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Music 2015-2016 Season

Major performing groups include Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Chorale & College Singers and Orchestra. The performing groups along with faculty and guest artists hold concerts throughout the year.

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WIND ENSEMBLE Concerts
Oct. 22, Dec. 3, March 10 and April 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre 

Tickets $6 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups. 

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson featuring classics for full band, as well as small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 

Wind Ensemble

CHORALE & COLLEGE SINGERS Concerts
Oct. 25 at 3 p.m., Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m., March 8 at 7:30 p.m., May 1 at 3 p.m.
 
Proscenium Theatre 

Tickets $6 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng, featuring selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. 

Chorale & College Signers

JAZZ ENSEMBLE concerts
Dec. 1 and April 26 at 7:30 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre

Tickets $6 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn featuring jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style.  

Jazz Ensemble

ORCHESTRA concerts
Dec. 5 and April 30 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre

Tickets $6 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups. 

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser featuring a repertoire for orchestra with high school/college students and community adults. The mission of the orchestra is to educate young adults and the Tucson community about orchestral music, including classical and other varieties of musical styles, and to provide the opportunity to perform in a collaborative group setting. 

PCC Orchestra

NORTHEAST BY SOUTHWEST: A Shared Guitar Recital
Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. 
Recital Hall

The student club Pima Music Society presents guest artist James Piorkowski and faculty Ben McCartney in concert featuring selections ranging from the Renaissance period to 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 is performing 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

DR. DEANNA SWOBODA TUBA
Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. 
Recital Hall

Tickets $8 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups. 

The program features romantic music she enjoys sharing. Selections include music by Robert Schumann, Rolf Wilhelm, Barbara York and Samuel Pilafian. The program also spotlights a tuba duet with Swoboda and Dr. Mark Nelson. The collaborating pianist is Gail Novak.

Dr. Deanna Swoboda, assistant professor of music at Arizona State University, performs a guest artist tuba concert featuring selections inspired by classics and contemporary literature. Dr. Swoboda has enjoyed a vibrant career as a performer, educator, and entrepreneur. As a performer she played tuba with the internationally recognized Dallas Brass and performed hundreds of solo recitals throughout the United States and Europe, including solos and presentations with the United States Army String Orchestra, the Deutsches Tubaforum, the National Conservatory of Madrid, the Porto Portugal Higher School for the Arts Conservatory and St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Deanna Swoboda

CANTORES
February 21 at 3 p.m. 
Recital Hall

Tickets $8 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups. 

A guest artist vocal recital. The male a cappella quartet features faculty Jonathan Ng, counter-tenor and tenor; and guest artists Jose “Chach” Snook, counter-tenor and tenor; Vincent Jackson, tenor; Darryl King, baritone and Suzanne Thompson, accompanist. 

The program highlights different styles of choral music including folk song, popular, sacred and Broadway musical. Popular selections include “Scarborough Fair” by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel; two barbershop quartets—“Good-Night, Ladies” and “Row, Row, Row;” and “Vive L’Amour” arr. by A. Parker and R. Shaw. The sacred music selections include “Rise up, O Men of God” arranged by K. Jennings, “He” by J. Richards, and “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” by T. Fettke. Favorite Broadway musical selections performed are “Somewhere” and “Tonight” from West Side Story and “Get Me to the Church On Time” from My Fair Lady.

Cantores

BEN MCCARTNEY CLASSICAL GUITAR
April 3 at 3 p.m. 
Recital Hall

Tickets $8 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

An annual faculty recital. Music faculty Ben McCartney performs a solo classical guitar concert. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the western hemisphere, including Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela and the continental United States. He has won prizes in several solo guitar competitions— the Ralph Stevens Solo Guitar Competition (2000), the Norman Sholin Solo Guitar Competition (2001), and was a finalist in the Walnut Valley Solo Fingerstyle Competition (2003).

Ben McCartney

ALEX CARDIERI PIANO & FRIENDS 
April 10 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall

Tickets $8 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

Music faculty Alex Cardieri performs a lecture recital featuring popular music in America. He has been a music educator since 1979. Cardieri holds a bachelor’s of music in piano and master’s of music in music theory from the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award in 2003, is a co-writer of the Arizona K-8 General Music Standards 2006, past president of the Arizona Society for General Music and past executive board member of the Arizona Music Educators Association.

Alex Cardieri

DR. MARK NELSON TUBA
April 14 at 7 p.m.  
Recital Hall

Tickets $8 with discounts for students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups.

An annual faculty tuba recital featuring classic, contemporary and premiered works for tuba. Dr. Nelson has given recitals, master classes and lectures in such diverse locations as Austria, Canada, England, Japan, Australia and many parts of the United States. He has premiered over 30 new works for tuba and has been instrumental in helping establish a number of consortium commissions for new works. Dr. Nelson holds degrees from Point Loma Nazarene University; Trinity College of Music, London; The University of Vermont and Arizona State University where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His annual tuba recitals have drawn hundreds of students and community members to the Center for the Arts over the past fourteen years.  

Mark Nelson