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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 3:00 am

‘March’ on over for orchestra’s free pops concert

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson is proud to present its 2011 Pops concert, The World’s Best Marches and Dances, May 1. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center in Reid Park, 900 S. Randolph Way in Tucson.

Music Director Herschel Kreloff has selected a lineup of popular music that includes “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” “Colonel Bogey March,” and “Radetsky March”; the big band sounds of Duke Ellington and others; classics from “Swan Lake” and Broadway favorites from “My Fair Lady.”

In addition, 16-year-old Sara Page, the 2011 Young Artists’ Competition Senior Strings winner, will play the first movement of Saint-Saens First Cello Concerto. Page, a junior at University High School, has studied cello for many years. She also performs as the cellist in the Callisto String Quartet with her triplet sister Micca Page and twins Kristyn and Kaitlyn McLeod.

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson, a 501(c)(3) organization, is a volunteer group of musicians dedicated to providing free or low-cost symphonic concerts to the greater Tucson community since 1975. 

In addition to performing concerts, COT works to enrich the lives of children with its musical instrument “Petting Zoos” and annual Young Artists’ Competition, where young soloists are given the opportunity to perform with the group. 

For more information, call 730-3371 or visit www.COTmusic.org.

Scouts to host annual fundraiser

Northwest Tucson’s Boy Scout Troop 206 will hold its annual fundraiser – a pancake, bacon and egg breakfast along with a yard sale and car wash from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, at 939 W. Chapala Drive.

Proceeds will be used to help defray the individual costs of Scout camp on Mount Lemmon and High Adventure Camp at Havasupai, Ariz. this summer.

Donations of sellable goods are being accepted prior to the event. For more information about donations, call Mike at 850-6453.

Final weekend for ‘Member of the Wedding’

“Member of the Wedding,” winner of both the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Donaldson awards, will end its two-week run this weekend in downtown Tucson.

Carson McCullers’ coming-of-age play tells the story of a lonely 12-year-old girl, her young precocious cousin, their Black cook and a summer of transformation and emotional awakening in a small Southern town.

Presented by Arizona Onstage Productions, the play is produced by Kevin Johnson and directed by Carol Calkins. The cast features Daria Berg, James Cockrell and Carly Preston, with Taylor Rascher, Dylan Page, John Brownlee, Nick Trice, Carolina Colantuoni, Emma Sinex and Zach Sinex.

The remaining shows are April 29-30 at 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 3 p.m. Performance are held at the Cabaret Space, Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave. Ticket prices range from $27.50 to $15.

For more information and tickets, visit www.arizonaonstage.org.

Movie night to benefit Casa de los Niños

Did you know a child is abused or neglected in Arizona every two hours or dies before his/her first birthday every 12 hours? Casa de los Niños provides many services and programs designed to prevent and fight child abuse and neglect in Southern Arizona in addition to being a crisis shelter. Its annual fundraising event, “Night for Children,” will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m. at the Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

For a $15 contribution, attendees can enjoy the Disney film “Bambi,” popcorn and a soda, and a raffle ticket for prizes.

The event is sponsored by Fairway Mortgage Corporation.

Tucson Girls chorus Prepares for May enrollments, open house

The Tucson Girls Chorus will host an open house on Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon at the TGC Rehearsal Hall located within Mehl Foothills Park, 4020 E. River Road.

Open enrollment is available to girls ages 7 years to 17 years old. No music experience is required.

The Tucson Girls Chorus offers a program that teaches girls music theory, sight-reading, vocal techniques and musicianship. Participants gain confidence in performance skills, personal development and making life-long friendships. Girls sing a wide variety of musical styles, such as classical, gospel, pop, Broadway and folk.

Enrollment is open throughout May by appointment only for those who cannot attend the open house. The $30 non-refundable enrollment fee will be waived for those who attend the open house. During the short try-out, singers will sing a simple song of their own choosing sung a capella to help the director determine which group will be most appropriate for them. A parent or guardian must be present to go over information.

Prepared solos are not necessary. Scholarships are available.

For more information, call 577-6064 or visit www.tucsongirlschorus.org.

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