MUSICPerformances This Week
UA OPERA. Crowder Hall, UA Music Building. South end of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. Opening October 22 and continuing through October 25: The Barber of Seville, a comic opera by Gioacchino Fossini, presented in English by the UA School of Music and Dance. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $10 UA faculty/staff, $6 students/seniors. Call the UA Fine Arts Box Office at 621-1162 for tickets and information.
ARIZONA FRIENDS OF CHAMBER MUSIC. Tucson Convention Center, Leo Rich Theatre. 260 S. Church Ave. The Arizona Friends of Chamber music present their second concert of the season, featuring the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra with Stephen Prutsman, pianist, at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 22. Tickets are $14, $4 for full-time students, and are available at the TCC box office. Call 577-3769 for reservations and information.
BLUES FESTIVAL. DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Blues in Reid Park starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 18. Call 791-4063 for more information.
BAND DAY. The band department of the UA School of Music and Dance presents the 45th annual Band Day, an all-day event including more than 30 bands, beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, October 17. High school bands perform their original half-time presentations while nationally renowned judges rate the bands in six professional categories. The UA's "Pride of Arizona" Marching Band appears in two exhibition performances at approximately 12:30 and 6 p.m. Band Day is a community and educational outreach program providing secondary schools throughout the region and participating band members with an opportunity to advance their music education by giving them a chance to visit the university campus and to observe a trend-setting PAC-10 athletic marching band, such as the "Pride of Arizona." Tickets are $4, $2 for seniors, free for children age 8 and under, and are available at the gate. Call the UA Band Office at 621-1683 for information.
BLUES FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN. Downtown Saturday Night comes alive on October 17, with the sounds of the Blues Festival, co-hosted by the Tucson Blues Society. See "Special Events" for details.
CONCERT BAND. Tucson Concert Band presents a free concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, October 18, at Armory Park Senior Center. The program, under the direction of Dr. Herschel Kreloff, includes the Concerto for Trumpet by A. Arutunian featuring Ben Tucker as soloist. The guest conductor is Paul Grimes, former band director of Rincon and Tucson high schools, and the Shrine Band. Call 298-1252 for information on this and future concerts.
FRANK BLACK AND THE CATHOLICS. Club Congress. 311 E. Congress. 622-8848. Frank Black and the Catholics, featuring Frank Black of Pixie's fame, perform in a special early show Thursday, October 15. Reid Paley opens. Tickets are $10 and are available at Hotel Congress or at Zip's University, 946 E. University Blvd.
GERSHWIN CENTENNIAL CONCERT. Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson. 4831 E. 22nd St. Mike Palter and Lynne Jackson, musical duo from Boston, sing and play on piano and bass the songs of George and Ira Gershwin. The George Gershwin Centennial Concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, and may be obtained by calling the church office at 748-1551 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
GUITAR SOCIETY CONCERT. The Tucson Guitar Society presents award-winning French guitarist and composer Arnaud Dumond in a concert featuring solo classical guitar works. Dumond performs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 at Grace St. Paul Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St. Admission is $10, $7 for students and Guitar Society Members.
JAZZ FOR SINGLES. Christ Community Church. 7801 E. Kenyon. The Singles Ministry of Christ Community Church presents professional jazz singer Vicki Parrish in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 17, in the Oasis Room. Cost is $5 per person, and includes dessert and beverages. Tickets can be purchased through the church office. Call Maggie at 296-8501 for information.
MICHAEL ROSE. Rialto Theater. 318 E. Congress St. 740-0126. The former frontman of Black Uhuru performs at 8 p.m. Friday, October 16, backed by the Fully Fullwood Band, with special guest Azumah Mantiko. Show is open to all ages, with a bar for those with ID. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, available at Twelve Tribes Reggae Shop, 1133 E. Sixth St. (620-1810); Hear's Music, 2508 N. Campbell Ave. (795-4494); Yikes Toy Store, 300 E. Congress St. (622-8807); or by phone at Alternatix, (602) 244-8444. Tickets are $17 the day of the concert.
OUR TOWN CONCERT SERIES. Tohono Chul Park Performance Garden. 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. 742-6455. Arm and Hammer, the duo of Stefan George and Anna Duff, perform original instrumentals and traditional world music on hammered dulcimer and guitar at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 22. Cost is $6, $3.50 for TCP members and children 12 and under. Reservations are required. Call 742-6455 for information.
PLAZA SUITE FALL SERIES. St. Philip's Plaza. 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Jazzberry Jam, led by pianist Jeff Haskell and including John Denman on clarinet and Tom Ervin on trombone, perform Dixieland and swing favorites from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, October 18. Call 743-3399 for information.
POETRY AND MUSIC. Poet-lyricist Daniel Sobel brings his musical perspective of poetry to The Book Mark at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 17. See "Literature" for details.
SCOTTISH FIDDLER. Berger Performing Arts Center. ASDB. 1200 W. Speedway. The Irish-American Gaelic Society presents Scottish fiddler Alistar Fraser and Syke Dance, a six-piece band with piper, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22. Tickets are $17 and $15. Call 327-4809 for reservations.
UA VISITING COMPOSER SERIES. UA Music Building, south end
of the pedestrian underpass on Speedway east of Park Avenue. American
composer and pianist Larry Bell kicks off the first in a series
of six visiting composer lectures presented by the UA School of
Music and Dance, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The series
features composers' unique expression of their music and its genesis
and development over time. Bell is in concert from 4:30 to
Out Of Town
ARIZONA OPERA. Phoenix Symphony Hall. October 15 through
18 only: Lucia di Lammermoor, Gaetano Donizetti's tragedy
based on the gothic novel, The Bride of Lammermoor, by
Sir Walter Scott. Performances are at
GREEN VALLEY SHOWCASE. Valley Presbyterian Church. 2800 S. Camino del Sol, Green Valley. The UA School of Music and Dance and the Green Valley Concert Association present the Green Valley Faculty Showcase, featuring UA faculty, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 23. Feature players include: Ed Reid on trumpet; Pamela Decker on organ; Jeffrey Showell, viola; Patrick Neher, string bass; Nancy Green, cello; Tom Ervin, trombone; and Jeffrey Haskell, piano. Program includes Kornauth's "Viola Sonata op. 3, Concerto in A-flat," by Alexander Arutiunian, a Gershwin tribute, and original compositions by Decker, Neher, and pianist Suzanne Knosp. Admission is $7 at the door. Call Cal Turner at 648-5961 for information.
MALE A CAPPELLA SINGERS. Established, four-to six-man a cappella singing group seeks soulful group singers who can harmonize on the spot. Rock, soul, R&B, doo-wop, folk-rock, etc. Bass and/or tenor especially needed. Experience/training preferred, but not necessary. Call Mike at 628-3125, or Jay at 887-5246, for an appointment.
FEMALE A CAPPELLA SINGERS. Tune Catchers Women's A Cappella Chorus seeks new members. Chorus meets at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Music Room at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road. Call 325-0655 for information.
BAND CLASSES. Desert Dove Christian Church. 6163 S. Midvale Road. Desert Dove School of Music offers band, orchestra, keyboard, guitar, voice and preschool music and movement classes (for all ages). Cost ranges from $25 to $40 per month, plus enrollment and materials. Private instruction on piano, strings, guitar and band instruments is also available. Call 888-3352 or 887-4266 for information.
CALL FOR MUSICIANS. The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
invites Tucson-area musicians to join the group and be a part
of their 20th-anniversary season. String players and percussionists
especially needed. Auditions are not necessary. The orchestra
rehearses from 7:30 to
FEMALE SINGERS WANTED. The Tucson Horizon Chorus seeks 50 new members to sing with them for holiday performances. Holiday rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, October 20 through November 24, at Catalina United Methodist Church chorus room, 2700 E. Speedway. Call 887-6150 for information.
FOOTHILLS PHIL. Catalina Foothills High School Band Room. 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. The Foothills Phil, a community, intergenerational orchestra conducted by Laszlo Veres, invites musicians of all ages and abilities to join and share their love of music. There are no auditions, but students younger than high school age should have the recommendation of their music teacher to participate. Registration fee is $30. Call Judi Botwin at 577-5304 for information.
FOOTHILLS WOMEN'S CHORUS. A group of women who love to sing, no auditions required, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays in the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. Spring programs include Broadway tunes, pop music and old favorites, performed in front of various organizations and retirement communities. For more information, call 888-1737 or 299-1449.
MUSICIANS WANTED. The Catalina Chamber Orchestra seeks experienced orchestral musicians for the 1998-'99 season. Call 624-0170 to schedule an audition.
STRING PLAYERS WANTED. The Civic Orchestra of Tucson, a 60-piece volunteer symphony orchestra starting its 24th season, needs violin, viola, cello, and especially bass players. Come to a rehearsal and get acquainted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Call the director, Dr. Kreloff, at 325-3002 for information or to audition.
WEST AFRICAN DRUM. Learn the rhythms of Guinea and Mali in a relaxed atmosphere. Beginning and intermediate classes are now forming. Hour-and-a-half classes meet once each week. Cost is $40 per four-week session, or $12 per class. Registration is ongoing. Contact Martin Klabunde (206-9250); or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
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