arizona (Tucson), German pianist Markus Pawlik pointed out
that only about 100 people worldwide make a living exclusively
by playing the piano.
Pawlik couldn't be reached to be asked whether he has
joined that august century of classical keyboardists, but we
do know he has become an Arizona favorite, both in Tucson and
He's making his third set of appearances on the
Steinway Series at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 E.
Second St. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
Tickets: $20, (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or www.scottsdalearts.org.
Pawlik will play the Brahms F-minor Sonata, op. 5, both
nights, and different sets of Chopin each night: on Sunday, a
selection including the Polonaise-Fantasie
, op. 61, two
nocturnes, and the Grande Valse
, op. 42, in A-flat
major; on Monday, the op. 10 etudes.
Series coordinator Dayton Grafman says Pawlik keeps
coming back because he's good, and because Arizona provided
him with something more than a gig or three:
"His in-laws live here in the Valley."
2 pianos, 1 'Amen'
If one piano isn't enough for you, try two:
At 7:30 tonight, in Arizona State University's Katzin
Hall at the School of Music in Tempe, pianists Ja-Hyang Lim
and Walter Cosand will perform Visions of the
by Olivier Messiaen. Messiaen's music,
written in 1943, depicts the meaning of the word "Amen"
throughout the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
The one-hour event is free.