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Thanks again. It's not very often that a group of talented musicians spend hours rehearsing for something they'll just be giving away.

The Catalina Chamber Orchestra has been doing just that, getting ready for a free concert and food drive on Sunday to thank the community for 10 years of support.

The program, which also kicks off another decade of music-making and enjoyment, includes Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with Tucson guitarist Steve Saulls, and Music for Shakespeare by celebrated composer, Edward Green.

Saulls, a guitarist, has been dedicated to music education for the duration of his career, and was presented with a certificate from the Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He has taught and performed extensively throughout the Southwest, Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, and presently maintains a teaching studio in Tucson, with 110 private students and an extensive residency program.

Green is a professor at Manhattan School of Music and is on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City. His work as a composer has been frequently honored; including by being awarded first place in the International Kodaly Composer's Competition. "Music for Shakespeare," says Green, "is a work which began with melodies I wrote after hearing lectures Eli Siegel gave on the Shakespeare plays Twelfth Night, Othello, and As You Like It-and these melodies were first used as incidental music for several productions of Shakespeare in New York." The music being performed today grew out of these melodies, and evolved into a symphonic composition in four movements.

The concert, under the direction of Enrique Lasansky, starts at 3 p.m. Sunday at Catalina High School. All those attending the concert are encouraged to bring a donation of can goods for the Food Bank.

Walk the walk. Take a pile of clay, a dab of paint, a slab of marble and a sheet of metal and what do you have?

A wonderful day exploring artistic creations during Tubac's Annual Art Walk.

During the event Saturday and Sunday, visitors will be treated to artist demonstrations at selected galleries. There, visitors can witness the creative processes, watching works produced before their very eyes.

Last year, some 50 artists participated in Tubac's artistic promenade. Visitors can simply admire the works on display or discuss them with the artists.

The free art walk is all day Saturday and Sunday in Tubac, 45 miles south of Tucson off I-19. For more information, please call the Tubac Chamber of Commerce at 520-398-2704 or visit

A peek at power. One of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods opens its doors this weekend.

The Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday features 10 homes, three of which were built for early Tucson power barons.

Proceeds will pay for signs proclaiming recent historical designation for the neighborhood.

Purchase tickets at the Arizona Flower Market, 2527 E. Broadway or Sam Hughes School, 700 N. Wilson Blvd. For more information, call 323-7891.

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