Performing Arts

2022-2023 Performing Arts Season

 

Performance Schedule

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We look forward to presenting an exciting new lineup in the 2022-2032 Season.

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Michael Lich & Ji Sun Lee:

October 21, 2022

Classical guitarist, banjo-player and composer, Michael Lich is an eclectic musician who performs a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz and bluegrass. A critic wrote “Lich is a musician’s musician.”

Michael is Director of Guitar Studies at Pima Community College and is faculty at the Academy of Music and Dance (Tucson).

Ji Sun Lee, a South Korean born pianist/organist, has performed concerts in S. Korea, United States, Brazil, Germany, and Italy. She has won top prizes in several competitions including first prizes in the President’s Concerto Competition at the University of Arizona and the Contemporary Music Society Competition at Arizona State University.

Dr. Lee holds her Bachelor’s degree in Church Music from Presbyterian College, Seoul, S. Korea, Master’s degree from the Arizona State University and her Doctoral degree in Piano Performance and her second Masters degree in Organ Performance from the University of Arizona.

 

Sophia Rankin and the Sound

November 11, 2022

Sophia Rankin is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter with a diverse repertoire that spans the musical genres of folk, pop, ,rock, and Americana. Rankin’s band delivers a unique sound to their original music, blending folk, rock and pop.

She landed First-place awards at both the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival and the 2018 Stefan George Songwriting competition. She now leads her own band, Sophia Rankin & The Sound, with members Connor Rankin (drums), Eli Leki-Albano (bass), and Noah Weig-Pickering (lead guitar).

 

The Swiggtones:

December 23, 2022

Nelda and Clif Swiggett have been playing music together since the night they first met in 1987. They raised their two sons, Dylan and Jack, in a house filled with band rehearsals and piano lessons, and by the time they were in middle school, the kids were performing at jazz clubs and private events around Seattle. Together, these four Swiggetts comprise the Swigtones, a family band performing a variety of music ranging from jazz standards to funk and R&B hits, classical compositions and more.
 
Each member of the Swiggett family is an accomplished musician in their own right. 

The Songteller: Dave Munsick

January 20, 2023

Wyoming composer and performer Dave Munsick has played his music across the west for 40 years. He has worked as a sideman or opened for acts including Charlie Daniels, Chris Ledoux, Ian Tyson, and Lyle Lovett, both as a solo artist and as a member of the bands that he has led.  His shows immerse audiences into the songs that he has written and the associated stories that speak to these songs. 

Silk & Soul

February 17, 2023

Mark and Arlette Willis are high school Sweethearts who became friends quickly and soon after, fell in love. There they studied music and Arlette, a gifted soprano, competed annually at the prestigious Interlochen Music Competition in Michigan, consistently earning top scores for Solo Voice SOPRANO.

Mark’s mother, who was a classically trained soprano, was his introduction to his wife as well as to music. Mark is an accomplished pianist and multi-instrumentalist.

Mark and Arlette have been married together for over 40 years and continue to thoroughly entertain audiences today.

Homero & Friends

March 17, 2023

Based in Tucson,  Arizona  Homero,  has lived a diverse life as a percussionist. Starting in the music business as a 12 year old drummer in Monterrey, Mexico,   he went on to study music  at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in the mid 70’s followed by graduate work at The University of Arizona.

He has played:  drums/vibes/timpani and orchestral percussion in many different settings  from  small jazz combos to symphony orchestras, ballet, opera  and in the orchestra pit of numerous touring shows. Homero has appeared as a soloist on marimba/vibraphone and percussion with various chamber groups including the Tucson Symphony, True Concorde and Tucson Pops Orchestras.

Homero is the PCC adjunct percussion instructor since 1989 and is the recipient of the Arizona Arts Award (1999) and The You are my Sunshine award (Young Audiences of America 1996)

He presently is former  Principal Percussionist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Timpanist of the Tucson Pops, Timpanist/percussionist with True Concorde and freelances as a marimba, vibraphone and steel drum player  as well as a musician in jazz and chamber music.

Homero is co-director of The Tucson Latin Jazz Nonet, an ensemble that specializes in Afro-Cuban jazz.

Glen Gross & Friends - Jazz Ensemble

April 14, 2023

 Trumpeter Glen Gross has been playing professionally for the last 30 years and has recently performed in China, Greece, Haiti, Australia, and the United States. Glen is currently playing with the Tucson Pops Orchestra under conductor LasloVeres, with the University of Arizona Symphony under the baton of ThomasCockrell, and the Tucson Repertory Orchestra under the direction of Toru Tagawa.

He has performed concerts with Bo Diddley, John Handy, Chris Potter, Bobby Shew, and Bill Watrous, and hasperformed with Blinky Williams and the Hollywood Ministry Choir.

Glen loves to teach trumpet students at all levels and all styles. Glen also teaches jazz improvisation and jazz theory to students of all instruments 

He also appears weekly with his own jazz band, “The Glen Gross Quartet.” 

DINNER AND A PERFORMANCE

Enjoy dinner before the performance. Suggested reservation time is 5pm in order to arrive at the art center on time for the event.

Performing Arts events start at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30pm.