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Bernal Gallery seeks student art submissions

Bernal Gallery seeks student art submissions

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery has issued a “call for entries” for its Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

The competition is open to any student enrolled at Pima Community College in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015.

Students may submit up to three pieces of artwork. The media can be ceramics, digital, drawings, fibers, metals, mixed media, painting, photography, prints, fashion design and sculpture.

The annual student exhibit allows emerging artists to display their work in a professional venue that will be viewed by the general public.

Students must deliver entries to the Bernal Gallery at the West Campus Center for the Arts between March 23-26. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.

Artist information and an agreement form need to be with the art, and the art needs to be dry and ready to install. Entry forms and the full list of rules are available at the gallery or online at

Students will be notified of acceptance by March 31. Artwork not accepted for exhibition must be picked up March 31-April 1.

The exhibit will be on display April 6-May 8. The gallery will hold a reception and award ceremony on April 16 at 2 p.m.

For more information, call 206-6942.

-By Danyelle Khmara

Art Briefs

Art Briefs

Compiled by Katie Stewart Vacio

Chorale & College Singers: March 10

“Renewal” is the theme for a spring concert by Pima Community College’s Chorale and College Singers.

The varied program of choral standards, folk songs and sacred music will take place March 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on West Campus.

The program opens with the Chorale. The College Singers follow with two folk songs, the Tudor anthem and two spirituals. The last part of the concert highlights the Romantic period with 19th century choral music.

Tickets are $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before the performance.

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

Wind Ensemble: March 12

Pima Community College’s Wind Ensemble will hold its spring concert, “Tunes To Hum To,” on March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre on West Campus.

The program features songs with endearing and memorable melodies, including some of Gershwin’s best-known songs.

Other highlights include a new band arrangement by Wind Ensemble member Kenneth Wilson and small ensemble works by the woodwind, brass and percussion.

Tickets are $6, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before the performance.

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



Compiled by Katie Stewart

Galley reception set for Feb. 12

Pima Community College’s Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery will host two special events on Feb. 12 as part of its current “Breaking Down Surface Tensions” exhibit.
A gallery reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to honor the five showcased artists: Rebecca Crowell, David Longwell, Katey Monaghan, Mark Pack and Kathleen Velo.
The Bernal Gallery is located on West Campus in the Center for the Arts complex.
Following the reception, Crowell will give an artist’s lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the CFA Recital Hall
The “Breaking Down Surface Tensions” exhibit will be on display through March 13.

Librarian performs in ‘El Ausente’ play

West Campus librarian Rosanne Couston is performing Feb. 12-28 in a Borderlands Theater production of “El Ausente/Absence.”
The drama, written by Mexican playwright Victor Hugo Rascon Banda, spotlights three generations of a Mexico City family that endures the absence of loved ones who left to seek work in the United States.
Performances at Zuzi’s Theater, 738 N. Fifth Ave., will be in English except for three Spanish-language shows on Feb. 14, 19 and 22. The Feb. 19 show is a student matinee.
Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $14 for students. For more information, call the Borderlands box office at 882-7406 or visit the theater website at

Grammy winner to conduct TSO

Grammy award winner David Alan Miller will make his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut conducting performances on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.
TSO will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5” and Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” as part of its Classic Series.
The concerts will also feature TSO principal trumpeter Conrad Jones performing a commissioned work, “True Colors Concerto” for trumpet and orchestra.
Miller, who has been music director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, called the selections “a beautiful, life-affirming program with two of my favorite heroic masterpieces surrounding a one-of-a-kind American classic.”
The Albany Symphony was among the orchestras that commissioned George Tsontakis to compose a trumpet concerto. Tsontakis wrote it for the ASO’s principal trumpeter and Miller conducted the premiere performance in 2012.
Tickets to the TSO Classic Series program cost $28-$84. They can be purchased online at, by phone at 882-8585 or at the TSO box office, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.


Symphony offers PCC discounts

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is offering Pima Community College employees and students a discounted ticket rate of $15 for a Feb. 22 concert.

Anyone interested should contact Carolina Ibanez-Murphy, an instructor at PCC’s World Languages Department, at 206-7026  or

The orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 on Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.

The concert will take place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on 7575 N. Paseo del Norte.

For more information about the concert, visit

-By Katie Stewart

Concert pianist  performs Feb. 5

Concert pianist performs Feb. 5

Guest artist Stephen Carlson will share the joy of piano music at Pima Community College on Feb. 5.

The concert will start at 7 p.m. in the West Campus Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Admission is $8, with discounts available.

Repertoire selections include:

• “Sonata in A-flat major” by Franz Joseph Haydn

• “Sonata in C major, op. 2, no. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven

• “Waltz in A minor, op. 32, no. 2”

• “Etude in A-flat major, op. 25, no. 1”

• “Polonaise in A-flat major, op. 53” by Frédéric Chopin

• Three movements from “Petrushka” by Igor Stravinsky

Carlson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at colleges, universities and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Canada.

He completed a doctorate in musical arts in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa, where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. He made his solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 2005, and has been a member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006.

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

-By Kit B. Fassler

Pg11-Steve Carlson

Pianist Stephen Carlson
Photo courtesy of PCC


ARTS BRIEFS: Four December concerts on tap

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.
Submit to SandScript

Submit to SandScript

Pima Community College’s SandScript art and literary magazine is accepting student submissions for the 2015 edition.

The fall submission deadline is Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. A second submission period will be held in the spring, and the magazine will publish in May.

Submissions are limited to PCC students who enrolled in at least two credits while attending classes during the summer or fall, or who enroll for Spring 2015.

Students may submit a maximum of two works of fiction or nonfiction, five poems and/or five visual art works. They may submit multiple genres, but each genre requires a separate submission form.

All works must be previously unpublished, and hard copies will not be returned.

For detailed submission guidelines and forms, visit For more information, email

The 2014 SandScript won first place in the Southwest Division of the Community College Humanities Association for the third year in a row.

SandScript adviser Joshua Cochran and student staffers will attend the association’s conference and award ceremony Nov. 6-8 in Austin, Texas.

-By Katie Stewart

‘Wait Until Dark’ ends Nov. 8

‘Wait Until Dark’ ends Nov. 8


Arizona Theatre Company will showcase the classic thriller “Wait Until Dark” through Nov. 8 at Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.

The play, a 1966 Broadway hit and a 1967 Oscar-nominated movie starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, pits a con man against a young blind woman.

ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein oversees the local production.

“In ‘Wait Until Dark,’ we have a woman in peril, the sudden importance of a mundane prop and the use of a McGuffin, all Hitchcockian tropes that work on us in a psychologically insinuating way,” Goldstein said.

Jeffrey Hatcher has adapted the original script by Frederick Knott, moving the setting from the 1960s to 1944.

Goldstein said Hatcher also boiled down the language into the terse, lean dialogue of period films from that era.

The play is about darkness and light, and makes use of shadows that people associate with film noir and classic Hollywood movies, he added.

“It gave my marvelous design team and actors wonderful opportunities,” he said.

Brook Parks, who plays the blind woman, described the role as a very challenging yet thrilling experience.

She said she’s a fan of the 1960s movie but considers the Arizona Theatre Company production an entirely new version.

Tickets start at $37, with discounts available for seniors and active military.

For more information, visit For tickets, call 622-2823.

Live Theatre Workshop stages ‘9 Parts of Desire’

Live Theatre Workshop stages ‘9 Parts of Desire’


Live Theatre Workshop will perform an off-Broadway play, “9 Parts of Desires,” from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15.

The play, written by Heather Raffo, was inspired by the playwright’s trip to a modern art museum in Baghdad in August 1993. It details the lives of nine Iraqi women and spans the decades between the first and second Gulf Wars and occupation.

Performances, directed by Glen Coffman and featuring Lori Hunt, begin at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. on Sundays.

“9 Parts of Desires” explores the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in a country overshadowed by war. The New York Times described the play as powerful, impassioned, vivid and memorable.

General admission is $20, discounted to $18 for students, seniors ages 62+ and military. Final Thursday tickets cost $14.

The Live Theatre Workshop is located at 5317 E. Speedway Blvd., on the north side of Speedway between Rosemont and Craycroft.

For more information, visit or call 327-4242.

Calendar art entries due by Nov. 3

Calendar art entries due by Nov. 3

Pima Community College students who are attending at least one class during the Fall 2014 semester are invited to submit artwork for possible use in the college’s printed 2015 calendar.

Entries are due by Nov. 3 at 5 p.m.

Student who submit entries are giving PCC permission to use the work online or in print for publicity purposes at no charge.

The artwork must be original. Any entries that use stock or copyrighted images will be disqualified

Mediums can include paintings, drawings, photography or illustrations. Pima can also photograph three-dimensional work such as pottery, jewelry, sculpture or weavings if it is selected for use in the calendar.

Other specifications include:

  • Submit digital files on a CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Digital files must be 300 dpi at 100 percent size. Digital file formats accepted are .PSD, .JPG, .EPS, .AI.
  • For non-digital photography, negatives or print are acceptable; negatives are preferred. All CDs/DVDs, drives and non-digital photographic media will be returned to the artist.
  • 2-D artwork: Submit the original for consideration. If original 2-D artwork is selected, it will be scanned or photographed and returned to the artist.
  • 3-D artwork: Small items may be submitted for consideration. Photographs of larger items should be submitted. If original 3-D artwork is selected, it will be photographed and returned to the artist.

For full entry specifications, visit and enter “2014 call for student art” into the search box.

For detailed entry specifications, visit

Students must complete an entry form and attach a copy to their entry. Artwork with incomplete entry forms will be disqualified.

Send all entries to PCC’s Media Production and Publications Department at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd, Room B-102, Tucson 85709-1150.

For more information, email or call 206-4924.

-By Katie Stewart

Art Briefs

Art Briefs

PCC Wind Ensemble plays the Three B’s


The Pima Community College’s Wind Ensemble will be performing their first concert of the 2014-2015 season on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre.

The ensemble is under the direction of Mark Nelson for their first performance this season they will be performing works from Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and other well know composers.

Featured works include, “Zapfenstreicke No. 3” by Beethoven, “Contrapunctus V from the Art of Fugue” by Bach and “Academic Festival Overture” by Brahms.

Other works include “Second Suite in F for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “American Barndance” by Richard Saucedo and the band original classic “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth.

The program also includes individual ensembles performance featuring the percussion, brass and woodwind section.

Admission is $6 with available discounts.

The PCC CFA is located at the west campus at 2202 W. Anklam Rd.

For more information contact 206-6986 or

PCC Chorale and College Singer Concert


The PCC Chorale and College Singer will be having their first concert featuring the diverse works spanning from the Renaissance period through the 20th century.

The Chorale singers, under the direction of Jonathan Ng and will be performing works like “Wayfarin’ Stranger” by Gilbert M. Martin, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw and “Medley from West Side Story” by William Stickles.

The College Singers will be performing three Renaissance Madrigals with “My Bonny Lass She Smileth” by Thomas Morley, “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet and “Il est bel et bon” by Pierre Passereau.

They will also be singing the 20th century part with “Blue Bird” by Charles V. Stanford and two Baroque choral pieces “Miserere mei” by Antonio Lotti and “Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite” from SAMSON by G. F. Handel.

The final performance of the evening includes a showcase of Franz Schubert with male singers from both choruses performing two male chorus works “Tirinklied, Op. 155” and “Standchen D920”.




Tucson Meet Yourself seeks volunteers

Tucson Meet Yourself seeks volunteers


Every October, the Tucson Meet Yourself festival turns the downtown area into a vibrant venue for food, music and performances that celebrate local cultures.

The event owes much of its success to volunteers who work behind the scenes and along festival-goers.

Meet Yourself is currently seeking help for this year’s festival, which will be held Oct. 10-12.

Volunteer opportunities are available in many areas, including folk art assistants, kitchen assistants, set-up teams, vendor hospitality and youth volunteering for ages 13-17.

For Pima Community College students, volunteering offers a chance to serve the community, network and become immersed in culture and the plentiful food, according to Volunteer Operations Director Hilary Walker.

“Tucson Meet Yourself is a folklife festival that features hundreds of folk artists, performers, food vendors and non-profit organizations from our Tucson community,” Walker said.

“These are often the people and organizations PCC students will be working with when they graduate,” she added. “The festival creates a platform for students to see our community at large in one location, in one weekend, and one way to enjoy the experience is by volunteering.”

Tucson Meet Yourself began in 1974 and is run by a nonprofit organization called Southwest Folklife Alliance.

The festival draws more than 100,000 visitors and needs 500-plus volunteers. Potential helpers should register as soon as possible to select the activity that interests them most.

Volunteers are asked to be flexible, as festival needs are subject to changes.

To register, visit and complete the signup form.

Tucson Symphony opens season Sept. 26

Tucson Symphony opens season Sept. 26


Tucson Symphony Orchestra conductor George Hanson will open his 19th and final season Sept. 26-28 with a program featuring three American classics.

Performances will be Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.

The concerts will open with Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from the 1944 musical “On the Town.”

Bernstein is among Hanson’s favorite composers, and became Hanson’s friend and mentor after they met at Indiana University.

“His remarkable personality, which I remember so well, is reflected in every note he put on paper,” Hanson said.

Hanson will reunite with another friend, acclaimed pianist Alain Lefèvre, for George Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F.”

Lefèvre has been saluted by the international press for his “phenomenal technique” and as a pianist who “breaks the mold.”

After hearing Lefèvre, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns raved: “I’ve heard perhaps the single greatest performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.”

The program will conclude with Aaron Copland’s “Symphony No. 3,” considered by many to be the essential American symphony. It features his well known and much loved “Fanfare for the Common Man.”

Tickets cost $28 to $84 and are available online at, by phone at 882-8585 or at the TSO Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. New box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.



Weekend workshop Oct. 17-19 explores creative nonfiction

Author Sheila Bender will lead a creative writing weekend workshop in nonfiction Oct. 17-19 at Downtown Campus.

This workshop will offer focused, intensive exploration of memoir and creative nonfiction writing with varied activities and hands-on practice.

Bender is a poet, essayist, memoirist and writing coach. She teaches at colleges and universities, and presents at national literacy programs.

Her newest works include a memoir about the months after her son’s sudden death, titled “A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief.” She has also published an instructional book, “Writing and Publishing Personal Essays.”

The workshop costs $162 for Arizona residents and provides two academic credits. Register for WRT 298T4 using CRN 14299.

Current Pima students can enroll through MyPima at Non-students can fill out a college admission form online at, then enroll.

Workshop sessions will meet in Room AH-140 on Friday from 6-8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

or more information, contact Josie Milliken at 206-7156 or , or Brooke Anderson at 206-7350 or

-By Katie Stewart

‘Southwest Observed’ art exhibit continues through Oct. 10

A “Southwest Observed” art exhibit on display at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery will continue through Oct. 10.

The seven featured artists draw upon their experiences in the Sonoran Desert and American Southwest to create unique interpretations.

The Bernal Gallery, located in the Center for the Arts at West Campus, is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call 206-6942 or email

-By Jamie Verwys



Screenwriting: Sept. 16

The Downtown Campus Reading Series will present a free screenwriting seminar with Ken White on Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. in Room LB-153.

White teaches screenwriting at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. The seminar will be an introduction to the craft of screenwriting.

For additional information, contact Brooke Anderson at

Tuba recital: Sept. 17

Guest artist Justin Benavidez will perform a tuba recital on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Recital Hall on West Campus. Tickets are $8, with discounts available.

Benavidez was the first tubist to receive both the New Horizon Fellowship and the Orchestral Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival.

For more information, call 206-6986 or visit

-By Eduardo Caldera