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GREEN VALLEY SUMMER CHORUS

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

Join the Green Valley Summer Chorus in celebrating their third annual summer concert here at CPAC. This thirty-voice ensemble, under the direction of Tamara Kahrimanis, will feature a variety of music ranging across the choral repertoire. The majority of the chorus members currently perform in the Green Valley Community Chorus, a non-profit choir composed of approximately 80 enthusiastic voices from surrounding southern Arizona communities. Their mission is to bring beautiful music from all eras of history to our community through quality performances of great choral works, both sacred and secular. This concert will include selections such as Bridge Over Troubled Water, Puttin on the Ritz, Sunrise Sunset, Look to the Rainbow, Singing in the Rain and Aaron Copeland’s arrangement of Shall We Gather at the River.

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ARIZONA FRONTIER DOUBLE FEATURE: Legends of the Lost Dutchman / Mysteries of Canyon Diablo Two Films by Phil Wenstrand

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $10 in advance – all tickets $15 at door

For well over a hundred years prospectors, adventurers and even tourists have searched in vain for the famous Lost Dutchman gold mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains. Dozens have died in this rugged place only a few miles from downtown Phoenix. Was there a “Dutchman” and did he have a fabulous mine that contained, in his words “enough treasure for ten men?” “Legends of the Lost Dutchman” follows his trail and those of the men and women who continue to search.

For a brief time in the 1880’s the little town of Canyon Diablo in northern Arizona became the wickedest place on the frontier. With a killing almost every day, no lawman dared step foot in this den of gamblers, robbers and thieves. This was “the end of the track,” a community of tents, tar paper shacks and killers.

Both of these films were produced by Arizona filmmaker Phil Wenstrand. These films sold out in February so don’t miss your chance to see it this time around! Question and answer session with Phil Wenstrand to follow both films.

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CPAC THEATER GRAND REOPENING RECEPTION!

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Admission is free: Tickets are required for admission

What better way to kick off the season than to celebrate our newly renovated theater featuring improved seating along with a few other bells and whistles? This reception will honor CPAC’s generous donors, patrons and participants in the theater seat campaign. A wine and cheese reception will take place in the theater lobby at 3:30pm followed by a sneak preview of Shoestring Theater’s upcoming season and an overview of the 2015-2016 CPAC schedule. This event is open to all CPAC members and donors or those who have purchased season tickets and flex passes. Tickets are available through the CPAC office.

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Cannonball Jazz Combo Featuring Members of the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps Band

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Admission is free (ticket required for entry)

Named after Jazz musician and former soldier, Julian “Cannonball” Adderly, Cannonball Combo is the jazz team for the MI Corps Band. In addition to traditional jazz, this ensemble creates its own arrangements of current hits from all genres. Cannonball Combo performs concerts in a variety of venues from schools and festivals to military balls and receptions.

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ROBERT MIRIBAL

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner, Robert Mirabal, lives with his family at the foot of the sacred Taos Mountain in northern New Mexico. Maintaining a traditional life, keeping the centuries-old customs of the Taos Pueblo people, Robert has been described as a Native American “Renaissance man” – musician, composer, painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer – and he travels extensively playing his music all over the world. If you live a traditional life you see things differently—spiritually and musically. His first flute came when he was 18 with money he borrowed from his grandmother, and shortly afterward he had the opportunity to meet Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai who greatly influenced him. When we met he looked at my hands and laughed. He said, “I have that same scar. It’s the scar of the flute maker.”

In the years since, Robert has continued the evolution of his flute making and has also become an accomplished novelist, poet, craftsman, composer, dancer, actor, painter, sculptor, concert performer and recording artist. His 12 albums of traditional music, rock and roll, and spoken word present a contemporary view of American Indian life that is unequaled. My music is informed by the ceremonial music that I’ve heard all my life. A leading proponent of world music, Robert has merged his indigenous American sound with those of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, tapping into a planetary pulse with a style that defies categorization. My travels have provided me with experiences that I could have never imagined, and exposed me to a global sound and a global voice.

Whether as a composer, songwriter, or musician, Robert has won many honors including two-time Native American Artist of the Year, three-time Songwriter of the Year, a 2006 GRAMMY Award for Sacred Ground, and his 2008 GRAMMY Award for Johnny Whitehorse Totemic Flute Chants, blending all of Robert’s influences into a musical landscape that conjures up both the historic and contemporary West. His 2002 breakthrough PBS Special, Music From a Painted Cave, is unsurpassed in Native American theatrical expression. He is also the author of A Skeleton of a Bridge – a book of poetry, prose, and short stories, and most recently his book, Running Alone in Photographs, a memoir laced with gritty, introspective prose, that opens a window to a palpable experience of life in the Pueblo.

As a theatrical performer, Robert is no stranger to transforming himself. He portrayed Tony Lujan (Taos Pueblo), the famed husband of Mable Dodge Lujan, in the movie Georgia O’Keeffe, a retrospective about artist Georgia O’Keeffe starring three-time Academy Award nominee, Joan Allen. In recent year’s, Robert has appeared on Japanese and Italian TV as well as several guest roles on Walker Texas Ranger. His current one-man show is based on his music and stories of traditional agriculture.

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ANDY NELSON Cowboy Poet and Humorist

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

As a second-generation farrier, Andy Nelson has the experience and the talents and humor to bring authenticity and entertainment to an audience. Raised in Oakley, Idaho, Andy traveled the Great Basin of southern Idaho, northern Utah and northern Nevada with his father on farrier jobs, from the time he was a child until he went off to college, and while in college at Utah State University, he continued to shoe horses for the USU Horsemanship Program. Now Andy lives in Pinedale, Wyoming, where among other things, he and his wife Jaclyn raise horses and children. Andy and his farrier brother Jim, co-host the “Clear Out West (C.O.W.) Radio” weekly syndicated radio show, and the brothers are in demand as announcers at regional rodeos. Andy has won numerous awards including the 2006, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Western Music Association Male Poet of the Year.

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OKTOBERFEST AT CPAC Featuring the Bavarian Brass Band of Green Valley

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance/$30 at door ($190 for a table of 8)

Celebrate Oktoberfest in an outstanding outdoor setting with the 20-piece Bavarian Brass Band. The ensemble was started in 1996 by founding director, Earl Harrison, and has been entertaining audiences ever since with energetic polkas, marches, folksongs and waltzes. The band is currently directed by Lance Hoopes and features the yodeling talents of Tamara Kahrimanis. Ticket price includes brats, schnitzel with gravy, German potato salad, vegetable dish, strudel and two drink tickets!

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MARIACHI SOL AZTECA

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

In 2001, two local high school students had a vision to create a respectable ensemble of mariachi musicians that would represent their culture and enrich the spirit of mariachi music. It is through strategic efforts by director Angel Guzman and committed members that turned this vision into a reality. Over the years, Mariachi Sol Azteca has grown to 13 musicians that consist of violins, trumpets, guitars, a vihuela, a guitarron and a harp. Members of Mariachi Sol Azteca are active participants in local Arizona communities and have worked diligently to create a sound progressive to Mariachi music. They have a passion to share their music with others by performing for private events and community events that facilitate cultural growth. In an effort to keep mariachi music thriving, several members of Mariachi Sol Azteca have become well-respected youth mariachi music educators. A primary mission of Mariachi Sol Azteca is to inspire others and continue preserving mariachi music in a professional and respectful way.

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THE MAGIC OF MICHAEL FINNEY

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

Comic Magician Michael Finney received the Academy of Magical Arts Award for Comedy Magician of the year in 2004. Michael has lived in Phoenix since 1978 and worked as a magic bartender at the Golden Eagle Restaurant, where he was hailed as one of Phoenix’s best bartenders by the New Times, and house magician for three years at Legend City Amusement Park. In 1986, he was a finalist on Star Search with Ed McMahon. He also opened FINNEYBONES Comedy Club, which ran until 1993 when he went on to pursue his budding comedy career. In 1987, he received the Silver Lions Head award from Siegfried & Roy for comedy and magic. He continued to do comedy clubs across the United States as much as up to 40 weeks a year. Finney has made six appearances on Fox’s Cornie Strip Live; HBO’s Comics on The Road; and Two NBC specials hosted by John Ritter, World’s Greatest Magic and World’s Wildest Magic. He also appeared on the Magic Hour with Hall of Fame basketball star, Magic Johnson. Michael was also invited to perform at the Inauguration of President Bush in January 2001. Most recently, he has made two appearances on the George Lopez Show. At present, Michael continues appearing at corporate events, casino resorts and performs abroad having just returned from England where he performed in Manchester and New Castle.

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SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME by Frank McGuinness

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

This powerful and moving play, set in Beirut, Lebanon in the 1980s, is based on a true story. In the perma-darkness of a windowless room, with one ankle shackled, English academic Michael, Irish journalist Edward, and American doctor Adam wonder what they have done to deserve captivity and when, if ever, they might see their loved ones again. Having little contact with their unseen captors, and none whatsoever with the outside world, the men use dark humor and their vivid imaginations to forge their own reality within the walls of their cell. As victims of political action, powerless to initiate change, what can they do? How do they live and survive? Filled with humor and pathos, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me is ultimately a remarkable celebration of the human spirit. This play was first staged in July 1992 at the Hampstead Theater in London. It was later produced on Broadway at the Booth Theater and ran for almost 300 performances. This production is directed by Amanda Urbaniak.

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JACK LASSETER The Declaration of Independence

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

This is the first of the long awaited series of talks on the legal history of our country. Would you ever commit treason? That is what those men did when they signed the Declaration of Independence. Imagine for a moment what a momentous decision it was for them. Each was risking not only his own life, liberty and property, but also his family’s safety and security. Who were they and what happened to them? What would make such an act of defiance against the king even thinkable? It was not just “taxation without representation” as we like to say. Come and hear the fascinating story of this signal event in our nation’s history and discover what set the stage to define who we are as a people!

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OLD PUEBLO JAZZ BAND

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

The Old Pueblo Jazz Band plays the music of New Orleans- style Dixieland in addition to contemporary and big band swing. The band is made up of fine jazz musicians who currently per- form with The DixieCats, the ThorsSounds, Tucson Swings! big band, Big Band Express, and others. Band members have played in the Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Washington, DC, and in groups such as the Disneyland Band and the Johnny Lewis Big Band. You won’t be able to keep your feet from moving once you hear the Old Pueblo Jazz Band!

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TO ELLA WITH LOVE With Crystal Stark

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Singing sensation, Crystal Stark, takes the stage in an evening devoted to celebrating American legend Ella Fitzgerald. Joined by keyboardist and arranger, Khris Dodge, and special guests on bass and drums, Crystal will scat, swing, and serenade you with hits such as “Bewitched,” “The Sunny Side of the Street,” “A Tisket, A Tasket,” and “Blue Skies.” It’s an evening you won’t want to miss.

When powerhouse vocalist Crystal Stark performs, she doesn’t just take the stage – she owns it. The international performer and American Idol semi-finalist got her start singing in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. After American Idol, Crystal quickly went on to win Adult Contemporary Vocalist and Best of Show at Gospel Music Association’s Music in the Rockies competition and was asked to perform at Disney World. Her subsequent travels have taken her to venues all over the world including tours in Mexico and China. She has shared the stage with such talents as trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Matt Marshak and beloved comedian Bob Newhart. Crystal has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Regis & Kelly, The Today Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live among others.

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BLUE, BLUES AND BOOGIE Joe Bourne and Arthur Migliazza

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

This show is a blues and boogie-woogie blast! Vocalist Joe Bourne and boogie-woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza present Blue, Blues and boogie-woogie, an eclectic blend of great songs saluting the color “Blue” and the “blues” style with a supporting cast of accomplished musicians and special guests. Selections include Blue Monday, Blue Suede Shoes, Birth of The Blues, Blue Moon, Blues in the Night, Stormy Monday Blues, Blue Skies, When Sunny Gets Blue, Purple Rain, Every Day Blues and many other Great American song book standards.

Award winning Blues and boogie-woogie pianist Arthur Migliazza began playing the piano professionally at the age of 13. He has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. During his 20 plus years of performing he has been privileged to play on some of the world’s greatest stages including Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow as part of the sold out Kings of Boogie Tour, the Glen Gould Studio in Toronto and on National Public Radio in the US. In 2014 he received the Best of the Blues Award for Best Keyboardist in Washington State. His latest album, Laying It Down, also appeared on the GRAMMY Entry List for the 2015 Grammy award nominations.

Born in Cambridge, MA, music became a part of Joe Bourne’s life at an early age. Inspired by such greats as Nat King Cole and Lou Rawls, Joe’s own singing style rapidly became known to audiences around the globe. Joe’s career grew from lead singer of a local Top 40 band, to the international status he now enjoys. He has recorded several cds and has been featured in commercials for Delta Airlines and Coca Cola. After moving to Europe, Joe began performing for the American and Dutch military and supported acts such as Natalie Cole, The Pointer Sisters and Dionne Warwick. Joe has performed concerts in Scandinavia, Aruba, Indonesia, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Bulgaria and Ireland among others.

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R. CARLOS NAKAI QUARTET

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Multiple GRAMMY® Nominee and Native American Music Award Winner, R. Carlos Nakai, returns to CPAC with his quartet and a newly released recording. Mixing original compositions with inspired improvisations, the music of R. Carlos Nakai Quartet spans the sonic spectrum from quietly contemplative to highly combustible and from soothingly meditative to irresistibly danceable, always delivered with an impeccable blend of rhythm, melody and harmony and a positive vibration: global native fusion for body, mind and soul. The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet features R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flutes, concert flute, trumpet and voice; Will Clipman on drums, pan-global percussion and voice; AmoChip Dabney on saxophones, keyboards, acoustic guitar and voice; and Johnny Walker on bass and voice.

R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. Since 1983 he has released over thirty-six albums, has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, and has led a variety of genre-transcending world music ensembles. Nakai has made musical history by bringing the Native American flute into the classical concert hall, performing with over fifteen symphony and chamber orchestras. Nakai has sold over four million total albums worldwide, contributed music to multiple major motion pictures and has been featured as guest artist on numerous recordings.

Will Clipman has recorded over sixty albums, including over thirty for Canyon Records, where he is regarded as the house percussionist. In addition to his solo work and his contributions to a host of bands and ensembles in every imaginable musical genre. Interwoven with his musical career, Will has been an arts educator for thirty-five years, conducting over two hundred artist-in-residencies and workshops for students of all ages in myriad settings including public and private schools, universities, libraries and art galleries.

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NASHVILLE GOLD

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20/$25 in advance – all ticket $25 at door

The audience will be stompin’ their boots and singing along as TAD MANAGEMENT presents their most recent production, NASHVILLE GOLD, featuring the music of the greatest country artists of all time. Each facet of country music is included, from everyone’s favorite kings and queens of country to musical outlaws, urban cowboys and honky-tonk heroes. You’ll hear all the hits and feel like you’ve got a front row seat at the Opry House or in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The one thing they had in common was to create unforgettable county music and you’ll hear it all in NASHVILLE GOLD. From the earliest days of what was referred to as ‘Hillbilly Music” thru the Grand Ole Opry, Singing Cowboys, Western Swing, Honky Tonk, The Nashville Sound, Outlaw Country, and Urban Cowboy, right up to today’s New Country, no era of good ol’ American music is left behind in NASHVILLE GOLD!

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JACK LASSETER Our Founding Fathers

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

When we talk about our founding fathers, we usually refer to them collectively with that inanimate moniker, “The Founding Fathers,” and thus they lose their humanity and become for us just marble statues in front of Federal buildings and at historic sites across the country. But they were real men, individuals like George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, each with his own fascinating story to tell. As Jack recounts their stories, you will never again think of them in the same way.

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GABRIEL AYALA QUINTET

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing music. In 2010, Gabriel invented a new genre of music called “Jazzmenco,” combining classical flamenco and jazz. Recently named Native American artist of the year, Gabriel has performed all over the world including in Vatican City for the Pope, in Washington DC at President Obama’s first inaugural ball and in South Africa as a guest of the government. He was a featured performer at the “Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica” in Venezuela with performances on National Public Television. Gabriel also regularly plays local venues such as the Phoenix Instrument Museum.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997 and has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college. Gabriel has shared the stage with Motown living legends The Four Tops, The Temptations, Richie Havens, Dr. John and many others. As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries he serves as an advocate for education for all youth. Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women.”

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THE BIRD DOGS PRESENT, THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

When the guitar became electric, the Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock n Roll with countless hits and classics. The Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilized the blend of two-part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and the Everly Brothers continue to influence artists around the world. The Bird Dogs (five-piece), led by two real life brothers Zachary and Dylan Zmed, bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers Experience to the stage. Zachary and Dylan have been described as having a striking resemblance to the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly.

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BLUE CHRISTMAS: A TRIBUTE TO ELVIS Lonely Street Productions

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

The holidays were always a very special time for The King Of Rock n’ Roll. For Elvis, the holidays meant a time of sharing with friends, family, and even complete strangers! No expense was spared when it came to decorating Graceland for Christmas, and Elvis took the same approach when it came time to record holiday music. During his lifetime, he released three albums of songs to celebrate the season, which have since been re-packaged and re-configured many different ways. This heart-warming show features some of The King’s best loved holiday favorites mixed in with a healthy dose of top hits from throughout his career.

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RUN BOY RUN Bluegrass and Folk

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Existing in the tension between tradition and frontier, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner and Prairie Home Companion guest, Run Boy Run, truly exceeds the sum of its parts as touches of classical, jazz, and folk express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound. It’s no surprise that the band counts Garrison Keillor of NPR’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ and renowned Irish fiddler Kevin Burke among their growing legion of fans.

The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (fiddle, guitar) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals) and sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals). With a deeply rooted familial connection to traditional American music, Run Boy Run didn’t come lately to their sound; it’s in their collective blood.

The unique sound of the band is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, continuing a sense of innovation in traditional American music put forth by bands such as Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and The Wailin’ Jennys. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and brimming with beauty. Three strong female voices, singing separately or in harmony, weave a tapestry of sound, and the award-winning fiddlers cut a path for a tightly formed rhythmic front. Every arrangement is – at its core – captivating.

From winning the band contest at Pickin’ In The Pines (mere weeks after forming in 2009) and a special appearance at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2012, to two appearances on NPR’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ (host Garrison Keillor was also impressed enough that he penned the liner notes to the band’s debut album), they were tagged by Paste Magazine as “One of the top 10 Arizona bands to hear now.” They’ve been making fans across the U.S. with their open-ended musical approach and dynamic stage presence, and will take that live show back across the country coast to coast this summer and fall.

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SONS OF ORPHEUS

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15 in advance – $20 at door

Founded and led by the distinguished tenor, Grayson Hirst, this community-based men’s choral organization is comprised of men from all walks of life. Members include professional musicians, retired businessmen, scholars, teachers, doctors and others. Sons of Orpheus is a not-for-profit organization which provides music scholarships and supports food banks and other numerous community organizations. They have performed with the Balalaika Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Orchestra and the Tucson Boys and Girls Choruses, among others.

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CLASS OF ’67: TOP HITS FROM 50 YEARS AGO Lonely Street Productions

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

This annual salute to the Billboard Top 100 singles from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1967 such as, “I’m a Believer,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Somebody To Love,” and “Penny Lane.” Now’s the time to get nostalgic with the Lonely Street Band as they perform hits by The Stones, The Supremes, Jefferson Airplane and more!

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JACK LASSETER The Constitution of the United States

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

It was a hot and humid summer in Philadelphia in the year 1787 when delegates from the various states got together to create a Federal Government. It was not the best temperature for such as arduous task, but it couldn’t wait. Something had to be done if we were to survive as one people. Come and hear the tale of how these diverse contesting states, some big and some small, some rich and some poor, some commercial and some rural, some slave-holding and some not, all were able to get together and create one central government. The story of how it was accomplished is one of the epic moments in American history.

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NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $30 in advance – $35 at door

Folk Music Legends, the world-famous group, The New Christy Minstrels®, is still under the direction of Randy Sparks, and the group is now better than they were in their hey-day. They won a Grammy for their very first album and have Gold Records galore. Now officially seven members strong, they are a mix of old and new and one of the best collection of performers ever to have been billed as The New Christy Minstrels®. Each performer adds a diverse and unique talent to the pool. “We’re still alive, we’re still creative, and still eager to please, so we make a deal with the audience: We’ll do all the old songs you came to hear, if you’ll allow just a couple of newer ones,” says the group’s leader Randy Sparks. The same songwriter who penned their hits “Today,” “Green Green,” “Saturday Night,” “Denver,” and “Mighty Mississippi” is still at it, and the Randy Sparks magic is quite happily alive and well. They will play songs from their 2013 CD titled Nice Time To Be Alive, as well as their Greatest Hits CD titled Recycled: What’s Old is New. Autographs are given after the concert so that the group can thank the nice people for coming to their concert. No performing group has ever spawned so many successful musical careers as The New Christy Minstrels®. “For over fifty years we have been the best talent show ever,” says Sparks. “We still are.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see this legendary group in concert!

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BIG BAND SOUNDS

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Big Band Sounds is one of the finest, swinging big bands in the greater Tucson area. The band is made up of 17 professional jazz players and a vocalist, who have all had vast experience performing in big bands all over the United States for many years. These talented musicians combined with their carefully selected and well rehearsed arrangements will remind you why big band music has continued pleasing and exciting audiences for three quarters of a century. The band is led by Richard Blickenstaff, who has been a fixture in the Tucson jazz scene for several decades.

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DECEMBER ’63: A TRIBUTE TO FRANKIE VALLI AND THE FOUR SEASONS

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20/$25 in advance – all ticket $25 at door

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons comes to life in this one-of-a-kind concert experience. December ’63 showcases all your favorite songs from Frankie Valli including the classics that have been thrilling audiences for decades along with the most popular singles from the Broadway blockbuster musical, The Jersey Boys. This re-creation of a Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons concert will have you reaching for the high notes as our cast and band take you on musical journey with stops at every phase of the careers of Frankie and the boys!

In 1962, the group released their first album, featuring the single “Sherry,” which was not only their first charted hit but also their first number-one song. The Four Seasons followed up “Sherry” with several million selling hits, including “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” (their second #1 hit), “Walk Like A Man,” (their third #1), “Candy Girl” and several others. From 1962 to early 1964, only The Beach Boys matched the Four Seasons in record sales in the U.S. The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and joined the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. They are one of the best selling groups of all time having sold 175 million records worldwide. Come out and enjoy a night of timeless classics!

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PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Private Lives is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. When discovered by their jilted lovers, all four individuals find themselves in the midst of the most compromising of situations.

Brilliant and witty, Noel Coward’s comedy of manners is a delightful romp. Since its premiere at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh in 1930, this uniquely humorous play boasts numerous successful Broadway runs with such as stars Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. This production is directed by Susan Voorhees.

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PAVLO Mediterranean and World Music

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25 in advance – $30 at door

Pavlo has come full circle since he introduced his Mediterranean brand in 1998, primarily recording all-instrumental music. Pavlo has an unmatched ability to melodically unite world instruments into his sound seamlessly, all the while staying true to his distinct Mediterranean guitar signature. In his 9th album,” Six String Blvd,” Pavlo incorporates the world’s most exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound. Influenced by his travels, you will be captured by the Chinese Ehru; the Portuguese Guitarra; the Arabic Flute; the Indian Sitar and of course the Greek Bouzouki. It has never been more convincing, Pavlo and his band of elite musicians are true world artists, and have become famous for bringing every audience to their feet. Pavlo continues to tour worldwide performing over 150 shows per year and is still driven by his father’s famous words: “Have the courage to do what you love, and the drive to do it well.”

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MANHATTAN DOLLS Sentimental Journey: Music from the 1930s/40s in the syle of the Andrews Sisters

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Hop aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo and join The Manhattan Dolls and a four-piece combo (keys, drums, bass and trumpet) on a Sentimental Journey through the great music of the 30s and 40s. Sit back and enjoy these timeless classics, or if you’re In the Mood, get up and dance! Sentimental Journey blends beautiful ballads with your favorite toe-tapping tunes, and of course, in classic USO fashion, takes some time to honor our brave men and women in the military. From boogie-woogie to the blues, Sentimental Journey celebrates the best the Great American Songbook has to offer.

The Manhattan Dolls originated in New York City and are a swing-style female vocal trio with the sound of the Andrews Sisters. Started by a former USO Girl, The Dolls travel the world performing for military events, cruise ships, parades, jazz clubs, concert series, you name it! They have been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, BBC Radio London, Fox and Friends, The Tucson Morning Blend, Cincinnati Local 12 and more. They have had the pleasure of performing with famous bands including The Jive Aces in the UK, The Cotton Candies in France and The George Gee Orchestra and The Stan Rubin Orchestra in NYC.

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MAN IN BLACK: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $25/$30 in advance – all tickets $30 at door

Celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash with this critically acclaimed concert production featuring the most popular songs from his nearly 50 year career. Starring national touring and recording artist, Robert Shaw (from the Chicago cast of Broadway’s smash-hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet”), and his Lonely Street Band playing your favorite Cash hits – from the early days of “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line” on through the decades, including “Ring of Fire”, “A Boy Named Sue”, and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” This concert brings to life the authentic Cash sound that’s been described as “steady like a train, sharp like a razor.” With first-rate costumes, world-class musicians, and top-notch production values, this is a must-see for anyone who’s ever enjoyed the music of The Man In Black!

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REX ALLEN JR.

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $20 in advance – $25 at door

Western music icon Rex Allen Jr. returns to CPAC during his final tour of Arizona before a well deserved retirement! Rex Allen Jr. was the star of Yesteryear and The Statler Brothers Show on TNN for over 8 years. With over 50 hits like It’s Over, Lonely Street and Two Less Lonely People, Rex is truly a living legacy of Country and Western. The namesake heir of Hollywood’s last singing cowboy and a revered narrator, Rex the younger shares his father’s greatest gift – his voice. Rex has been inducted into the Western Music Hall of Fame in addition to the Arizona Entertainers and Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2011, The State of Arizona declared Rex’s song I Love You Arizona the official song of the Arizona centennial. Rex Allen Jr. is the consummate actor, singer and entertainer and his audiences always leave the show knowing they have been supremely entertained.

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JACK LASSETER The U.S. Supreme Court and its Historical Role in Defining Our Culture

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

This is the story of the United States Supreme Court and the role that it has played throughout our country’s history in the formulating and defining of our culture and who we are as a people. It is a story of some very great legal minds with a vision of what our country should be, and some not so great, bogged down in the mire of the politics and prejudice of their time. The Court has certainly had its highs and lows, but it is all part of our story of who we were then and who we are today. It is a thought provoking tale expertly told by lawyer-historian Jack Lasseter.

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TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET

Community Performing Arts Center Foundation
Green Valley, AZ

Tickets: $15/$20 in advance – all tickets $20 at door

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet entertains a wide variety of audiences with its versatile repertoire ranging from the Baroque to Broadway and Dixieland Jazz to traditional classics. A brass quintet is the most powerful of the chamber ensembles, and can fill up a hall with its grand sound like an organ. In the hands of these superb musicians, it can also sing soft and sweet, bringing you to the edge of your seat, and get your toes tapping with jazzy tunes to boot. The TSO Brass Quintet has built a loyal fan base with adult and youth audiences across southern Arizona.

Jonah Levy is a diverse trumpeter whose musical background has taken him to New York City as a klezmer bandleader, around the world as a cruise ship show band musician, to the Sony, Warner Bros. and Fox scoring stages as a recording artist in Los Angeles, to some of the worlds famous concert halls as an orchestral musician, and now to Tucson where he is currently acting as Principal Trumpet. As one of the leading young American contemporary-music trumpeters, Jonah has been noted for his work as a soloist in chamber ensemble ‘wildUp’ and the opera company ‘The Industry’ by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Jonah was formerly principal trumpet of the American Youth Symphony, YMF Debut Orchestra, and the Orquesta Filharmonica de Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico. He studied with James Thompson (Eastman School of Music-Montreal Symphony Orchestra), Edward Carroll (California Institute of the Arts-Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra), and James Wilt (The Colburn School-Los Angeles Philharmonic), as well as private studies with Mark Inouye (San Francisco Symphony), Glenn Fischthal (San Francisco Symphony), and Markus Stockhausen. On March 20th, 2016, Jonah will act as co-principal trumpet for the Pierre Boulez Memorial Concert in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Betsy Bright is currently second trumpet in the Tucson Symphony. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Betsy was a student of Robert Nagel. She attended college at the Shenandoah Conservatory outside of Washington, DC where she studied trumpet with Adel Sanchez and composition with Thomas Albert. She graduated summa cum laude in 2003 with a BM in performance and a minor in composition, earning the Wilkins Conservatory Award. Before moving to Tucson, Betsy performed often with the National Symphony Orchestra and held summer positions with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra and Bay View Music Festival faculty brass quintet. She is a frequent sub with the Phoenix Symphony and maintains a private trumpet studio.

Victor Valenzuela is currently Third Horn with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As well as holding this position, he is also Instructor of Brass at Pima Community College. Mr. Valenzuela holds Degrees from New Mexico State University and Northwestern University. He has performed with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Phoenix Symphony, El Paso Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and the Arizona Opera. He has toured with the National Symphony of Mexico during its 2002 North American Tour. Mr. Valenzuela has performed for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games, the 1986 re-opening of the Statue of Liberty and the 1988 Celebration of the Declaration of Independence.

Michael Becker was named Principal Trombone of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2000. In 2002 and 2005, Mr. Becker performed on tour with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Prior to this appointment, he was Second Trombone of the Honolulu Symphony from 1990-1996 and Principal Trombone of the Savannah Symphony from 1987-88.Mr Becker has performed all over the world including with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the World Orchestra with Sir Georg Solti in Geneva, Switzerland; Baden-Baden, Germany; and London, England. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in music performance from Indiana University and Arizona State University, respectfully. Mr. Becker is also a dedicated teacher and clinician. He taught adjunct at University of Arizona and University of Hawaii at Manoa. David Morgan was appointed principal tuba of the Tucson Symphony in 2010. He hails from Vienna, Virginia, a bustling suburb of Washington, DC. David studied tuba with Michael Bunn (Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra) at the Shenandoah Conservatory; he earned a bachelor of music in tuba performance in 2003 and minored in bass trombone. He continued his education at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied tuba with Sumner Erickson of the Pittsburgh Symphony. David has performed at the Aspen, Hot Springs, and Bay View Music Festivals as well as having freelanced throughout the DC area.

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