Quintet plays last show before UA graduation

After two years together, the members of the UA's Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet are graduating next month.

They will perform their last concert together on Saturday with a program of modern works, including American neoclassicist Irving Fine's Partita for Wind Quintet and Alvin Etler's demanding Wind Quintet No. 2.

The quintet comprises graduate students who are selected by competitive auditions. The members are mentored by faculty members throughout their tenure.

This year's members are Idaho native Diana Schaible on flute; oboist Rebecca Dixon from Washington state; Minnesota native Ashley Knecht on clarinet; Gray Ferris of Virginia on horn; and University of Tennessee alum Travis Jones on bassoon. Pianist Angela Owyang, a University of Arizona graduate student, joins them for the performance.

Saturday's concert begins at 1 p.m. at Holsclaw Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway at the University of Arizona School of Music. Admission is free. Details: www.music.arizona.edu

UA choir tackles works by living composers

The University of Arizona Symphonic Choir on Sunday will present the Arizona premiere of British composer James Whitbourn's ethereal "Son of God Mass" for chorus, organ and soprano saxophone.

Faculty members Kelland Thomas on saxophone and John Brobeck on organ will join the chorus, under the baton of conductor Elizabeth Schauer and assistant conductor Joseph Pierce, making his debut performance.

"Son of God Mass" is on a program aptly titled "Living Voices" that focuses on living composers. Also on the program is Janika Vandervelde's jubilant "Hilariter" and works in the gospel, spiritual and Southern harmony tradition arranged by American composers.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist Church, 655 N. Craycroft Road. Admission is free; www.music.arizona.edu

WOMEN IN SONG Festival to feature 3 choruses

The Southern Arizona Women's Chorus is hosting a trio of women's choruses for a three-day Women in Song Festival.

The event runs today through Saturday and includes two concerts - a free show at 7 p.m. Friday featuring Seattle's Con Brio and the Southwest Women's Chorus from Temecula, Calif.; and a concert with all three choruses at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Throughout the festival, the choristers will participate in clinics on vocal techniques and roundtable discussions about their choirs and activities. Southern Arizona Women's Chorus music director and founder Terrie Ashbaugh co-founded the festival, which was first held in April 2010 featuring choirs from Arizona, Washington, Alaska and Canada.

Friday's concert will be at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road. Although admission is free, donations of food and money will be accepted to benefit Interfaith Community Services.

Saturday's concert opens with Ashbaugh's group followed by all three choirs. It will be at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte, in Oro Valley. Tickets are $18 in advance at www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org or $20 at the door; children 10 and younger are free.

Steel Band concert to mark 25 years

The University of Arizona Steel Band is "Steelin' the Afternoon" with its spring concert on Sunday.

The concert celebrates the ensemble's 25th anniversary with works that include calypso classics like "Jamaica Farewell" and "Steelband Paradise" and arrangements of powerhouse pop hits like "Stayin' Alive."

The group also has worked out a new medley of songs by Brit-pop giants The Police, arranged by the band's director Chris Billings.

Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. at Crowder Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway. Admission is $5.

Sons of Orpheus choir sets saturday show

The Sons of Orpheus, The Male Choir of Tucson will perform its 22nd annual spring concert on Saturday.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, 225 N. Country Club Road. Tickets are $18. Details: call 621-1649 or online at www.sonsoforpheus.org

The chorus, under Artistic Director Grayson Hirst, will repeat the performance in Coolidge on May 5.

family-style Band show coming at Palo Verde

The Tucson Concert Band is going to high school next week.

The 70 members of the band will join up with musicians from Cholla and Palo Verde magnet high schools for a family-style concert at 7 p.m. next Thursday in the Palo Verde High School auditorium, 1302 S. Avenida Vega.

The concert is free.

Ballet to stage 'Hansel and Gretel,' 'paquita'

The Tucson Regional Ballet put kids in the spotlight this weekend with its production of "Hansel and Gretel" and "Paquita."

"Hansel and Gretel" is based on the fairy tale about two children who get lost in the forest and come upon a gingerbread house that looks mighty tempting.

"Paquita" is about a young gypsy girl who turns out to be of royal birth.

Performances are 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leo Rich Theatre in the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets are $18-$20. Get them at 885-0862, www.tucsonregionalballet.org or all Ticketmaster outlets.

Cathalena E. Burch Kathleen Allen