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April Events

APRIL 3, 3 p.m.
tickets $8 with discounts available

Faculty Ben McCartney presents his annual solo classical guitar concert. The performance showcases a variety of works including pieces by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Dionisio Aguado, Leo Brouwer and Augustine Barrios Mangoré. McCartney 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). McCartney is the instructor of the guitar studies program at Pima Community College. 

Ben McCartney

APRIL 10, 3 p.m.
tickets $8 with discounts available

Faculty Alex Cardieri presents a recital featuring American popular music. The program includes selections from the movie soundtracks, Broadway musicals, classical hit themes, jazz, new age, and Latin American genres. Cardieri has been a music educator since 1979. He is presently full time at the Sunnyside Unified School District, adjunct music instructor at Pima Community College. He performs piano dinner music on alternate Friday/Saturday evenings at the Verona Italian Restaurant in Tucson. 


Alex Cardieri

April 11 - May 6
Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery
free and open to the public

Award Ceremony: April 14, 2-4 p.m.

Pima Community College Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents the artwork of Pima Community College students in the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. 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 Joanne Stuhr - international art curator and writer, Marvin Shaver - sculptor and installation artist, and Ed Musante – painter.



annual juried student art exhibition

Selected student work will also be on display at the Tucson International Airport April 13 - June 30.

April 14, 7 p.m.
tickets $8 with discounts available

Faculty Mark Nelson performs his annual tuba recital. The program features song, suites and sonatas including original and transcribed literature for the tuba. A highlight of the program is the 30th anniversary performance of “Sonata-Fantasia” by Louis Calabro written for Nelson in 1986. A new work written for the Symbiosis Duo is the three movement jazz suite “Kentucky Delights” by T.O Sterrett for euphonium, tuba, and piano. Dr. Matt Tropman, professor of euphonium and tuba at the University of Arizona, joins Nelson and his long-time accompanist Marie Sierra for the trio. In addition, Nelson performs from the “Partita BWV 1013” by J.S. Bach transcribed for solo tuba, Jan Kostier's 1970 “Sonatina” for tuba and piano, and two transcriptions by former LA Philharmonic Orchestra principal trombonist and Arizona State University trombone professor Ralph Sauer—“General Levine eccentric” for tuba and piano by Claude Debussy and “Impromptu” for tuba and piano by Antonin Dvorak. 


Mark Nelson

Nelson is an internationally recognized tuba soloist who has premiered and championed over thirty new works for tuba including a double concerto for tuba, euphonium and wind ensemble he performed in Austria in 2012. He has played recitals and held master classes in many states and several countries, and is active as a member of the board of directors for the International Tuba Euphonium Association. He has two solo tuba CD recordings and has given recitals on a yearly basis since 1975. 

April 14-24
Thu.- Sat. 7:30 p.m.,
Sun. 2 p.m. 
Black Box Theatre
ASL interpreters: April 21.
tickets: $18 with discounts available

Love's Labour's Lost is a lovely play with witty banter written during the early part of Shakespeare's literary career. The production is directed by Mickey Nugent and performed in the round. The King of Navarre and his three companions attempt to give up the company of women for three years to study and fast. But when the Princess of Aquitaine and her ladies show up, the men find ways to work around their oath. The women, however, do not allow themselves to be taken so easily and remain sophisticated, smart and classy. The clever script is filled with puns, rhymes and allusions. The play draws on themes of masculine love and desire, reckoning and rationalization, and reality versus fantasy. 

Love's Labour's Lost
Director Mickey Nugent notes, “With spring comes new buds, blossoms, energy and growth! I have to say, there is no better production than Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost to inspire these words! The script’s youthful playfulness, along with an attractive, energizing cast brings to life a world of passion and lust! The beautiful garden set, designed for the ensemble, will no doubt help to create this boy meets girl passion that even Adam and Eve would give a thumbs up too!” 

April 26, 7:30 p.m.
tickets $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. Some of the featured pieces included in the program are arrangements of Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage," Chick Corea's "La Fiesta," and "Gospel John" out of the Maynard Ferguson library. The concert spotlights many instrumentalists in solo improvisation roles, and vocals by Stanley Simmons. First trombonist Roger Wallace contributes two pieces—his own arrangement "Who's Got The Blues" and an arrangement of George Gershwin's "Summertime."

Jazz Ensemble

April 28, 7:30 p.m.
tickets $6 with discounts available

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The concert features performances by the Cienega High School Concert Band, directed by Mr. Jim Matsushino. The program includes “Three Revolutionary Marches” by Bendrich Smetana, “Incantations” by Robert Smith, and “Rhosymedre” by Ralph Vaughan Williams performed by the PCC Wind Ensemble. The Cienega High School Concert Band takes the stage with the “Klaxon March” by Henry Filmore, “The Irish Washerwoman” by Leroy Anderson, and “Danzon No. 2” by Arturo Marquez. Both bands come together for a grand finale with the “Symphonic Suite” from Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace by John Williams.  

Wind Ensemble