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Classics, new hits will grace Tucson 2016-17 arts season

Broadway in Tucson

Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.


The 13th season begins in September with a revival of the Tony-award winning masterpiece “Cabaret.” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s family classic “The Sound of Music” will thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. “Dirty Dancing” explodes with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. The record-breaking smash hit “Motown the Musical” brings us the world of music mogul Berry Gordy, who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and more. The 2013 Tony-award winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots” features an original score by Grammy® and Tony® winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper. Closing our season will be the romantic thriller, “The Bodyguard,” based on the hit film and featuring irresistible songs including  “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and the top-selling “I Will Always Love You.” This new production stars Grammy nominee and  R&B superstar Deborah Cox.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

6200 N. Swan Road • 299-9191

What started as a small construction project in the early 1950s developed into a 10-acre National Historic District designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. The Gallery in the Sun is home to a colorful array of DeGrazia originals, including oil paintings, watercolors, ceramics and sculptures. The grounds also include the Mission in the Sun, with its rock floors, interior murals and open-air roof. We are open daily from 10a.m.-4 p.m.

Fox Tucson Theatre

17 W. Congress St. • 547-3040

The “Crown Jewel of Downtown” presents an exciting mix of live entertainment, classic movies and community events all year long in this beautifully restored, historic theatre. With state of the art equipment and outstanding acoustic values, every show at the Fox creates lasting memories. There’s something for everyone this season with an eclectic mix of live musical artists, comedians and a wonderful choice of family shows. We’ll see you soon at The Fox!

Live Theatre Workshop

5317 E. Speedway • 327-4242

It is Live Theatre Workshop’s vision to develop a city-wide love for theatre. This coming year our professional Mainstage performances remain committed to bringing a wide variety of entertaining and thought-provoking plays. Our Family Theatre will offer classic plays for families to attend together — making theatre a family tradition. The education programs will continue to foster critical and collaborative thinking in an encouraging atmosphere while our students produce outstanding theatre productions. Become part of it all at

The Loft Cinema

3233 E. Speedway Blvd. • 795-0844

This fall, The Loft Cinema brings a full calendar of new and acclaimed films to Tucson audiences, including “A Tale of Love and Darkness” (opening Sept. 23), based on the memoirs of celebrated Israeli writer Amos Oz, directed by and starring Natalie Portman, and the drama “Max Rose” (opening Sept. 30), starring legendary performer Jerry Lewis. The 7th annual Loft Film Fest will also bring world-class festival programming and special guests to Tucson, Nov. 9-13.

True Concord Voices & Orchestra

14 venues with locations serving 

Tucson, Oro Valley and Green Valley


True Concord’s most ambitious season to date opens in October with “Music of the Four Elements” — earth, water, air, fire. Featured is Aaron Copland’s “In the Beginning.” Bach’s glorious and timeless work, “Magnificat”, is performed in November, and a local favorite, “Christmas Lessons and Carols,” follows in December. January 2017 begins with Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” February follows with Monteverdi’s “Vespers,” and wrapping up the season in March is “Russian Masters” with works by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Grechaninoff.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

2175 N. 6th Ave. • 792-9155

New Music Director José Luis Gomez opens the Tucson Symphony season with music from the Gene Kelly film, “An American in Paris.” “The Planets on the Big Screen,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Billy the Kid” and an all-Beethoven program are also featured. The SuperPops series has a tribute to Neil Diamond plus John Pizzarrelli and Cirque Musica. Family shows are “Home Alone in Concert,” the “Magic of Christmas,” “Aladdin and Other Tales” and “Dusty Locks and the Three Bears.” Specials include “Music of the Who” and the Romero Guitar Quartet.

UA Presents

Centennial Hall, 1020 E. University Blvd.


UA Presents’ upcoming season features world renowned artists in classical, jazz and blues, world music and dance. The season starts with dance legend Twyla Tharp and on Oct. 14, 10-time Grammy® winner Chaka Khan officially opens the 2016/2017 season. Other highlights include Itzhak Perlman, The Warsaw Philharmonic, Bernadette Peters, Manhattan Transfer with Take 6, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ben Vereen, Boney James and Bettye LaVette. The Sunday afternoon Family Series includes the Peking Acrobats, Vocalosity and Recycled Percussion.

University of Arizona

Fred Fox School of Music

1017 N. Olive Road • 621-1655

The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music presents “Music + Festival 2016: Forbidden Composers — Schoenberg, Weill, Winterberg.” This is the ninth annual composers festival, directed by UA composer Daniel Asia. Featuring a conference, a symposium, and four concerts, the festival will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14, 15 and 16. The festival will feature guest artists and scholars, as well as UA faculty, students and ensembles.