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April/May Events

April 6 - May 8
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 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition has been recognized as an important event for emerging artists in southern Arizona. Students from all the Pima campuses have the opportunity to present their work in a professional venue to be viewed by the general public. Distinguished jurors for this year’s exhibition are Diane Dale, visual artist (painter/printmaker/sculptor); Simon Donovan, public artist (painter/sculptor); and Stephen Strom, photographer and writer.


student art

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is exhibiting several art pieces, by the artists exhibiting in ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBITION, at the Tucson International Airport April 8 - Sept. 9, 2015. 

The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public.

April 16-26

Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m
ASL interpreters available 4/23 at 7:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre
Tickets $15 with discounts available

A comedy of love and lust by Niccolo Machiavelli and directed by Dr. Deborah Davis. Set in a piazza of 16th century Florence, Italy, where the actors and audience intermingle. The play combines Machiavelli’s philosophy "the ends justify the means" with the exploits of lovers, liars and fools. THE MANDRAKE satirizes the escapades of a young man of the upper class who becomes helplessly infatuated with a beautiful and virtuous woman, who happens to be inconveniently married to an elderly and gullible aristocratic lawyer. With the help of a manipulative servant, a scheming mother, a corrupt priest and a certain aphrodisiacal plant the plan unfolds to seduce the lady for his own. One thing leads to another and everybody gets what he/she wants. The play’s political references are just as relevant today, as in Renaissance Italy.
    According to director Davis, “The world of The Mandrake encapsulates the energy and synergy of the Italian Renaissance where the audience and actors become part of the Cinquecento. We are all a part of the action. As Machiavelli’s brilliant comedy shows us, art, politics, religion and humanity are inseparable.”  

The Mandrake




April 26 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8 with discounts available

Pima Community College Music presents the guest recital THE POWER OF FOUR featuring the male quartet a cappella group Cantores from Tucson. Members include PCC music faculty Jonathan Ng, counter-tenor and tenor; Jose “Chach” Snook, counter-tenor and tenor; Vincent Jackson, tenor; and Darryl King, baritone. The accompanist is Suzanne Eanes. The program highlights different styles of choral music from the Renaissance period, as well as folk and popular selections. The styles include the tudor anthem “If Ye Love Me” and the English madrigal “Fair Phyllis I Saw Sitting All Alone.” Other styles in the program are the Schubert part-song “Liebe,” and the folk song “Shenandoah,” along with popular songs “Maria,” Sound of Silence" and “Bridge over Troubled Water" and the sacred song "I sing the might power of God," arr. by Mark Hayes. 

Jonathan Ng

April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The band performs big-band literature of all styles, including Glenn Miller's "In The Mood", "Afro Blue" by Mongo Santamaria, "Filthy McNasty" by Horace Silver, and Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk". Trombonist Roger Wallace has written several arrangements for the band, including an interesting take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Night in Tunisia".  He has also arranged Horace Silver's "Doodlin" and the standard "Foggy Day" for vocalist Rachel Peterson. Guest vocalist Justine Bongiovanni sings the Ellington standard "Don't Get Around Much Anymore." Many of the band personnel are featured in solo improvisation roles.

PCC Jazz Ensemble

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

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson, the band presents its final spring concert performing the concert band version of Carl Orff's monumental “Carmina Burana.” The program also includes guest conductor Alli Howard, interim director of Pep Bands at the University of Arizona, conducting “Canterbury Chorale” by Jan Van der Roost and the first movement of the “Tuba Concerto” by Edward Gregson featuring Mark Nelson as the tuba soloist. Rounding out the program is the “Law and Order” march by Harry Alford and works for the woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles.  
   Howard led the Pride of Arizona marching band in the fall and is now the director of the Wildcat Basketball pep band. Previously she was the director of bands at Rio Rico High School and worked initially at Sunnyside High School.
   Nelson has been the director of the PCC Wind Ensemble since 2000. He is an accomplished tubist with international performing credits, and has performed in many states and several countries as a soloist. Neslon has been instrumental in premiering over 30 new works for the tuba. He previously performed the Gregson Tuba Concerto in 2011 for the PCC Faculty Speaker Series and also for the Southwest Regional Tuba/Euphonium Conference (2009) with the Las Vegas Brass band in Las Vegas.

Wind Ensemble

May 1 at 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
$5 suggested donation

Under the direction of Yekatherina Bruner, Pima's fashion show and event planning students present A Fashion Journey Around the World,” a showcase inspired by the fashion capitals of the world: Tokyo, Milan, Paris, London and New York.  The show features garments designed and sewn by students during the 2014-15 academic year.Students from Flowing Wells High School fashion design program also are showcasing garments designed using recycled materials. “The guests will get a glimpse of international fashion trends from some of Pima’s most creative designers,” said Yekatherina Bruner, PCC Fashion Design instructor.  “You don’t want to miss this show.”Also as part of this event, guests will have the opportunity to view a fashion exhibit created by students in Pima’s Introduction to Fashion Design class.  Visitors will not only get to see the merchandise on display, but will also have an opportunity to talk with the designers, producers and promoters of the brands.

2015 Fashion Show

May 2 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Alexander Tentser, the new spring program features works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Gounod. The concert includes the popular "La Primavera" (The Spring) Concerto from "Le Quattro Stagioni" (The Seasons) by Antonio Vivaldi, “Ballet Music” from the opera "Faust" by Charles Gounod and “Symphony #30” and “Piano Concerto #21” by W. A. Mozart, with the solo piano performed by Tentser.

PCC Orchserta

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

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, the final spring semester concert featuring the Chorale singing the folk songs “Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier” by Robert Shaw and “Shenandoah” by Mack Wilberg, the pop song “The Prayer” (duet) by David Foster, “Excerpt” from Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan and “Festival Sanctus” by John Leavitt. 

College Singers present a group of 20th century choral works including “Sing me to heaven” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, “Cantate Domino” by Z. Randall Stroope, “Fugue in C minor” arranged by Ward Swingle, the English anthem “Lift up your heads, O ye gates” by William Mathias, and two Baroque pieces “Christe eleison” (duet) and “Gloria” from Mass in B minor, BWV 232 by J. S. Bach. The last part of the concert features Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterpiece from the 19th century “Fantasia in C Minor” op. 80 (“Choral Fantasy”). This piece is performed by the Chorale and the College Singers, two pianists (David Craig and Raymond Ryder) and timpani. 

PCC chorale

May 8-9, Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $10 with discounts available

Under the direction of Nolan Kubota, this diverse and dynamic performance features dance faculty and student choreographed pieces inspired by a variety of classical and contemporary movement processes distinctive of each choreographer. The program highlights a vibrant blend of music and dance styles including romantic ballet, modern, jazz and hip-hop. Kubota describes this spring’s Dance Fusion as “an elegant presentation featuring not only Pima’s talented dancers, but also dancers from local dance companies.” In addition to Kubota, PCC dance faculty include Gabrielle McNeillie, Ariella Brown and Erika Columbi.

PCC Dance