ARTS BRIEFS: Four concerts on tap between March 5-23

Compiled by Elise Stahl

Pima Community College will present four concerts during March at the West Campus Center for the Arts.

Tickets are either $6 or $8, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, PCC employees and groups.

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


Classical guitarist Lich: March 5

PCC adjunct instructor Michael Lich will give a classical guitar performance on March 5 at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $8.

Lich’s program will include pieces by Bach, Brouwer, Torroba and Rodrigo. Lich will also perform his own original compositions, including a new work in the theme of East Indian musician Amjad Ali Khan.

Lich has performed throughout the U.S., Brazil, Germany and South Korea. He also plays the banjo with his bluegrass ensemble, Noctrane, which will perform at PCC on March 23.


Chorale, College Singers: March 7

The Chorale and College Singers, directed by Jonathan Ng, will perform a spring concert on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $6.

The Chorale will perform “Keep Your Lamp,” by Andre Thomas; “Oklahoma,” arranged by William Stickles; and “Choral Selection from Carousel,” arranged by Clay Warnick.

The College Singers will sing “Cantate Domino,” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Quick, Quick Away Dispatch,” by Michael East; “Bushes and Briars,” arranged by Donald James; and “Bobby Shaftoe,” arranged by David Willcocks.

The Chorale and College Singers will finish the show together, performing Fauré’s “Libera Me” from “Requiem.” They will also sing “Kyrie” and “Agnus Dei,” two movements from Haydn’s “Mass in the Time of War – Timpani Mass.” They will be accompanied by Susan Simpson on piano and Barbara Freischlad on percussion.


PCC Wind Ensemble: March 9

PCC’s Wind Ensemble, directed by Mark Nelson, will perform with Sierra Vista’s Buena High School Honor Band, directed by Duane Chun, for a spring concert on March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Tickets are $6.

The Wind Ensemble will perform the overture from “Marriage of Figaro,” by Mozart; “Third Suite,” by Robert Jager; and “Puszta Four Gypsy Dances,” by Jan van der Roost. They will also play the “Zapfenstreich No. 2” military band tattoo march by Ludwig van Beethoven.

(A tattoo is a military performance of music. The term comes from a Dutch phrase meaning “turn off the tap,” which was a signal sounded by drummers or trumpeters to instruct innkeepers near military garrisons to stop serving beer and for soldiers to return to their barracks.)

The Buena High School Honor Band will perform “Resplendent Glory,” by Rossano Galante; “Among the Clouds,” by Brian Balmages; and “Clown Act,” by Thomas Kahelin.

The two bands will combine to close the show with “Pas Redouble,” by Camille Saint-Saens and “Into the Storm,” by Robert W. Smith.


Noctrane jazz/bluegrass: March 23

Noctrane: Progressive Bluegrass Ensemble will perform in concert on March 23 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are $8.

The band features Michael Lich on banjo, Jason Roederer on double bass and Jeff Sanders on guitar and voice.

Noctrane’s music explores the dynamic rhythms and sonic landscapes of jazz, bluegrass and roots, themes that will be highlighted in their program.

The band draws its influence from various music pillars such as Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Bela Fleck and J.S. Bach. Noctrane has been featured at several Arizona festivals, including the Tucson Folk Festival, the Flagstaff Folk Festival and the Fiddler’s Dream Festival.

Noctrane, featuring Jeff Sanders on guitar and voice, Jason Roederer on double bass and Michael Lich on banjo will perform March 23. (Photo courtesy of PCC Center for the Arts)

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