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2016-2017 Performing Arts Season Preview LocaL arts groups The Sound of Music is just one of many great offerings this season from Broadway in Tucson. compiled by b rittany Sembar-m yer S For the 2016-2017 season, Tucson Lifestyle highlights more than 100 groups encompassing dance, music and theater. Although each may hone a separate skill set, every one is well versed in the skill of collaboration. Many performances are a joint effort to create both visual and audio entertainment. From the groups below you will find numerous performances that bring glorious music and artistic gracefulness to Tucson. Details on upcoming events will be included in Tucson Lifestyle’s monthly Datebook section. Call the individual groups for locations and times. Arizona Balalaika Orchestra 327-4418 www.azbalalaika.org The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, a costumed community folk orchestra founded in 1980 by Mia Bulgarin Gay, presents its 37th year of performing authentic Russian and Slavic music, song and dance in its annual concert in January. First event of the season: Tucson Meet Yourself, Oct. 8. Arizona Early Music Society 721-0846 www.azearlymusic.org AEMS presents five major concerts annually featuring music from the time of Bach and before. Concerts comprise music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and pre-Classic periods. Founded in 1982, the artists or groups are nationally or internationally known in the field of early music and they usually perform on period instruments. First performance of the 35th anniversary concert season: Oct. 9, 3 p.m., ¡Sacabuche!, St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church. 42 TUCSON LIFESTYLE | SEPTEMBER 2016 www.tucsonlifestyle.com
Local Arts Groups
Brittany Sembar - Myers
For the 2016-2017 season,
Tucson Lifestyle highlights more than 100 groups encompassing dance, music and theater. Although each may hone a separate skill set, every one is well versed in the skill of collaboration. Many performances are a joint effort to create both visual and audio entertainment. From the groups below you will find numerous performances that bring glorious music and artistic gracefulness to Tucson. Details on upcoming events will be included in Tucson Lifestyle’s monthly Datebook section. Call the individual groups for locations and times.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra
The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, a costumed community folk orchestra founded in 1980 by Mia Bulgarin Gay, presents its 37th year of performing authentic Russian and Slavic music, song and dance in its annual concert in January.First event of the season: Tucson Meet Yourself, Oct. 8.
Arizona Early Music Society
AEMS presents five major concerts annually featuring music from the time of Bach and before. Concerts comprise music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and pre-Classic periods. Founded in 1982, the artists or groups are nationally or internationally known in the field of early music and they usually perform on period instruments. First performance of the 35th anniversary concert season: Oct. 9, 3p. m., ¡Sacabuche!, St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church.
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Now in its 69th year, AFCM brings glorious music to Tucson presenting a threepart season, an Evening Series, Piano & Friends, and the 24th annual Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival. First performance of the season: Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Dover Quartet, TCC’s Leo Rich Theater.
Arizona Onstage Productions
This professional award-winning musical theater company produces daring and cutting-edge musicals, groundbreaking dramas and comedies that bring the thrill of new theater to Tucson audiences.
Since 1971 Arizona Opera has produced over 170 fully staged operas and concerts, and has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading opera companies. AO is one of the few companies in the United States to serve multiple cities, producing five grand operas each season in Tucson and Phoenix. First local performance of the season: Oct. 9, 2 p.m., 45th Anniversary Sapphire Celebration, Tucson Music Hall.
Arizona Repertory Singers
ARS is an auditioned 48-voice mixed choral ensemble performing music from an extraordinary range of eras and styles since 1984. First performance of the 33rd season: Dec. 11, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m., Holiday Concert, Benedictine Monastery.
Arizona Rose Theatre Company
Opened in 1986, the Rose offers a variety of theatrical and musical productions and concerts throughout the year. For the 30th anniversary season, Harvey by Mary Chase will appear in the fall line-up and a musical will follow in the spring.
Arizona Symphonic Winds
The Arizona Symphonic Winds, conducted by László Veres and comprised of 65 volunteer musicians, performs concerts throughout the year with an outdoor series “Music in the Park” held at the outdoor László Veres Amphitheater in Udall Park. First fall performance of the 30th season: Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Udall Park.
Arizona Theatre Company
Temple of Music and Art
622-2823 (box office)
Founded in 1967, ATC is the preeminent professional theater in the state of Arizona. The 2016-2017 season presents a special 50th Golden Anniversary, including a new comedy An Act of God written by 13-time Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum, a Grimm Latino fairy tale The River Bride, and a world premiere mystery Holmes and Watson. Also offered this season are two musicals, the epic and beloved Fiddler on the Roof and Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash that includes 38 classic hits. First performance of the season: Sept. 10th, 8 p.m., King Charles III.
Artifact Dance Project
Established in 2009, Artifact Dance Project’s mission is to present innovative and original dance with live music through collaborations that inspire thought, creativity and discovery. ADP is a professional contemporary dance company blending numerous dance styles, with ballet as an essential foundation. Recognized as “Best Emerging Arts Organization,” a 2014 Lumies Arts & Business Award presented by the Tucson Pima Arts Council.
Arts Express opens up the world of the arts to children and the entire community. Offering community events and arts education programs for all ages, they create opportunities for everyone to experience the power of the arts. Arts Express presents Follow the Star, a vibrant re-enactment of the Christmas Story told through music, drama and creative dance, and Let Freedom Sing, an annual 4th of July event celebrating its 33rd year in 2017.
Arts for All, Inc.
Arts for All, Inc. offers arts experiences (visual arts, ceramics, dance, drama and music) at their center for people with and without disabilities. Classes are offered throughout the school year, covering early dismissal, winter and summer breaks. Youth and adult ensembles are available select evenings for drama, dance and vocal training.
Celebrating their 31st anniversary, this Southern Arizona-based, nonprofit dance company shares its talents and professionalism with local audiences. BC has produced renditions of classical ballet including Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, la Sylphide as well as an annual performance of The Nutcracker Ballet, scheduled for Dec. 2 & 3 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. First performance of the season: Sept. 17, 7 p.m., Coppelia, Sahuarita Auditorium.
Ballet Folklórico San Juan
“Tucson’s Official Folklórico Dance Group” is a dynamic dance troupe composed of more than 100 dancers from ages 4 to 18, performing traditional dances of Mexico dressed in authentic costumes since 1987. Ballet Folklórico San Juan provides entertainment for any occasion.
Now in its 31st season, Ballet Tucson is the premier dance company in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Each season, the professional company of dancers presents a full range of historic classics, contemporary works, and full-length story ballets. Sixteenth annual Sugar Plum Tea will be held Dec. 11. Season opener: Nov. 18, 6:30 p.m., Opening Night Gala with performances of Spirit Garden, Perseus & Andromeda, and Red, White & Blue! At the Temple of Music and Art.
Black Cherry Burlesque
Shimmering pasties, saucy costumes, a dash of antics, and a heavy dose of sultry are the main ingredients of the talented Black Cherry Burlesque shows. Experience live theatrical and cheeky productions of the art of striptease the first Friday of every month at The Surly Wench Pub.
Borderlands Thea ter
882-8607 (office) / 882-7406 (tickets and reservations)
This professional theater company, founded in 1986, is recognized nationally and internationally for the development and production of theater and educational programs that reflect the diversity of the voices of the Southwest border region. First performance of the 31st season: Sept. 7, Nogales, Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre.
Traditional polkas and waltzes, plus other European music and pre-Be Bop American dance music, are featured. First performance of their 20th season: Sept. 8, 6 p.m., Oro Valley Concert Series, Oro Valley Marketplace.
Broadway in Tucson/A Nederlander Presentation
Subscription Tickets: 866-821-2929
Single Tickets: 800-745-3000
Broadway in Tucson brings Broadway’s best musicals and special events to Tucson with performances at UA Centennial Hall.2016-17 season includes The Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing, Motown the Musical, Kinky Boots, The Bodyguard, and a special farewell performance of Mamma Mia! Opening the season: Sept. 20, Cabaret.
Carnival of Illusion
Hang onto your hat, grab your partner, and jump into an evening of Old-World Magic. Catch this international travel-themed night out and experience all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Join the “Magic, Mystery & OOOH La La” select Saturdays! Carnival of Illusion, Arizona’s longest running show, continues with their first Tucson performance of the season: Oct. 15, Scottish Rite Grand Parlour.
Chamber Music from Echo Glen
CMEG is a chamber music concert involving professional musicians from all over the United States and Brazil plus an international headliner.
Chamber Music in the
Mountains at Echo Glen
CMIMeg is a chamber music camp for high school and college string musicians with internationally known faculty.
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Now in its 41st season, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson performs free symphony concerts throughout the greater Tucson area. The 60 volunteer musicians are led by Dr. Herschel Kreloff, a 2015 inductee into the Tucson Musicians Museum. Winners of the COT’s annual Young Artists’ Competition often are invited to perform solos with the orchestra. First performance of the season: Oct. 2, 3 p.m., “Urban Landscapes,” Sahuarita District Auditorium.
The Comedy Playhouse
For light entertainment, The Comedy Playhouse features an intimate theater and offers romantic comedies and mysteries.
Coyote Country Cloggers
The Coyote Country Cloggers is a highenergy dance group from SaddleBrooke that features 10 enthusiastic men and women. Their shows include a mix of country Western, gospel, bluegrass, patriotic and rock ’n roll music. CCC has performed at exhibitions on cruise ships to conventions in Las Vegas.
Entering its twelfth year, CYT Tucson is a children’s organization dedicated to teaching self-esteem, self-confidence and good character through training in theater arts, and producing professional quality Broadway-style musicals each year. First performance of the season: Oct. 28, 7p. m., Bye Bye Birdie, PCC Proscenium Theatre.
Dancing in the Streets Arizona
867-8489 / 298-7738
Established in 2008 as a way to reach out to non-traditional ballet students, this nonprofit organization uses dance to break down cultural barriers. Teaching ballet, modern dance and jazz to students age three through adult, DITSAZ presents an annual full-length ballet complete with orchestra and an annual spring fundraising event showcasing their talented dancers.
Owned by mother-daughter team Jill and Megan Maltos, this dance studio and Dance Company have won awards for technique, choreography and innovation during its 30+ years. Students (age 2½ - adult) receive training in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary and modern styles, and have the opportunity to perform at community events, as well as their annual concert in April and recital in June.
Desert Bluegrass Association
This nonprofit, all-volunteer organization promotes bluegrass music in the greater Tucson metropolitan area with jam sessions, workshops, festivals, a newsletter, a website, a picker’s network, performances, information, friendship and fun.
This non-profit choral arts group is comprised of gay, straight, transgender and bisexual singers of all ages. The 2016-17 season marks their 28th year presenting creative concerts that promote the importance of music and diversity for all communities. First performance of the season: Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Holiday Concert, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.
Don’t Blink Burlesque
Don’t Blink Burlesque brings the art of the tease to Tucson audiences every second Saturday at The Hut on 4th Avenue. DBB is known for combining traditional striptease with neo-burlesque styles, featuring some of Tucson’s brightest burlesque stars. The Arizona Burlesque Festival will be held at The Hut and Pima Community College West Oct. 14 & 15.
Flam Chen Pyrotechnic Theater Company
With a repertoire spanning two decades and more than 1,800 professional performances worldwide, Flam Chen uses aspects of circus, martial arts, dance, ritual, aerial acrobatics, art installation and extreme engineering. Performing locally for one of the largest “Day of the Dead”- inspired events in North America — the 27th Annual All Souls Procession Weekend is Nov. 5-6, with the main event on Sunday, Nov. 6. Visit www.allsoulsprocession.org for more information regarding this free-toattend event.
Flor de Liz Dance
This 15-year-old Tucson dance company presents classical, original and contemporary works performed by upper level children, teens and adult ballet dancers. Annual Spring Showcase: Sunday, May 21, 2017.
The Foothills Phil
Conducted by László Veres, the group, from ages 9-80+, performs show tunes, major orchestral works and much more. Established in 1993, Foothills Phil is a place for students and adults, with a mutual love of orchestra, to perform together.
Fox Jazz Sextet
This small ensemble — composed of students, graduate students and professionals — is comfortable with many different musical styles. First performance of the season: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Crowder Hall.
FUNHOUSE movement theater
Since 2000, FUNHOUSE has provided concerts by award-winning choreographer Lee Anne Hartley. The 2007 Lumie winner for an arts education organization has reached more than 30,000 local students.First performance of the season: Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., No Frills Dance Happenin’, ZUZI! Theater.
Gaslight Music Hall
13005 N. Oracle Rd., Oro Valley
This offshoot of the Gaslight Theatre offers live concerts, tribute band shows and musical revues in a family friendly format.
The 38-year-old Gaslight Theatre is Tucson’s only live musical-comedy melodrama theater. The hilarious shows offer family friendly entertainment every day of the week. First performance of the season: Sept. 1, Frankenstein.
In Concert! Tucson
In Concert! Presents the best national and international performing artists of musical and visual talent with a folk and world music slant. First performance of the season: Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Tannahill Weavers with The Outside Track at Berger Performing Arts Center.
Invisible Theatre (IT)
882-9721 (Box Office)
The Invisible Theatre, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to producing quality theater and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting. The 2016-2017 theatrical lineup will continue to present the crème-de-la-crème of Tucson talent and internationally renowned performers. First performance of the 46th season: Sept. 6, Coming Apart by Fred Carmichael.
KU STUDIOS is home of Kids Unlimited — Tucson’s only complete performing arts studio for aspiring singers, dancers, actors and performers ranging in age from 3 to 18 years.
LaughingStock Comedy Company
Not a club, LaughingStock Comedy Company is a touring troupe providing customized-comedy shows for corporate and association special events. LaughingStock appears locally in Tucson on occasion with shows open to the public.
Live Theatre Workshop
Live Theatre Workshop provides performances and education to entertain, enlighten and uplift our community, and to develop and provide theatrical talent. The 22nd season presents: Aug. 25-Oct. 1, [sic] by Melissa Gibson. LTW Family Theatre presents: July 24-Sept. 25, Once Upon This Time.
LOST RIVER theatreproject
LOST RIVER was founded in 1993 by Managing Artistic Director Hal Melfi, with a mission to present stage classics, old and new, while promoting professional standards of artistic and technical excellence in theatrical and film production.
Music & Dance Academy of Tucson
327-2303 / 219-9950
Whether you are a dedicated student or only casually curious, you will discover a style of teaching that fits your personality and your personal goals. Two convenient locations with group or private instruction for all ages interested in ballet, jazz, ballroom, tap, strings, brass, drums, piano and more.
New Kiva Motions Puppetheatre
New Kiva Motions is a non-profit organization providing quality puppetry and theater-related arts to Arizonans since 1976. Call for information about public and private shows.
Since 2009, this trio has performed throughout Southwest Arizona entertaining audiences with music from Vivaldi to Mozart from Gounod to Bernstein. Their musical selections highlight and complement soprano, flute and piano to create enjoyment and surprise. First performance of the season: Dec. 11, 2 p. m., Holiday Delights Concert, Oro Valley United Church of Christ.
Southern Arizona’s Taiko-za
Dedicated to taiko — Japanese ensemble drumming — Odaiko Sonora has provided firsthand experiences with the big drums since 2002. Through performances, instruction, team-building workshops and school residencies, the group reaches more than 130,000 people each year. First performance of the season: Sept. 17, Rhythm Industry Performance Factory 10th Year Anniversary Celebration. Second event of the season: Oct. 8, Tucson Meet Yourself.
Odyssey Storytelling, entertaining and inspiring Tucsonans since 2004, hosts shows every first Thursday of the month bringing together an eclectic collection of local people to tell personal stories on a changing theme. Check website for updates. First performance of the season: Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Forgiveness/Grudges, The Screening Room.
Old Arizona Brass Band (aka 4th U.S. Cavalry Regimental Band)
This group of 22 performs (in period town or military band uniforms) a varied and authentic historic repertoire of original 19th and early 20th century patriotic, classical and popular American music. Included in their schedule is a concert series at the Fort Lowell Museum, first performance: Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
Old Pueblo Brass Band
Now in its 21st season, Old Pueblo Brass Band is a 30-piece British-style brass band and only one of two British-style brass bands in Arizona, but the only one in Tucson. OPBB plays traditional tunes, Broadway musical selections and marches.
Old Pueblo Playwrights
For more than 30 years, O.P.P. has provided a forum for playwrights — from beginners to seasoned professionals — to develop their craft and to see their work come alive. The organization has given members the opportunity to have their work read by actors and then critiqued by their peers. First performance of the season: Nov. 4 and 5, Thirteenth Annual Play-in-a-Day Festival, Unscrewed Theater.
Opera Guild of Southern Arizona
The guild previews Arizona Opera productions in two locations, gives financial support to young singers, conducts fundraisers and hosts an annual vocal competition, Quest for the Best. First Opera preview: Sept.28, 3 p.m., Favorite Opera Arias, Oro Valley Library. First Brown Bag Opera: Sept. 30, noon, Favorite Opera Arias, Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.Annual Quest for the Best competition: Mar. 11, 1 p.m., Holsclaw Hall.
O-T-O Dance is an international flying modern dance company, combining modern, aerial and site-specific dance with original music, video backdrops based out of Tucson and Hilo in Hawaii. Performances span from Ireland to Costa Rica to Russia.
Pima Community College Center for the Arts
Pima Community College Center for the Arts announces its 2016-17 season: INFUSE! Events and performances will take place on Pima’s West Campus in the 425- seat Proscenium Theatre, the 75-plus-seat Black Box Theatre, the 75-plus-seat Recital Hall and the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery. First exhibition at the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery: Sept. 6-Oct. 7, Visual Art Faculty Exhibition.
Pima Community College Dance
Pima Community College Dance offers two concerts a year featuring faculty and student works performed in a variety of dance styles varying from classical ballet to the most contemporary dances of today. First performance of the season: Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Signature Selections, Proscenium Theatre.
Pima Community College Music
Pima Community College Music includes concerts by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale & College Singers, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and faculty and guest artist recitals. First performance of the season: Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m., PCC Wind Ensemble, Proscenium Theatre. First PCC Chorale & College Singers concert: Oct. 23, 3 p.m., Proscenium Theatre.
Pima Community College Theatre Arts
Four productions are presented each year, including a children’s show and a fully staged American musical. Two performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theatre, this season’s selections are Dracula and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. First performance of the season: Sept. 21, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Proscenium Theatre. Musical performance of the season will be Tony Award winner In the Heights.
Retro Swing 7
This small jazz ensemble is devoted to recreating the sound of classic swing bands of the Big Band era, also offering jazz standards with a contemporary twist, and other varieties including Latin, ethnic and classic rock.
Reveille Men’s Chorus
This community chorus in its 22nd season has grown, transitioned and taken flight into a community institution of seasoned performers focused on building relationships, community, and a performance experience. Under the leadership of artistic director Shawn Cullen, Reveille is dedicated to musical excellence with close to 70 singers and performs worldwide to promote human rights, diversity and a world free of AIDS. Included in the season schedule: Dec. 2, “Making Spirits Bright!” Leo Rich Theater.
Rhythm Gang Big Band
The Rhythm Gang Big Band consists of 17 members and 2 vocalists led by Ed Sand and performing the best dance music from the ’30s to the ’70s with an emphasis on songs by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and contemporary jazz improvisation.
Rhythm & Roots Concert Series
In its 20th year, Rhythm & Roots hosts international and nationally touring American roots, folk, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy and world music in a comfortable and intimate atmosphere.
Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway
This glamorous event, benefiting families affected by autism, features world renowned trumpet player Rick Braun who brings top caliber smooth jazz headliners with him each year to help ring in the New Year right here in Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.
River Road Ramblers
A Dixieland Band alternative features the best of New Orleans and West Coast Dixieland Jazz for Southern Arizona audiences. First performance of their 10th anniversary season: Feb.11, 10:30 a.m., Steam Pump Ranch Farmers Market.
The Rogue Theatre
The Rogue Theatre, winner of the 2012 National Theatre Company Award presented by the American Theatre Wing, offers great literature and challenging ideas in an intimate setting. Opening the 12th anniversary season: Sept. 8, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.
SaddleBrooke Winds and Strings
241-3522 / 763-226-9292
This ensemble began four years ago to provide an opportunity for local musicians who have not played for a while to dust off their instruments and get together. The group has blossomed to 30 musicians and welcomes growth. They play Broadway, film and movie, patriotic, sacred and Americana music for festivals, retirement communities, nursing homes and local concert series.
Safos Dance Theatre
This emerging non-profit modern dance company was founded in Tucson in 2009.Safos creates contemporary artistic forms that reflect the common experiences of our diverse community. Focusing predominately on Latinos, they are committed to providing a safe space for artists, encouraging innovative movements, and using multi-disciplinary forms and body types to represent the cultural diversity of the US/Mexico borderlands.
St. Francis Theatre
St. Francis Theatre has a proud history of providing a wide variety of theatrical productions for more than 20 years.They specialize in offering a quality live entertainment experience in an intimate setting at an affordable price. The 2016-17 season will kick off in November with the uproarious holiday musical A Christmas Survival Guide, and in March they will stage the Pulitzer Prize winning drama Water by the Spoonful.
Seven Pipers Scottish Society of Tucson
For more than 50 years, this nonprofit organization has been dedicated to the preservation, performance and enjoyment of Scottish music and dance.
SheworXX is comprised of Tucson-based theater makers — playwrights, directors, actors, designers, and others — building gender parity in theater locally and globally through community engagement, mentoring, peer education, and the production of works by female-identified and feminist playwrights. First show of the season: Nov. 3-6, No Apologies, YWCA
299-3797 / 624-3744
Described as a “highlight of the season” at their Carnegie Hall debut, this flute and guitar ensemble performs for special events, weddings and concert series.
This professional ensemble of four musicians — on flute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes — plays transcriptions of light classics from Bach and Vivaldi to Mozart and Brahms, in addition to popular tunes By Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin and Sousa.First performance of the season: Oct. 7, 7 p. m., Rincon United Church of Christ.
Something Something Theatre
Something Something Theatre is a nonprofit organization that strives to produce more women playwrights and to feature non-traditional casting. SST productions are modern plays from the canon and re-imagined classics. Realizing that audiences are an important element of theater, they’re dedicated to increasing the number of thoughtful theater-goers with productions that are intellectually, emotionally and fiscally accessible. First production of the season: Sept. 29, Body Awareness by Annie Baker, Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre.
Sonoran Bells is a Tucson-based community hand bell group comprised of experienced hand bell ringers chosen by audition. In their 17th year, this group of 14 plays in a number of different venues during the year performing varied musical selections from jazz to folk to classic. First performance of the season: Dec. 11, 3 p. m., Winter Concert, Vista de la Montaña United Methodist Church.
This wind ensemble’s mission is to bring four free band concerts to the public every year and occasionally features accomplished soloists.
Sons of Orpheus — The Male Choir of Tucson
Sons of Orpheus recently completed its 25th anniversary season with a concert tour of France that included a concert in Notre Dame Cathedral. The choir sings in a variety of languages and styles, from classic to modern, serious to popular, and offers customized concerts under the direction of its founding artistic director, Grayson Hirst. The Annual Holiday Concert with students from the Arizona School for the Blind will be held Dec. 7, 7 p.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center benefiting the Community Food Bank. First performance of the season: Nov. 11, 2 p. m., Veteran’s Day Concert Celebration, Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
A grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, preservation and creation of the arts in Southern Arizona, We accomplish our mission through Creative Arts Therapy programs, Business and Arts integration, and arts education initiatives throughout the community. First performance of the season: Oct. 8, 10:30 a.m., Bill Ganz, Oro Valley Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch.
Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation
The Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and preserving Blues & Heritage through live performances, education and raising awareness. SABHF will hold the 32nd annual Blues Heritage Festival, this year on Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Reid Park in the DeMeester Bandshell.
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
International guest artists join skilled amateur and professional musicians under the baton of Music Director Linus Lerner.Founded in 1979, SASO brings accessible and affordable classical music, world premieres and seldom-performed treasures to Tucson. The 2016-2017 season begins with a special annual Mexican Independence Day Concert, Sept. 15, 7 p. m., Fox Tucson Theatre.
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus
Led by Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh, this 75-voice choir performs an everexpanding repertoire written specifically for women’s voices. SAWC presents annual ticketed concerts each season, plus singout performances at various festivals and events. First concert of the season: Vivaldi’s “Gloria” as originally written for women’s voices, performances will be early December.
The Tom Patrick Band
The Tom Patrick Band was formed in 1993 and has been a familiar group on the Tucson scene ever since. They play swing, waltzes and all styles of Latin dance music.First performance of the season: Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Quartet, Green Valley Dance Club at Canoa Hills Recreation Center, Green Valley.
The Troubadour Theatre is dedicated to educating Tucson students in fine and performing arts, including musical theater, acting, music, theatrical design and art. Troubadour offers summer camps and classes for kids and teens, allowing students the experience of constructing all aspects of a full production, from directing to costume design, to music performance and composition.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
Southern Arizona’s professional chamber choir and orchestra celebrates its 13th anniversary as a 2016 GRAMMY-nominee.The season includes selections of Bach, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky with guest partnerships from the University of Arizona Choral Department and Arizona Early Music Society. First performance of the season: Oct. 13, 7:30 p. m., Marvelous Mother Earth, Scottish Rite Temple.
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
Now in their 77th year, TABC has received national and international acclaim as a music education and performance organization. The chorus impacts its members with quality music training as well as development of social and leadership skills for its members. First performance of the season: Nov. 4, 6 p.m., Musicale Regale, Skyline Country Club.
Tucson Barbershop eXperience Men’s Chorus
This male chorus and their registered quartets sing a variety of music in four-part a cappella style. Founded in 1947, singers belong to the Tucson Sunshine Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, presenting several scheduled shows each year, as well as performing for civic groups, and more. First local performance of the season: Nov. 20, 3 p.m., GreenValleyaires Annual Show, Sahuarita High School.
Tucson Circus Arts
Tucson Circus Arts is a circus school offering year-round and summer programming for youth and adults in aerial acrobatics, stilt walking, tightrope, globe walking, juggling and twirling props, performance and much more! TCA fosters an open, inclusive, non-competitive and encouraging environment for students of all backgrounds to discover what they love to do, grow and succeed.
Tucson Concert Band
Tucson’s oldest community band, formed in 1966, performs modern band literature, classical music, selections from Broadway musicals and military marches. The first performance of their 50th Golden Jubilee Season: Oct. 9, Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus.
Tucson Desert Harmony
Discover the joy of singing four-part harmony, a cappella music in the barbershop style with this award-winning women’s chorus. Watch for their holiday performances in select locations. First performance of the season: Nov. 12, 3 p.m., Annual Show, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.
Tucson Desert Song Festival
Tucson Desert Song Festival is committed to providing a world-class experience for music enthusiasts and novices alike—of enjoyment, education and interaction with acclaimed classical voices singing with some of Tucson’s leading performing arts groups. The festival will showcase several local organizations and outstanding visiting vocalists appearing in intimate recitals, orchestral and choral concerts, chamber music presentations, full opera and ballet stagings, and lecture and master classes at a variety of Tucson locations. Fifth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival: Jan. 18-Feb. 5.
Tucson Flute Club
The club has been in existence more than 45 years in Tucson. New players are always welcome to rehearse with the Southern Arizona Flute Orchestra, an ensemble of 15-25 flutists at varying levels of proficiency. Contact tucsonfluteclub@gmail.Com for more information.
Tucson Friends of Traditional Music
TFTM keeps the traditions of community music and contra dance thriving in Tucson by holding contra dances with live music every month for young, old, beginners and experienced dancers. Introductory lesson begins at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. First dance of the season: Sept. 3, First United Methodist Church. New Year’s Eve dance: Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
Tucson Girls Chorus
TGC has provided 31 years of fun, friendships, singing and performing Around the world, teaching girls, Kindergarten through 12th grade, to be confident women. Many performances are held throughout the year. Check the website for the most current events.
Tucson Guitar Society
TGS is a nonprofit organization that sponsors an international concert series, plus hosts monthly performances featuring local guitarists. Since 1987, TGS’s mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of guitar. Eighth International Tucson Guitar Festival: Nov. 5-12, UA’s Holsclaw Hall. First performance of the season: Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m., Second Annual Steve Schulman Award Recital: Misael Barraza, UA’s Holsclaw Hall.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference
TIMC preserves, enhances and fosters the traditional values of Hispanic culture, music, art and dance. The 35th Anniversary of TIMC will run from April 26-29, 2017 at Casino del Sol. Student workshops are Wednesday-Friday with a Student Showcase on Thursday starting at 6 p.m. The annual Espectacular Concert is Friday at 8 p.m. and Fiesta de Garibaldi is Saturday 11 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Tucson Jazz Society 903-1265 www.tucsonjazz.org TJS is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of jazz through concerts, festivals and educational programs.
Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Enjoy a robust arts and culture repertoire at the JCC with the Sculpture Garden, one-of-a-kind exhibits year-round and so much more, including the 26th Tucson International Jewish Film Festival.
Tucson Junior Strings
TJS is a non-profit orchestra that trains young string players in orchestral performance without a conductor in a true chamber music approach. TJS is comprised of about 200 students divided into six skill levels.
Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association/ Tucson Folk Festival
Celebrating their 32nd Annual Folk Festival, this free downtown festival centered in El Presidio Park features performing acts over five stages with traditional, contemporary, and ethnic folk and acoustic music along with workshops, contests, crafts and food on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.
Tucson Masterworks Chorale
Now in its 67th season, TMC presents great choral works from pre-Baroque to contemporary. The Chorale will perform a fall program including Mozart’s Vespers K. 339 and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass Hob.XXII:11
Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra
This award-winning symphony orchestra features more than 100 of Southern Arizona’s top young musicians, of precollege/ high school age, and provides professional training and concert performances. Since 1953, TPYO performs selections from classical to a repertoire from film to Broadway musicals, jazz, opera & ballet. First performance of the season: Fall Showcase, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Catalina Foothills High School.
Tucson-Pima Arts Council
The designated arts agency for the city of Tucson and Pima County since 1984, TPAC promotes the vitality of the arts by directing funding to quality arts initiatives and education programs, overseeing public art commissions, hosting talks, exhibits and professional workshops. Annual event: Sept. 16, Lumies Arts and Business Awards, Rialto Theater.
Tucson Pops Orchestra
Tucson Pops, conducted by László Veres, offers several free concerts annually as part of “Music Under the Stars” at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park. The first performance of the 62nd fall season: Sept. 11, 7 p.m.
Tucson Regional Ballet
In its 34th season, TRB presents A Southwest Nutcracker, featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. TRB translates the full length, classical ballet to Tucson in the 1880s, performances Dec. 10 & 11. A Spring Spectacular features the fun, exciting, child-friendly tale Peter and the Wolf along with the second act of the beautiful ballet classic, Swan Lake, April 8 & 9.
Tucson Sing-In, Inc.
The 40th annual community Messiah Sing- In, with professional orchestra and soloists, will be presented Monday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., at Christ Community Church. Donations in any amount are encouraged but are not required. The audience will sing the chorus sections.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Entering its 88th season, the TSO presents classical, pops, chamber and ensemble concerts plus Moveable Musical Feasts and Just for Kids programs from October to May. A 2014 Lumies Winner for an Arts Education Program, the orchestra’s first performance of the season: Sept. 23, 7:30 p. m., Classic Gershwin, Tucson Music Hall.
Tucson Women’s Chorus
A free first visit and ongoing enrollment is offered for this a cappella group that sings multicultural songs. No auditions, experience in sight-reading, or performance necessary. See website for rehearsal schedules for fall and spring. Annual holiday season performance: Luminaria Nights at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, December.
UA Dance Ensemble
621-4698 621-1162 (Fine Arts Box Office) www.dance.arizona.edu
Versed in ballet, modern and jazz, the UA Dance Ensemble has performed in eight countries as well as major venues in the U. S., including the Kennedy Center in D. C. and the Joyce Theater in NYC. First performance of the season: Sept. 27, Jazz in AZ, Stevie Eller Dance Theatre.
The University of Arizona’s professional performing arts series brings the world’s finest artists to Southern Arizona each year, since 1937. First performance of the season: Oct. 14, 8 p.m., Chaka Khan, UA Centennial Hall.
UA Fred Fox School of Music
621-1162 (Fine Arts Box Office)
This year’s “Music on Campus” season showcases musical excellence by faculty, guests and students.
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television/ Arizona Repertory Theatre
Marroney & Tornabene Theatres
621-1162 (Fine Arts Box Office) www.tftv.arizona.edu
Arizona Repertory Theatre produces an eclectic repertoire of classical, contemporary and musical theatre. First performance of the 80th anniversary season: Sept. 18, Epic Proportions, Marroney Theatre.
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble
Established in 1972, this big band is comfortable with many different musical styles. Composed of 17 members — students, graduate students and professionals — the group has toured China twice and several members have won soloist awards and placed in jazz competitions. First performance of the season: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Crowder Hall.
Viva Performing Arts
Viva promotes the heritage of Tucson’s Hispanic culture by facilitating music and dance performances, workshops, events and festivals. First performance of the season: Nov.2-3, Viva Dia de los Muertos, PCC Proscenium Theatre. Annual holiday performance: Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., Merri- Achi Christmas, Fox Tucson Theatre.
Wieck Chamber Singers and Orchestra
This professional orchestra and chorus performs the great oratorios of the past as well as other sacred music that complements that genre. Venues vary throughout Tucson. One area high school musician is selected for his or her unusual aptitude for their instrument and is invited to play with the orchestra.
Winding Road Theater Ensemble
Winding Road Theater Ensemble has a special commitment to producing new plays. WRTE is dedicated to representing diverse styles, themes and perspectives, and hosts readings and workshops of new plays. First performance of the season: Oct. 20, Julius Caesar, Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theatre.
ZUZI! Dance Company, School & Theater
This professional modern and aerial dance company offers performances, movement classes for all ages and abilities, birthday parties, summer camp, and facility rentals. First performance of the season: Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., No Frills Dance Happenin’. Holiday season: Dec. 17, 2 p.m., Nineteenth Solstice Celebration performance. TL
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