Dance Festival: Oct. 19-20

Thirty dance classes and special workshops focusing on rhythm will be offered at the first-ever Dance Festival of Southern Arizona on Oct. 19-20.

The sessions will be held at Tucson High Magnet School, 400 N. Second St., beginning at 8:30 a.m.

A public performance, “STEP to the Rhythm, DANCE to the Rhythm,” spotlighting ballet, hip-hop, tango, modern/contemporary and tap will be staged Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. at University High School, 421 N. Arcadia Ave.

PCC dance students and their director, Aurora Goncalves-Shaner, will participate, along with dancers, companies and choreographers from southern and central Arizona.

Admission is $15 for adults in advance and $20 at the door, with discounts available. Tickets are available online through

Krystyna Parafinczuk, an adjunct Pima dance instructor, is producing the festival through her nonprofit Arizona Dance Coalition and the Arizona Dance Education Organization.

For more information, visit azdancecoalition,org/dance-fest-soaz.

-By Katie Stewart

Wind Ensemble concert: Oct. 24

The Pima Community College Wind Ensemble will perform its first concert of the fall semester, under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson.

The concert will be on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater at PCC’s West Campus. Tickets are $6, with discounts available.

The show will open with Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” overture. Other selections will include “Handel in the Strand” by Percy Grainger, “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst, “Four Gypsy Dances” by Jan Van der Roost and the “Rolling Thunder” march by Henry Fillmore.

The woodwind, percussion and bass ensembles will perform chamber music, including an original percussion trio composition by PCC student Mark Holdaway.

For more information, visit or call 206-6986.

-By Brenda Pacheco

College Chorale, Singers: Oct 27

Pima Community College’s Chorale and College Singers will perform in concert on Sunday, Oct. 27, under the direction of Jonathan Ng.

The performance will begin at 3 p.m. at the Center for the Arts Proscenium Theater at PCC’s West Campus. Tickets are $6, with discounts available.

The Chorale will sing “Beautiful Dreamer” by Stephen Foster and the Irish folk song “Danny Boy” in addition to two sacred pieces, “Ave Maria” and “Heavenly Light.”

The Chorale will also perform three Broadway selections, “Love Changes Everything,” “All I Asked of You” and “Over the Rainbow.”

College Singers will perform two sets of English part songs, including Op. 18 by Edward Elgar: “O Happy Eyes,” “Love” and “My Love Dwelt in a Northern Land.”

They will also sing “Old American Songs Set Two” by Aaron Copland: “The Little Horses,” “Zion’s Wall,” “The Golden Willow Tree,” “At the River” and “Ching-a-ring Chaw.”

The choruses will combine to perform selections from “The Creation” by Joseph Haydn: “The Marv’llous Work” and “The Heavens are Telling.”

For more information, call 206-6986 or visit

By Brenda Pacheco

Art exhibit opens Oct. 28

Work by 16 artists will be on display when Pima Community College hosts “CONSTRUCT: Putting it Together” at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery from Oct. 28 to Dec. 13.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. A gallery talk will be held on Nov. 6 at 2 p.m., and a reception will follow from 5-7 p.m.

Featured artists are Tony Berlant, Ann Keuper, Joy Fox, Betty and Joe Harris, Joan Marum, Clark Trujillo, Judy Miller, Marvin Shaver, Lloyd Schermer, Julie Sasse, Albert Kogel, David Adix, Joe Hatton, Ellen McMahon and Nick Georgiou.

The exhibit is under the direction of curator David Andres.

The Bernal Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts complex on West Campus.

Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans’ Day and Nov. 28-31 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 206-6986.

-By Katie Stewart

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