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Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for January 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams. Event: Bluegrass Music Jam Session. Date: Sunday January 4 (First Sunday of the Month)Time: 3:00 - 5:00 pmPlace: Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde RoadSponsored by: Desert Bluegrass Association
Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS), Tucson’s premier vocal choral group, celebrates 25 years under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn with a concert season featuring his favorite songs. ARS’ highly-anticipated annual winter concerts will be Dec. 7, 14 and 19 and are expected to sell out. Advanced tickets will be available at www.arsingers.org beginning Oct.1.“This winter, we’re performing my favorite pieces to do during the holiday season,” Jahn said. “We’re including pieces from my first year, pieces that made us grow as a musical ensemble and pieces from my favorites list as well as some perennial audience favorites. It will be an indulgence for me and ear candy for the audience.”ARS will honor Jahn’s silver anniversary season with four performances of Heavenly Light featuring new arrangements of well-known Christmas carols as well as classical choral music. The program includes holiday pieces by Johannes Brahms, 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Gustav Holst andcontemporary composers John Rutter and Morten Lauridsen.The first performance is Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 5150 N. Valley View Road. Concertgoers at the subsequent performances enjoy the music from inside the lovely Benedictine Monastery, usually closed to the public. Concerts at the Benedictine Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road, typically sell out and ARS expects the same from year’s performances Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.arsingers.org for more information.In keeping with the group’s ongoing mission to support music education, ARS will offer an additional winter concert especially for local K-12 school children in partnership with Act One, a nonprofit that engages students from underserved schools in educational arts field trips.
Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.Guest conductor Kietaro Harada will be taking the helm for two performances. Behind the players, an enormous high definition screen will display fan favorites such as “Nutcracker Suite” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from the original 1940 Disney milestone. But the night does not end there. After the orchestra finishes with the eight original shorts from “Fantasia”, they will also perform the entire sequel, “Fantasia 2000.” The “Superpops!” series is part of a broader vision that blends popular and diverse music entertainers with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. After the orchestra performs the cinematic staple that is “Fantasia”, they will move on to other avenues of music. On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 the orchestra will hold the “Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show”, which will include music from The Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Electric Light Orchestra, and David Bowie. On Feb. 28 and March 1 the Orchestra will perform with The Texas Tenors, a vocal group that gained notoriety after appearing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The group blends country, gospel, classical, and Broadway styles of music. Their debut album, “Country Roots-Classical Sound” was the first album to be number one on both the country and classical music charts. The final leg of the four-part “Superpops!” series will feature child phenom Ethan Bortnick on March 28 and March 29. The 12 year old is the youngest performer to headline his own international tour with over 200 concerts. Bortnick is a composer, pianist, and entertainer, playing some familiar melodies such as “Rock Around the Clock”, “Lean On Me”, and “Crocodile Rock”. Bortnick’s performances have raised over $30 million for children’s charities.
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Young, Vibrant, Audacious! Arizona Friends of Chamber Music (AFCM) presents The Pacifica Quartet on December 10th and 11th. The concert includes the incomparable clarinetist, Anthony McGill, as he collaborates with the Pacifica on Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581. Anthony McGill is the Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic. The combination of the Pacifica, which has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today, and Anthony McGill, who is recognized as one of the classical music world’s leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians, promises a perfect concert. Pacifica Quartet, with Anthony McGill, clarinet Wednesday December 10, 2014, at 7:30 pm Mendelssohn: Quartet in F Minor, Op. 80 Shostakovich: Quartet No. 12 in D-flat Major, Op. 133 Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 Pacifica Quartet Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm Puccini: Chrysanthemums Ligeti: Quartet No. 1 (“Metamorphoses nocturnes”) Beethoven: Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, no. 2Explore our website to learn more about upcoming concerts and artists, purchase subscriptions and individual performance tickets, listen to AFCM-sponsored world premieres, and more!
Pallbearer’s latest offering “Foundations of Burden’ is heavy. Not “heavy” as in loud, fast and with gurgling vocals straight from a demon’s mouth. No it is, as good doom metal should be, slow and thick and with layers and layers of guitar. It gives sound to a slab of granite.That being said, it is also catchy, and accessible, well at least to a point. This will never get played on rock radio, but would make a nice gateway band for someone who wants to transition from energy drink festival metal bands to something more thoughtful.The Arkansas band first made waves with a well regarded demo and then planted their flag on the metal scene with 2012’s “Sorrow and Extinction.” “Burden” takes what they established and runs with it. Well, not run so much as trudge forward with it, this is a doom metal album after all.Pallbearer don’t reinvent the wheel in terms of doom. It is still a slowed down soundtrack to sadness, but it also retains melody and a certain catchiness. The guitars still rumble and slowly create that melancholy atmosphere, but what will lure people in are Brett Campbell’s clean vocals. The obvious comparison is Ozzy, but that is the easy out. Sure it is clear that he has heard the Prince of Darkness (can we call a stumbling, 60-something reality star that any more?) but that comparison is limiting. The vocals give off just a hint of hope, while never really conflicting with the drone of the guitars.The songs are long, as is the norm in doom metal, but don’t drag. These songs, and many in this genre, need time to unfold and plod along. This isn’t happy music, this is not a record you pop on at a kegger, unless that kegger is also wake. This is slow, dreary music that lends itself to a grey day and some self-reflection.The good news is it is not all just one note and Billy Anderson’s production gives it dynamics. This is a layered, complex listen, perfect for the headphones and a quiet space on that rainy day. There are dynamics here, something often forgotten in the genre. Occasionally the gloom lets up, just for a moment, and there is the sound of hope, or at least not complete bleakness. Too often the doom genre tries to beat one senseless with the heaviness and the despair, but “Foundations of Burden” avoids that, well, burden. There are chances where the music, and the listener, gets a chance to breathe. There are moments of light penetrating the darkness.
Concert Title: "Down in Town"Collaboration: Reverie and Heather HardyConcert Date: Saturday, December 13 doors open at 6:30pm and concert starts at 7pm / tickets $15Purchase tickets at downintown.brownpapertickets.comLocation: Artifact Dance Project Studios in downtown Tucson 17 E. Toole AveArtifact Dance Project has collaborated with the Tucson band known as Reverie since 2009 (the first year as a company). Artistic directors Claire Hancock and Ashley Bowman will premiere new choreography to Reverie’s soulful music. This local Tucson band, features the vocals of Lane Harmon (AKA Merle) former lead singer of Street Pajama, Roger King (former Street Pajama member and recording engineer/producer), Tom Dukes (whose talent and musicality has long graced the Tucson music scene) and Brian Corkill (another diverse and dynamic Tucson musician). They join beautifully written songwriting and sophisticated, creative arrangements with a style that reflects roots of jazz and blues, folk and rock. Heather Hardy, a soulful violinist and well-known Tucson musician, will join Reverie as a guest artist for this wonderful night of music and dance in downtown Tucson in a historic warehouse at 17 E. Toole Ave. ADP will always cherish this long-standing collaboration of artistic talent and friendship.
Shows for the next month plus at the Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719November 21 – Unwritten Law with the Endless Pursuit, That Penn Thing, Creating the Scene (Doors @6:00)Rock/Alternative band from Southern California. Tickets are only $10 with two food donations at the door. All Ages show. Bar with IDNov 22 – The Rock’s Local Showcase with Desert Fish, Weird Guilty Pleasures, Grantham Street, Silver, Good Voodoo and more. (Doors @6:00)Nov 29 – Co-Headliners iMayday and Murs with Ces Cru, Cash Lansky and Marly B (Doors @7:00)American Hip Hop, VIP Packages available
The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present its Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the UA School of Music Crowder Hall. Under the direction of Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform its 75th Anniversary Holiday Concert highlighting songs of holiday celebrations world-wide including Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah favorites. A distinctive feature will be the joining of the Touring Chorus with the Young Men’s Ensemble performing Gloria by English composer John Rutter.The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, known internationally for its traditional boychoir repertoire and western flair, has performed throughout the United States and the world. This year’s 75th Anniversary concert continues a tradition of a popular event during the festive holiday season the first of which was in 1939.Reserved seat tickets for the Holiday Concert are $20.00 premium seating, $15.00 general and $8.00 for children under 12. Tickets are available at the Boys Chorus office located at 5770 E. Pima Street, online at www.boyschorus.org or by calling (520) 296-6277.
Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for December 2014. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams.Event: Bluegrass Music Jam Session. Date: Thursday December 4 (First Thursday of the Month)Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pmPlace: Rincon Market. 2513 E. 6th Street Sponsored by: Desert Bluegrass Association
Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala didn’t always believe his future would be rooted in the music industry. A Tucson native, Ayala had originally taken on the guitar playing that he is now acclaimed for around the world for reasons that may surprise you. Gabriel was capable of playing a myriad of instruments preceding the guitar, and he had made a very proud parent out of his mother because of it. “She said, ‘He’s so good, he can even play the guitar!’” he elaborated, “I didn’t, but I wanted my mom to ‘win’ against my aunts and uncles so I said ‘sure.’ Unbeknownst to me, she was already purchasing me a guitar for my birthday next week.”At his 14th birthday celebration, relatives had coaxed him to impress them by playing a song on the guitar. When he refused, his mom knew that he was lying right away and had told him to sell the instrument. Instead of giving in, however, Ayala decided that it was time for a change and that he would do his mother proud. He had the guitar restrung by a neighbor. “I told her one day I’m going to be a famous guitar player and I’m going to travel around the world, so I can’t sell it … She laughed and didn’t believe me, but I was instantly hooked.”From there, Gabriel would become self-taught on his guitar for the first several years of his budding career, learning to cover pop and rock songs from the radio before moving onto the University of Arizona to earn a master’s degree in musical performance. Since then, the Tucsonan maestro has played hundreds of shows locally, as well as abroad in Puerto Rico, Canada, and South America. On top of this, Ayala has released six full-length albums which are available for purchase from all major online music shops. This includes CD Baby, where his last studio LP, Shades of Blue, had rested at #1 on their sales charts for over four months.Lately, Ayala has been toying with a new style called “jazzmenco”, which is a fusion between jazz and flamenco genres. “I loved the fact that in jazz and flamenco, there was so much liberty. You didn’t have to follow little black dots on a page because Bach said so, or Mozart didn’t dictate it this way. When I started hearing these other genres, I said, ‘Wow! What if I could create this new fusion where only I can tell myself what the rules are?’”Recently, Ayala had put jazzmenco to the test for audiences at the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance’s (SAACA) Oro Valley Marketplace Concert Series, where he had performed the tune “Sewa Ania” from off of his Live at the Mission album to wild applause. Ayala had his own choice words for SAACA and their concert events, applauding the organization for their stance on supporting local musicians. “I’ve worked with SAACA now for three years and play up to four concerts with them since. Every time that I do, I feel like I’m the cream of the crop. I hear from others that I’ve met, too, that when they’ve worked with them, they feel like the cream of the crop. So, it’s great that SAACA doesn’t discriminate against artists who are just starting their career or somebody’s who has already established their career, traveling around the world.”
St Mark’s United Methodist Church presents “Harmonies under the stars,” a benefit concert, on Saturday evening, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m.Imagine No Malaria, the denomination’s campaign to eradicate the disease worldwide, is the recipient of the concert proceeds. “Harmonies Under the Stars” features a number of local talents, including: Jean-Marie Mutore, an asylee from Burundi who is new to the Tucson music scene, performing his original music, as well as old favorites.Robert Encila, a well-known local and national performing artist and founding Artistic Director at Studio Connections. Robert’s national credits include musical performances in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and most recently, at the historic Players’ Club and Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. Diane Van Deurzen and Lisa Otey, a dynamic duo, a perfect blend of hot jazz, sultry blues and cabaret.They take their act to festivals, clubs and theatres around the world. Recent performances include the Thredbo Blues Festival in Australia; Yardbird Suite in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Yoshi’s in Oakland, California; and the Lucerne Festival, Switzerland. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to enjoy wonderful musical talents. Outdoor seating (“under the stars”) is limited.Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling the church office at 297-2062. Cash, check or credit card payment is required with your reservation.