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Music 2017-18 Season

Rousing band marches, sultry jazz tunes, uplifting vocals, and inspiring classical selections! Concerts by Pima ensembles: Wind Ensemble, Chorale & College Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra; faculty recitals by Homero Cerón, Jonathan Ng, Mark Nelson and Alexander Cardieri, along with a guest artist recital by Michael Thrasher and Joan Biondino showcase incredible musical talent this season.

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HOMERO CERÓN: Places We've Seen Before
Oct. 1 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6
 (students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A faculty concert. Long time TSO principals Homero Cerón (percussion) and Jim Karrer (bass), present a recital of vibraphone and string bass. The program includes J.S. Bach, Stravinsky, Fauré, Gershwin, Bernstein and more.

Homero Ceron Homero Cerón

WIND ENSEMBLE Concerts
Oct. 19, Nov. 30, March 8 and May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups) 

Under the direction of Dr. Mark Nelson. The concert features classics for full band, along with small wind and percussion ensembles and soloists. 

Wind Ensemble

CHORALE & COLLEGE SINGERS Concerts
Oct. 22 at 3 p.m., Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., March 6 at 7:30 p.m., May 6 at 3 p.m.
 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups) 

Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Ng. The concert features selections for a large mixed-voice choir and a more select mixed-voice a cappella choir.

Chorale & College Singers

ALEXANDER CARDIERI POPULAR PIANO
Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A faculty lecture recital featuring popular music in America. Cardieri has been a music educator since 1979. He is a full-time instructor at the Sunnyside Unified School District and an adjunct music faculty at Pima Community College. Cardieri has a bachelor's degree in piano and a master's degree in music theory from the Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded the O.M. Hartsell Excellence in Teaching Music Award in 2003.  

 

Alexander Cardieri

MICHAEL THRASHER AND JUDY BIONDINI: The Vocal Clarinet
Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

A guest artist concert. Repertoire includes a variety of works that explore the vocal, expressive, and songlike qualities of clarinet and piano, featuring Felix Mendelssohn, Paul Ben-Haim and others. 

Michael Thrasher and Joan Biondini

JAZZ ENSEMBLE Concerts
Nov. 28 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. 
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

Under the direction of Mike Kuhn. The concert features jazz standards performed from a variety of periods in big band style. 

Jazz Ensemble

ORCHESTRA Concerts
Dec. 2 and May 5 at 3 p.m.
Proscenium Theatre
Tickets: $6, $5
 (students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

Under the direction of Dr. Alexander Tentser. The concert features a classical repertoire for orchestra with students and community adults. The mission of the orchestra is to educate young adults and the Tucson community about orchestral music, including classical and other varieties of musical styles, and to provide the opportunity to perform in a collaborative group setting. 

Orchestra

DR. JONATHAN NG TENOR
Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. 
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

An annual faculty vocal recital. Ng received his doctorate in conducting with minors in vocal performance and pedagogy, music history and literature from Indiana University, Jacob School of Music, Bloomington. He earned his master’s degree in conducting and church music from Westminster Choir College, and bachelor’s degree in education from the Institute of Education in Hong Kong. Besides conducting choruses and orchestras, Dr. Ng is a professional lyric tenor and has appeared in various oratorios and operas throughout the states, Europe and Hong Kong. He is the full-time vocal music faculty at Pima Community College.  

Jonathan Ng

DR. MARK NELSON TUBA
April 12 at 7 p.m.  
Recital Hall
Tickets: $8, $6 
(students/seniors/military/PCC employees and groups)

An annual faculty tuba recital featuring classic, contemporary and premiered works for tuba. Dr. Nelson has given recitals, master classes and lectures in such diverse locations as Austria, Canada, England, Japan, Australia and many parts of the United States. He has premiered over 30 new works for tuba and has been instrumental in helping establish a number of consortium commissions for new works. Dr. Nelson holds degrees from Point Loma Nazarene University; Trinity College of Music, London; The University of Vermont and Arizona State University where he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His annual tuba recitals have drawn hundreds of students and community members to the Center for the Arts over the past fifteen years.  

Mark Nelson