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April/May Pima Arts Events

April 8 - May 3
Reception/Award Ceremony - April 11, 3-5 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
Mon.-Thur. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and before most evening performances in the Center for the Arts. 
Free and open to the public

The Annual Student Juried Art Exhibit features the artwork of Pima students from all campuses. The exhibit is an important event for emerging artists in southern Arizona, giving Pima students the opportunity to present their work in a professional venue to be viewed by the general public. 

Distinguished jurors for this year’s exhibition are Daphne Srinvasan, publicity and sales associate at Etherton Gallery; Willie (Ray) Parish, professor emeritus, sculpture, University of Texas, El Paso; and Michael Fenlason, chief curator and artistic director of the Tubac Center of the Arts and former staff grants writer for Tucson Museum of Art. Several community members have donated awards, gift certificates and prizes for selected student artists.


Additional works, selected by the jurors, are installed at the Extension Gallery, Tucson International Airport March 29 through September 6.

April 18-28
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: April 25.
Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $17 general, $10 Pima students

Pima Theatre presents POLAROID STORIES, written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Marc Pinate. A raw, spellbinding tale of young people living on the street told through a visceral blend of classical mythology and gritty real life stories that delve into a dangerous world where myth making fulfills a fierce need for transcendence. Told through poetry and coarse street language, the characters paint their reality with lies, wild yarns and clever deceits to make sense of past abuse, lost love, violence and drug addiction. Together the stories weave into beautiful, haunting vignettes that hit you right in the gut. This is not an historical play, but a story that unfolds and relates to the modern audience’s struggle to make sense of today’s politics, society and family values.

Director Pinate adds, “In transposing the world of homeless youth and mythology, Iizuka helps us to see the timelessness of the human condition and the tragedies that befall us. There’s a terrible beauty that the playwright has created. It’s actually our biggest challenge in producing this show—working with horrible, bleak circumstances; but within that tragedy, finding moments of beauty and respite from the darkness."



Disclaimer: Contains explicit and graphic language.

April 26-27
Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $10, $8

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota. The concert features student-choreographed dances encompassing many styles including hip-hop, modern, lyrical and jazz. The theme for this concert is vintage carnival. According to Kubota, “This is the first time since I've been running the program at Pima that we have a themed show! I'm incredibly excited, and so are the dancers. It really started because I've been branching out in my own training. I've started taking contortion in addition to dance, and being exposed to the circus arts in Tucson has really inspired me. We're bringing in sideshow talents such as glass-walking, bed of nails, bottle dancing, strongmen, mermaids and so much more! The students enjoyed being challenged to choreograph inside a theme, and I think this show will be one of the best we've ever created.”

April 30 at 7:30 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The concert spotlights jazz big-band performances in a variety of styles. The concert features a number of members in improvisational roles. The program includes “Give It One” from the Maynard Ferguson library, “Sack Of Woe” by Cannonball Adderley, “Willowcrest” by Bob Florence and the standard “Harlem Nocturne” spotlighting alto saxophonist Ben Courtney. Vocalist Tom Galarneau on vocals performs “They Can't Take That Away From Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

May 2 at 7:30 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson, the band performs their final concert of the season—“People, Places and Possibilities.” The program features the world premiere of “Speak Out” for concert band by music major and clarinetist Bryce Cravatzo. Additional concert highlights include “Old Joe's Fancy” for saxophone quartet and band by Walter Ross featuring music majors Benjamin Courtney, Claudia Gomez, Christopher Ogier and Rafael Hernandez; and “Concert Rondo” by W.A. Mozart for solo horn and concert band featuring music major Rachael Valentine. Other works include “ZapfenstreichNo. 2” by Beethoven, “Armenian Rhapsody” by Johnnie Vinson, the “Brook Green Suite” by Gustav Holst, “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik, and the “Gladiator” march by John Phillip Sousa. The woodwind ensemble and brass ensemble will also perform. 
PCC Wind Ensemble

Pima Digital Arts: 2019 MEDIA FUSION
May 3, 6 p.m./interactive preshow, 7 p.m./screening 
Center for the Arts 
Free and open to the public

The event is a collaboration of student work in three areas—game design, animation and film. The 6 p.m. preshow event in the Recital Hall invites the audience to participate in interactive gaming and additional work not in the main show. The 7 p.m. screening in the Proscenium Theatre highlights the best of all three areas. There is a strong demand in the community for creative workers trained in game design, animation, film and web design. PCC’s digital arts department is developing students with career-building skill sets to acquire good jobs. Live music by Smallvox, a four-piece folk/rock band, featuring faculty Greg Loumeau, is performing onstage before, during intermission and after the event.

Please note: Some of the work contains adult content and language.

May 4 at 3 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser. The orchestra is performing a new spring program featuring W.A. Mozart's “Symphony #21 in A Major,” “Concerto in F Major for flute and oboe with strings” by Tomaso Albinoni, and a ragtime "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin. 

Mozart was only 15 years old when he composed his Symphony #21. In spite of his age he already was an accomplished composer and a keyboard virtuoso who performed all around Europe. He also was a brilliant violin and a viola player as well. Albinoni was an Italian composer of the Baroque era. His best- known composition is the Adagio for organ and strings that is still frequently performed today. Joplin was one of the first professional African American composers in the United States. He created a great number of piano pieces he called ragtime, based on African American syncopated dances. Joplin was a brilliant pianist himself who recorded several ragtime pieces that are available on piano rolls, an old form of piano recording popular in the beginning of the 20th century. Many of these are also arranged for other instruments and orchestras.

PCC Orchestra

May 5 at 3 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ngand accompanied by Miss Shuo Pan on piano. The program features the mixed voice Chorale singing “Dance for Love” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Somewhere” from the all-time favorite musical West Side Storyby Leonard Bernstein, choral setting by Robert Edgerton, and “Tuba” (A dove) sung in Tsonga (an African dialect with percussion), arranged by Michael Joseph Barrett.

The select mixed-voice a cappella choir College Singers perform “Goodnight Moon” by Eric Whitacre, “Days of Beauty” and “The Rose” by Ola Gjeilo, “Kyrie” from Missa Pape Marcelli, the motet “Ascendo ad Patrem” by G. P. Palestrina” and “Dies irae” (Day of wrath) by Z. Randall Stroope.

The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers singing the traditional American folksong “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb, the spiritual “I’ve Been in the Storm So Long” arranged by Jeffrey L. Ames, “Forever Music” with flute and cello by Mark Hayes, and “Elijah Rock” by Moses Hogan.

PCC Chorale

May 13 at 7 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Free and open to the public

Firat look at the annually published book featuring student poetry, prose and visual art.

For information on community events happening at the Center for the Arts visit the Center for the Arts calendar.