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October/November Events

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

PCC Music: WIND ENSEMBLE - Monuments & Musicals
Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The concert features classics for full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. The first half of the program features great band works including “First Suite in Eb for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli, and “Chant and Jubilo” by W. Francis McBeth. After the intermission, the band performs several crowd-pleasing medleys from popular musicals including songs from “Les Misérables,” “Moana” and “Disney Spectacular” (an arrangement of songs from “Beauty and the Beast,” Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid”). The woodwind, brass, and percussion ensembles round out the program.

Wind Ensemble

Oct. 22 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6
discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng and accompanied by the new accompanist, Mr. Dylan Gomes Dominguez. The program features the mixed voice Chorale singing “An die Musik” by Franz Schubert; “O Cara mia, Addio” by Mike Morasky; and two choral arrangements based on Broadway tunes “Love Changes Everything” arranged by Ed Lojeski and “The Sound of Music Choral Selection” arranged by Clay Warnick.

The select mixed-voice a cappella choir, College Singers, perform the motet “In stiller Nacht” by the 19th century choral master Johannes Brahms, the French madrigal from the Renaissance period “Il est bel et bon” by Pierre Passereau, and several 20th century choral works including “Sing Me to Heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, “Among the Leaves So Green” arranged by John Byrt, “Lamentation of Jeremiah” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Dies Irae” from Requiem by Zdeněk Lukáš.

The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers performing the motet “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal” arranged by Alice Parker, “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson, and “Hallelujah Chorus” from the cantata The Mount of Olive, Op.85 by Ludwig van Beethoven.


Chorale & College Singers

PCC Bernal Gallery: SABBATICAL
Oct. 23-Dec. 8
Reception: Nov. 2, 5-7 p.m.
Gallery talk: Nov. 2, 6 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed Veteran’s Day 11/11 and 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.

Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Recital Hall

A guest artist recital featuring original music for tuba and euphonium.


Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets $8,
discounts available 

A faculty recital featuring popular music in America. The program features a jazz quartet with faculty Mark Nelson on bass, José Luis Sandoval on saxophone and George Cardieri on drums. Cardieri also performs selections from Broadway, Walt Disney and Hollywood film composer Burt Bacharach, along with a set of love ballads. Music by Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys and the British rock group Led Zeppelin completes the program. 


Alexander Cardieri

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.” 

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