Performances This Week

AFRICAN TUNES. Christ Community Church. 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. 296-8501. The Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir performs a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2. The choir, consisting of members ages 5 through 12, performs children's songs, popular gospel tunes, and lively spirituals. Call 296-8501 for information.

CATALINA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway. 770-3690. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra, directed by Enrique Lasansky, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students, available at The Book Mark, Borders Books, and Hear's Music. Call 888-8926 or 327-4721 for information.

FOLK FEST. The 12th annual Tucson Folk Festival hits El Presidio Park, downtown, with live performances on two stages from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4. Headliner David Wilcox performs at 8 p.m. both nights. Workshops, open jams, sing-alongs, and other special endeavors give the public a piece of the action. The Children's show features music, song, dance, face painting and storytelling. A variety of food and craft vendors will be on hand both days. Call 323-2138 for information.

PCC MUSIC. PCC Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Road. The hills are alive with the following concerts at Pima: The PCC Chorale and College Singers present the best of contemporary and classical choral works at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Rediscover traditional jazz roots with the PCC Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. They will perform classic works by the masters, and hit a few notes of the avant-garde. Tickets for each performance are $4, $3 for students/seniors, available at the West Campus cashier or at the door. Call 884-6988 for information on these and other upcoming events.

PLAZA SUNDAYS. St. Philip's Plaza. 4380 N. Campbell Ave. The Tucson Jazz Society continues the Plaza Suite Spring Series at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, with Les Arbuckle on tenor saxophone, and Jeff Haskell on piano. Tickets are $4 for TJS members, $8 general, available at the door. Call the hotline at 743-3399 for information.

SLONAKER SERIES. Slonaker House. 1025 E. Second St. UA campus, just east of Park Avenue. Bring a bag lunch and take a break during the Spring Slonaker Series lunchtime concerts from 11 to 12:30 p.m. Series continues Friday, May 2. These free concerts are presented by the School of Music and Dance. Call Lucia Barton at 626-7183 for information.

SONS OF ORPHEUS. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. The UA Balalaika Orchestra, with members of the Kalinka Dance Ensemble, performs with the Sons of Orpheus at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4. This free concert will also feature guest soloists Joanne Anderson, Yeva Shehmayeva, Matthew Holter, Timothy Woods, and Robert Stauffacher. Call 621-1649 for information.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The National Symphony Orchestra visits Tucson for three ensemble performances on Thursday, May 8: a string quartet will perform at 5:30 p.m. at the Etherton Gallery, 135 S. Sixth Ave; a cello and violin duo performs at 6 p.m. at the Dinnerware Contemporary Art Gallery, 135 E. Congress St.; and a brass sextet performs at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St. These concerts are offered through the Art Walk program. Call 624-9977 for information. The National Symphony Orchestra performs in full at the University of Arizona Centennial Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. Tickets range from $16 to $36, available at the Centennial Hall box office, 882-8585.

TLEN-HUICANI. Berger Performing Arts Theatre. 1200 W. Speedway. 770-3690. The Hispanic Cultural Showcase presents Tlen-Huicani, traditional folk musicians from Veracruz, Jalapa, at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Tickets are $12 and $14, with discounts for HCS, CEC, and TFTM, available at all Dillard's outlets, Hear's Music, Workshop Music and Zip's Music. Call 888-8816 for tickets and information.

TUCSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. TSO presents guest conductor Christopher Wilkins and cellist Carter Brey, with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2. Tickets range from $13 to $28. Call the TSO box office at 882-8585, or the TCC box office at 791-4266, for tickets and information.

UNIVERSITY CHOIR. Christ Community Church. 7801 E. Kenyon Drive. 296-8501. The University Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Al Cliffe, present a free concert at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5. Call 296-8501 for information.


AUDITION NOTICE. The Tucson Girls Chorus auditions new singers in the first to eighth grades from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Tucson Girls Chorus Music Center, 4020 E. River Road. Call 577-6064 for information.

MUSIC JAMS. The Folk Shop. 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 881-7147. Regular monthly jams include: Tuesday, May 6, devoted to Celtic and old-time music; and Thursday, May 8, for some finger-pickin' bluegrass. All are welcome to come and listen, or join in with your own guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, etc. Call 881-7147 for information.

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