Arts briefs: A roundup of what's happening in Tucson performing arts

2014-02-20T00:00:00Z 2014-07-01T14:22:28Z Arts briefs: A roundup of what's happening in Tucson performing artsBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
Scrappy company opens play competition Winner

A scrappy theater company with no home but plenty of determination is opening a world premiere this weekend.

A few years back, the Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists (TADA) solicited play submissions from around the country, and this weekend the winning script, “Emmet, Down in My Heart,” gets a staged production.

The play, by Clare Cross, had a bit of an “American Idol” boost: TADA put out the request in 2012, whittled the 52 submissions down to four, held a reading and the audience voted on its favorite.

“Emmett” has a horrific crime at its center — the 1955 kidnapping, torture and murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a crime that helped launch the civil-rights movement.

The play tells the journey of Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who became an advocate for justice after the murder, and a white teacher, Roanne Taylor, who found she no longer could stand by in silence.

Sheldon Metz directs the play, and Carley E. Preston, Joan O’Dwyer, P.J. Peavy, Candace Bean, Seth Fowler, Victor Bowleg, Kendrick Stallings and André Johnson make up the cast.

It previews at 7:30 p.m. Friday and opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through March 9 at the Tucson Symphony Center, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. Tickets are $20; at Friday’s preview, you can snag one for $15. 722-9553.

Tucson Symphony adds third Beethoven concert

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony three times on March 8 and 9 to close out its MasterWorks series season.

The orchestra normally gives two concerts of each program, but after quickly selling every seat at Catalina Foothills High School, a third performance was added at 7 p.m. March 9.

The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture and Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella” Suite.

Performances are at 8 p.m. March 8 and 2 and 7 p.m. March 9 at Catalina Foothills, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, with guest conductor James Feddeck on the podium. Tickets are $53 to $63 through ticketmaster.com

Tucson’s 4 tenors: a little bit opera, a little bit pop

Tra Fratelli, the upstart tenors quartet from the University of Arizona, will perform for the St. Philip’s in the Hills Friends of Music series on Sunday.

The group, put together by UA voice professor Grayson Hirst, performs repertoire that traverses the classical landscape, from opera arias to the lighter classical fare that you’d find on an Il Divo or Andrea Bocelli recording.

On Sunday, each member of the quartet — Tucson native and Salpointe Catholic grad Bryce Rodriguez, Mexico native Humberto Borboa, Oregonian Brandon Dale and Nogales, Sonora, native Edgar Ricaud — will perform solo arias and quartets.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. at St. Philip’s, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., at East River Road. Admission is a suggested $15 donation, which benefits the Friends music program. Details: Call 299-6421 .

Tucson Chamber ARtists tackle St. John Passion

The Tucson Chamber Artists continues its 10th anniversary season with Bach’s St. John Passion next weekend.

The professional choir and the TCA chamber orchestra will perform the work three times: 7 p.m. next Friday at Green Valley’s Valley Presbyterian Church; 7:30 p.m. March 1 at Catalina Foothills High School; and 3 p.m. March 2 at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Details/tickets: tucsonchamberartists.org

Kathleen Allen and Cathalena E. Burch

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