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November/December Events

PCC Visual Arts - LOUIS CARLOS BERNAL: Arizona Unseen, Color Photographs 1978-1988
Oct. 24 - Dec. 9
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (closed Veterans' Day 11/11, Thanksgiving 11/24-25)
Reception: Nov. 3 5-7 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public.

Under the direction of David Andres. The exhibit features 48 previously unseen color photographs from the Bernal Archive at the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. Curated by Ann Simmons-Myers, the exhibition features portraits and interiors made during the 1970s and 1980s that provide an intimate historic view of Arizona migrant farm workers, along with Tucson and Douglas barrio life. Additional images, previously exhibited, are on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery Oct. 18 – Jan. 27.
   Louis Carlos Bernal was head of photography at Pima Community College for seventeen years until his career was tragically cut short in October of 1989 by a bicycle accident while on his way to teach at the West Campus. Bernal is internationally recognized as an important photographer who captured the essence of Mexican American life. The exhibit will celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of Bernal's birth.


untitled photo by Louis Carlos Bernal

Additional images, previously exhibited,
are on display at the Tucson International
Airport gallery Oct. 18 – Jan. 27.

PCC Theatre Arts - DRACULA
Nov. 10-20
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: Nov. 17
Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $18 with discounts available

An emotionally charged psychological thriller adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. Directed by Nancy Davis Booth. Though the story is the same, this production is definitely not your grandma’s Dracula. The familiar tale is given an edgier, darker twist with stylized steampunk appearances and seductive undertones thrilling the audience as they sit on the edge of their seats and look cautiously over their shoulders.
   The intimate space of the Black Box Theatre is set with the audience on opposite sides drawing them into the action. Todd Poelstra’s gorgeous Gothic and Art Nouveau set, with a floor patterned with the Fibonacci spiral, is enhanced by new technical wizardry including multiple video projectors, eight speakers and special vortex effects created with lighting, fans and fog.  
   Booth, who has directed several award winning plays at Pima (A Piece of My Heart, The Laramie Projects, The Diary of Anne Frank and Inherit The Wind), has infused the soundtrack with heartbeats, whispers, distortions and ancient solfeggio tones to heighten the drama, helping to place the audience into the minds of the characters. The powerful visual imagery and the intoxicating, terrifying sound amplify the deeply emotional conviction of the cast. 




Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the ensemble performs a mini-tribute to the big-band era in their upcoming winter concert. The program features well-known pieces from the 1935-45 Swing Era, including "Sing, Sing, Sing" from Benny Goodman, "Eager Beaver" from Stan Kenton, "Li'l Darlin" by Count Basie, and "Caravan" by Duke Ellington. The band also plays some modern jazz standards such as "Crazy Rhythm," "Bernie's Tune," "Corazon," "Barnburner" and "It Might As Well Be Spring." The concert spotlights an arrangement of "Invitation" by first trombonist Roger Wallace.



PCC Jazz Ensemble

Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson, the band performs a winter concert with a delightful and interesting mix of band pieces. Program selections include the popular march “National Emblem” by E.E. Bagley (it features parts from the “Star Spangled Banner”), the “Rakes of Mallow” by Leroy Anderson (from his Irish Suite), a new work entitled “Groove Music” by Brian Balmages, and “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre (taken from a choral work of the same name roughly translated as Light and Gold). In anticipation of the new Harry Potter movie, set in America, the band performs the “Harry Potter Symphonic Suite” by John Williams. The traditional final selection for the winter concert is Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride” ushering in the holiday season. The concert also highlights performances by the woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles. 

PCC Wind Ensemble

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

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, the choirs present their winter concert with a selection of popular and holiday choral pieces. The program features the large mixed voice Chorale singing “Flying Free” by Don Besig written for flute solo (Kay Wilson, flute) and chorus, “Medley from West Side Story” arranged by William Stickles, and the light hearted holiday carol “Hurry to Bethlehem” by Don Besig.

The select mixed-voice a cappella choir College Singers perform “Te Deum” K. 141 by W. A. Mozart, and holiday tunes “Go Tell It on the Mountain” arranged by Roland M. Carter and “Deck the Hall” arranged by John Rutter. 

The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers accompanied by Ms. Susan Simpson, piano, and Mr. Tony Martin, percussion. They perform the male chorus “Loch Lomond” arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw; Romantic period choral master piece “Thanks be to God” (from the well-known oratorio “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn), and the all-time favorite “When the Saints Go Marching In” originally arranged by John Rutter for clarinet solo (Ivan D. Duran, clarinet) and chorus.


PCC Chorale & College Singers

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

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser, the program features works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Both Mozart and Mendelssohn were child prodigies and incredible piano virtuosos at a very young age. They became mature composers very early in their lives and were very prolific artists. “Symphony #25 in G minor” is one of the most dramatic and popular early symphonies Mozart composed. Mendelssohn created his overture "The Hebrides" on a sea voyage to Scotland. It is also known as "The Fingal's Cave Overture" and depicts a violent storm at sea. Tchaikovsky composed his "Italian Capriccio" during his travels in Italy. He stayed near the military quarters and was awaken by the military bugle every morning. This is how he began this piece, continuing it with several popular Italian folk songs he learned during his trip. The program will conclude with the potpourri of the popular themes from the "Harry Potter" series composed by John Williams.

PCC Orchestra

Dec. 9-10, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $10, $8, $5 students with ID

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota, the program features new work in ballet, modern, jazz and theater dance. The dynamic program includes original pieces by dance faculty Nolan Kubota and Mirela Roza, along with several new student choreographed pieces.

“The piece that I’m the most excited about is a short ballet called Dearly Departed, said Kubota. “It features our advanced ballet dancers in a story about a young man in love with death. He doesn’t realize that while he’s declaring his feelings she’s picking from her disciples (Poisoning, Drowning, Burning, Hanging, etc.) which death he’ll suffer. It’s set to a beautiful waltz.”

Another new piece came about during the rehearsal process with the dance ensemble. Set to the song, Just a Gigolo by Louis Prima, the cast has undertaken a rather subdued jazz choreography while learning how to perform synchronized eating. “The dancers are always eating so I figured why fight it?” remarks Kubota. 

PCC Dance

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