Tucson has a vibrant arts scene year round; the options to choose from this month include ballet, visual art, a fiddle contest, and a celebration of song! A perfect way to lift your spirit out of the mid-winter doldrums.
Ballet Tucson’s Winter Concert: Viva Piazzolla!
This event is part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival: Ballet Tucson, in collaboration with the Tucson Guitar Society and The Rogue Theatre, present “Viva Piazzolla.” Choreography & Concept: Chieko Imada, Mary Beth Cabana. The emotionally charged life of legendary composer and nuevo tango godfather, Astor Piazzolla, is portrayed through live music and dance. Ballet Tucson leads a stellar cast in this full-evening theatrical experience. Viva Piazzolla! promises to be a feast for the sense filled with visual drama, lush movement, and passionate live music and song, performed at the PCC Center for the Arts.
Small Works Show
Wilde Meyer Gallery presents a new exhibit, “Small Works Show,” from February 1 through February 28, 2019 at Wilde Meyer Gallery in the Santa Catalina foothills. This is a delightful show features work submitted by many of the gallery’s best artists. All kinds of works are represented – everything from landscapes to abstracts, animals and more.
Carlos Estevez: Entelechy at Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) introduces a new exhibit, Carlos Estévez: Entelechy, Works from 1992 to 2018. This exhibit is a survey of the artist’s work from the past 25 years. Estévez is considered one of the most prominent Cuban artists of the late 20th century. The art of Carlos Estévez reveals an interest in the link between human spirituality and the infinity of human experience. He explores notions of symbolism, time, anatomy, metaphysics and the cosmos in a quest for understanding that transcends the visual to enter the realm of the mind in complex works in different media.
Ajo Old Time Fiddle Contest & Show
The Ajo Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Ajo Old Time Fiddlers Show and Contest at multiple venues around charming Ajo, 140 miles west of Tucson. Enjoy four days of entertainment, music, and food, starting on Thursday at the Ajo Country Club Senior Center (11 a.m.) and the Dance and Fiddler Music (7 p.m.). With the exception of the free Plaza Show (2-3 p.m. on Friday), all other events take place at the Ajo Community Golf Course. Almost every business in the town of Ajo participates in this event.
Tucson Desert Song Festival
Hear vocal stars of the opera stage, as well as Broadway and jazzLatin singers, Latin composers, and the chance to learn what really makes up the many facets of Latin style at the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival (TDSF). Now in its seventh year, the festival, led by music director George Hanson, uses broad themes to tie together a wide variety of performing groups and repertoire, stretching from the Spanish Baroque through romantic opera and classical song to tango, jazz and Broadway. This year’s international lineup of singers includes such major guest artists as Grammy Award-winning Ana María Martínez, Jessica Rivera and Bobby McFerrin, and Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth. Ten-time Grammy Award-winner McFerrin (whose father was an operatic baritone, the first African-American man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera) and also Grammy Award-nominated Jane Bunnett Maqueque will perform with TDSF as part of collaborations with the Tucson Jazz Festival.