Six concerts on tap from music department

Pima Community College’s music department will present six concerts in nine days.

Each concert will be in Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on West Campus. Tickets cost $6, with discounts available, and can be purchased at the CFA box office. For additional information, call 206-6986.

Opera and Musical Theatre Scenes

Students will perform fully staged, costumed scenes from operas and musical theater April 23-24. Show times are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Under the musical direction of Dean Schoff and the stage direction of Anna Schoff, the performances will open with scenes from operas including “Rigoletto,” “Nabucco,” “La Traviata,” “Lucia di Lammermoor,” “Le Nozze di Figaro” and “Don Giovanni.”

The second half of the program will feature scenes from popular musicals such as “Sweeney Todd,” “The Music Man,” “Chicago,” “Jekyll and Hyde” and “West Side Story.”

-By Jacquelyn Montaño

PCC Jazz Ensemble

The 18-piece PCC Jazz Ensemble will perform Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Mike Kuhn.

The concert will include arrangements by Sammy Nextico and Les Hooper. Featured soloists are Kuhn on tenor sax, Glen Gross on trumpet and vocalist Lali Smith.

In addition to instructing jazz ensemble and improvisation classes at PCC, Kuhn plays jazz saxophone with the Arizona Jazz Orchestra and performs at a variety of Tucson venues.

-By Austin Driscoll

PCC Wind Ensemble

PCC Wind Ensemble with
Canyon del Oro High School Concert Band

PCC’s Wind Ensemble will team with the Canyon del Oro High School Concert Band for a joint spring concert on Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Nelson directs the Wind Ensemble and Darrell Prochaska directs the CDO Concert Band.

Each band will play a separate program, then combine to perform the final two works, “The Harry Potter Suite” by John Williams and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March” by Karl L. King.

Featured Wind Ensemble works include the “Hounds of Spring” overture, “The Carnival of Venice” variations (featuring trumpet section leader Todd Austin), the symphonic suite from “Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace” and “The Pomp and Circumstance March Number 1.”

The Canyon del Oro band will perform “Circle of Life” by Elton John and “Amazing Grace” arranged by Frank Tichelli.

-By Austin Driscoll

PCC Orchestra

The PCC Orchestra will perform works by Handel, Vivaldi, Smetana and Beethoven on Saturday, May 1, at 3 p.m. under the direction of Alexander Tentser.

Orchestra members include high school students, college students and community adults who play strings, woodwinds and piano.

Tentser came to the United States in 1990 from the highly regarded Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow, Russia. In addition to directing the orchestra, he teaches piano classes at PCC.

-By Laura Halverson

Photos courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts

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