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April/May Events

2013-2014 Season -

April 7 - May 9
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

Reception: Thu., April 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
with Award Ceremony at 2 p.m.

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 Judy Miller, visual artist (photography/printmaking/digital); Tim Mosman, artist (painting), preparator - UA Center for Creative Photography; David Longwell, artist (painting/drawing), preparator - Tucson Museum of Art.


Student art

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery is exhibiting several art pieces, submitted by students and chosen by jurors, for the Annual Juried Student Art Exhbition at the Tucson International Airport April 2 through Sept. 3. 

April 17-27
Thu.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. @ 2 p.m.
ASL interpreters available April 24
Black Box Theatre
Tickets start at $15

The suspense-filled and cleverly written murder-mystery by Agatha Christie—THE MOUSETRAP, directed by Mickey Nugent in the intimate space of the Black Box Theatre, where the audience feels every much as stuck inside Monkswell Manor as the actors.

Eight strangers are trapped together while a blizzard rages outside. One of them turns up dead. Who among them is the murderer and who will be the next victim? Christie’s thoroughly entertaining story is a classic who-dunnit with an ingenious plot that engages the audience with plenty of twists to keep them guessing from start to satisfying finish. The Mousetrap had its world premiere at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham in 1952 and is currently the longest running play in the world. The killer’s identity is divulged near the end of the play, and by tradition, cast, crew and audience have been sworn to secrecy to preserve the pleasure of solving the crime for future theatre-goers.

The Mousetrap image

“Who doesn’t like a good old-fashioned murder-mystery?” asks director Nugent. “In a world of high-tech special effects, what is brilliant about THE MOUSETRAP is simply Christie’s astute and imaginative writing ability—impeccably crisp with all the British properness and sensibilities, yet extraordinarily entertaining”. A lavish set overshadows the small space with enough doors to keep you guessing who is coming and who is going. Currently celebrating 60th year in London, The Mousetrap still keeps the audience gripping the edge of their seats. 

April 17 at 7 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets start at $8 

Dr. Mark Nelson performs his annual faculty recital—The Melodious Tuba, April 17. The program features five works, each focusing on some aspect of melody. The selections include “Six Romances Without Words” by Cécile Chaminade (transcribed for tuba and piano by Ralph Sauer), “One More Dance” by Roger Kellaway, “Fantasia Breve” by Barton Cummings (written for Mark Nelson 25 years ago), “Dream Etudes, Book III for solo tuba” by Carson Cooman (written for Mark Nelson in 2002), and the “Suite No. 1 for Tuba and Piano” (“Effie Suite”) by Alex Wilder.  


Mark Nelson

April 27 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets start at $8 

Ben McCartney performs his annual recital. McCartney has taught guitar at three major universities including SUNY Fredonia, the University of Akron, and the University of Arizona. He is currently the director of guitar studies. He performs regularly throughout the Tucson metro.

Ben McCartney

April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets start at $6 

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn, the Jazz Ensemble performs its spring concert featuring a 20-piece band playing big band music of all styles. The program includes “A Night in Tunisia” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Big Swing Face” by the Buddy Rich Orchestra, and “Gospel John” associated with Maynard Ferguson. First trombonist Roger Wallace contributes arrangements of “Peace” by Horace Silver and “In Your Own Sweet Way” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Vocalist Rachel Peterson sings two numbers, “They Can't Take That Away From Me” and “All Blues” by Miles Davis.

PCC Jazz Ensemble

May 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets start at $6 

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson the band performs its final concert of the 2013-2014 Season with two highly influential band works—“Suite of Old American Dances” by Robert Russell Bennett and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. The program also includes “A Maverick Overture” by Jared Spears, “Rivers” by Tom O’Connor, “Four Sketches” (from Pieces for Children) by Bela Bartok and “Zapfenstriche No. 1” by Beethoven. The woodwind, brass and percussion ensembles round out the program. 


PCC Wind Ensemble

PCC Fashion Design & Clothing - LIGHTS! CAMERA! FASHION!
May 2 at 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Suggested donation - $5 

Enjoy a "night at the cinema," a fabulouse show produced by PCC Fashion Desing and Clothing Department. For more information call 206-6986.  


PCC Fashion Show image

May 3 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets start at $6 

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser featuring a repertoire for orchestra with high school/college students and community adults. The spring program features various selections including the celebrated “Polovtsian Dances” by Alexander Borodin (prominently used in the musical "Kismet"), “American in Paris” by George Gershwin, and “Symphony in G Minor #40” by W. A. Mozart, one of the most popular classical compositions of all time. 

PCC Orchestra

May 4 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets start at $6 

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng featuring selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir. The final spring semester concert featuring the Chorale singing two folk songs—“The Ash Grove” by Mark Hayes and “Black is the Color” by Norman Luboff. They also perform a medley from “Les Misérables” arranged by Ed Lojeski. The College Singers, a select mixed-voice a cappella choir, present two Renaissance English madrigals—“Adieu, Sweet Amaryllis” by John Wilbye and “Quick, Quick, Away Dispatch!” by Michael East; a Renaissance motet—“Hodie Christus natus est” by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck; and a baroque coronation anthem—“The King Shall Rejoice” by George Frideric Handel. Both choruses join to perform two operatic choruses from Georges Bizet”s Carmen—“Habanera” and “Here They Come!”.

PCC Chorale $ College Singers image

May 9-10 7:30 p.m., Sat. at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets start at $10

Under the direction of Aurora Gonçalves-Shaner.

Dance Fusion embraces current, contemporary and classical choreographic themes and concepts.  Dancers and faculty perform various dance styles together in a melting pot of movements from classical to contemporary to cultural. A vibrant blend of physicality, musicality and passion is demonstrated by innovative, unique and unexpected choreography with contrasting music. The show includes pieces intermixing styles such as ballet, belly dance and flamenco. Other dances blend hip-hop with contemporary. Artistic director, Aurora Gonçalves-Shaner choreographs an energetic number performed to the music from the “Great Gatsby” soundtrack, fusing jazz with swing and the Charleston. It's a fun and entertaining show.

PCC Dance fusion image

May 19-20 at 7 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Free admission

Under the direction of David Wing. The screening includes film and video work from students in the beginning and advanced classes. The program is different each night. The advanced cinematography project “Dead Meat” will screen both nights. The film is about several unusual visitors who turn up in a small western town during the night. It was written and directed by digital arts student Jet Guido.

The screening is free and open to the public. Please note: Some of the work contains adult content and language. For information call 206-6986.

PCC Digital Video & Film Screening

PCC Communications - Writers' Workshop
May 29-June 1
Center for the Arts

Contact Meg Files for information: