ARTS BRIEFS: Four December concerts on tap

Compiled by Katie Stewart

Pima Community College will host four concerts in six days at the West Campus Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

Tickets for each concert cost $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and one hour before performances.

For more information, call the box office at 206-6986 or visit

PCC Jazz Ensemble (Photos courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)
PCC Jazz Ensemble (Photos courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)











PCC Jazz Ensemble – Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The PCC Jazz Ensemble’s winter concert, directed by Mike Kuhn, will feature big band music of all styles with many instrumentalists in solo roles.

Program selections include:

  • Count Basie’s “Moten Swing” arranged by Ernie Wilkins.
  • Benny Golson’s “Killer Joe” arranged by Al Casagrande.
  • Miles Davis’ “Milestones” arranged by Dave Barduhn.
  • Bob Dourough’s “Comin’ Home Baby” arranged by Roger Holmes.

Vocalist Rachel Peterson will sing Dave Wolpe’s arrangement of Gershwin’s “Our Love Is Here To Stay” and “I Only Have Eyes For You,” arranged by PCC trombonist Roger Wallace.

Kuhn will perform one of his compositions, the Latin-flavored “Don’t Look Now,” in a small combo format.

PCC Wind Ensemble
PCC Wind Ensemble







Wind Ensemble – Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The PCC Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mark Nelson, will perform an eclectic selection of band pieces in its final fall semester concert. Woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles will be featured throughout the concert.

The diverse program begins with “Procession of the Nobles” by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, followed by a rousing rendition of the rarely heard “March of the Women Marines” by Louis Saverino.

The concert will continue with the band standard “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcom Arnold, then fly into a hip concert band version of “Birdland” by Josef Zawinal.

It will flow on with the melodic “River of Life” by Steven Reineke, followed by the popular “Pirates of the Caribbean” symphonic suite by Klaus Badlet.

Finally, as tradition dictates, the band will usher in the holiday season with “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

PCC Chorale & College Singers
PCC Chorale & College Singers





Chorale & College Singers – Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

“Love, Hope and Joy” will be the theme for a winter concert by the PCC Chorale & College Singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng. The program will feature choral standards followed by sacred music and holiday selections.

The Chorale, a large mixed-voice choir, will open the program. Selections include:

  • “Old American Songs” by Aaron Copland.
  • “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst.
  • “Love Changes Everything” from Aspects of Love by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • Irish folk song “Danny Boy” arranged by Joseph Flummerfelt.

The College Singers, a select mixed-voice a cappella choir, will herald a season of hope with:

  • “The Shepherd’s Farewell” from L’enfance du Christ, Op. 25 by Hector Berlioz.
  • “Cantate Domino” by Giuseppe O. Pitoni.
  • “Tecum principium” (trio) from Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns.
  • “Shepherd Chorus” from Amahl and the Night Visitors by Giano-Carlo Menotti.

Male singers from both choirs will perform “Standchen, D920” by Franz Schubert.

The concert will conclude with both choirs singing holiday selections, including:

  • “Hymn to the Virgin” by Benjamin Britten.
  • “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” accompanied by a viola solo arranged by John Ferguson.
  • “Christmas Day” by Gustav Holst.
  • “In Dulci Jubilo” with two trumpets and double chorus by Samuel Scheidt.
PCC Orchestra
PCC Orchestra











PCC Orchestra – Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.

PCC’s Orchestra, under the direction of Alexander Tentser, will perform a new program of orchestral masterpieces. Selections include:

  • “Symphony in C Major” by George Bizet.
  • “Dance Macabre” and “French Military March” by Camille Saint-Saëns.
  • “From the New World” symphony by Antonin Dvorak.

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