Rodriguez & Keepe celebrate 20 years performing together | Arts & Culture
St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents the classical piano and saxophone duo of Allen Rodriguez and Michael Keepe, on Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in the Church, in a recital celebrating 20 years of performing together.
The program highlights an eclectic selection of pieces performed over this time period, including traditional works for solo piano, solo works for saxophone, and works written specifically for this ensemble. For a number of years the Rodriguez & Keepe Duo has been working with well-known British composer Graham Lynch, whose music is noted for its passion, energy, and romance.
The Duo has premiered several of Lynch’s pieces, including In Arcadia, which they will perform this afternoon and which will be the title of their upcoming CD release. They will also premiere a piece written by the legendary saxophonist and Hollywood film composer Lennie Niehaus.
Pianist Allen Rodriguez, who earned his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Arizona, has resided in Tucson since 1977. He began studying piano at age seven and trumpet at twelve. Rodriguez was granted a full music scholarship to attend Southwestern State College in Oklahoma, where he was a double major in piano performance and instrumental music education/trumpet with a minor in voice. He completed his undergraduate degree at Centenary College in Louisiana. He studied piano with Dr. Robert Reynolds, James Dick, Lita Guerra and Dame Lili Kraus. While pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arizona he studied with Ozan Marsh and Billie Erlings. He is known for his lyricism and sensitivity in performance.
Dr. Keepe teaches Saxophone and Music Industry at Pima College, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona. He performs locally with the Rodriguez & Keepe Duo and the Tucson Symphony and is the soprano chair and founding member of the Tucson-based Presidio Saxophone Quartet. He is also the owner of Keepe Publishing House, specializing in the promotion of new concert saxophone repertoire. Michael received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance with a specialized minor in Music Business at the University of Arizona. He is a performing artist and clinician for the Selmer Company and can be heard on the Albany, AUR, Coseismic and Nostalgie recording labels. For more information see www.rodriguezandkeepeduo.com.
Admission is by donation to St. Philip’s Friends of Music ($15 suggested). The mission of Friends of Music is to enrich the musical experience of the parish and community through events such as concerts, outreach, education, scholarships, commissions, and support of special musical events.
St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under our new solar parking structure on the east side. The office phone number is 299-6421.