Rife Family Quartet Featured in Friends of Music Concert

Rife Family QuartetOn Sunday, April 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. in the Church, St. Philip’s Friends of Music presents the Rife Family Quartet.

The Rife family has anchored Tucson’s musical scene for more than 30 years. Join David, Wynne, Melissa, Molly, and family friends Ann Weaver and Mary Beth Tyndall for a rare collaboration whose program will include an afternoon of chamber music favorites comprising works of Haydn, Boccherini, Beethoven and Schubert.

The suggested concert admission is $20 per person. 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. Click here for more information.

St. Philip’s is located at 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road. Ample parking is available in the north parking lot or under the solar parking structure to the east. The Friends of Music phone number is (520) 222-7277.

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David Rife, a native of South Carolina, received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music Degree in Violin Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied with Donald Weilerstein, Mazuko Ushioda, Jerry Lucktenburg, and members of the Cleveland Quartet. David moved to Tucson in 1983 to join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and was its Assistant Concertmaster until 2014. David began studying the piano at age 6, and began playing the violin and trombone at 13. David is a dedicated violin teacher and first violinist of the Southwest String Quartet. In 2005 he was awarded the Outstanding String Teacher in Arizona by the American String Teachers Association. His students have won local and statewide competitions and currently attend top music schools throughout the country. David was inducted into the Tucson Musicians Museum in 2012.

Wynne Wong-Rife is a native of Tucson, where she attended Brichta Elementary, Roskruge Junior High and Cholla High School. She was a member of her public school orchestras from fifth grade through high school, and played in Tucson Junior Strings and Tucson Youth Symphony. Wynne is also a dedicated teacher and loves helping people of all ages learn to play and love the violin. She is the second violinist in the TSO String Quartet/Quintet and the Southwest String Quartet. Wynne and David met at the Eastman School of Music, where she earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Violin Performance with Distinction. They became engaged when students at Eastman, but Wynne wouldn’t walk down the aisle with David until she had her master’s degree and at least the prospect of a job. Both attended the New England Conservatory and earned their master’s, then married in 1983.

In addition to playing in the TSO, TSO String Quartet/Quintet and Southwest String Quartet, David and Wynne are on the faculty of Chamber Music in the Mountains (Tucson) and Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO).

David and Wynne have two daughters, Melissa and Molly, who are cellists. Both have attended Interlochen, were members of the Tucson Junior Strings and Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, and have been winners in the TSO’s Young Artist Competition and other local competitions.

Molly Rife lives in Chicago, where she is a member of the 42nd Parallel Ensemble, performs with the Clark St. Quartet and teaches private cello lessons. As a founding member of the Clark St. Quartet, Molly enjoys playing and performing chamber music. She has worked with the Brentano, Orion, St. Lawrence and Tokyo String Quartets. Other chamber music coaches include Stephen Balderston, Nancy Buck, Andrew Campbell, Julian Hersh, Danwen Jiang, Thomas Landschoot, Russell Ryan, Lenny Schranze, Rami Solomonow and Janet Sung. She began playing the cello at age 11 and made her solo debut in April 2007 when she performed as soloist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra after winning the Gold Medal for the TSO Artists Competition. She has also performed as soloist with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, and the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra. Molly recently graduated from DePaul University with a Master of Music degree in cello performance, where she studied with Stephen Balderston. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University.

Melissa Rife received a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2008, with further studies towards a Master of Music degree at Arizona State University. Her experience includes performing aboard Celebrity Cruise Lines with the Marks String Quartet. Melissa is a founding member of The Tandem Duo, and also plays with the Aracelli Strings of Tucson.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ann Weaver began her musical studies at age 6 with her parents, both of whom were then members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She began her college studies at Arizona State University, then completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was given the Annual Viola Award for Outstanding Achievement. She earned her Master of Music Performance at Rice University, where she graduated with honors. Her teachers include William Magers, James Van Valkenburg, Heidi Castleman, Wayne Brooks (principal violist of the Houston Symphony), and Roberto Diaz (principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Her chamber music coaches have included Anne Epperson and members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, and Cleveland string quartets.

Mary Beth Tyndall has been a member of the Tucson Symphony since 1980.  She
 is also a member of the Southwest String Quartet and the Rocky Ridge Music
Center summer faculty.  An enthusiastic private teacher, she was recently
named the 2016-2017 outstanding studio teacher for the state of Arizona by
the American String Teacher’s Association.  She is honored to play
alongside the Rifes and she is particularly thrilled to play the Schubert
Quintet with Molly Rife, one of her best and most memorable former students.


Holy Week and Easter at St. Philip’s

St. Philip’s has seven services on Easter Day: 6 a.m. (in the Columbarium garden), 7:45 a.m., two at 9:15 a.m. (one in the Church, one in the Children’s Center Courtyard), 11:15 a.m., 4 p.m. (“Come and See” in the Music Center), and 5:30 p.m. The Great Vigil of Easter, at 7 p.m. on Holy Saturday evening, is considered the first Easter service. There is at least one service each day during the days of Holy Week. For more information see below. For a downloadable schedule, click here.

Easter Services

great vigil 1The Great Vigil of Easter is held on Holy Saturday, March 26, at 7 p.m. The service begins with the Service of Light (lighting the New Fire and Paschal Candle and candlelit procession, with incense), the Vigil recounting the history of our salvation (through readings and chanting), Holy Baptism, and the first Holy Eucharist of Easter. The service will be followed by a potluck reception: participants are invited to bring their favorite sparkling beverage and chocolate finger food, in addition to noisemakers for the Easter Proclamation.

CIMG0559Easter Day, March 27, will begin at St. Philip’s with a sunrise service at 6 a.m., including hymns, with keyboard and trumpet (held in the Columbarium Garden). At 7:45, there will be a Festival Eucharist Rite I (Eucharist in traditional language), including hymns, with organ and trumpet. At 9:15 there will be two services: an All Generations Eucharist and Baptism outside (in the Children’s Center Courtyard) with the St. Nicholas and Cherub Choirs, handbells, and brass, designed for schoolage children and their families, and a Festival Choral Eucharist Rite II (using more modern language, adopted in 1979) in the Church with adult choirs, handbells, and brass. Another Festival Choral Eucharist Rite II, including incense, will take place at 11:15 a.m., again featuring adult choirs and brass. At 4 p.m. there will be a “Come and See” Eucharist for those who are looking for a reinterpretation of traditional theology. At 5:30 p.m. there is an Evening Eucharist Rite II with hymns.

Holy Week Services

holy week cross 2On Monday of Holy Week, March 21, there is a Holy Eucharist Rite II service at 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel of the Nativity. At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, there is a Holy Eucharist Rite II and Healing service. On Wednesday, March 23, the final Lenten noontime Holy Eucharist Rite II will take place at 12:15 p.m.

The Ancient Office of Tenebrae, on Wednesday evening, March 23, at 7 p.m., is a moving descent into the darkest days of the church year. The liturgy is a merger of the traditional Matins and Lauds, with plainchant led by the Canterbury Choir and Canterbury Apprentices. During the service all of the lights in the church are progressively extinguished except one candle.

20130328_193514The Triduum, or “three sacred days,” begins on Maundy Thursday through Holy Saturday. The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, March 24, begins with a supper at 6 p.m. Enjoy lasagna, salad, rolls, and dessert, hosted by St. Philip’s Vestry. The liturgy, at 7 p.m. in the Church, includes the traditional footwashing, Eucharist, and Stripping of the Altar, which symbolizes the laying of Jesus in the tomb. Music will include plainchant.


After the Maundy Thursday service, beginning at 9 p.m. and continuing until 10 a.m. on Friday, March 25, Dante’s Inferno will be read the way the author intended. Each 30-minute segment of the all-night vigil in the Church will include reading of selected cantos from the Inferno, silent meditation, and atmospheric music. Participants may arrive and leave throughout the night. Security will be on site all night.

empty tabernacleIt is traditional to have a noontime service on Good Friday, to correspond with the time Jesus’ suffering on the cross began. The noon Good Friday service at St. Philip’s, on March 25, includes veneration of the cross, the Solemn Collects, and communion from sacrament reserved at the Maundy Thursday service.

The Children’s Way of the Cross takes place on Good Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Children’s Center. The Way (or “Stations”) of the Cross is a devotional service of prayer and meditation dating from the early centuries of the Church, with stations representing stops on Jesus’ route to Calvary. This will enable children to experience Good Friday in a way that will better enable them to live humble, sacrificial, joyful lives in the Lord’s service.

At 7 p.m. on March 25, a choral ensemble, soloists, and instruments will present the 17th Century work Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz (The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ from the Cross) by Heinrich Schütz. Each section of this oratorio focuses on one of the phrases uttered by Jesus from the cross, as recorded in the Gospels.

The public is cordially invited to attend. St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church is located at the northeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue (4440 N. Campbell). Ample parking is provided in the north parking lot or under the solar structure on the east side. It is a good idea not to leave valuables in plain sight in your car during Easter services. The office phone is 299-6421.