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GOVAC events for Oro Valley in 2009

GOVAC Partners with the TPAC Open Studio Tours November 8 & 9th!

Modern art and mountain views are the perfect mix for the weekend.

Open Studios Tour weekend, that is: Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th, noon to 5pm. The public is invited to get out of the city space and take in the desert-scape at this 10-acre, northwest foothills live-work site of artists Aureleo Rosano and Angela Rose.  In their fifth year as fixtures on TPAC Open Studios Tour, these artists have not only constructed a new sculpture garden, studio, and gallery to delight visitors; but they have also invited artist Rebecca Bushner to join forces to give the viewers a contemporary art stop that is well worth the drive. Continue reading...


Join Oro Valley for an interactive experience that joins together the ART of Music, Dance, Theatre and Instruments in a one of a kind performance series that is designed for the whole family!
October 25, 2008 -"The Musical Adventures of Peer Gynt" presented by Laszlo Veres, Frances Veres and Deena Reedy. Experience through the music of Eduard Grieg, Henrik Ibsen's timeless masterpiece about charismatic Peer Gynt's bold, raucous and satirically funny journey to find his place in the world.  Children are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costumes to help get in the spirit of the storytelling grandeur of this timeless masterpiece.  All children attending in costume will receive a special gift!
November 15, 2008 - Civic Orchestra of Tucson - The Civic Orchestra of Tucson presents "Made In America", part of Musical Magic for Kids.  This program will introduce children different ways to make sound:  banging, plucking, and buzzing.  Orchestra members will open with a short introductory number.  Participants will make their own musical instruments out of everyday household objects such as paper towel tubes, soda straws, rubber bands, shoeboxes, empty soda bottles and coffee cans.  After the participants play some music on their instruments, orchestra members will demonstrate the home-made instruments on actual orchestral instruments.  Participants will next have the opportunity to try out the actual instruments.  The session will close with orchestra members playing a short concluding number.

December 20, 2008 - Old Arizona Brass Band - Enjoy an morning of music featuring a variety of 19th Century National and Holiday Airs, Quicksteps, Gallops, Marches, Waltzes, Operatic Potpourri's, Overtures, Rags.  Children will be taken on a narrated journey through history about the music, the composers, and other historical information about the period of the music.  A special Holiday Gift will be given to all children attending. 
January 10, 2009 - Music & Dance Academy presents "Peter and the Wolf".  Get to know Peter and the Wolf in this fun and interactive concert where children and their families get to explore the story through movement, and play with the music of the characters in this classic tale of adventures! Music & Dance Academy wind, strings and dance faculty will perform this unique child-oriented concert, part of the Magic Rug Concert Series, presented by the Music & Dance Academy.
February 21, 2009 - Live Theatre Workshop presents "King Arthur".  Written by Richard Gremel and Michael Martinez of Live Theatre Workshop, the performance is the classic tale of King Arthur in search for the Knights of the Round Table.  King Arthur, Merlin, and Sir Gawain battle against the terrible Morgan La Fey who wants to destroy all of England.  King Arthur is a fun interactive new musical that is fun for the whole family.
The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council
(520) 797-3959
[email protected] 

The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the Arts for years to come.  With an annual calendar of over 40 events and programs, GOVAC creates avenues for individuals to engage themselves with the Arts as well as opportunities for artists and the art community to interact with the community.  We hold true to our belief that the Arts should be elevated with equal and permanent access, for everyone!

Old Arizona Brass Band in Concert 

On Friday, November 14, 2008 the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council will present the Old Arizona Brass Band in concert at CDO Baptist Church, featuring music of the Western Frontier!

Friday, November 14, 2008
Canyon Del Oro Baptist Church
9200 N Oracle Rd

Enjoy an evening of music featuring a variety of 19th Century National Airs, Quicksteps, Galops, Marches,Waltzes, Operatic Potpourri's, Overtures, Rags, including a number of vocal numbers featuring members of the band. You will be taken on a narrated journey through history about the music, the composers, and other historical information about the period of the music. Continue reading.

The Greater Oro Valley MasterWorks Series

GOVAC celebrates the Tucson Symphony Orchestra's 80th Season with the 2008-2009 Masterworks Concert Series in Oro Valley, AZ.

Canyon del Oro High School Fine Arts Auditorium
25 West Calle Concordia (Oracle and Calle Concordia)
Fridays at 8p.m.

Friday, November 7, 2008 - MasterWorks I "Beethoven and Asia" will open with his "Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus" -1801.This God fashioned the first man & woman from clay and water after the best qualities of animals, but he couldn't bestow the power of reason until he enlightened them with music of Apollo. He added a certain lady muse; Music & Love did the trick! 

The excitement of a World Premiere follows with Arizona composer Daniel Asia's Symphony No. 5.  We'll also hear Beethoven's 8th   - 1812, said to be his happiest, wittiest, and most carefree. Yet, it was written  the same year he penned the "Immortal Beloved" letter. The intended recipient was the married Antonie Brentano. With a true love affair in progress, as in past relationships, Beethoven pulled away, writing the famous (but undelivered) letter wherein he would plea with Antonie not to destroy her family.
Friday, January 16, 2009 - MasterWorks II Chopin and Mendelssohn opens with Chopin's Piano Concerto #1 - 1830 with guest Spencer Meyer. Frederic met Kostancja Gladkowska and wrote, "Perhaps to my misfortune I have met my ideal and served her faithfully for 6 months without speaking of my feelings to her." He had finished his Concerto #1 in which the orchestra is subservient to the solo instrument; Not unlike his relationship with women, and particularly George Sand.

The first 16 bars of Mendelssohn's Symphony #3,  the Scottish, were written in 1829 after he noted, "In the twilight today we went to the castle where Queen Mary lived and loved. I believe I have found there today the beginning of my Scottish Symphony"  - completed in 1842!  His attraction to ladies & royalty was again confirmed as he dedicated the symphony to young Queen Victoria.
Friday, February 20, 2009 - MasterWorks III Latin Flair! Fiesta! The beauty of Paris made a vacationing Emanuel de Falla extend his stay from 1907 to 1914. Inspired by a female singer of the Opera Comique, he would compose  "Seven Popular Spanish Songs." 1914. Mezzo-Soprano Kristin Dauphinais will add her beautiful voice. He worked on a ballet suggested by yet another lady, Pastora Imperio,  El Amore Brujo - 1915  & "Danza Ritual del Fuego" achieved greatest success when performed by celebrated dancer, La Argentina in 1925. A North American Premiere will feature "Amanecer" by award winning composer Paula Prestini.

Alberto Ginastera wrote Variaciones Concertantes (1953) beginning with an original theme played by a harp and cello followed by eleven variations, each one dominated by one or more soloists. He spent considerable time escaping Evita & General Peron.
Friday, March 20, 2009 - MasterWorks IV Mozart, Rossini and Strauss  The great overture to Gioachino Rossini's Barber of Seville was first heard in 1816. The dynamics displayed show why he was nicknamed "Senior Crescendo!" During this period he made friends with Dorothea Lievin. The Russian Czar said, "It is a shame Countess Lieven wears skirts, she would make a fine ambassador.

At 81 years of age, Richard Strauss abandoned his Beethoven-like hero music. Oboist Lindabeth Binkely will sound the pastoral spirit.  In the last moments of the Oboe Concerto of 1945 we hear hope rising from WWII's ashes and possibly his wife Pauline's oft heard, "Richard, go compose!"

Following his marriage to Constanze Weber, Mozart had delayed a visit to his widowed father, correctly fearing his disapproval of his bride. On the return trip they were guests of Count Thun of Lintz who invited Wolfgang to give a concert. He had not brought any symphonic composition. The happy relationship of Wolfgang and Constanze is reflected in the final, Presto movement. We detect again the inspiration to greatness by a woman in Symphony 36 (Lintz) of 1783, written-orchestrated in about three days.
Oro Valley MasterWorks Concert Series with the TSO
Pre-Concert chat with Conductor at 7:00pm
All concerts begin at 8:00pm
Canyon del Oro High School Fine Arts Auditorium
Individual Tickets start at only $33
25 W. Calle Concordia
Package Discounts
(Oracle and Calle Concordia)
4 concerts (20% off)
3 concerts (15% off)
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