NPR show seeks young Tucson musicians

If you are an aspiring classical musician who has not yet graduated from high school, you could be featured on a national radio show.

NPR's "From the Top" with host Christopher O'Riley is accepting audition entries from young Tucson classical musicians in kindergarten through 12th grade who have not graduated.

It's open to solo performers on all instruments, composers, vocalists and ensembles. Successful candidates could appear on stage when the show is taped live at Centennial Hall on Feb. 17. Applications are due Nov. 30. For application information, go to

For more than a decade, "From the Top" has showcased America's best young musicians. In addition, the program awards scholarships to young musicians.

The Centennial Hall taping begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 17. Tickets are $20 to $40 through

UA Chamber Players plan fall concert

The University of Arizona Chamber Players are turning their attention to Richard Strauss, John Harbison, Jean Françaix and Franz Krommer for their fall concert on Sunday.

The ensemble of UA wind students will share the stage with UA faculty artist Kelly Thomas on tuba and student soloists Margaret McGillivray and Gray Ferris.

Music professor Gregg Hanson and graduate conductor Kevin Holzman will lead the performance, beginning at 7 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway. Admission is free. Details:

Also this week from the UA School of Music:

• The Rosewood Marimba Band will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holsclaw Hall. Admission is $5. The Rosewood celebrates the genius of 20th-century ragtime composer and xylophonist George Hamilton Green in a concert that also includes a few classic arrangements and transcriptions from the Mexican folk tradition, and a quirky samba by percussionist-composer Ted Rounds.

• The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble performs its second concert of the 2012-13 season at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Crowder Hall. Tickets are $5 at the door. Dubbed "Air e Gin," the program will include Mike Crotty's arrangement of "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To"; Moisés Paiewonsky's arrangement of "My Funny Valentine"; Rob McConnell's arrangement of "Just Friends"; Bob Belden's arrangement of "Airegin"; and Gordon Brisker's arrangement of Bobby Shew's "Blue."

Confluencenter looks at war, relationships

The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is devoting the third in its series of "Creative Collaborations" to war's impact on human relationships.

At the center of "Still Falls the Rain: Songs of Love, Loss and War" is early 20th-century poet Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell's stunning work "Still Falls the Rain." Confluencenter Advisory Board member and University of Arizona music professor Paula Fan will host the event, which will use lyric meditations to illustrate the devastation World Wars I and II had on human relationships.

Through music - performed by Fan on piano, Daniel Katzen on horn, baritone Seth Kershisnik and tenor Dennis Tamblyn - the program explores the universal themes of love, loss and war, ultimately suggesting "the possibility of affirmation, if not redemption, in an age of unparalleled anxiety and destruction," according to a Confluencenter press release.

Vietnam War correspondent Linda Grant will join the conversation led by UA English professor Peter E. Medine beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at the UA Student Union Memorial Center bookstore on campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Details:

PCC duo celebrate 20th anniversary together

Saxophonist Michael Keepe and pianist Allen Rodriguez have been performing together as the Rodriguez & Keepe Duo for 20 years.

The Pima Community College Music music faculty members will celebrate the anniversary Sunday with a recital of works that have defined their partnership, including Mozart's Rondo in A minor for solo piano and world premieres of pieces written for them. The two also will play Australian composer Barry Cockrofts' funky, jazzy solo tenor saxophone piece "Beat Me" and works by well-known British composer Graham Lynch, with whom the pair has worked for years.

Native Oklahoman Rodriguez has been in Tucson since 1977 and earned his master's degree at the University of Arizona. Keepe performs with the Arizona Opera Orchestra, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the acclaimed Presidio Saxophone Quartet, in addition to teaching at Pima College.

Sunday's performance begins at 3 p.m. at the PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $6 with discounts available at or at the door; 206-6986.

Organists featured in annual showcase

The Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will turn the spotlight on chapter members Norene Walters, Chris Fresolone and Fern Hieb for the group's annual Showcase Organ Recital on Sunday.

The three will perform on the three-manual, 46-rank Roy Johnson Memorial pipe organ that was built in 1998. The program includes works composed by the late Marilyn Rinehart, a longtime Tucson guild member. A reception follows the recital, which begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road. Admission is a suggested $10 donation. Details:

tickets on sale Friday - except for "Wicked"

Single tickets for some of Broadway in Tucson's upcoming shows go on sale Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The rock 'n' roll musical "Memphis" is Feb. 26-March 3; the Blue Man Group returns April 23-28, and "Million Dollar Quartet" is May 7-12. Tickets are $29-$69.

The only hold-out is "Wicked" - those single tickets go on sale at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7. The musical, which was here in January, will play Tucson Music Hall March 20-April 7. Tickets to that are $45 to $150.

Single tickets can be purchased at or at 1-800-745-3000. If you want to save the hefty Ticketmaster surcharge, buy the tickets in person at the TCC Box Office, 260 S. Church Ave.

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