Art notes: what's happening in Tucson's performing arts scene

2013-04-25T00:00:00Z Art notes: what's happening in Tucson's performing arts sceneArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
April 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Kingfisher Quartet closes church series

The Kingfisher String Quartet is warming up with a concert on Saturday for its return to St. Andrew's Bach Society in June.

The quartet, founded and led by Tucson Symphony Orchestra violinist Benjamin Nisbet, will play the season finale for the Dove of Peace Lutheran Church concert series. Pianist Alexander Tentser will join them for Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, a work that pairs nicely with the program's cornerstone Beethoven's String Quartet in E minor.

This is the ninth year Dove of Peace has offered its classical music concert series featuring some of Tucson's finest musicians. Admission is free although donations are accepted for a variety of local charities.

Saturday's concert begins at 2 p.m. at Dove of Peace Lutheran Church, 665 W. Roller Coaster Road. Donations will benefit the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network.

The Kingfisher - Nisbet and Ellen Chamberlain on violin, Emma Noël Votapek on viola and Anne Gratz on cello - will open the Bach Society's 25th season on June 2. It will be the ensemble's first appearance on that stage since Kingfisher performed its debut concert with the Bach Society in 2008. (Read more about the society's 25th season in Sunday's Home + Life.)

exotic creatures from her imagination

Puppet adventures abound with Puppets Amongus' production of "Archipelago" this weekend.

The theater, the brainchild of puppeteer Matt Cotten and his wife Sarah, moved to its Playhouse last year, and has had some impressive puppetry on its stage.

"Archipelago" is about young Isabel, an aspiring naturalist. She's too young for her dream job, but that doesn't stop her from exploring exotic creatures in her imagination.

Jimmy Carr composed the music, and Cotten the puppets.

Performances are 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Playhouse, 657 W. St. Mary's Road. Tickets - available at the door - are $6 for kids 3-12, $8 for adults, and there's a $1 discount if you walk or bike there.

PCC guitarist's recital celebrates new indie CD

Consider it somewhat of a CD release party when Pima Community College faculty member and classical guitarist Ben McCartney performs a recital on Sunday.

The performance celebrates the release of his indie CD "New Interpretations of Popular Favorites." The 3 p.m. concert at the PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall covers works by Sor, Barrios, Giuliani, Tarrega and Yocoh.

Admission is $6 at the door, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Details: 206-6986 of

In addition to teaching guitar at Pima, McCartney has a guitar studio and has garnered an international reputation for for his books, which include instructional texts and arrangements for solo guitar.

Mendelssohn, Bach on organ recital bill

Organist Douglas Leightenheimer will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Stanford, Bridge and Vierne at the Mildred Flood Mahoney Memorial Organ Recital on Sunday.

Leightenheimer, a first-year University of Arizona School of Music doctoral student studying conducting and organ, hails from North Carolina, where he was the music director and organist for First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.

Sunday's recital begins at 2:30 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway. Admission is free;

UA symphony, chorus get 'Puckish' with actors

The Arizona Symphony Orchestra is teaming up with the UA Symphonic Choir and a handful of UA actors to close the 2012-13 school year.

The ensemble will take on Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," performing Felix Mendelssohn's Overture based on the work as well as his incidental music and scenes from the play.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crowder Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway at the University of Arizona School of Music. Tickets are $5 through or at the door. Details: 621-1162.

Brass band lets the memorY live again

Old Pueblo Brass Band will make a side trip to Broadway at its spring concert Sunday.

The ensemble will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Memory" from the hit Broadway musical "Cats," featuring Robert Webb on E-flat soprano cornet; and Georges Bizet's "Carmen," arranged for two euphoniums by Paul Maybery and performed by Joe DeRaad and Goldie Goldstein.

Also on Sunday's program: Henry Fillmore's "An Earl," arranged by Old Pueblo Brass Band member Budd Malchus and performed by trombonist Tom Landon; Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto De Aranjuez," featuring Cheryl Carter on flugelhorn; and a pair of duets, marches and a memorial work, W.H. Monk's "All Things Bright and Beautiful."

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at Northminister Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road.

Admission is free;

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