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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

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 7:00 PM

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!

 

*Art Workshop BALANCING OPPOSITES: THE YIN AND YANG OF COMPOSITION Instructor: Jane Davies

April 29th, 30th, May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 9:30-4:30

Fee: $610, Early Bird Special $550 if paid in full by February 25, 2019 Supply Fee: $10

The concept of composition is elusive. Approaching composition from the standpoint of Balancing Opposites can be an enlightening way to tackle the subject. In teaching, I find myself repeatedly saying things like: “all of your colors are saturated. How about balancing that out with some neutrals?” or “your piece is very busy; how about some quiet space?” In this workshop we will explore the elements and principles of composition in terms of pairs of opposites: bright/dull; large/small; textured/smooth; busy/quiet, and so forth. You will come away with the tools to create dynamic compositions, and a deeper understanding of how to balance the Yin and Yang of composition!

 

ARIZONA OPERA PRESENTS: SCENES FROM MOZART’S COSI FAN TUTTE Featuring Artists from the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Come join members of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio for a performance of scenes from Mozart’s masterpiece, “Cosi fan Tutte.” Filled with favorite arias and ensembles, “Cosi fan Tutte” tells the story of four young lovers whose love and fidelity are put to the test in this comedic tour de force. Beloved for its libretto full of wit and comedic panache by DaPonte, and its effervescent yet masterful vocal writing by Mozart, this performance is not to be missed!

Selected from a highly competitive audition process held throughout the country, members of the Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio can be seen performing in Arizona Opera’s mainstage performances and throughout Arizona. They have performed to great acclaim at many of the most famous venues in the United States and beyond. The Studio provides well-rounded, personalize instruction that propels each artist towards the heights of their field.

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