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Dennis Grannan, Associate Director of Music at Catalina United Methodist Church in Tucson, will present a special concert on Friday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 2700 E. Speedway Blvd. The concert is part of the Catalina Organ Festival, a year-long series of concerts, recitals, and other events.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) is excited to present the third Annual Chinese Culture Festival September 20-28, 2014 in Tucson, AZ. This year is the tenth anniversary of the establishment of Confucius Institutes around the world. We will join other Confucius Institutes to hold a Confucius Institute Day as the opening of the 2014 CIUA Chinese Culture Festival. Special lectures on Chinese concepts of time and on Confucius as an historical figure will be presented by faculty from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Health Promotion and Wellness.” In addition to our annual language competition, culture exhibition, concert, and Chinese martial arts demonstration, we will present a special Chinese food therapy dinner lecture, a professional workshop on traditional Chinese medicine, and a lecture on acupuncture and health by faculty from leading universities of Chinese medicine in China. Tucsonans are guaranteed a rich cultural experience; Last year, over 3000 Arizonans participated in the CIUA Chinese Culture Festival.
(BPT) - With so much information available about kids’ nutrition – what to eat, how to supplement and more – it’s hard to get a firm grasp on what it takes to raise a healthy child. In the U.S., a significant portion of children are not getting enough essential vitamins and nutrients, including vitamins D, E and A, and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA according to the 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nearly every parent has probably heard a child recite the famous four words of a family vacation – “Are we there yet?”
(BPT) - You and your family are probably adjusting to the hustle and bustle of another school year. Your family’s mornings have returned to the more familiar, hectic pace.
Pima Community College Center for the Arts announces its 2014-2015 Season: ENCORE! The new season follows on the back of last season’s record attendance with the goal of delivering an eclectic and interesting selection of Pima’s theatre, music and dance performances; gallery exhibits of contemporary works by national and regional visual artists; and special events worthy of ovation. The Center for the Arts complex, situated on PCC’s West Campus, consists of the Proscenium Theatre, the Black Box Theatre, the Recital Hall and the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.
1– Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-27; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100.
(BPT) - These days parents are expected to be everywhere at once. If you’re a parent, you know how stressful it can be to try and make the soccer game, the dance recital, prepare dinner for your family and work an eight-hour day. Just keeping track of your family’s schedules feels like another full time job.
Stars from America's leading opera houses and recital venues will perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Poulenc and others, plus a concert performance of "The Damnation of Faust" and a ballet presentation of "Carmen." The lectures, master classes and recitals, hosted by the UA School of Music adn our guest performers, bring a depth and breadth to the festival.
Pima Community College Music presents the guest recital GOOD VIBRATIONS: Symphony Low Brass featuring Michael Becker, trombone; Joseph Muñoz, trombone; Steve Gamble, bass trombone; David Morgan, tuba; Mark Nelson, guest conductor and tuba; Victor Valenzuela, horn; and Shawn Campbell, horn, at PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall.
(USA Today) A nation that just stepped back from the brink of conflict with Syria paused Wednesday to honor and reflect on the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11, the day terrorist attacks spurred two other long-running conflicts in the Middle East.
In the midst of another outbreak of war, it becomes increasingly difficult to find events with no political affiliation or tie-in. While I am in no way saying that news of the ongoing developments with Syria is unimportant, sometimes you need to get your mind off of things.
PCC Center for the Arts, located on West Campus, is dedicated to providing outstanding cultural enrichment opportunities for the college and the Tucson community. There is ample free, well-lit parking adjacent to the center. For more information call the box office at 520-206-6986.
Pima Community College’s Center for Training and Development on June 13 will honor 16 students who have earned certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing.
Chilean Master's student Pablo Gonzalez first picked up a classical guitar when he was 8 years old. The Spanish guitar stayed with him through his early education and finally swept him north to the University of Arizona as a Fulbright scholar, where he joined the roughly 25 undergraduate and graduate students in the UA's Bolton Guitar Studies Program.
"You can find it in almost any home in my country," Gonzalez said of classical guitar music.
Students in the UA program hail from countries around the world, including France, Chile, Philippines, China, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Argentina, Norway, Turkey and many others, drawn by the reputation of a music program like no other.
Many elements of the Bolton guitar program are found in no other classical guitar program in the world such as four endowed guitar competitions supported by the D'Addario string company and by donors, said professorR. Thomas Patterson, who heads the program.
With boons such as artists in residence David Russell, a world-renowned musician and recording artist, and Grammy Award winners Sérgio and Odair Assad, it may not be surprising that UA classical guitar students regularly win at national and international guitar competitions.
"The Assad Brothers come for a week in the fall, and David Russell comes for a week in the spring, and they teach for a week and give concerts," said Julia Pernet, chairman of the Tucson Guitar Society. "I think that's a very unusual asset to have, to have that class of performing guitarists come and spend a week, and really know the students."
Patterson, who joined the UA faculty in 1980, is credited by many for making the guitar program what it is today. "I wanted to make it a flagship, a model for other programs around the country, around the world," Patterson said.
"If you ask other guitar professors what are their greatest achievements, they say, 'Well, I published this book, or that book,'" said Misael Barraza, a first year Master's student in the program, who recently won theMontreal International Competition. "If you ask Tom, he'll say, 'See this guitar champion, or that champion? This was my student.'"
"One of the great things that Tom is able to do is assist students to get to these international competitions and to try themselves out against the world," Pernet added.
"We've seen people make extraordinary moves within our program," said Patterson. "It's exciting to see a high-end person achieve an international prize, but someone who maybe you're taking a risk with, to see them succeed is absolutely amazing."
Pernet brings world-renowned performing artists to Tucson every year through the Tucson Guitar Society. "Part of the agreement that I sign with them is that they will give master classes for the UA guitar program," she said.
In 2011, Sanford and Phyllis Bolton, lifelong music lovers and supporters of classical guitar, gave $2 million to establish the Sanford and Phyllis Bolton Endowed Chair for Classical Guitar, a position held by professor Patterson. Shortly after, Bolton gave an additional $1.1 million, establishing the Sanford and Phyllis Bolton Endowment for Guitar.
"This was the largest gift of its kind in the history of fine arts," Patterson said, a gift that has enabled the program to support talented students who otherwise may not be able to pursue their dreams with acoustic guitar. In honor of the support, the program changed its name to the Bolton Guitar Studies Program.
The reputation of the program, its calendar packed with events and activities, and the supportive student community have attracted classical guitar talents from many nations. "I'm here because of the reputation of the guitar program," said Ivar Fojas, who is from the Philippines and also a Fulbright scholar, entering the third year of his doctoral studies.
"Normally, other guitar programs would have one or two recitals each semester," Fojas said. "We have them every single week. I've learned how to listen, to really be critical of myself."
"That's really what makes the difference between players," Barraza added. "Is how well you can listen to yourself."
The guitar program curriculum engages students in the community, with a public performance every Friday at 11 a.m. in the UA Museum of Art, and many other concerts and recitals throughout the year.
Patterson said he also makes effort to engage the community through concerts and working with children, to get them involved with guitar and music at a young age.
"It really pushes you to have higher standards for yourself," said Leandra Hubka, who is finishing her Master's degree. "There are so many opportunities to play for the public," she added. "You get better by playing for people."
Barraza said he aims for a concert career, and that the UA guitar program has "been a huge influence on me. I wouldn't be able to do without it."
"We have an enormously supportive group of people," Patterson said. "I have friends who have traveled all over the world; I ask them if this happens anywhere else, and they say no."
"We have four in-house competitions each year," Hubka said. "It would be really easy to get competitive with each other, but we're not at all." Perhaps competition is out of the question among a group of people unified by the sound of an instrument they can't put down.
"It has that effect sometimes," Barraza mused. "The guitar just grabs onto you, and that's it."
Sylvia Whitehall holds a dance pose as she practices for an upcoming dance recital.