*Art Workshop PROCESS - PURPOSE - PASSION: INTRODUCTION TO ABSTRACT PAINTING WITH OIL & COLD WAX Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth

January 29th, 30th, and 31st Time: 9:00 - 4:00

Fee: $385, Early Bird Special $350 if paid in full by December 30, 2018

In this 3 day workshop Jim will introduce you to the oil and cold wax process of creating meaningful abstractions through the use of layers & color interaction. Utilizing cold wax medium, tube oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments and a variety of implements artists will explore new ways to create textures, color fields and mark making.

 

DUNCAN TUCK

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Country to Classical via Comedy best describes this Musical Entertainer’s show. Baby Boomer songs and Classics, specially blended with humor make up his upbeat one-man concert. Duncan is an accomplished musician, vocalist, humorist, recording artist, songwriter, and he has exceptional talent on the 12-string guitar and high falootin’ flamenco guitar.

Duncan has worked with many legendary entertainers: Jose Feliciano, the late Robin Williams, David Letterman, Kenny Chesney, and Kevin Costner to name a few. Ice House and Palomino Club in LA, performances in Branson, and headlining on cruise ships for almost twenty years in over 75 countries are just a few career highlights…and not to mention “Winner of the Gong Show in 1977.”

 

DOWN ON THE CORNER: THE BEST OF CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL Featuring Mike Yarema and the Lonely Street Productions Band

Feb 1, 2019 - Feb 13, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Get back to your roots with this sensational salute to Creedence Clearwater Revival! No matter if you’re a “Fortunate Son” or you were “Born on the Bayou” let that big wheel roll you down the river with the great Americana songs of CCR. You’ll hear all the hits including “Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and hear the tale of how a band from California created the definitive swampy sound of the South.

 

BEST OF GASLIGHT THEATER

Feb 4, 2019 - Feb 4, 2019

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Join the popular faces of The Gaslight Theatre as they share their favorite impressions and songs from the last four decades of entertaining Tucson! The cast includes: Joe Cooper, Mike Yarema, Todd Thompson, Jake Chapman, Heather Stricker, Janee Page, and Erin Thompson, who are all current and long-time members of The Gaslight Theatre’s cast of actors. Impressions will include Sony and Cher, Madonna, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Johnny Carson, and of course some numbers from The Gaslight Theatre’s melodrama shows! Come laugh with these Gaslight regulars as they perform this show for the first time in Green Valley!

The Gaslight Theater has been a popular destination for residents of southern Arizona for decades. It all started back in 1977 when a young 24-year-old U of A student named Tony Terry Jr. grabbed a few great friends from the drama department and headed to Skagway, Alaska. They founded the “Mighty Moose Melodrama Theatre” and the one and only production was called “Gold Fever! or Danger at Bonanza Creek!” After a long, cold, but fun summer, the troupe said “The heck with this! Let’s head back to the desert!” Shortly after their return to Tucson and with the help of Tony’s brother Tom, they opened The Gaslight Theatre in an old red barn at Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road. They eventually settled in the old Jerry Lewis Theatre at the corner of Broadway and Kolb and also built Little Anthony’s Diner. They are still entertaining Tucson families and making memories for a whole new generation.

 

MARIACHI SOL AZTECA

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

In 2001, two local mariachi student musicians collaborated to form Mariachi Sol Azteca. The group has grown to 13 members and consists of violins, trumpets, guitars, a vihuela, a guitarron and a harp. Mariachi Sol Azteca is currently under the leadership of founding Director Angel Guzman and newly appointed Director of Musicality and Performance, Rafael Moran. Members of Mariachi Sol Azteca are actively involved in several local communities and have recently established a partnership with the Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson to strengthen the bond between the ensemble and southern Arizona. Mariachi Sol Azteca has partnered with The Arizona Bilingual Newspaper, The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Rincon Congregational Church, La Parrilla Suiza, HopeFest and The Museum of Northern Arizona & Nuestras Raices in Flagstaff, AZ. The ensemble has worked diligently to create a fresh and progressive mariachi sound and has a passion to educate others about the art form. The ensemble performs for private parties, corporate gatherings, and most importantly, community events that facilitate cultural growth. The mission of Mariachi Sol Azteca is to preserve mariachi music in a professional and respectful way by elevating cultural awareness in the arts.

 

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The TSO’s Percussion Ensemble explores the diverse repertoire of jazz, pop, classics and contemporary music so colorfully performed by percussion. Originally formed as an educational outreach ensemble, performances include audience participation and instruments from around the globe. The group consistently receives praise and awards from around the state. The ensemble recently brought thousands of people to their feet at a series of TSO Pops! concerts with electric and mesmerizing performances of Richard Peck’s The Glory and the Grandeur.

 

*Art Workshop BEYOND PROCESS: BRINGING OUR PURPOSE & PASSION TO ABSTRACT PAINTING WITH OIL & COLD WAX Instructor: James Edward Scherbarth

February 6th, 7th, and 8th Time: 9:00 - 4:00

Fee: $385, Early Bird Special $350 if paid in full by January 7, 2019

This 3 day advance workshop is for those who are comfortable with the basic techniques and have a working knowledge of the process & Cold Wax Medium. Now we look at form and content, deliberate and accidental mark making, starting points, titling of work, working in series all within the discussion of process-purpose-passion. Jim will work with each artist at their pace and their experience level with the medium. Open to Advance Students.

 

THE 4GENTS PRESENT: THE DOO WOP DANCE PARTY Featuring the Pete Swan Combo

Feb 7, 2019 - Feb 8, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

The 4GENTS have been burning up dance floors, shaking down music halls and melting hearts with their remarkable vocal talents since 2015. Specializing in doo-wop and popular vocal music mostly from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, these crooners have diverse backgrounds in opera, musical theatre, film, music education and pop music! This allows them to perform nostalgic hits with flair and their own distinct style while still keeping the heart and essence of the original music. Everywhere they perform…from Arizona to San Miguel de Allende Mexico, this super quartet is always a major hit with audiences of all ages. You don’t want to miss this Doo-wop dance party! Juan Aguirre made his professional debut in 1997 with Arizona Opera and since then has performed all over the world in both classical and popular genres. He has been featured in many roles such as Javert and Capt. Von Trapp and recorded two CDs. Juan can also be seen and heard on national TV and radio as a bilingual actor and voice over artist. Dr. Greg Guenther resides in Tucson, performing with multiple professional opera companies in Arizona. Internationally, he has won awards in the ICCA competition as well as local accolades, such as the President’s Competition, Quest for the Best, and NATS. In Tucson, he teaches with TUSD’s OMA program and is on faculty at Pima Community College.

Matthew Holter is a performer with a wide range of abilities in music, dance and theatre having performed and directed around internationally in England, China, and Russia to name a few. Mr. Holter is the founder of the 4GENTS, a member of the Grammy nominated ensemble True Concord and is an award-winning music teacher.

Chach Snook is a performer with numerous credits under his belt both on the stage and directing, Chach enchants audiences with his clarion voice and presence. Mr. Snook was a member of NY-based vocal ensemble Pieces of Eight before moving to Tucson where he has continued actively performing while earning Teacher of the Year as an outstanding fine arts teacher.

 

JACK LASSETER The Spanish History of Arizona

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM
- Only 41 tickets!

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Jack will share with us the interesting story of the Spanish frontier’s expansion north up into this area where we live. It includes the fascinating stories of Coronado, Father Kino, Juan Batista de Anza and the establishment of the presidios at Tubac and Tucson; why they were here, how the Spanish dealt with the Apaches, how the Americans acquired this land, why the Arizona border goes up to Yuma instead of straight to the Gulf of California, how Tucson and Arizona got their names and much more!

 

CLASS OF ’69: THE GREATEST HITS FROM 50 YEARS AGO Featuring Crystal Stark and the Lonely Street Productions Band

Feb 14, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

This annual salute to the top songs from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1969 such as, “Sugar, Sugar”, “Dizzy,” “Build Me Up Buttercup,” “Proud Mary” and “Galveston.” Let’s “Get Together” and journey back to the “Time of the Season” when they played a new hit song, you’d actually turn the radio up!

 

TUCSON AND DISTRICT PIPE BAND Featuring Irish Folk Band Sean Chairde

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Formed in 2011, Tucson and District Pipe Band is dedicated to furthering the arts of piping and drumming throughout the southwest. They are active in the local Irish, Scottish and general Celtic community in Tucson and participate in local and regional competitions. Pipe Major Michael Brollini believes in dedicating the band to improving, evolving and maintaining quality standards. Pipe Sergeant and chief tuner Neal Flint has been playing the pipes for 35 years. He is a professional piano tuner and a man very dedicated to his Irish roots. Bass Drummer Stuart Baker personifies in every way the idea that the bass drummer is the “heart beat” of the band. Lead Drummer Paul Gibson is a professional percussionist and plays just about every musical instrument that requires to be “hit” in some way. Tucson and District Pipe Band was crowned winner of the 2013 Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Best Musical Act.”

Sean Chairde (meaning “old friends” in Irish) is a Celtic folk group specializing in performing Irish and Celtic folk music. Their performances at several local venues including Maloney’s on 4th Avenue have been met with rave reviews. They are dedicated to the continuation of authentic folk music both vocal and instrumental.

 

JAMES REAMS AND THE BARNSTORMERS Tribute to Old Time Country and Bluegrass

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

James Reams & the Barnstormers tread the terrain where bluegrass, old-time, classic country and folk meet in the night to swap stories. They feature driving rhythm and 3-part harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the ill- prepared or the faint of heart. The band includes James on guitar and lead vocals; Billy Parker on mandolin and harmony; Dick Brown on banjo and harmony; and Dan Meyer on upright bass.

James Reams has been a bluegrass bandleader for over 20 years. Coming from a family of traditional singers in southeastern Kentucky, James has played both old-time and bluegrass music since he was just a little sprout. James is known as an “ambassador of Bluegrass” for his dedication to and deep involvement in the thriving bluegrass and Americana music community. To date, he has released nine CDs including a special DVD documentary about the band. His 2016 release, Rhyme & Season, is receiving high acclaim. In 2002, his self-titled album featuring Walter Hensley received an IBMA nomination for Recording Event of the Year and earned James an IBMA nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. A single (Almost Hear the Blues) from his 2011 CD, One Foot in the Honky Tonk, charted nationally and the CD made 2 Top Ten Lists of 2011. His original songs are important additions to the bluegrass repertoire, keeping this tradition alive with contemporary issues and new sounds. And he’s no slouch on the guitar either! His guitar playing was highlighted in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s “Masters of Rhythm Guitar” column. James Reams sounds “as smoky as his heroes: Lester, Carter, and Red.” ~ Banjo Newsletter Billy Parker brings passion and style to every set. A 30+ year veteran, Billy has been heavily influenced by bluegrass legends and mandolin masters Bill Monroe, David Grisman and Clarence White. A former member of the Southern CA band, Lost Highway, Billy has developed a confident and spirited approach to seamlessly move between the rapid-fire bluegrass tunes and more soulful melodies. Parker’s diversity, creativity and dedication – as well as a sense of band dynamics – helps propel the music to a higher sound to the delight of audiences everywhere he plays.

Dick Brown’s precise and rock solid banjo playing and silky baritone vocals reflect the influence of those he admires most: Bill Emerson and Alan Munde. He joined Lost Highway in 1995 and recorded and toured with that band until 2006. Dick has performed with such notables as Lynn Morris, David Parmley and Laurie Lewis.

Dan Meyer has been playing the ultimate “out of the spotlight” instrument, aka the upright bass, since the 1970s. He has performed at the IBMA Bluegrass Showdown in Louisville and at bluegrass festivals across the Midwest. Holding down the bottom for the Barnstormers with his rock steady and intuitive bass stylings, Dan really lights up the place with his ready smile while laying down a smooth rhythm.

 

*Art Workshop PAINTING THE SOUL IN WATERCOLOR, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE Instructor: Michaelin Otis

February 20th, 21st, and 22nd Time: 9:30 - 3:00

Fee: $375, Early Bird Special $335 if paid in full by January 21, 2019 Supply Fee: $10

Nationally known artist and author of “Watercolor for the Fun of it, Painting People,” Michaelin Otis will instruct you on both drawing, designing and painting both a portrait and an animal portrait. Learn Michaelin’s sure fire way to achieve a likeness, right values and simplifying shapes and colors as well as many more techniques. Have three fun filled days of learning and laughter.

 

THEODORE ROOSEVELT: MAN IN THE ARENA Starring Derek Evans

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Theodore Roosevelt — “Teddy” to the world — was the face of America for three decades. Powerful, opinionated, intensely loyal, and devoted to the ideal of a just, honorable and muscular America, he stood for high ideals and never preached anything he didn’t practice. The 26th President of the United States has been energetically brought back to life by Derek Evans in performances from the White House Visitor Center to museums and theaters across the United States. Come and meet the man Owen Wister called “The most American American who ever lived!”

Derek Evans is a professional actor and scholar who has spent a career of almost 40 years engaged in educational presentations for schools, colleges, museums and libraries. He has conservatory training at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and at New York University and holds bachelors and masters degrees from Northwestern University. He is a veteran of over 40 stage productions in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Since 1995 he has concentrated on living history presentations on Theodore Roosevelt, which have now totaled over 500 performances. He maintains a professional reference library of over 400 volumes with emphasis on Theodore Roosevelt and 19th and early 20th Century American history.

Feb 26, 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon getting its designation as a National Park. Mr. Evans’ portrayal of Roosevelt will highlight TR’s visits to Arizona in addition to offering touching lessons in patriotism, self-reliance, family values, and the conservation of our great natural resources – and everything you ever wanted to know about the Teddy Bear!

 

FIRST LADIES OF SONG STARRING CRYSTAL STARK Khris Dodge Entertainment

Feb 22, 2019 - Feb 23, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner…all of these artists have taken the stage and the world by storm with their powerful voices and incredible determination. Crystal Stark, an American Idol semi-finalist and vocal powerhouse in her own right, pays tribute to these First Ladies of Song with songs that will make you laugh, smile, cry and appreciate the fortitude of those fierce females. You won’t want this show to end!

 

ONE OF THESE NIGHTS: TRIBUTE TO EAGLES TAD Management

Feb 26, 2019 - Feb 27, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

One of These Nights promises exactly that….an unforgettable night! Join us for a hit filled show featuring the music of the Eagles, one of the most successful rock acts of all time. This show takes the audience on a journey through all the Eagles’ ‘sounds,’ from tasteful country rock, complete with full harmonies, to hard rocking tunes that highlight the Eagles’ extraordinary catalogue. The show of course features the band’s greatest hits, including ‘Hotel California,’ ‘Desperado,’ Lyin’ Eyes,’ ‘Life In The Fast Lane,’ ‘Take It Easy,’ ‘Already Gone,’ ‘One Of These Nights’ and many others; all presented in a highly entertaining production with uncanny accuracy. It was these and other Eagles tracks that earned the band seven number-one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards and six number one albums. Recognized for their uncanny accuracy to the original, John Waxman and JD Madrid have teamed up with fellow stellar musicians to create one of the best sounding Eagles tribute bands touring today.

 

WARP TRIO IN CONCERT

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Described in Free Times as, “A talented group that exemplifies the genre-obliterating direction of contemporary classical music,” Warp Trio is NOT your typical piano trio. Lying at the intersection of a chamber music ensemble, rock band, and art project, Mikael Darmanie (Piano), Ju Young Lee (Cello), and Josh Henderson (Violin) are pushing the boundaries of music consumption through inter-disciplinary collaborations and eclectic programming that includes electrifying original material, dynamic interpretations of popular music, improvisation, and unique takes on classical repertoire. Whether performing in a nightclub, gallery space or concert hall, Warp Trio is transporting audiences to the next level of concert experience. Since their inception at the beginning of 2014, Warp Trio has maintained a broad range of repertoire ranging from traditional classical to their own original compositions and virtuoso arrangements of music spanning several different genres. They have performed as individuals all over the planet, and as a trio have begun to make their mark on the classical music scene with their energizing performances throughout the U.S.

 

BRING BACK THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’: A SALUTE TO THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS AND BLUE-EYED SOUL Featuring Chach Snook, Alex Mack and the Lonely Street Productions Band

Mar 1, 2019 - Mar 1, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

The term “blue-eyed soul,” originally coined in the 60s, refers to musicians who were influenced by soul rhythm and blues. Sensational artists such as The Righteous Brothers, The Rascals, Johnny Rivers and Hall & Oates were the cornerstones of this movement, and their music has inspired artists ever since. Bring Back That Lovin’ Feelin’ promises a soulfully sensational evening!

 

THE LIMELITERS

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

The unique blend of surging vocals, thrilling harmony, whacked out humor and classic folk music of this unique trio continue to earn them their title as The Fabulous Limeliters! The Limeliters launched their career in 1959 at San Francisco’s famous “Hungry i” and before long, founding members Alex Hassilev, Lou Gottlieb, and Glenn Yarbrough emerged as one of the dominant voices of the early 1960’s folk music scene. A string of best-selling albums for RCA Records and frequent television appearances quickly made The Limeliters a household name.

Throughout the ensuing years, the lineup has featured several spectacularly talented new members, but The Limeliters have never deviated from the integrity of the fabulous sound that they pioneered. With their energy and enthusiasm undiminished and undaunted, current members Don Marovich, Andy Corwin, and Gaylan Taylor remain as exciting an act as the genre has produced.

Don Marovich is a journeyman musician who has played professionally since 1975. Don’s early roots were in barbershop singing and he placed 2nd & 3rd in consecutive national competitions. Don went on to lead several popular music groups as well as a very active solo career in front of thousands of diverse audiences. In the 80s, Don, as a band leader, was the subject of a one hour music special that aired in 36 states on ABC television. Besides being a singer/songwriter, he also plays guitar, banjo and mandolin. He brings his considerable skill and experience to the Limeliters with great enthusiasm.

Bass player Andy Corwin is a performer and songwriter with an offbeat sense of humor and an outrageous repertoire of songs. In 2005, he won top honors at the Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” songwriting competition. In addition to The Limeliters, Andy also is a member of the folk/comedy duo: “Actual Size”. During the 1990’s, he was a member of the politically incorrect, satirical, folk quartet “The Foreman”. A native New Yorker, Andy is also an accomplished TV editor and director whose work has appeared on NBC, The History Channel, The Discovery Network, Animal Planet, A&E, and HGTV.

Gaylan Taylor’s professional career began in 1967 with the Win’ Jammers and in the 1970’s as a member of The New Christy Minstrels. In 2005, Gaylan toured with Glenn Yarbrough as the leader of Glenn’s Havenstock River Band. In addition to guitar and vocals, Gaylan plays bass and harmonica and has written well over 200 songs, two of which are on the Limeliter’s CD “Right From the Start”. A self-proclaimed “recording studio junkie”, Gaylan is equally comfortable as a vocalist, vocal arranger, instrumentalist, engineer, or producer. He is a consummate professional in terms of performance and conduct.

 

ARIZONA GHOST TOWN DOUBLE FEATURE: Ghost Town Trail / Ghost Towns of Old Arizona Two Films by Phil Wenstrand

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $10 in advance – $15 at door

Ghost Town Trail: It is getting harder and harder to follow Arizona’s mythical “Ghost Town Trail.” The trail isn’t necessarily a real place but it is composed of the few images and stories that remain of Arizona’s frontier past. The “Trail” takes the viewer down a path that leads to riches, treasure and murder. Jimmy Pierce was just eating his lunch when he discovered a fortune. The Haldeman brothers were just defending themselves but they became the victims of “The Last Hanging” of Tombstone. Join filmmaker Phil Wenstrand as he follows the stories and lives of the men and women who braved the desert to open up frontier Arizona.

Ghost Towns of Old Arizona: In the 1800’s, frontier Arizona was a very hostile place. Forbidding deserts, heat and unfriendly natives made pioneering here as tough as any place in the west. But still there were those who thought the rewards were worth the risk. Mostly they dug into the earth in search of riches. As miners dug, others built camps that turned into towns. The motion picture, “Ghost Towns of Old Arizona,” takes you into some of these interesting and often dangerous places.

 

HIGH TIDE: TRIBUTE TO THE BEACH BOYS TAD Management

Mar 7, 2019 - Mar 8, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

This Beach Boys tribute show has been featured at Disneyland and many other major venues throughout the country. The spot on vocals and versatile musicianship of the band will guarantee a rocking good time! High Tide will have you on the edge of your seat as it transports you to the beaches of southern California. This show truly captures the essence of the original Beach Boys with stunning harmonies and the genius of Brian Wilson’s music. High Tide is a great show, a great time, and fun, fun, fun till our Daddy takes the T-bird away!

 

A TRIBUTE TO MARTY ROBBINS With the Big Iron Band

Mar 9, 2019 - Mar 9, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

The Big Iron Band is back by popular demand to present their faithful tribute to the music of Marty Robbins! Marty Robbins was not only a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and racecar driver; he was one of the most successful singers in the world for the greater part of his nearly four-decade career. Robbins had sixteen number one country hits between 1952 and 1976 and many of his songs also enjoyed great success on the pop charts.

Chris Campbell, leader of the Big Iron Band, has been captured by the intriguing storytelling and resonance of Marty’s voice for most of his life. The primary objective and goal of the band is to keep the Marty Robbin’s music and memory alive for future generations. The Big Iron Band has been performing around the Arizona territory for more than a decade and is comprised of Chris Campbell lead vocals/guitar, J.D. Hoag lead guitar, Billy Easton pedal steel guitar, Rick Puzzo drums, Denny Sarver upright bass, Michael Campbell Jr. & Mike Campbell Sr. backing vocals. This year’s performance by the Big Iron Band will feature classic songs such as El Paso, White Sport Coat, Big Iron, Devil Woman, Man Walks Among Us and much more!

 

JACK LASSETER The Spanish History of California

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

California, the land of Disneyland, movie stars, freeways, and the ocean, was for some 300 years (from Cabrillo’s time in 1542 to the end of the Mexican War in 1848) part of the Spanish world. Although Cabrillo and other Spanish mariners sailed along its coast as far back as the 1500s, its first Spanish settlement didn’t come until 1769 with the establishment of presidios at San Diego and Monterey, and in the following year of 1770 with the establishment of the mission at San Diego, which would be the first of that whole string of California missions along El Camino Real. Jack will tell us all about those famous missions, their importance to the development of California, their treatment of the Indians, and the effect of their secularization; as well as the founding of San Francisco in 1776 by a Tucson boy, the Bear Revolt, the discovery of Gold at Sutter’s Mill, its importance in the Civil War and much, much more.

 

ODAIKO SONORA

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Odaiko Sonora has made taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming, accessible to residents of the southwest since 2002. Taiko is a multi-disciplinary art form rooted in Japanese and Japanese-American heritage. It is in equal parts visual, aural, kinesthetic and spiritual. Through exciting performances, high-quality instruction, school residencies and team workshops Odaiko Sonora strives to increase first-hand knowledge of Taiko and the opportunities it presents for personal growth and community service. Odaiko Sonora has been featured in numerous venues throughout the southwest including a mainstage performance at the North American Taiko Conference, and their services reach more than 100,000 people annually.

Known as “Lee sensei,” Karen Falkenstrom is co-founder and Director of Odaiko Sonora. She has studied with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, San Jose Taiko, and Shidara, and is a member of Tamarabuchi’s Jodaiko and North American Kasuga Onigumi. She serves as lead Taiko builder for Odaiko Sonora and is a 31 year veteran of arts presenting and administraiton.

 

GREEN VALLEY STAGE BAND

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Back for their annual CPAC concert, the Green Valley Stage Band has been delighting audiences throughout southern Arizona since 1990. This 20-piece band of musicians offers an eclectic blend of jazz standards from the big band era, as well as jazz interpretations of modern tunes. Original arrangements by band director Jim Parcel and band bassist Dave Rudloff add a unique flavor to the band’s sound.

 

JOE BOURNE PRESENTS: NAT KING COLE - AN UNFORGETTABLE CENTURY

Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Experience an unforgettable evening as Joe Bourne transports you back to 1956 when Cole was the first African-American performer to host his own television series. Joe will perform all the great hits of the 40’s and 50’s as he brings the artistry and soul of Nat King Cole to life once again. This performance features piano, bass and guitar (the instrumentation of Nat’s original sound) and uses arrangements that were transcribed from the original recordings complete with fascinating and educational narration. Songs include Orange Colored Sky, Walking My Baby Back Home, Paper Moon, Sweet Lorraine, Mona Lisa, Nature Boy, When I Fall In Love, Route 66, and of course….Unforgettable, as well as many more. Joe Bourne has shared the stage with Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Dionne Warwick and several other jazz and popular music greats. He has earned many prestigious international awards for his work including the Diamond of the Year and Artist of the Year for top-class entertainment in Germany, as well as the Silver Orpheus Award in Bulgaria and Jimmy Kennedy Award in Ireland.

 

*Art Workshop THE BEST OF BOTH: MIXED MEDIA- WATERCOLOR AND PASTEL Instructor: Tonja Sell

March 18th and 19th Time: 10:00 - 4:00

Fee: $265, Early Bird Special $240 if paid in full by February 16, 2019 Supply Fee: $20

Many artists new to watercolor find it not very forgiving and let’s face it- down right frustrating! In this workshop you will discover tips and techniques to loosen up and how pastel can be just to tool to save your not-so-masterful masterpiece. Dramatic and versatile, chalk pastels can be one of the most beautiful of media. When combined with watercolor it transforms your work. I will help you remove any inhibitions you may have in regard to mixing media, giving you practical insight into both watercolor and pastel.

 

*Art Workshop BOLD BRUSH! TEXTURAL ABSTRACTION & ACRYLIC APPLICATION Instructor: Tonja Sell

March 20th and 21st Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Fee: $265, Early Bird Special $240 if paid in full by February 18, 2019 Supply Fee: $20

This class is for beginner to advanced students who are interested in boldly exploring mixed media acrylic techniques and texture on a large format. We’ll explore many different acrylic mediums and their potential applications to create exciting, textural, interesting abstract paintings. We will combine acrylic mediums while exploring ways to incorporate elements of form, pattern & strong design. Students may choose to treat these as underpaintings, adding elements of realism to them or allow them to remain abstract.

 

AN EVENING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA STUDIO JAZZ BAND Directed by Dr. Angelo Versace

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble (aka Jazz A) was founded by Tom Ervin in 1972. Jeff Haskell began conducting the ensemble regularly in 1977. In its ranks have sat some of the finest young musicians in southern Arizona. The players’ names read like a “who’s who” and so does the list of soloists who have starred with the band over the years. In the 1980s the band was hired to tour with Dizzy Gillespie, a tour that exposed the students to the great teaching expertise that Dizzy had at his command. In 1991, the band recorded an album with the great Billy Taylor Trio which was released nationally. Since fall 2014, Assistant Professor Angelo Versace has served as the director of the ensemble. Together, Dr. Versace and the students continue to play the classics while exploring new material.

 

VOX URBANA

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Vox Urbana is a seven-piece band that combines Latin-based sounds with stories and experiences that occur in the Arizona/Sonora border region. The bi-national band is based in Tucson, Arizona and has been creatively narrating stories of the border community since 2010. The band’s original repertoire breaks any language barrier through its 100% danceable grooves. Vox Urbana’s instrumentation consists of guitar, keyboard, sax, trombone, bass guitar, congas, and drums. As a collective composing body, Vox Urbana continuously aims to learn and expand its musical influences. Among the musical styles found in the band’s sound and identity is a meztizaje of ethnic sounds such as Huapango (Southern Mexico), Cumbia (Colombia), Chicha (Peru), Cha-cha-cha (Cuba), along with a variety of electronic textures such as synthesizers and voice effects. Such musical recipe guarantees a high-energy performance, as well as a culturally fruitful experience to younger and older audience in the U.S./Mexico region.

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA SYMPHONIC CHOIR

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Symphonic Choir is the premier undergraduate ensemble at the University of Arizona, carrying on a sixty-five-year tradition of excellence in choral music and education. In addition to performing formal concerts on campus, on Tucson-area concert series, and on tours throughout the Southwest, the choir collaborates with university and professional ensembles, including on performances of Faure’s Requiem with University Community Chorus & Orchestra, Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with Arizona Choir, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Arizona Symphony, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the City of Prague Philharmonic, and Mahler Symphony No. 2 with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Symphonic Choir won Second Place in The American Prize 2017 competition for the college/university division, and has been invited to perform for the conferences of the Western Division of American Choral Directors Association, the Pacific-Southwest Region of College Music Society, and the Arizona Music Educators Association. Students represent a broad variety of disciplines and hail from throughout the United States. Repertoire embraces music from a wide range of cultural traditions and from every historical period up to and including new works commissioned especially for the choir. Dr. Schauer is in her fourteenth year as conductor of Symphonic Choir.

Dr. Elizabeth Schauer serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at the University of Arizona, where she is in her fourteenth year of teaching. An award-winning educator, Dr. Schauer directs the Symphonic Choir and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in conducting, literature and methods. She is in demand as an adjudicator, clinician, presenter and guest conductor throughout the United States, including recently for performances with the National High School Women’s Honor Choir at Carnegie Hall and the Connecticut and New Mexico All-State Choirs. Choirs under her direction have been selected by audition and invited to perform on local, state and regional conferences of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), National Association for Music Education, College Music Society and American Guild of Organists. In addition her choirs have been featured on the ACDA National YouTube Channel and the Community Concert Series of KUAT-FM Classical Radio, and are regularly invited to collaborate, notably with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Arizona Symphony and the UA Wind Ensemble. Repertoire embraces choral and choral-orchestral masterworks of the western canon from the Middle Ages through the present, up to and including new works commissioned for her ensembles, as well as music of our time and from a variety of cultures. She has presented sessions at the national conventions of American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) and College Music Society (CMS); regional conferences of ACDA, and state conferences of ACDA and National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Former students are active as music educators at public and private schools, churches, colleges and universities throughout the country, and have been accepted into respected graduate schools and programs for continued study. Dr. Schauer currently is Immediate Past President of Arizona ACDA, and recently served on the Conference Planning Committee of the Western Division of ACDA. She holds degrees from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Westminster Choir College and University of Michigan.

 

LUTHER COLLEGE CONCERT BAND

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

The Luther College Concert Band was formed in 1878, laying the foundations for what would become the college’s long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Directed by Joan deAlbuquerque, the Concert Band is now one of the oldest touring organizations in the nation and ranks among the country’s most outstanding college bands. From its beginnings as a student-directed brass and percussion ensemble formed with instruments from a discontinued community band, the Concert Band rose to its current position of prestige with deAlbuquerque through the influential directorships of Carlo Sperati (1905-1943), Weston Noble (1948-1973), and Frederick Nyline (1973-2011). The ensemble is rich in tradition, most apparent through the inclusion of the selections Who Puts His Trust in God Most Just and Stars and Stripes Forever at the end of almost every concert. Throughout its long history, the Concert Band has enjoyed unrivaled performance opportunities in the United States, Western Europe, Japan and Scandinavia. The ensemble tours every year, with international travel every four years.

 

HAY FEVER by Noel Coward The Santa Cruz Shoestring Players

Mar 29, 2019 - Apr 6, 2019

March 29-30 and April 4-5 at 7:00 PM March 31st and April 6th at 3:00PM Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Hay Fever is one of Noel Coward’s most durable comedies, continuing to delight audiences with its astute observations on family relationships and rivalries. The action takes place in the house of the Bliss family over the course of a weekend. Judith Bliss, a retired actress, her writer husband David, and their two grown-up children, Simon and Sorel, have all privately invited guests for the weekend, unbeknownst to anyone else. As the guests arrive, it becomes clear that it is not them who will be the problem, but the family themselves. Although Judith has supposedly retired from the stage, the nightmare weekend becomes her own private play, and her family become the supporting actors. Over the top and theatrical in their actions, the Bliss family delight in winding each other up and provoking a dramatic reaction from each other. As the weekend wears on, each guest pairs off with the wrong person with dramatic effects. The New York Times described the show as “An evening of intoxicating escape,” and The New York Post characterized it as “Light, luminous, and charming, and hilariously funny!” This production is directed by Regina Ford.

 

TRU COMPOSURE From Motown to Big Band

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Tru Composure is a high energy Motown driven ensemble. Their performances include Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Big Band, R & B, Funk and Neo Soul. In 1990, after having performed in groups that opened for national acts such as the Four Tops, Lamar White formed Tru Composure in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Belinda and their children Willona, Lamar IV and Chauna. After moving to Arizona, they began performing at numerous local venues including the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center and Ventana Canyon Resort. Though their musical talent expands from one genre to another, they are best known for their tribute to Gladys Night and Aretha Franklin as well as their captivating harmony, versatility and creativity. The White family’s musical heritage has been passed down through four generations. They love what they do and live to share their gift & talents with others.

 

SING ME BACK HOME: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF MERLE HAGGARD Kevin Sterner & The Strait Country Band

Apr 17, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Merle Haggard has been a major defining force in Country Music for more than five decades! As one of the founders of the “Bakersfield Sound,” Merle shaped the genre right from the start of his career and heavily influenced all those that followed for decades later! Sadly, Merle left us just a short time ago. We think he already knew that “His Music Lives On.” Kevin Sterner and the Strait Country Band honor the man and his music in this very special concert, performing the original arrangements of his timeless classics including “Silver Wings”, “Lonesome Fugitive”, “Big City”,” Today I Started Loving You Again”, “Lets Chase Each Other Round the Room Tonight”, “Oakie from Muskoggie”, “Working Man Blues” and many more!

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