Concerts spotlight musical ensembles

Compiled by Robyn Zelickson

Pima Community College will present four spring concerts in the Center for the Arts on West Campus between April 25 and April 30. Tickets are $6 for each concert, with discounts available.

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Jazz Ensemble spotlights student solos

The Jazz Ensemble will perform on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. under the direction of Mike Kuhn. Many students will be spotlighted in solo improvisational roles.

The program of big-band pieces in different styles will include jazz standards such as “Car Cherokee,” “Take The ‘A’ Train,” “Limehouse Blues,” “Sack Of Woe,” “Back Alley Shuffle” and “Harlem Nocturne.”

Vocalist Philip Harvey will sing Bobby Darin’s “Mack The Knife,” Dion and the Belmont’s “The Wanderer” and the bossa nova standard “Besame Mucho” arranged by PCC trombonist Roger Wallace.

Wind Ensemble selections tell story

The Wind Ensemble’s concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. will feature pieces that tell a story.

Directed by Mark Nelson, the Ensemble will open with “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by Franz von Suppé. Jim Curnow’s “Canticle of the Creatures” will follow.

Ivan Duran will be the clarinet soloist for “Fantasia and Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber. Selections from “The Sound of Music” by Rogers and Hammerstein will transport listeners to Austria. The program will conclude with John Philip Sousa’s march “Fairest of the Fair.”

Audience members will also hear the woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles.

Orchestra dedicates concert to Beethoven

The PCC Orchestra concert on Saturday, April 29, at 3 p.m. will feature the music of Ludwig van Beethoven and other classic composers.

Director Alexander Tentser will highlight Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica.” The epic symphony changed the progress of music history.

Another program highlight will be “Egmont Overture,” written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1788. Based on a Shakespearean tragedy, it represents the Dutch warrior Count Egmont’s battle against Spanish despot Duke of Alba. The overture was subsequently used in many works, including the 1965 Academy Award-nominated short film “Overture” by János Vadász.

Claude Debussy’s “Suite Bergamasque” is also included in the program. It was originally composed for piano, but has been arranged for orchestra and many other instruments.

Chorale, College Singers perform April 30

Jonathan Ng will direct the PCC Chorale and College Singers in a program of mixed-voice chorale on Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m.

Selections include Elliot Schenck’s arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “Parting Blessing” by Jerome Williams.

The Chorale will continue with three canons by Henry Purcell: “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John,” “Under This Stone” and “Once, Twice, Thrice.” They will conclude with “Choral Selections from Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell.

The select mixed-voice a cappella College Singers will open with composer Elizabeth Poston’s “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree,” and continue with three English madrigals: “Fryer, Fryer!” by Thomas Morley, “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone” by John Farmer.

The Singers will end their portion of the program with two Tudor anthems: “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis and “Sing Joyfully” by William Bryd.

The evening will conclude with both the Chorale and the College Singers performing together, accompanied by pianist Susan Simpson, Ivan Duran on clarinet and percussionist Tony Martin.

Their performance will include “Duo Seraphim” by Jacob Handl, “Os Justi” by Anton Bruckner and excerpts from “Requiem” by John Rutter.

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