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Music 2017-18 Season

Rousing band marches, sultry jazz tunes, uplifting vocals, and inspiring classical selections! Concerts by Pima ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Chorale & College Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra; faculty recitals by Homero Cerón, Jonathan Ng, Mark Nelson and Alexander Cardieri, along with a guest artist recital by Michael Thrasher and Joan Biondino showcase incredible musical talent this season.

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HOMERO CERÓN: Places We've Seen Before
Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6
 (students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A faculty concert. Long time TSO principals Homero Cerón (percussion) and Jim Karrer (bass), present a recital of vibraphone and string bass. The program includes J.S. Bach, Stravinsky, Fauré, Gershwin, Bernstein and more.

Homero Ceron Homero Cerón

WIND ENSEMBLE Concerts
Oct. 19, Nov. 30, March 8 and May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups) 

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The concert features classics for full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 

Wind Ensemble

CHORALE & COLLEGE SINGERS Concerts
Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., March 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 6 at 3 p.m.
 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups) 

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. The concert features selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir.

Chorale & College Singers

ALEXANDER CARDIERI POPULAR PIANO
Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A faculty lecture recital featuring popular music in America. Cardieri has been a music educator since 1979. He is a full-time instructor at the Sunnyside Unified School District and an adjunct music faculty at Pima Community College. Cardieri has a bachelor's degree in piano and a master's degree in music theory from the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award in 2003.  

 

Alexander Cardieri

MICHAEL THRASHER AND JUDY BIONDINI: The Vocal Clarinet
Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A guest artist concert. Repertoire includes a variety of works that explore the vocal, expressive, and songlike qualities of clarinet and piano, featuring Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Ben-Haim and others. 

Michael Thrasher and Joan Biondini

JAZZ ENSEMBLE Concerts
Nov. 28 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. 

Jazz Ensemble

ORCHESTRA Concerts
Dec. 2 and May 5 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5
 (students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser. The concert features a classical repertoire for orchestra with students and community adults. The mission of the orchestra is to educate young adults and the Tucson community about orchestral music, including classical and other varieties of musical styles, and to provide the opportunity to perform in a collaborative group setting. 

Orchestra

DR. JONATHAN NG TENOR - CANCELLED
Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. 

Jonathan Ng

DR. MARK NELSON TUBA
April 12 at 7 p.m.  
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

An annual faculty tuba recital featuring

featuring original works by living composers. Marie Sierra, piano, is the accompanist. 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