Sometimes you need to think outside the box, expand your horizons and just take a chance on something new.

We’ve found three concerts that fit that bill, shows that we think will go a long way toward opening your eyes and ears to new experiences. You can thank us later.

  • A room full of female harmonies: Tucson Girls Chorus, from the engagement choirs to the more experienced choir, will perform an eclectic range of music — from American, Indonesian and Finnish folk tunes to renditions of a Japanese poem “In this Ancient House (Momoshiki Ya)” and the Greek setting of “Seikilos,” “Emoni Ennen” and James McMillian’s “Os Mutorum” from “The Strathclyde Motes.”

And then there’s what’s being advertised as a moving interpretation by more than 200 young women of “Amani Utupe, Grant us Peace, Give us Courage.” Seriously? Two-hundred? That’s going to be an amazing thing to experience at the Girls Chorus’s annual spring concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $15 to $18 for adults, $8 for children 3 to 10 through

  • Go back 50 years to the Summer of Love — 1967: That’s when the rock world first took notice of axe-man Robin Trower. He played guitar with Procol Harum for a handful of years before striking out solo. It was the best decision he ever made, he once remarked, and one that has made him an enduring fixture in the rock universe. The Brit rocker, 72, is still at it, but not just going through the motions: Trower’s rock, edgy, sometimes bluesy, hard and yet soft around the edges, still impacts our souls. Spend a night with him at Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St., on Thursday, May 11. The show starts at 8 and our own Billy Sedlmayr and Leo Schwamm open the show. $26 to $48 through
  • Glimpse the future and smile: Want to hear how some of the brightest young stars in Tucson’s classical music scene view the grownup world around them? This weekend, a handful of these young talented composer — and by young we’re talking middle school, some even in elementary school — will get a chance to hear the Tucson Symphony Orchestra perform their self-penned pieces. It’s part of the annual Young Composers Project Reading Sessions in which TSO musicians perform the kids’ works. It kicks off Friday, May 12, with the TSO String Quintet performing works at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave., off East Grant Road.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, May 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 14, the full TSO, under the baton of guest conductor Juan Montoya, will perform the bulk of the new works with the young composers in the audience. Admission is $20 for each event through or through the TSO Box Office, 882-8585.

The Young Composers Project, led by TSO violist and composer Ilona Vukovic-Gay, is a nationally recognized program that pairs aspiring composers with tenured musicians who teach them everything from music theory to the mechanics of orchestration, tempo and tone in composition.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch


I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.