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UA Presents launches 25th; here are some ‘can’t miss’ highlights

UA Presents begins its 25th anniversary season this weekend with the incomparable Motown legend presentation of Smokey Robinson.

This season was programmed embracing UA Presents’ history and future by featuring a wide-range of diverse and major artists from around the world, including In the Room with David Hume Kennerly featuring Jon Meacham presented by Bank of America, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and comedian Hasan Minhaj, recognized as a ‘Pioneer’ and one of 2019’s Most Influential People by Time Magazine.

Visit UA Presents for more information on the season.

New UA Presents’ Executive Director Chad Herzog highlights eight acts that you shouldn’t sleep on.

Smokey Robinson

During Smokey Robinson’s 50-year music career, he has amassed more than 4,000 song credits, and has helped write songs for artists such as The Temptations, Mary Wells, and Marvin Gaye- among others. Robinson has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

He also served as the Vice President of Motown records for many years, and had an illustrious solo career with songs like “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” and “Being with You.”

Smokey Robinson | Saturday, Oct. 5 | 8 p.m. | Centennial Hall

  “To see Smokey is going to be cool, no matter how old you are.”

Lila Downs

Lila Downs is a multi-Grammy® award winning Mexican singer who has shared Mexico’s culture with audiences worldwide. Lila’s performance, Día De Los Muertos: AL CHILE, is a celebration of dance, music, and Hispanic traditions. The performance will feature Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas, an all-woman mariachi band.

Lila Downs | Wednesday, Oct. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Centennial Hall

“With over 40 people on stage, a true celebration of Dia de los Muertos with Lila, her band, an all-woman mariachi group, and dancers.”

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker, an American saxophonist, has been at the forefront of the funk genre for decades.  Through collaborations with artists like James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, Maceo Parker has pioneered and developed funk as a musical genre. Parker’s performance is part of the 2020 Tucson Jazz Festival.

Maceo Parker | Jan, 10, 2020 | 8 p.m. | Centennial Hall

“Maceo is incredible — soul, jazz and a lot of funk.”

Kronos Quartet

San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet is comprised of David Harrington (violin), John Sherba (violin), Hank Dutt (viola), and Sunny Yang (cello). Over the last 45 years, Kronos Quartet has performed thousands of concerts and won multiple prestigious awards.

Kronos Quartet, according to their website, “has persued a singular artistic vision, combining a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to continually reimagine the string quartet experience.”

Kronos Quartet| Jan. 18, 2020 | 8 p.m. | Crowder Hall

“Kronos celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and reminds us of all the change we hope is still to come.”

Cirque Mechanics

Cirque Mechanics was founded in 2004 by Chris Lashua, a Boston native.  Cirque Mechanics combines traditional circus acrobatics and mechanical contraptions to tell unique stories inspired by “American ingenuity.”

Cirque Mechanics is “the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque de Soleil,” according to Spectacle magazine.

Cirque Mechanics | Jan. 26, 2020 | 3 p.m. | Centennial Hall

“Cirque Mechanics is just fun.”

Black Violin

Black Violin is a Florida-based duo comprised of classically-trained musicians Kevin Sylvester (“Kev Marcus”) and Wilner Baptiste (“Wil B”).  The two met in a high school performing arts program, and after attending separate universities, created Black Violin.

Black Violin gained national recognition after their performance with Alicia Keys at the Billboard Awards in 2004, and is best known for their dynamic shows that combine modern music genres with classical instruments. Black Violin has shared the stage with renowned artists like Kanye West, Aerosmith, and Tom Petty.

Black Violin | Jan. 30, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Centennial Hall.

“These guys are insane.  We will be dancing at Black Violin.”

NIYAZ

NIYAZ is an electronic world fusion group that was founded in 2004 by Iranian refugees Azam Ali and Loga Ramin Torklan, in collaboration with Carmen Rizzo, an American producer and engineer. NIYAZ blends traditional Middle Eastern instrumental tracks with electronic beats and lyrics based on Sufi poetry. Since the group was founded in 2004, they have released multiple albums, including Nine Heavens and Sumud.

NIYAZ | March 5, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Centennial Hall

“A truly transformative experience, with live music from another part of the world and mind-tripping projection and dancing.”

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a multi-Grammy® award winning jazz vocalist. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Cécile spent years in France studying jazz at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory. In 2010, she won the Thelonious Monk competition.  So far, Cécile has released five jazz albums.

“Her voice clamps into each song, performing careful variations on pitch, stretching words but generally no scatting; her face conveys meaning, representing sorrow or serenity like a silent movie actor.” — Ben Ratliff, New York Times.

Cécile McLorin Salvant | April 8, 2020 | 7:30 p.m. | Fox Tucson Theatre

“Cecile is bringing voice back to the jazz world, and she’s someone you don’t want to miss.”

 

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Arizona Arts

Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019, Art & Visual Culture Education).

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

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University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni🌟 Please join us in welcoming Sadie Shaw to the Arts Foundation team as the Community Design Manager!

Sadie will lead SaludArte, a new private public partnership between Pima County Health Department (PCHD) and the Arts Foundation.

Sadie is an artist, art educator, oral historian, community organizer and Governing Board Member of the Tucson Unified School District.

To learn more about Sadie and her new role as the Community Design Manager, click the link below!

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Congrats Sadie Shaw (BFA, 2019,  Art & Visual Culture Education). 

We are proud of you. Good luck with your new role.

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
University of Arizona School of Art
Arizona Alumni
2 days ago
Arizona Arts

The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).

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Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.

“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”

“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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The world premiere of LUTE, an inspiring documentary of the legendary The University of Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson, is this Friday at 5:30p at Centennial Hall.

Relive the 1997 NCAA title run on its 25th anniversary!

Directed by UA School of Theatre, Film & Television alumnus Brett Rapkin (BA 2000).
 
https://azart.fyi/LUTEtix
 
Presented by Podium Pictures, in association with CBS Sports, this definitive documentary by Emmy Award-winning Director Brett Rapkin celebrates the legendary Coach Lute Olson on the 25th Anniversary of the 1997 National Championship.
 
“Not long after I showed up in Tucson as a 17-year-old freshman, I got to witness Lute lead the 1997 Cats to the promised land: a National Championship,” said Rapkin, who studied film at TFTV. “It is truly an honor to have the chance to help tell this story.”
 
“I’m thrilled to be a member of the team making a film celebrating Coach O’s life and legacy,” said Jason Terry, executive producer and member of the 1997 championship team. “This is also a special opportunity to allow the coaches, fans, players and families that he inspired along the way to tell their own stories.”

#lute #BearDown #RiseWithUs

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3 days ago
Arizona Arts

Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions.

🔗 azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes:

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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Five students were selected as the inaugural JustArts Fellows, an Arizona Arts equity initiative to advance diversity and inclusion in the arts by asking student leaders to identify challenges and propose creative solutions. 

🔗 https://azart.fyi/JustArts22

The inaugural cohort includes: 

Dylan Crites
>> UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Carlos Garcia Ramirez
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Dorthea Stephenson
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
Ariana Aquino
>> The University of Arizona School of Dance
Joshua Barbre
>> The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
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