Performances This Week

AFRO-CUBAN BEAT. El Parador. 2744 E. Broadway. 881-2808. Visiting artists Regíno Jimenez and Teresita Pérez present an evening of Afro-Cuban dance and drumming rhythms at 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. Cost is $3. Learn to move salsa-style at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Then strut your stuff to the sounds of Aché Pa Tí and Cuban guests. The salsa lesson is free, the concert is $4. Classes in Afro-Cuban dance, song, and drumming continue at various locations through May 10. Call 327-3663 for information.

BATTLEFIELD BAND. Berger Performing Arts Center. 1200 W. Speedway. 770-3690. The Battlefield Band brings traditional highland music with contemporary flair to the Berger Center at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. Tickets are $13 and $15, with discounts for seniors, TFTM, TKMA and IAGS members, available at Hear's Music, Antigone Books, Loco Music, and The Harp and Shamrock. Call 881-3947 or 327-4809 for tickets and information.

CHORAL COMBO. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. The Arizona Repertory Singers, The Tucson MasterSingers, and The Tucson Masterworks Chorale join voices for a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 884-3506 for information.

GIRLS CHORUS. TCC Music Hall. 260 S. Church Ave. The Tucson Girls Chorus performs Oratorio, Opera and Broadway at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. The Junior Training Chorus will perform a pre-show beginning at 6:50 p.m. Tickets are $7, available at the door or by calling the TGS office at 577-6064.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. The National Symphony Orchestra visits Tucson. There are three ensemble performances scheduled for 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 at UA Centennial Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, May 9. Tickets range from $16 to $36, available at the Centennial Hall box office. Call 882-8585 for reservations and information.

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 11, with the Sam Taylor Blues Revue featuring Heather Hardy on violin. 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 noon to 2 p.m. Series continues Wednesday, May 14. These free concerts are presented by the School of Music and Dance. Call Lucia Barton at 626-7183 for information.

STRINGS 'N' THINGS. Udall Park Amphitheater. 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. The Tucson Junior Strings present their first annual Western Concert, Barbecue and Silent Auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Admission is $5 for a single ticket, or $20 per family.

THIRD ST. KIDS. Tucson Center for the Performing Arts. 408 S. Sixth Ave. 792-8480. The Third St. Kids' Ensemble Company presents an evening of their favorite songs, dances and skits entitled Expressions '97. Be ready to sing along! These family-fun performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11. Tickets are $8, $5 for children under 12. Call 622-4100 for tickets and information.

ALIEKSEY VIANNA. Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church. 2331 E. Adams St. The Old Pueblo Guitar Company presents guitar virtuoso Alieksey Vianna in an evening of jazz and classical music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10. Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, available at Hear's Music. Call 795-4494 for tickets and information.


VOLUNTEER YOUR MUSIC. Get free exposure to more than 30,000 people! Volunteer your CD or tape to be played at the 1997 U.S. Senior Sports Classic from May 21 through 28 in Tucson. Music may be jazz, blues, easy listening, folk, country, blue grass, Native American, or gospel. Call 881-8425 for information.

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