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Music of the Americas for classical guitar

Pima Community College Music faculty member Ben McCartney knows his way around a guitar.

In his hands it looks so simple and uncomplicated. His fingers dance over the fret feeling out the notes as his other hand picks and strums a melody so flawless it sounds like he’s playing along to polished and perfected recorded music.

On Sunday McCartney will dip into a trove of music from the Americas — Villa Lobos, Mangoré, Ponce, Brouwer — for a recital at the Center for the Arts.

His program also includes German Baroque works by J.S. Bach and 20th century Japanese works by Yocoh.

The recital begins at 3 p.m. Sunday and tickets are $8 at the door. 

AZ Repertory Singers explore voices at an exhibition

Arizona Repertory Singers is taking a nod from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” to close its 30th anniversary season on Sunday.

The choir will present a multimedia concert that pairs the premiere of four newly commissioned choral works with the exhibition of four new visual art works by local artists who moonlight as Repertory Singers.

The 45-voice ensemble might be setting a record of sorts; it’s not every day you find a choir — or any classical ensemble — rolling out four commissioned works in one concert.

Veteran composers Ray Braswell and Dave Plank and aspiring young composers Anthony Constantino and Grant Jahn each wrote a piece inspired by the four art works being exhibited.

The singer-artists are abstract painter Sheryl Holland; photographers Jan Sturges and Air National Guard Master Sgt. David Neve; and casein painter Ingrid Williams.

Arizona Repertory Singers will perform “Voices at an Exhibition” twice:

  • 3 p.m. Sunday at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road
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  • 2 p.m. May 4 at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road

Tickets for either are $15 in advance at or at the door. 

The choir will host a choral singing workshop at 7 p.m. May 6 at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

UA Choirs close out season with concert

It seems only right that the Arizona Choir and UA Symphonic Choir dip into a little Antonín Dvorák on Sunday, their final Tucson performance before heading off on a prestigious, invite-only tour of Vienna and Prague next month.

The choirs, under the baton of Bruce Chamberlain and Elizabeth Schauer, are invited to perform at the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna, largely considered one of the world’s most prominent stages. As far as anyone can say, the UA is the only university to have ever gotten a personal invite from organizers of the Varna International Music Festival. The UA musicians also will perform at the Dvorák Hall in Prague, one of the oldest concert halls in Europe that is known for its excellent acoustics.

The choirs will perform Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater” with the Conductor Thomas Cockrell and the Arizona Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in Crowder Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway.  The “Stabat Mater,” the largest and most complex setting of this archaic text in the choral/orchestral repertoire, was Dvorák’s first major compositional success.

Tickets are $10 with discounts available at Details: 621-1162.

Also at the UA School of Music on Sunday:

  • Organist
  • Douglas Leightenheimer
  • will perform in the Mildred Flood Mahoney Memorial Organ Recital at 7 p.m.  in Holsclaw Hall. Admission is free and the program includes works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Dupre and others.
A read through Oz

There’s nothing like reading a good book.

Unless it’s having a good book read to you.

That’s what’s on the schedule from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday when the UA College of Humanities sponsors “A Wonderful Reading of Oz” — selections from “Wizard of Oz” creator L. Frank Baum.

It’s free. The Poetry Center is at 1508 E. Helen St. 626-566. Registration is a good idea.

Cathalena E. Burch, Kathleen Allen

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