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April-May Events

April 10-May 5
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Reception and award ceremony: April 13, 2-4 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public.

PCC Bernal Gallery presents the artwork of PCC students from all six Pima campuses. Over $4,000 in scholarships, gift certificates and items, made possible by the support of generous sponsors, are awarded to students during the reception.

Juried by Kathleen Spain, ceramic artist; David Adix, visual artist - mixed media; and Lisa Roden, photographer, assistant registrar - Etherton Gallery.



2017 annual student juried art exhibit

Selected works are exhibited at PCC’s Tucson International Airport Gallery April 1 through September 12.

April 13, 7 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets $8 with discounts available

An annual faculty tuba concert featuring selections of oldies and goodies. Nelson performs with a variety of tubas from the Conn BBb recording bass to the ultra new Cool Winds BBb plastic tuba, a contrabass tuba in C and a bass tuba in F. The eclectic program includes “Asleep in the Deep” by H. W. Petrie, the 1937 “Carnival of Venice Fantasy” by G. E. Holmes, and the 3-movement suite from “Hexagon” by Arizona composer Anne McGinty (Nelson premiered this piece at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in 2016). He also performs the new work “Dulce Infancia” (Sweet Childhood) commissioned by Dr. Nelson and Dr. Matt Tropman last fall for euphonium, tuba and piano by Argentinian composer Adriana Isabel Figueroa Manas; “Concertino for tuba and strings” by Dutch composer Jan Koetsier, and “Rumanian Dance #2” by Dumitru Ionel (played by L.A. Philharmonic tubist Roger Bobo on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in the 1970s).


Mark Nelson

April 20-30
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters: April 27
Black Box Theatre
Tickets: $18 with discounts available

A play by the Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov, translated by Carol Rocamora. Directed by Nicole Martinez. First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1901. Through a masterfully woven narrative, the play subtly conveys the transitory beauty and sadness of the passing moment for three educated sisters from Moscow. Their dreams of returning to a grander life gives way to the defeat of their sensitive minds, generous hearts and personal aspirations. Only the love they have for each other gives them the strength to hope. In this powerful play, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work’s climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving. Regarded by some critics as one of the best dramas of the 20th century.

Martinez explains, “The play in its astonishing simplicity offers the audience a time and space to bear witness to the intrinsic conditions of our existence. Conditions that so deeply permeate our state of being that we scarcely notice them. We recollect the past, combing our lives for meaning while eagerly seeking to change a future that remains so firmly beyond reach. We bounce between future time and past time out of touch with inevitabilities so far from our control. But, the veil is lifted by the extremities: in birth and love, loss and tragedy, and for a moment or two we are unbound by what is no more and is not yet. THREE SISTERS is a love song to who we are in all our brokenness and beauty, delusion and lucidity. It’s about what we all share and what we can never escape.”


Three Sisters 


April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 with discounts available

PCC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Kuhn, performs a spring concert featuring a wide variety of big-band pieces in many different styles. Many of the students are spotlighted in solo improvisational roles. The program includes the jazz standards “Cherokee,” “Take The "A" Train,” “Limehouse Blues,” “Sack Of Woe,” “Back Alley Shuffle” and “Harlem Nocturne” (highlighting Robert Hastings on alto saxophone). Resident arranger and trombonist Roger Wallace contributes three arrangements for vocalist Philip Harvey. He sings Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife", Dion and the Belmont's "The Wanderer" and the bossa nova standard "Besame Mucho."

Jazz Ensemble

April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 with discounts available

The PCC Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mark Nelson, performs its final spring concert—Story Telling. Each work in the concert has a tale to describe with sound. The program opens with “Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna” by Franz von Suppé. Other works include “Canticle of the Creatures” by Jim Curnow (based on poetry of Saint Francis Assisi), “Fantasia and Rondo” by Carl Maria von Weber for clarinet and band featuring Ivan Duran as the clarinet soloist. This is Duran’s culminating student experience at Pima before transferring to ASU. The program continues with “Colonial Airs and Dances” by Robert Jager, exploring melodies of colonial America such as “The Contented Farmer,” “The Thirsty Topper” and others. “The Sound of Music” selections by Richard Rogers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein and the “Fairest of the Fair” march by John Philip Sousa round out the program. The woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles also perform. 

Wind Ensemble

April 29, 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser featuring a classical repertoire for orchestra with students and community adults. The program features the music of Ludwig van Beethoven with his “Egmont Overture” and Symphony #3 "Eroica." Beethoven intended to dedicate this symphony to Napoleon, but after Napoleon crowned himself to be emperor, Beethoven changed his mind and named it the "heroic" symphony. It is a monumental work that changed the course of music history. “Egmont” is a play by the German poet and philosopher Johann Wolfgang von Goethe about the Dutch fight for independence from Spanish dominance. It begins as a dark and tragic work that turns into a brilliant and sparkling coda.


April 30, 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $6 with discounts available

Pima Community College Chorale & College Singers, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, presents their final spring semester concert. The program features the mixed voice Chorale singing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” arranged by Elliot Schenck; “Parting Blessing” by Jerome Williams; three canons by Henry Purcell - “Fie, Nay, Prithee, John”, “Under This Stone”, and “Once, Twice, Thrice”; and “Choral Selections from Dido & Aeneas” by Henry Purcell.

The select mixed-voice a cappella College Singers perform “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree” by 20th century woman composer Elizabeth Poston; three English madrigals - “Fryer, Fryer!” by Thomas Morley; “Weep, O Mine Eyes” by John Bennet; “Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone” by John Farmer; and two English tudor anthems - “If Ye Love Me” by Thomas Tallis and “Sing Joyfully” by William Bryd.

The last part of the concert features both the Chorale and the College Singers accompanied by Ms. Susan Simpson on piano, Ivan D. Duran on clarinet and Tony Martin on percussion. They perform Renaissance period Venetian polyphonic double chorus setting “Duo Seraphim” by Jacob Handl, a motet from the romantic period “Os Justi” by Anton Bruckner, and excerpts from “Requiem” by 20th century choral music master John Rutter.

Chorale & College Singers

May 5 at 7:30 p.m.
May 6 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets $10 with discounts available. $5 student tickets

Pima Community College Dance spring production Dance Fusion, directed by Nolan Kubota, features faculty and student choreographed numbers. The production spotlights four new works from the choreography course lead by adjunct faculty Mirela Rosa. Joining the choreography students onstage will be the Pima Dance Ensemble and the jazz dance students. The program includes several original works by Kubota, including numbers inspired by one of 2016's top films “La La Land.” Kubota remarks, “I really loved this film. The score, the dancing, the visuals were so strong. I wanted to bring some of that to our stage.” 

The spring semester at Pima Dance has seen some tremendous changes. According to Kubota, “There are so many new students this year; so many amazing dancers and choreographers. I'm really excited to see what they'll bring to the program.”

2017 dance fusion

PCC Dance is hosting guest performers in the dance ensemble from Arts 4 All, a mixed abilities dance company, directed by Karenne Koo. This is the fourth time that the Arts 4 All dancers have collaborated with the Pima dance program.

May 12, 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
$5 suggested donation
$10 VIP suggested donation

PCC Fashion Design and Clothing Department present A Runway Journey Through The 20th Century. This student-driven event brings together members of our local community to celebrate and recognize the efforts of the students and faculty involved in driving the future of Tucson'sfashion industry.

Participating students and instructors are also from PCC digital arts, Flowing Wells High School and Nogales High School. 

2017 Spring Fashion Show

PCC Digital Arts: - MEDIA FUSION
May 15
6 p.m. preshow, Recital Hall
7 p.m. screening, Proscenium Theatre

Pima Community College digital arts presents the 2017 annual student screening. New this year is a collaboration of student work in three areas—game design, animation, and film. A preshow event in the Recital Hall invites the audience to participate in interactive gaming and additional work not in the main show. The 7 p.m. screening in the Proscenium Theatre highlights the best of all three areas. Please note: Some of the work contains adult content and language.

According to department chair Dennis Landry, “There is a strong demand in the community for creative workers trained in game design, animation, film and web design. PCC’s digital arts department is developing students with career-building skill sets to acquire a really good job.”  

2017 Media Fusion

May 17
7 p.m. screening, Proscenium Theatre

An annual published book featuring student poetry, prose and visual art under the direction of Joshua Cochran.

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For information on other events happening at the Center for the Arts visit the Center for the Arts calendar.