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December/January Events

Oct. 26 - Dec. 11
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

Under the direction of David Andres. The exhibit features drawings, paintings, and ceramic installations by Mark Pomilio and Susan Beiner. The exhibition came about from an introduction to Pomilio’s work to David Andres, Bernal Gallery director, by Dan Leach, a prominent Tucson collector. According to Andres, “I was intrigued by Mark’s work and his ability to bend space with the use of black charcoal on paper. He literally manipulates his drawings into three-dimensional sketches that are stretched over wooden forms.” The cellular aspect of both Pomilio’s drawn and painted geometric patterns and Beiner’s organic porcelain shapes “resemble a structural unity of a much larger organism.”

art by Mark Polio

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is exhibiting several art pieces, by the artists exhibiting in CELLULAR, at the Tucson International Airport Oct. 28, 2015 - Feb. 3, 2016. 

Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn the concert features big-band music from all eras of jazz. Some of the featured pieces included in the concert are "Big Swing Face" from the Buddy Rich band book and "Granada Smoothie" from the Stan Kenton book, along with, big band arrangements of "Cheesecake" by Dexter Gordon, and "Sack Of Woe" by Cannonball Adderley. The concert spotlights many instrumentalists in solo improvisation roles, and vocals by Rachel Hoblitt and Stanley Simmons. First trombonist Roger Wallace contributes several arrangements to the concert, including a take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca," and a vocal combo arrangement of Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars," also known as "Corcovado."

PCC Jazz Ensemble

Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

The PCC Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mark Nelson, presents a joint winter concert with the Catalina Foothills High School Concert Band, directed by Renee Shane-Boyd. Each band plays their half of the program and joins forces at the end of the concert to bring in the holiday season with the final selection “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

The PCC Wind Ensemble has an intriguing program lineup with the rousing English folk song “Suite” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, the lyrical “October” by Eric Whitacre, the popular traditional march “Klaxon” by Henry Fillmore, and the impressive work “Encanto” by Robert Smith that includes a full brass opening followed by an infectious rhythm. Catalina Foothills High School Concert Band program selections will be announced onstage the night of the concert. 

PCC Wind Ensemble

Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Jonathan Ng the choirs present a winter concert featuring the Chorale singing folk song “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” arr. by Norman Luboff; Disney favorite “When You Wish Upon a Star,” arr. by Roy Ringwald; and choral selections from “My Fair Lady,” arr. by Andy Beck. 

College Singers present a group of madrigals and a motet, from the Renaissance period, by British composer Thomas Morley including “My Bonny Lass She Smileth,” “Agnus Dei” (Lamb of God) and “Sing We and Chant It.” They also sing Faure’s sacred choral piece “Cantique de Jean Racine” (Song of Jean Racine) and the Christmas spiritual “Rise Up Shepherd,” arr. by John Rutter.

Chorale & College Singers

The concert ends with “In dulci jubilo” (In sweet rejoicing) based on the Old 100th Psalm tune by 20th century composer Gordon Young, “Kyrie” and “Gloria” from “Credo Mass, K. 257” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These pieces are performed by both Chorale and College Singers accompanied by Mr. David Craig, piano. 

Dec. 5 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser, the orchestra presents a new winter program featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s great “Scottish Symphony #3” depicting the storm and thunder in the end of the first movement. Mendelssohn was a child prodigy and composed many serious works by the time he turned 15 years old. The orchestra also performs a piece by another child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Symphony #20.” Mozart learned the piano at three years old and was famous throughout Europe by the age of 10. The concert includes Antonio Vivaldi “Concerto for Two Flutes and Strings.” Vivaldi was a great violin virtuoso and also an ordained priest. His nickname was the "Red Priest" because of the color of his hair.

PCC Orchestra

Dec. 11-12
Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $10 with discounts available

Under the co-direction of Nolan Kubota and Erika Colombi. The dynamic program features faculty and student choreographed pieces spotlighting jazz, modern and ballet styles in dances that are edgier, darker and more contemporary than in past concerts. New choreography by Kubota features an excerpt from the classical ballet Swan Lake. Choreography by Colombi and new dance faculty Mirela Roza is also woven into the concert with the student pieces. The program also includes two works by guest dancers from Evolve Dance Studio, choreographed by the prominent international artist Kensaku Shinohara from Tokyo, Japan. 
Signature Selections dancer

Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
free and open to the public

Performance by area high schools, sponsored by Pima Theatre Arts and Literacy Connects.

Edgar Allen Poe

PCC Music: NORTHEAST BY SOUTHWEST: A Shared Guitar Recital
Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $5 suggested donation

The student club Pima Music Society presents guest artist James Piorkowski and faculty Ben McCartney performing selections ranging from the Renaissance period to the 20th century to contemporary music. The program consists of all original compositions and arrangements, many inspired by guitarists—past and present—that Piorkowski admires. He is playing his own compositions Hear My Train: an Homage to Jimi Hendrix and Rolando: a Tango for Roland Dyens, and modern guitar realizations of selected works by Francesco Corbetta, from La Guitarre Royalle (1671). McCartney performs a wide variety of pieces, with repertoire selections that shaped his progress as a developing musician while working towards his Bachelor of Music degree at SUNY Fredonia, under the tutelage of James Piorkowski.
Ben McCartney