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April/May Pima Arts Events

Find out what Pima Theatre, Music, Dance and Bernal Gallery events are scheduled for the 2017-2018 Season: IMAGINE!

April 2-May 4
Reception & Award Ceremony - April 12, 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 theatres.
and open to the public

Under the direction of David Andres the Bernal Gallery presents the artwork of students from all six Pima campuses. Recognized as an important event for emerging artists in southern Arizona, this exhibit gives 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 Meg Hagyard, interim director, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson; Angie Zielinski, assistant professor, Painting/Drawing School of Art, University of Arizona; Aaron Coleman, assistant professor, Art/Printmaking School of Art, University of Arizona. Awards, gift certificates and prizes are awarded to selected student artists.

The student exhibit awards are made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Antigone Books, Arizona Art Supply, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona Picture & Frame Gallery, Barb’s Frame of Mind, Claire Campbell Park Award, Century Award, Contemporary Art Society, Contreras Gallery, Grandma’s Spinning Wheel, Greg’s Camera Shop, Jerry’s Artarama, JW Marriott, Kingfisher Bar & Grill, Lewis Framing Studio, Loft Cinema, Marjon Ceramics, Mark’s Ace Hardware, McGuire’s Jewelers, MOCA Tucson, West Campus Bookstore, Photographic Works, Posner’s Art Store, Sarnoff Art & Writing Materials, Star Gems, Tucson Museum of Art, Woodcraft.

 Sid Henderson - sculptures

2018 Best of Show - Sid Henderson, Dissected Self & I'm Becoming Pan Again

Selected works not included in the Bernal Gallery exhibit are installed at PCC’s Tucson International Airport Gallery March 29 through September 6.

April 12 at 7 p.m.

Recital Hall
Tickets $8 
discounts available

An annual faculty tuba recital featuring original works by living composers. Nelson performs the world premiere of “Sonata for Tuba and Piano” by English composer George Odam who is attending the recital to deliver remarks about his work. Odam, a visiting artist from Farmborough near Bath (April 9-13); is a teacher, composer, writer, editor and lecturer.

The other program selections written for Dr. Nelson over the last 30 years include the premiere of “Tango Images” for tuba and strings by Adriana Figueroa Manas. Musicians from the Tucson High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Cayce Miners, accompany this work. The program also includes “Villanella” for tuba and piano by Walter Ross, “New England Reveries” for tuba and electronic sounds by Neal Corwell, “Mark My Words” for tuba and piano by James Grant, and “Concert Piece” for tuba and piano by Libby Larsen.  

 Mark Nelson Tuba


Pima Theatre: EURYDICE
April 12-22
Thu. - Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters April 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre
Tickets $18
discounts available

EURYDICE, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Nikki Martinez. Lush and dreamlike, the 2003 play is a whimsical re-imagining of the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. After tragically dying on her wedding day, the play follows Eurydice into a cryptic and magical underworld where she is dipped into the river of forgetfulness and then reunited with her dead father. However, the reunion is bittersweet, as Eurydice does not remember her father. As she struggles to recall her past and the name of her great-lost love, she must orient herself in a strange new land where the characters are as quirky and mystifying as they are cruel. Orpheus, heartbroken and desperate, fights for her from above. He sends her letters and ultimately sings his way into the land of the dead to retrieve his bride. But Eurydice is caught between love and family, memory and loss; and she must make a choice to return to the living or succumb to the dead. The play is wonderfully strange and full of potent lyrical sound, arresting images and wholehearted humanity creating a fascinating experience that is as disorienting as it is alluring.



Director Martinez describes the play, “EURYDICE is an investigation into what transcends mortality, and how memory shapes the way we love. Filled with strange magic, the audience can expect the unexpected.”

April 27-28
Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $10 
discounts available

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota. The program features a record number of student works across several styles including modern, contemporary and hip-hop. According to Kubota, “Our students are especially creative and have a certain fearlessness that has made their work very interesting.”

Also in the program are numerous original works by Kubota, including using a sound track consisting of voicemails gleaned from online. “I wanted an original soundtrack for some of the work we're tackling this year. I think that it's important that these dancers see that they don't need to have a consistent rhythm to find value in movement.” Kubota, an international award winning burlesque performer, is also bringing a revival of this American cultural art form to the stage. “I love the tradition and history of burlesque. Of course, we're keeping it family friendly, but watching my students learn about this tiny corner of American entertainment history brings me a lot of joy.”

The program also includes dances created by students in the choreography course, under the direction of faculty Mirela Roza.

May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The spring concert features a show largely devoted to the big bands. The program includes swing standards such as Glenn Miller's "In The Mood," Benny Goodman's “Sing, Sing, Sing," Count Basie's "Moten Swing," and Stan Kenton's "Eager Beaver.” Lead trombonist Roger Wallace contributes his arrangement of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing." Throughout the concert, many of the band members are spotlighted in improvisational solo roles.

May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. Thei joint concert featuries the Tucson High School Concert Band under the direction of Lucy Huestis. The first half of the program features the PCC Wind Ensemble performing “Armenian Dances, Part I” by Alfred Reed and “Symphony No. 2” by John Barnes Chance. The Tucson High School Concert Band takes the stage for the second half of the program performing “Lightning Field” by John Mackey, “At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral” by Jared Spears and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. The two bands come together for the final selection, “Army of the Nile” by Kenneth Alford, conducted by Ms. Huestis. 


May 5, 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts avaiable

Under the direction of Alexander Tentser. The spring concert features “Symphony No. 29” by Mozart, “Radetzky March” by J. Strauss, “Fascinating Rhythm” by G. Gershwin, and a movement from the “Symphony in A Major” by Boccherini. 

May 6, 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. The program features the mixed voice Chorale singing singing the Renaissance madrigal “O Sleep, Fond Fancy” by Thomas Morley; a 20th century madrigal “Vita de la mia vita” by William Hawley; and “When Memory Fades” by Eric Nelson.

The select mixed-voice a cappella choir College Singers performs works by 20th century composers including “God be In My Head” by George Odam, “Pilgrims’ Hymn” and “The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus.

The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers. The male chorus sings “Viva Tutti” edited by Ralph Hunter. Both choirs perform “Lord, I Know I Been Changed” by Bruce More, “In My Little Picture Frame” arranged by Ēriks Ešenvalds and “Life is Happiness Indeed” from the opera Candide by Leonard Bernstein. 

Fashion Design and Clothing: FASHIONARTE 2018 
May 4 at 7 p.m.
VIP reception: 5:30 p.m.
Silent Aution/Marketplace: 5:30-9 p.m. 
Fox Tucson Theatre,
17 West Congress St.
Tickets: $35 VIP, $10 General

Fashionarte 2018: An Urban Fusion of Art, Cuisine and Fashion, will honor gallery founder Terry Etherton and includes a VIP cocktail reception, silent auction and designer marketplace. This year’s designers will be working from the inspirations of artists in the Etherton Gallery collection. The annual event, to raise money for fashion design scholarships, moves this year from the Center for the Arts to the historic Fox Tucson Theatre.

Pima Digital Arts: MEDIA FUSION
May 10
6 p.m. interactive preshow
7 p.m. screening
Recital Hall/Proscenium Theatre

Film, Game Design, Animation. Under the direction of Dennis Landry. Featuring a collaboration of student work in three areas—game design, animation and film. A preshow event iinvites the audience to participate in interactive gaming and additional work not in the main show. The screening highlights the best of all three areas.

May 14, 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

Under the direction of Joshua Cochran. First 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.