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November/December Events

Find out what theatre arts, music, dance and Bernal Gallery events are scheduled for the 2017-2018 Season: IMAGINE!

PCC Bernal Gallery: SABBATICAL
through-Dec. 8
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Thanksgiving 11/22-23.)

Under the direction of David Andres. The exhibit features work by Christina McNearney, Hiro Tashima, Angie Zielinski, Ann Phong and Thomas Kerrigan. Bernal Gallery director David Andres explains the exhibit, “Every seven years full time visual arts faculty can apply for a sabbatical from teaching to pursue their personal artwork. Christina McNearney and Hiro Tashima each recently took a sabbatical. They traveled and worked at artist-in-residencies around the globe. Some of the artwork they produced is in this exhibit. I traditionally ask sabbatical artists if they would like to invite an artist to exhibit with them. McNearney invited two amazing artists who support her agenda of environmental causes—Angie Zielinski and Anne Phong. Tashima invited the acclaimed ceramic artist Thomas Kerrigan.”

image detail by Ann Phong Ann Phong,
Human and the Ocean (detail)

Select works from the artists in this exhibit will be on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery October 26 – January 26.

Pima Theatre: POPOL VUH: The Story of Seven Macaw
Nov. 9-19
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
Black Box Theatre
Tickets $18
discounts available

Originally created by Kinan and Lakin Valdez for El Teatro Campesino. Directed by Marc David Pinate. Set in the intimate space of the Black Box Theatre, this captivating and colorful production recreates one of the ancient Mayan creation legends using large-scale puppetry, music, ritual dance and pageantry.

The Mayan hero twins are summoned by the creators of the world to deal with the false and corrupt Seven Macaw, who holds dominion over the Earth. Through stealth and trickery, the shape-shifter twins are able to outsmart the corrupt ruler with their powerful artistry. The story is symbolic and politically relevant for today’s culture.

“Popul Vuh" translates into Council Book. The high priests of the classic Maya would be comparable to scholars, scientists and astronomers in today's world. They took note of celestial and other natural patterns over hundreds of years and created a variety of calendars and other “maps” of basic natural and human systems. These understandings of how the world and human civilizations worked were encoded into symbolic stories that became the mythology of the “Popul Vuh.” Mayan sages would consult the Council Book in times of crisis or before any major decisions were made. The Mayan concept of time as cyclical rather than linear allowed them to predict how an event would likely turn out. Therefore it is no surprise that the story of Seven Macaw, with its allusions to climate change, empty leadership and a populace pitted against itself should ring so familiar to us today.  


illustration - Popol Vuh: The Story of Seven Macaw

Director Pinate remarks, “Interpreted through El Teatro Campesino's popular theatre form of physicality and spectacle, the play succeeds in captivating audiences of all ages and backgrounds while still relaying a deep thematic message—a vital meditation on the need to excise the false gods which plague us today. I speak metaphorically of ideologies of nationalism, xenophobia, racism, denial of climate change and the devastation of Mother Earth.” 

Pima Music: MICHAEL THRASHER & JUDY BIONDINI: The Vocal Clarinet
Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Recital Hall
Tickets $8
discounts available

A guest artist recital featuring clarinetist Michael Thrasher and pianist Judy Bridewell Biondini. According to Thrasher, “The clarinet possesses the ability to evoke a songlike and even operatic quality, which numerous composers have sought to explore. We imagined a program that would probe deeply into this aspect of the instrument’s nature.” The repertoire includes representative works from various national and stylistic origins. In particular, three diverse selections utilize the title “Songs Without Words,” including compositions by Paul Ben-Haim (Israeli), Edward German (British), and Felix Mendelssohn (German). Other works include fantasias on American hymn songs by modern American composer Daniel Pinkston of Simpson University, and arrangements by Thrasher and Lois Tomhave.

Biondini, based in Colorado Springs, has performed extensively throughout the United States, including recent appearances in Texas and New York. She has performed in solo piano works by York Bowen and Ronald Center. Thrasher currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs at the Florida State University College of Music. He currently appears with the Tallahassee Symphony, and has performed as a recitalist in Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, California, Texas and elsewhere.

 Michael Thrasher and Judy Biondini

clarinetist Michael Thrasher and pianist Judy Bridewell Biondini

Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Directed by Mike Kuhn, the band performs a winter concert featuring a wide variety of big-band pieces in many jazz genres. The program includes arrangements of “Freddie Freeloader” by Miles Davis, “Maiden Voyage” by Herbie Hancock, and the Dixieland standard “That's A Plenty.”

Also featured are arrangements by lead trombonist Roger Wallace. The band performs his version of the standard “Too Darn Hot” spotlighting the vocals of Garth Zielinski, and “Christmas Time Is Here” written by Vince Guaraldi (originally featured in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” from 1965). Highlighting the program is Kuhn’s performance of his latest composition “To Every Silent Heart” in a quintet setting.

 PCC Jazz Ensemble

Pima Music: WIND ENSEMBLE: Music For Americans
Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The majority of the concert program is about or for Americans. Selections include “Blue Lake Overture” by John Barnes Chance (dedicated to the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan), and “Diamond Variations” by Roger Jager (variations on the trio melody of Illinois Loyalty and dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the University of Illinois Concert Band). The band will also perform “Elegy for a Young American” by Ronald Lo Presti (a tribute to the presidency of John F. Kennedy), “Eagle Squadron” by British composer Kenneth Alford (dedicated to the American pilots who flew for the RAF during the Battle of Britain in World War II), “Kirkpatrick Fanfare” by Andre Boysen, Jr. (written for the dedication of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library at Central Missouri State University), and the alto saxophone solo “Valse Vanite” by Rudy Wiedoeft featuring Pima's saxophone instructor Dr. Christopher Herald. The ensemble will end the concert with the traditional performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson ushering in the holiday season.

PCC Wind Ensemble 

Dec. 2 at 3 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser. The program features “Flute concerto” by Antonio Vivaldi with Emily Regis as soloist. Also included, “Brandenburg concerto #3” by J. S. Bach for strings, “Symphony #20” by Mozart and “Christmas” symphony by Joseph Haydn.

Tentser is a well-known concert pianist and conductor. He founded both the Cochise College Orchestra and the Pima Community College Orchestra, and has also directed the International Balalaika and Domra Association Orchestra in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at their annual Russian Music Convention. Tentser also conducts the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra in their annual winter performance of Russian music.

 PCC Orchestra

Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.

Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. The program features the mixed voice Chorale singing “Auld Lang Syne” arranged by Michael Hanawalt, “African Noel” arranged by Victor Johnson, and “Fit the Battle” arranged by Mark Hayes. The select mixed-voice a cappella choir College Singers perform 20th century holiday motet “Out of the Orient Crystal Skies” by Richard Zgodava, the Italian Frottola “El Grillo” (The Cricket) by Josquin Des Prez, and the haunting choral masterwork “Miserere” by Gregorio Allegri, written for unaccompanied solo quartet and mixed chorus from the Renaissance period. The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers on stage. The female chorus sings the part-song “The Snow” by Edward Edgar, written for two violins, female chorus and piano. The choirs also perform “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl, written for two male choruses; “Chichester Psalms” (movement2) by Leonard Bernstein; and the holiday favorite “Many Moods of Christmas” (suite IV for mixed chorus and percussion) arranged by Robert Shaw and Robert Bennett.

 PCC Chorale & College Singers

Dec. 8-9
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, features student-choreographed dances encompassing many styles from hip-hop, modern, lyrical and jazz. According to Kubota, “Every year a new group of students come through the dance program. Some years are exceptional, and this is one of them. Our returning students in particular have really embraced the idea of creating work on their own that has artistic value. They have some very creative ideas for this concert.”

In addition to student-choreographed dances by Taljah Blue, Lindsay Kovrig, Carter Crawford, Kyle Reza and Parker Schiltz; for the first time there is also a piece from the Pima Dance Club. Kubota and adjunct faculty member Mirela Roza are also lending their talents to the production. Because this group of students is evoking a theatrical streak, Kubota is adding several numbers from musicals including “Young Frankenstein” and “Cabaret.” He is also bringing some of his personal feather fans for a solo dance by Angelina Mendibles. The finale is another first—a can-can danced by members of the Pima Dance Ensemble. Each skirt weighs several pounds. “Though it is an extremely challenging piece, the students are very excited to have a spot in this dance,” says Kubota. Signature Selections will have something for everyone to enjoy.

 Signature Selections

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