For the 2021-22 season, Tucson Lifestyle highlighted more than 100 performing arts groups encompassing dance, music and theater. Although each one may hone a separate skill set, every one is well versed in collaboration. Many performances are a joint effort to create both visual and aural entertainment. From the groups below, you will find many free performances that bring glorious music and artistic gracefulness to Tucson. Several organizations also provide immersive experiences to cultivate artistic abilities for people of all ages. Details on upcoming events will be included in Tucson Lifestyle’s monthly Datebook section. Call the individual groups for locations and times. Please note that many of these groups have contributed virtual performances online for all to behold. Click to enjoy these performances and perhaps even donate to the organizations if possible so they may once again entertain and enchant us live and in person.
All Souls Procession
Performing locally for one of the largest “Day of the Dead”-inspired events in North America — the 32nd Annual All Souls Procession Weekend is Nov. 5-7, 2021. Many Mouths One Stomach, a Tucson-based collective of artists, teachers and community activists present a weekend of events, openings and opportunities to deepen a connection to community and lost loved ones. Dozens of events, showings and happenings throughout the weekend with a culmination on Procession night, Sunday Nov. 7, 2021.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra
The Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, a costumed community folk performance group was founded in 1980 as a small ensemble within the University of Arizona Russian Department. Some performances include collaborations with guest dance troupes, vocalists, and instrumentalists from as far away as Moscow.
Arizona Early Music
AEM presents several concerts annually featuring music from the time of Bach and before. Concerts comprise music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and pre-Classical periods. Founded in 1982, the concert series — internationally known in the field of early music — often is performed with period instruments. Performances in the 2021-22 concert season include: Jan. 28-30, 2021, Tucson Baroque Music Festival celebrating their 40th season; Feb. 27, 2021, 3 p.m. Parthenia Viol Concert; Mar. 27, 2021, 3 p.m., Ronn McFarlane and Paul O’Dette, Lute Duo, For Two Lutes: Virtuoso Duets from Italy and England.
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
In its 74th season, AFCM brings glorious music to Tucson presenting the Evening Series, Piano & Friends, Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, and Summertime Evenings. Recorded performances are available for viewing at home. Live Evening Series and Piano & Friends performances begin in October 2021. Season tickets for live and digital viewing are available. Tucson Chamber Music Festival runs Mar. 13-20, 2022.
Arizona Onstage Productions
This professional award-winning musical theater company produces daring and cutting-edge musicals, groundbreaking dramas and comedies. For the upcoming season, AOP will bring the thrill of new theater to Tucson audiences. Check the website for new performance dates.
Celebrating 50 years of service to the community with the 2021-22 season Arizona Opera has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading opera companies. This season features an exciting and diverse program, including the company’s first film and four in-theater productions in Phoenix and Tucson. Digital programs also are available. First local performance of the season: Dec. 11, 2021, El Milagro del Requerdo (The Miracle of Remembering), Temple of Music and Art.
Arizona Repertory Singers
ARS is an auditioned 48-voice, mixed choral ensemble performing music from an extraordinary range of eras and styles, including new compositions. Previous digital performances are available on the website or YouTube.
Arizona Rose Opera Company
AROC is a branch of the Arizona Rose Arts Organization, and offers interpretations of classic operatic works in new ways. They are dedicated to making opera accessible and enjoyable to a modern audience.
Arizona Rose Theatre
Opened in 1986, the Rose offers a variety of theatrical and musical productions and concerts with positive messaging throughout the year. Initially, the Rose only produced originals, but 12 years ago they began adding familiar pieces to each season. The Rose has produced shows like The Rainmaker, Steel Magnolias, Lost In Yonkers, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Jesus Christ Superstar, and more.
Arizona Symphonic Winds
The Arizona Symphonic Winds, conducted by László Veres and comprised of 65 volunteer musicians, performs concerts throughout the year with an outdoor series “Music in the Park” held at the outdoor László Veres Amphitheater in Udall Park.
Arizona Theatre Company
Temple of Music and Art
622-2823 (box office)
In its 54th season, ATC is the preeminent professional theater in the state of Arizona. The 2021-22 season includes three musicals and three plays, the majority of which were written by female playwrights. Performances begin in September with My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend directed by Sean Daniels.
By integrating performing arts education programs and musical theater productions, Arts Express opens the world of the arts to all ages. The organization’s mission is to build character, strengthen community and celebrate culture through the power of the performing arts. Upcoming productions: through Aug. 29, 2021, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical, Oct. 22-31, 2021, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
Arts for All, Inc.
For 36 years, Arts for All has inspired children with and without disabilities to participate in the arts. Classes in visual art, ceramics, dance, drama and music are held at the accessible arts center at 2520 N. Oracle Road. Classes are available year-round at affordable prices for children and adults.
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
The designated arts agency for the city of Tucson and Pima County since 1984, AFTSA promotes the vitality of the arts by directing funding to quality arts initiatives and education programs, overseeing public art commissions, supporting open studio tours, hosting talks, exhibits and professional workshops.
Entering its 36th season, this Southern Arizona-based, nonprofit dance company was established to foster and develop young aspiring dancers of Southern Arizona. BC has produced renditions of classical ballet including Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, la Sylphide, as well as an annual performance of The Nutcracker Ballet.
Ballet Folklórico San Juan
“Tucson’s Official Folklórico Dance Group” is a dynamic dance troupe composed of more than 100 dancers from ages 4 to 18, performing traditional dances of Mexico dressed in authentic costumes since 1987. Ballet Folklórico San Juan provides entertainment for any occasion.
Now in its 34th season, Ballet Tucson is the premier dance company in Tucson and Southern Arizona, presenting historic classics and innovative, contemporary works each season. Visit the website for upcoming events.
882-8607 (office) / 882-7406 (tickets and reservations)
This professional theater company, founded 1986, is recognized nationally and internationally for the development and production of theater and educational programs that reflect the diversity of the voices of the Southwest border region. Upcoming Free-to-the-public shows include West Side Stories, Feb. 25-27, 2022, at Garden of Gethsemane Park; and Barrio Stories Nogales, May 6-7, 2022, Morley Avenue, Downtown Nogales, AZ.
For more than 20 years, Bouncing Czechs has performed Traditional polkas and waltzes, other European music, and pre-Be Bop American dance music in Arizona. They shine brightly during Oktoberfest, but are available year-round to perform a lively concert. Upcoming performances: Saturdays and Sundays Sept. 18-Oct. 10, 2021, noon-4:30 p.m., Mount Lemmon Ski Valley Oktoberfest, Sept. 24, 2021, 3-4 p.m. Broadway Proper Oktoberfest Celebration.
Broadway in Tucson/A Nederlander Presentation
Subscription Tickets: 866-821-2929
Single Tickets: 800-745-3000
Broadway in Tucson brings Broadway’s best musicals and special events to Tucson with performances at UA Centennial Hall. The 2021-22 season includes Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats, Nov. 10; Hamilton, Nov. 17-Dec. 5; My Fair Lady, Jan. 5-9, 2022; The Simon and Garfunkel Story, Jan. 15, 2022; Wicked Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 2022.
Carnival of Illusion
Hang onto your hat, grab your partner, and jump into an evening of Old-World Magic. Catch this international travel-themed night out and experience all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow. Carnival of Illusion, Arizona’s longest-running show will perform for their 12th season. Check the website for details.
Catalinas Community Chorus
This chorus, now in its 14th season, is an all-volunteer, non-audition, non-sectarian, community-based organization performing choral music in a variety of styles (e.g., Broadway, pop, spiritual, and classical) in several concerts during the year, often with guest performers. CCC donates funds to local schools and organizations for the support of music and the arts for young people.
Chamber Music in the Mountains at Echo Glen
CMIMeg is a chamber music camp for high school and college string musicians with internationally known faculty.
Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Now in its 46th season, the Civic Orchestra of Tucson performs free symphony concerts throughout the greater Tucson area. The 75 volunteer musicians are led by Charles Bontrager. In Spring 2021 the orchestra performed and recorded Soliloquy by Bob Atwell in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Visit the website to learn more and view. Upcoming performances: Triple Treat, Oct. 23, 2021, 3 p.m. at Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene; Oct. 24, 2021, 4:30 p.m. at Crowder Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music; Made in America, Part II, Dec. 4, 2021, 3 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church and Dec. 5, 2021, 3 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist.
Coyote Country Cloggers
The Coyote Country Cloggers is a high-energy dance group from SaddleBrooke that features 10 enthusiastic men and women. Their shows include a mix of country and Western, gospel, bluegrass, patriotic and rock ’n roll music. CCC has performed at places ranging from exhibitions on cruise ships to conventions in Las Vegas.
Entering its 41st year, CYT Tucson is a children’s organization dedicated to teaching self-esteem, self-confidence and good character through training in theater arts, and producing professional quality Broadway-style, family friendly musicals each year. Participants of camps and classes — focused on the world musical theater and spiritual growth — are encouraged to audition for public performances.
Dancing in the Streets Arizona
867-8489 / 298-7738
Dancing in the Streets Arizona was established in 2008 as a way to reach out to non-traditional ballet students ages 3 and up. This non-profit organization uses the power of dance to transform lives using the excitement and discipline of ballet to guide children in developing positive life skills, to break down cultural barriers, and enrich the community’s artistic experience. DITSAZ was honored by ON Media as a 2018-19 Arts Hero for helping children channel energy in a fun and positive direction.
Owned by mother-daughter team Jill and Megan Maltos, this dance studio and company has won awards for technique, choreography, entertainment and innovation during its 30+ years. Students (age 2½ -adult) receive training in jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, hip hop, musical theater, contemporary and modern styles, and have the opportunity to perform at community events that have included a winter showcase in December, annual concert in April and recital the first weekend in June.
Desert Bluegrass Association
This nonprofit, all-volunteer organization promotes bluegrass music in the greater Tucson metropolitan area with jam sessions, workshops, festivals, a newsletter, a website, a picker’s network, performances, information, friendship and fun. Eighth Annual Marana Bluegrass Festival will be March 11-13, 2022, at Gladden Farms Community Park in Marana.
This non-profit choral arts group is comprised of gay, straight, transgender and bisexual singers of all ages. The 2021-22 season is their 32nd year presenting creative concerts that promote the importance of music and diversity for all communities.
Don’t Blink Burlesque
Don’t Blink Burlesque brings the art of the tease to Tucson audiences. DBB is known for combining traditional striptease with neo-burlesque styles, featuring some of Tucson’s brightest burlesque stars.
These award-winning musicians are both delightful and versatile performing artists who are comfortable in many styles of music, including classical, light jazz, Latin, Brazilian and popular music for concerts, conventions, parties, weddings and private events. Their wide range of experience has been bringing exotic, memorable and engaging performances of flute and harp music to the Southwest for more than 15 years. Listen to their performances at sandyschwoebel.com/recordings
Flam Chen Pyrotechnic Theater Company/The ANNEX
With a repertoire spanning two decades and more than 1,800 professional performances worldwide, Flam Chen uses aspects of circus, martial arts, dance, ritual, aerial acrobatics, art installation and extreme engineering. Flam Chen is the resident theater company at the Mercado ANNEX and co-founders of the annual All Souls Procession Weekend (Nov. 7-11, 2021). The ANNEX is home to Flam Chen’s regular seasonal presentations, live music, festivals and workshops. Visit the schedule of weekly events happenings and good times at http://mercadodistrict.com.
Flor de Liz Dance
This 18-year-old Tucson dance studio teaches classical ballet to toddler, children, teen, and adult ballet dancers.
The Foothills Phil
Conducted by László Veres, the group, from ages 9-80+, performs show tunes, major orchestral works and much more. Established in 1993, Foothills Phil is a place for students and adults, with a mutual love of orchestral music, to perform together.
Fred Fox School of Music
Numerous ensembles in the Fred Fox School of music offer students the opportunity to perform in a variety of genres — including jazz, opera, orchestra, steel band, tuba, horn, crosstalk and more — to learn from UArizona faculty and conductors. They also provide scintillating performances in multiple venues on campus. Visit the website for upcoming performances.
FUNHOUSE movement theater
Since 2000, FUNHOUSE has provided concerts by award-winning choreographer Lee Anne Hartley. This award-winning organization has reached more than 34,000 local students, contributes dance residency performances with local schools, and offers a summer performing arts camp. Upcoming performances Nov. 11-13, 2021, at Yume Japanese Gardens.
The Gaslight Theatre
Entering its 44th year, Gaslight Theatre is Tucson’s only live musical-comedy melodrama theater. The hilarious shows offer family friendly entertainment every day of the week. 2021-22 Season shows include Space Wars through Aug 29; Frankenstein, Sept. 2-Nov. 7, 2021; and Elf’d Nov. 11, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022. Concerts: Country Classics *Kevin Sterner*, Sept. 6, 2021; Return to Woodstock, Sept. 13, 2021; The Music of the Blues Brothers, Oct. 10, 2021 and more!
The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley
The Gaslight Music Hall is proud to offer Oro Valley the best live music, touring shows, comedy, magic, dance parties, and the best family-friendly entertainment around! Come for dinner, drinks, and a show year-around! Upcoming performances include: Your Cheatin’ Heart *Hank Williams Sr. & Patsy Cline*, Sept. 4, 2021; Just One Look *Linda Ronstadt Tribute* Sept. 11, 2021; and Hall of Famers *Roy Orbison & Van Morrison* Sept. 18, 2021.
In Concert! Tucson
In Concert! presents the best national and international performing contemporary, folk and world music artists visual talent. First performances of the 2021-22 season: Sept. 3, 2021, 8 p.m., Old Blind Dogs, Rialto Theatre; Oct. 8, 2021, 8 p.m. Le Vent du Nord, Berger Performing Arts Center; Nov. 21, 2021, 7 p.m., Altan, with Celtic Steps Irish dancers, Fox Tucson Theatre; Dec. 19, 2021, 7 p.m., Irish Christmas in America, Berger Performing Arts Center.
Invisible Theatre (IT)
882-9721 (Box Office)
The Invisible Theatre, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to producing quality theater and arts education experiences for all facets of the community in an intimate setting. The 2021-22 theatrical lineup will continue to present the crème-de-la-crème of Tucson talent and internationally renowned performers. First performances of the 50th season: Sept. 15-16, 2021, Looped by Matthew Lombardo; Jan. 14-16, 2022, Dixie’s Tupperware Party; Feb. 9-20, 2022, Emergency by Daniel Beaty.
KU STUDIOS is home to Kids Unlimited, Tucson’s only complete performing arts studio for aspiring singers, dancers, actors and performers ranging in age from 3 to 18 years. The company presents performances featuring current and returning students.
Live Theatre Workshop
Live Theatre Workshop produces accessible theater and theater education that entertains, educates and enlightens people of all ages, and develops theatrical talent. Through Sept. 26, 2021, The Conundrum at Camp Catalina by Tyler West, music by David Ragland.
LOST RIVER Theatre Project
LOST RIVER was founded in 1993 by Managing Artistic Director Hal Melfi, with a mission to present stage classics, old and new, while promoting professional standards of artistic and technical excellence in theatrical and film production.
Music & Dance Academy of Tucson
327-2303 / 219-9950
Whether you are a dedicated student or only casually curious, you will discover a style of teaching that fits your personality and your personal goals. Founded in 1995, Music & Dance Academy of Tucson offers two convenient locations with group or private instruction for all ages interested in ballet, jazz, tap, strings, brass, drums, piano, voice lessons, and more.
Since 2009, the trio of soprano Elena Galbraith, flutist Sandy Schwoebel, and pianist Marie Sierra has performed throughout Southwest Arizona, entertaining audiences with music from Vivaldi to Mozart, and from Gounod to Bernstein. Their musical selections highlight and complement their instruments to create enjoyment and surprise. Upcoming performances; Nov. 5, 2021, 11:30 a.m., Arizona Senior Academy; Dec. 12, 2021, Oro Valley United Church of Christ.
Odaiko Sonora / Rhythm Industry
Dedicated to taiko — Japanese ensemble drumming — Odaiko Sonora has provided firsthand experiences with the big drums since 2002. Through performances, instruction, team-building workshops and school residencies, the group has reached more than 170,000 people each year. The group owns and manages Rhythm Industry Performance Factory, a cultural arts incubator space. OS performs at Tucson Meet Yourself, All Souls Procession and Parade of Lights.
Odyssey Storytelling has entertained and inspired Tucsonans since 2004 by bringing together an eclectic collection of local people to tell personal stories on a changing theme. Check website to listen to past performances or for updates and visit patreon.com/odysseystorytelling to support this amazing endeavor.
Old Arizona Brass Band (aka 4th U.S. Cavalry Regimental Band)
This group of 22 performs — in period town or military band uniforms — a varied and authentic historic repertoire of original 19th and early 20th century patriotic, classical and popular American music. They’ve performed at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair, the Civil War in the Southwest at Picacho Peak State Park and other events around Arizona and New Mexico.
Old Pueblo Brass Band
The Old Pueblo Brass Band is a 30-piece British-style brass band and one of only two British-style brass bands in Arizona. OPBB plays traditional tunes, Broadway musical selections and marches.
Old Pueblo Playwrights
For more than 30 years, O.P.P. has provided a forum for playwrights — from beginners to seasoned professionals — to develop their craft and to see their work come alive. The organization has given members the opportunity to have their work read by actors and then critiqued by their peers.
Opera Guild of Southern Arizona
The guild previews Arizona Opera productions in two locations, gives financial support to young singers, conducts fundraisers and hosts a vocal competition, Quest for the Best. Visit the website to view or download 2021 student arias.
Oro Valley Theatre Company
The mission of OVTC is to nourish the heart and soul of the Town of Oro Valley by providing quality theater experiences on- and off-stage. The 2021-22 season begins with Steel Magnolias, Nov. 3, 7, 10, 2021; Same Time Next Year, Feb. 20, 22, 23, 27, 2022; and Barefoot in the Park, Apr. 24, 26, 27, May 1, 2022; All above performances are at The Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley.
O-T-O Dance is an international flying modern dance company, combining modern, aerial and site-specific dance with original music, video backdrops based out of Tucson, Arizona, and Hilo, Hawaii. Performances recently span from Ireland to Costa Rica to Russia.
Pima Community College Center for the Arts
Pima Community College Center for the Arts events and performances take place on Pima’s West Campus in the 425-seat Proscenium Theatre, the 75-plus-seat Black Box Theatre, the 75-plus-seat Recital Hall and the Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery.
Pima Community College Dance
Pima Community College Dance offers two concerts a year featuring faculty and student works performed in a variety of dance styles varying from classical ballet to today’s most contemporary dances.
Pima Community College Music
Pima Community College Music includes concerts by the Jazz Ensemble, Chorale & College Singers, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and faculty and guest artist recitals presented at the Proscenium Theatre.
Pima Community College Theatre Arts
Four productions are presented each year, including a children’s show and a fully staged American musical. Performances are held in the intimate Black Box Theatre.
Reveille Men’s Chorus
This community chorus has grown, transitioned and taken flight into an institution of seasoned performers focused on building relationships, community, and a performance experience incomparable to any other here in Southern Arizona. Under the leadership of artistic director Brayton Bollenbacher, Reveille is dedicated to musical excellence with close to 70 singers and performs to promote human rights, diversity and a world free of AIDS.
Rhythm Gang Big Band
Started in 1969, the Rhythm Gang Big Band consists of 17 members and two vocalists led by Ed Sand, performing the best dance music from the ’30s to the ’70s with an emphasis on songs by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and contemporary jazz improvisation.
Rhythm & Roots Concert Series
In its 25th year, Rhythm & Roots hosts international and nationally touring American roots, folk, bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy and world music in a comfortable and intimate atmosphere. Upcoming performances: Sept. 12, 2021, 7:30 p.m., An Evening with Peter Rowan, Hotel Congress; Sept. 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Tom Russell, Hotel Congress.
Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway
This glamorous event, benefiting families affected by autism, features world-renowned trumpet player Rick Braun. The NYE Getaway presents top caliber smooth jazz headliners to help ring-in the New Year right here in Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.
River Road Ramblers
A Dixieland Band alternative formed in 2007 features the best of New Orleans and West Coast Dixieland Jazz for Southern Arizona audiences.
The Rogue Theatre
The Rogue Theatre, winner of the 2012 National Theatre Company Award presented by the American Theatre Wing, offers great literature and challenging ideas in an intimate setting. Its 17th spectacular season includes: Sept. 9-26, 2021, The Awakening by Kate Chopin; Nov. 4-11, 2021, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare; Jan. 6-23, 2022, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; Feb. 24-Mar. 13, 2022, Passage by Christopher Chen; and Apr. 28-May 15, 2022, Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
SaddleBrooke Winds and Strings
241-3522 / 763-226-9292
This ensemble began eight years ago to provide an opportunity for local musicians who have not played for a while to dust off their instrument and get together. The group has blossomed to 30 musicians and welcomes growth. They play Broadway, film and movie, patriotic, sacred and Americana music for festivals, retirement communities, nursing homes and local concert series.
Safos Dance Theatre
Safos Dance Theatre is an emerging non-profit modern dance company founded in Tucson in 2009. Safos creates contemporary artistic forms that reflect the common experiences of our diverse community. Focusing predominately on Latina/os, they are committed to providing a safe space for artists, encouraging innovative movements, and using multi-disciplinary forms and body types to represent the cultural diversity of the U.S./Mexico borderlands.
Seven Pipers Scottish Society of Tucson
For more than 50 years, this nonprofit organization has been dedicated to the preservation, performance and enjoyment of Scottish music and dance. Scottish Country Dance: Thursdays 7:15-9:15 p.m. Rhythm Industry Performance Factory (first dance class free; beginners welcome).
299-3797 / 373-3011
Described as a “highlight of the season” at their Carnegie Hall debut, the Silverwood Duo with Renée Bond, flute and Paige Jackson, guitar offers music for concert series, weddings, and special events.
Southern Arizona’s only professional flute quartet — featuring flute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes — plays transcriptions of light classics from Bach and Vivaldi to Mozart and Brahms, in addition to popular tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Berlin and Sousa.
Sonoran Bells is a Tucson-based community handbell group comprised of experienced hand bell ringers chosen by audition. In their 20th year, this group of 14 performs at a numerous venues with varied musical selections from jazz to folk to classic.
This wind ensemble’s mission is to bring four free band concerts to the public every year and occasionally features accomplished soloists. The multi-generational community band performs at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Sons of Orpheus — The Male Choir of Tucson
Sons of Orpheus choir sings in a variety of languages and styles, from classical to modern, serious to popular, and offers customized concerts under the direction of its founding artistic director, Grayson Hirst. The first performance of the 2021-22 season is scheduled for December 2021. Check the website for details.
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
SAACA is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement, preservation, and creation of the arts in Southern Arizona. This dedicated group accomplishes its mission through collaborative, arts-driven experiences — having created more than 300,000 such experiences so far. Concerts, arts festivals, photography contests, galleries, culinary events, educational opportunities and so much more are created and run by a few dedicated employees and many passionate volunteers. Visit the website for upcoming events.
Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation
The Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to creating and preserving Blues & Heritage through live performances, education and raising awareness. Upcoming performances: Sunday afternoon cookouts at Hotel Congress; Ruthie Foster performs, Sept. 19, 2021, at Hotel Congress; Blues Review, Oct. 16, 2021, MSA Annex; Winter Bash, Dec. 3, 2021, El Casino Ballroom.
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1979, SASO celebrates its 42nd Anniversary Season bringing accessible and affordable classical music, world premieres and seldom-performed treasures to Tucson. International guest artists join skilled amateur and professional musicians under the baton of Music Director Linus Lerner. Oct. 16-17, 2021, Verdi and Grieg; Nov. 13-14, 2021,Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn; Feb. 5-6, 2022, Beethoven, Borodin and talented youth; Mar. 12-13, 2022, Flying High with Holland, Stravinsky, Gershwin and talented youth; Apr. 30-May 1, 2022, Dvořák and Moszkowski. Saturday performances 7:30 p.m. at Desert View Performing Arts Center in SaddleBrooke. Sunday performances are 3 p.m. location TBA.
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus
Led by Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh, this 75-voice choir performs an ever-expanding repertoire written specifically for women’s voices. Founded in 1981, SAWC presents ticketed concerts each season, plus sing-out performances at various festivals and events.
The Tom Patrick Band
The Tom Patrick Band was formed in 1993 and has been a familiar group on the Tucson scene ever since. They play swing, waltzes, and all styles of Latin dance music.
The Troubadour Theatre is dedicated to educating Tucson students in fine and performing arts, including musical theater, acting, music, theatrical design, and art. Troubadour offers summer camps and classes for kids and teens, allowing students the experience of constructing all aspects of a full production, from directing to costume design, to music performance and composition.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
Southern Arizona’s professional chamber choir and orchestra was recognized as a 2016 GRAMMY-nominee. The 2021-22 A New Day season includes: Oct. 22-24, 2021, From Darkness to Light; Nov. 19-21, 2021, From Conflict to Peace; Dec. 9-12, 2021, From Anticipation to Joy: Lessons & Carols by Candlelight; Jan. 28-30, 2022, From Silenced to Singing; Feb. 25-27, 2022, From The Edge to Hope; Mar. 25-27, 2022, From Mourning to Dancing; Bach B-Minor Mass. Exact venues TBD.
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
Now in their 82nd year, TABC has received national and international acclaim as a music education and performance organization. The chorus impacts its members with quality music training as well as development of social and leadership skills for its members. The 2021-22 concert season includes the following performances: Holiday Concert, Dec. 18, 2021, Crowder Hall; Classic Concert, Feb. 19-20, 2022, Our Mother of Sorrows Church; Pops Concert, May 7, 2022, Catalina Foothills High School.
Tucson Barbershop eXperience Men’s Chorus
This male chorus and their registered quartets sing a variety of music in four-part a cappella style. Founded in 1947, singers belong to the Tucson Sunshine Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, presenting several scheduled shows each year, as well as performing for civic groups, and more.
Tucson Circus Arts
Tucson Circus Arts is Tucson’s premier circus school offering year-round classes, intensives and summer programming for youth and adults in aerial acrobatics, stilt walking, tightrope, globe walking, juggling and twirling props, performance and much more! TCA fosters an open, inclusive, non-competitive and encouraging environment for students of all backgrounds to discover what they love to do, grow and succeed.
Tucson Concert Band
Tucson’s oldest community band formed in 1966. This 70-member band performs modern band literature, classical music, selections from Broadway musicals and military marches.
Tucson Desert Harmony
Discover the joy of singing four-part harmony, a cappella music in the barbershop style with this award-winning women’s chorus. Watch for their holiday performances in select locations or drop into a virtual rehearsal 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening.
Tucson Desert Song Festival
Tucson Desert Song Festival is committed to providing a world-class experience for music enthusiasts and novices alike — of enjoyment, education and interaction with acclaimed classical voices singing with Tucson’s leading performing arts groups. Virtual presentations currently are available on the website.
Tucson Flute Club
Nearly 50 years in Tucson, new players always are welcome to rehearse with the Southern Arizona Flute Orchestra, an ensemble of 15-25 flutists at varying levels of proficiency. See TucsonFluteClub.org or contact email@example.com for more information.
Tucson Friends of Traditional Music
TFTM keeps the traditions of community music and contra dance thriving in Tucson by holding contra dances with live music every month for young, old, beginner and experienced dancers.
Tucson Girls Chorus
TGC has provided 36 years of singing, fun, friendships and performing around the world! Through music, the TGC is teaching young women from kindergarten through 12th grade to be confident leaders. Many performances are held throughout the year. The 2021 Choir Festival may be viewed virtually online. The 2021-22 Southern Arizona Children’s Choral Festival and Young Women’s Festival details are TBD.
Tucson Guitar Society
The Tucson Guitar Society (TGS) presents an international concert series of some of the world’s most renowned guitarists, as well as hosting monthly performances featuring local guitarists. Since 1987, TGS is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of guitar.
Tucson International Mariachi Conference
TIMC preserves, enhances and fosters the traditional values of Hispanic culture, music, art and dance. The 40th Anniversary TIMC will take place in May 3-8, 2022. Student workshops occur daily, and the conference concludes with an annual Espectacular Concert and Fiesta de Garibaldi.
Tucson Jazz Society
TJS is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and education of jazz through concerts, festivals and educational programs. It is Tucson’s full-time source for all things Jazz.
Tucson Jewish Community Center (JCC)
Enjoy a robust arts and culture repertoire at the JCC: explore the Sculpture Garden, experience one-of-a-kind exhibits year-round in the Fine Art Gallery, take part in incredible arts and culture adult classes, and so much more. The 2021 Film Festival post-festival presentation An Irrepressible Woman may be viewed virtually Nov. 3, 2021. Tickets available online at https://tucsonjcc.org/events/tucson-international-jewish-film-festival/
Tucson Junior Strings
TJS is a non-profit orchestra program that trains young string players in orchestral performance without a conductor in a true chamber music approach. TJS is comprised of 10 orchestras working from three locations across the city with about 200 students in six skill levels.
Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association/Tucson Folk Festival
TKMA is a group of friends joining for jam sessions that grew into an all-volunteer non-profit organization supporting American Folk Music traditions. The Tucson Folk Festival is one of the oldest FREE folk music festivals in the country featuring multiple stages with more than 160 performing acts of traditional, contemporary, and ethnic acoustic folk music along with a songwriting competition, young artists showcase, interactive music workshops, and more. TKMA celebrated the 36th Annual Folk Festival in 2021 with drive-up and live broadcasted performances, which can be viewed online.
Tucson Masterworks Chorale
Now in its 72nd season, TMC presents great choral masterworks from pre-Baroque to contemporary pieces to diverse audiences. Two annual performances include a late November presentation of Schubert: Mirjams Siegesgesang, D942 and other great works, details TBA; and Spring concert featuring Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons, Apr. 24, 2022, 3 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.
Tucson New Horizons Band
New Horizons music programs provide entry points to music making for adults. NH includes those with no musical experience, those who were active in school music programs but have been inactive for a long period, or even active musicians who want to learn a new instrument. The band is open to those wishing to play traditional concert band instruments and performs music of various genres, from classical to movie music to pop music. A beginning band and advanced band will be formed so no one will feel behind if interested in joining.
Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra
This award-winning symphony orchestra features more than 100 of Southern Arizona’s top young musicians, of pre-college/high school age, and provides professional training and concert performances. Since 1953, TPYO performs selections from classical to a repertoire from film to Broadway musicals, jazz, opera & ballet. Auditions for the 2021-22 season: Aug. 28, 2021, Hotel Tucson-City Center. Registration deadline is Aug. 26, 2021.
Tucson Pops Orchestra
Tucson Pops, conducted by László Veres, offers several free concerts annually as part of “Music Under the Stars” at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park. Upcoming performances at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park at 7 p.m. Sept. 5, 2021, Toru Tagawa, Guest Conductor; Sept. 12, 2021, Enrique “Hank” Feldman, Guest Conductor; Sept. 19, 2021, Khris Dodge, Guest Conductor; Sept. 26, 2021, Selections from My Fair Lady, László Veres, Music Director/Conductor. Virtual performances are available online.
Tucson Regional Ballet
In its 39th season, TRB presents A Southwest Nutcracker, featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. TRB translates the full length, classical ballet to Tucson in the 1880s, performances Dec. 4 & 5, 2021. Excerpts from Don Quixote presented with other classical and contemporary ballet works Apr. 23 & 24, 2022.
Tucson Sing-In, Inc.
The 45th annual community Messiah Sing-In, with professional orchestra and soloists, will be presented Nov. 29, 2021, 7 p.m., at Christ Community Church. Donations in any amount are encouraged but are not required. The audience will sing the chorus sections.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Entering its 91st season, the TSO presents classical, pops, chamber and ensemble concerts plus special holiday programs. TSO was a 2014 Lumies Winner for an Arts Education Program. The first performance of the season: Sept. 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 26, 2021, 2 p.m., Opening Night Tchaikovsky’s Fourth, Tucson Music Hall; Brahms and Mozart, Catalina Foothills High School, Oct. 2, 2021, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 3, 2021, 2 p.m; Mozart Jupiter, Oct. 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 17, 2021, 2 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall.
Tucson Women’s Chorus
Tucson Women’s Chorus (TWC) brings the joy of singing together in harmony to women and girls in Southern AZ. We welcome all singers regardless of musical training, ability, and or experience. Our music tells stories that express the full range of human emotion and experience. No auditions, sight-reading, experience or performing required. TWC offers ongoing enrollment and a free first visit.
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Versed in ballet, modern and jazz, the UA Dance Ensemble has performed in eight countries as well as major venues in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center in D.C. and the Joyce Theater in NYC.
The University of Arizona’s professional performing arts series brings the world’s finest artists to Southern Arizona each year, since 1937. Upcoming events: Los Angeles Azules, Sept. 25, 2021, 8 p.m., Centennial Hall; Disney Princesses, Feb.13, 2022, 1 p.m., Centennial Hall.
UA Fred Fox School of Music
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This year’s “Music on Campus” season showcases musical excellence by faculty, guests, and students.
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television/Arizona Repertory Theatre
Marroney & Tornabene Theatres
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Arizona Repertory Theatre presents a season of outstanding and diverse productions designed to educate students and entertain audiences. Live performances begin in Fall 2021. Check website for details.
UA Studio Jazz Ensemble
Established in 1972, this big band is comfortable with many different musical styles. Comprised of students, graduate students and professionals, this ensemble has toured China twice and several members have won soloist awards and placed in jazz competitions.
Viva Performing Arts
Viva promotes the heritage of Tucson’s Hispanic culture by facilitating music and dance performances, workshops, events and festivals. Annual Viva Dia de los Muertos, an entirely glow-in-the-dark experience, details TBA; Merry-achi Christmas Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Fox Tucson Theatre.
Wieck Chamber Singers and Orchestra
This professional operatic organization presents elite level performances of the great oratorios of the past as well as other sacred music that complements that genre. One area high school musician is selected for their unusual aptitude for their instrument and is invited to play with the orchestra and is treated equally to the professionals.
Winding Road Theater Ensemble
Winding Road Theater Ensemble aims to tell dynamic, theatrical stories that illuminate the human condition and celebrate the theater’s power to entertain us, move us, and bring us joy with a special commitment to developing new work by American playwrights. WRTE produces seasons of contemporary and classic works representing diverse styles, themes, and perspectives.
ZUZI! Dance Company, School & Theater
This professional modern and aerial dance company offers performances, movement classes for all ages and abilities, birthday parties, summer camp, and facility rentals.