The University of Arizona has a busy week ahead as student musicians get ready to wrap up the school year.
A new early-music ensemble will make its debut; a longtime professor will take his last bow, and the jazz ensemble will pay homage to the classics and contemporary.
Performances are at Crowder or Holsclaw halls at the UA School of Music, East Speedway and North Park Avenue. Tickets are available by calling 621-1162 or online at tickets.arizona.edu
• UA Opera Theater Director Charles Roe will direct his final opera at the UA with Mozart's "La Clemenza di Tito" this weekend in what could be the first public performance of Mozart's penultimate opera. The production caps Roe's 24-year career at the UA, where he has led more than 50 operas. When he retires in May, his teaching career will have stretched over 45 years. The cast for "La Clemenza di Tito" includes Humberto Borboa Beltrán (Tito), Mackenzie Romriell (Sesto), Jenina Gallaway (Vitellia), Kaitrin Cunningham (Serviglia), Brandon Dale (Annio) and Charles Hamilton (Publio) and the UA chorus under the direction of Matthew Goinz. UA Music Director and conducting professor Thomas Cockrell will conduct the Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Crowder Hall. Tickets are $15, $12 for UA employees and seniors, and $10 for students.
• Arizona Baroque will introduce itself in a debut concert Saturday at Holsclaw. The ensemble, founded by graduate student Olman Alfaro and coached by UA professor John Brobeck, includes a dozen graduate and undergraduate musicians (singers and instrumentalists). The ensemble is devoted to presenting well-known or newly discovered works from the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble on Saturday will include violinists Emily Nolan and Arlo Adams; cellist Miguel Campos (also playing viola da gamba); violist Natalia Duarte; vocalists Ivette Ortiz, Kimberly Prins Moeller, Sun-Young Lee, Alfaro and Ben Lebovitz; harpsichordist Elijah Fatih; José Luis Puerta on baroque guitar; and Juan Merello playing theorbo from the lute family. Saturday's performance, which explores Latin American music from the Vice-Regal period (17th-18th centuries), begins at 4 p.m.; admission is free.
• The UA Studio Jazz Ensemble ends its 2012-13 season Wednesday with "Midnight Blues," a concert that includes Chris Sharp's arrangement of Thelonious Monk's contemporary work "'Round Midnight" and Sammy Nestico's standards "A Warm Breeze," "Who Can I Turn To," "Randi" and "Blues in Hoss's Flat." The student ensemble features soloists Michael Weiss on alto saxophone, Michael Moynihan on tenor sax, Glendon Gross on trumpet, Alex van Duuren and Dylan Carpenter on trombone, guitarist Tristan Rogers and drummer Cory Boone. The ensemble is led by faculty members Jeff Haskell and Moisés Paiewonsky. Wednesday's performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Crowder Hall. Admission is $5.