Shows

Smokey Robinson: Celebrating 60 Years of Motown 

Saturday, October 5 • 8:00 PM at Centennial Hall

Extolled as America’s “greatest living poet,” by Bob Dylan, legendary singer-songwriter William “Smokey” Robinson, Jr., co-founder of Motown Records, penned several Motown hits including “Who’s Loving You,” “My Guy,” “The Way You Do The Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” and “Ain’t That Peculiar.”

In the Room with David Hume Kennerly
A moderated discussion and multi-media presentation

Friday, October 11 • 7:00 PM at Centennial Hall

THIS IS A SPECIAL FREE EVENT – Sign up online at uapresents.org to receive more information in early September.
Please note: this event does not count toward your season ticket package minimum of four shows.  

Lila Downs: CALAVERA

with appearances by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company and Mariachi Femenil Flores Mexicanas

Wednesday, October 16 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

We invite you to observe Día de los Muertos early with one of Mexico’s greatest singers and cultural ambassadors, multi- Grammy® award winning singer, Lila Downs, in CALAVERA – a fiesta of music, dance and ritual. Lila brings her unique interpretation of traditional Mexican and Mesoamerican music, deeply personal renditions of classic rancheras, and her original songs to CALAVERA, a voyage of emotions, movement and sound that celebrates the rich traditions of Day of the Dead.

The President’s Own United States Marine Band

Monday, October 28 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

THIS IS A SPECIAL FREE EVENT – Sign up online at uapresents.org to receive more information in early September.
Please note: this event does not count toward your season ticket package minimum of four shows.  

European Guitar Quartet

Wednesday, November 6 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

With intense virtuoso performances, these four musicians – Zoran Dukic, Reentko Dirks, Pavel Steidl and Thomas Fellow – each of them a renowned performer in his own right – have set themselves the task of blending the instrument’s concert tradition with the expressive, dynamic sounds of modern music, taking listeners on a thrilling musical journey.

Farruquito: Master of Gypsy Flamenco 

Wednesday, November 13 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Farruquito, heir to the world’s most renowned Gypsy flamenco dynasty, has been called the greatest flamenco dancer of this century by The New York Times. He made his first international stage appearance on Broadway at the age of four alongside his grandfather, “El Farruco,” and spent his formative years immersed in the legendary Farruco school.

Broadway Princess Party

Sunday, December 15 • 3:00 PM at Centennial Hall

The Princesses are throwing a ball, and you’re invited! Brush off your tiara, get your ballgown out of the closet and join an evening of festivities with an iconic trio of Broadway and animation stars!

Laura Osnes, Cinderella in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s CinderelllaCourtney Reed, Jasmine in Broadway’s Aladdin
Susan Egan, Belle in Broadway’s Beauty And the Beast and the voice of Meg in Disney’s animated film Hercules.

Maceo Parker & His Big Band

Friday, January 10 • 8:00 PM at Centennial Hall

Kick off the second half of our 25th Anniversary season with saxophonist Maceo Parker: the man who embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician can.

Kronos Quartet: Mixed repertoire including Peace Be Till

Saturday, January 18 • 8:00 PM at Crowder Hall

With intense virtuoso performances, these four musicians – Zoran Dukic, Reentko Dirks, Pavel Steidl and Thomas Fellow – each of them a renowned performer in his own right – have set themselves the task of blending the instrument’s concert tradition with the expressive, dynamic sounds of modern music, taking listeners on a thrilling musical journey.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Featuring Pinchas Zukerman

Wednesday, January 22 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

The evening opens with Tchaikovsky’s stirring and delightfully familiar “Polonaise,” from the lyric opera Eugene Onegin, a dance tune both light and imperial all at the same time. Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto, the ‘Turkish’ follows, imbued with joie-de-vivre, the frenzied Allegro in the final movements emulate a Turkish style with melodic leaps, pounding rhythms and percussive strings led by Pinchas Zukerman as soloist.

Cirque Mechanics: 42 Ft – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Sunday, January 26 • 3:00 PM at Centennial Hall

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, to the Cirque Mechanics world of gears and canvas, pulleys and sawdust! Acrobatics and clowning meet early-industrial mechanical ingenuity all inside 42 feet.

Thomas Hampson: Song of America – Beyond Liberty

Tuesday, January 28 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Celebrate America’s rich history of song with beloved baritone Thomas Hampson when he performs the American Songbook and explores the influential people and monumental events that helped create and define “the land of the free.”

Black Violin

Thursday, January 30 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Back by popular demand, Black Violin is composed of classically-trained violist Wil B. and violinist Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a unique, distinctive, multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” The duo focuses on overcoming stereotypes, and they encourage people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers.

Grupo Corpo

Saturday, February 8 • 8:00 PM at Centennial Hall

With its seductive movement, scintillating music, vibrant costumes, sets and lighting, international sensation Grupo Corpo makes their Tucson debut in a performance that reflects the amazing diversity and rich color of their native Brazil. This incomparable dance troop will light up Centennial Hall with a stimulating mix of street dance, ballet and contemporary Afro- Brazilian movement.

The Finest Hour

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Music that Ended World War II featuring
Davina & The Vagabonds and The Hot Club of Cowtown

Wednesday, February 19 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Step into a wondrous musical time machine, and celebrate the 75th anniversary of the music that ended World War II! Featuring the iconic tunes of Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, the Andrews Sisters, Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, and more, Davina & The Vagabonds and The Hot Club of Cowtown bring to vibrant life the sounds that filled 1940s’ dance halls.

Itzhak Perlman

Sunday, March 1 • 6:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry but also to his irrepressible joy in making music.

Ingrid Jensen

Tuesday, March 3 • 7:30 PM at Crowder Hall

Award-winning musician Ingrid Jensen has been hailed as one of the most gifted jazz trumpeters of her generation. A recognized force in modern jazz, in her 25-year career she has released a great many albums, winning the Juno award for her very first release, and accruing numerous nominations since. She has become an influential teacher and is a powerhouse in European jazz.

NIYAZ: The Fourth Light Project – An Immersive Multi-media Experience

Thursday, March 5 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

NIYAZ has created a 21st century global trance tradition by seamlessly blending medieval Sufi poetry and folk songs from their native Iran and its surrounding countries with rich acoustic instrumentation and state-of-the-art modern electronics. Founded by captivating vocalist/composer and two-time Juno Award nominee Azam Ali, and multi-instrumentalist/composer and Juno Award nominee Loga Ramin Torkian, NIYAZ generates an immersive musical experience with a deep social message.

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Wednesday, March 18 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo give new meaning to “men in tights” and go where no man has gone before: on pointe. “The Trocks,” have taken a playful approach to classical ballet since 1974. One part parody and one part loving homage, The Trocks simultaneously honor the traditions of ballet with high-level performance while also poking fun at the conventions that define ballet. An all-male troupe, The Trocks revel in playing with gender roles and identity. As a 40-year-old company, The Trocks illustrate how decades of exploring and challenging a genre can still be fun and celebratory at the same time.

The Underwater Bubble Show

Sunday, March 22 • 3:00 PM at Centennial Hall

Follow your dreams and indulge your inner child as you explore the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia and all its beautiful sea creatures in The Underwater Bubble Show! Bring the family and meet Mr. B along with his underwater inhabitants of seahorses, dragon fish, starfish and mermaids, as you take an imaginary journey through the deep blue sea. Inspired by childhood favorites like Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan, The Underwater Bubble Show is a lavish musical production featuring dancers and acrobats, original music, and fantastic stage effects including lasers, smoke, bubbly tornadoes, flying foam, optical illusions, soap bubbles and many other surprises to create a dreamlike underwater atmosphere.

TOA

Sunday, April 5 • 3:00 PM at Centennial Hall

Returning to Tucson by popular demand! An athletic ensemble in dazzling costumes meets explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography. TAO has critics waxing lyrical about their extraordinary precision, energy and stamina. The performers live and train in drumming and martial arts in the mountains of Japan, reaching the highest level of virtuosity after years of intense study.

Cécile McLorin Salvant

Wednesday, April 8 • 7:30 PM at Centennial Hall

The world first took note of the incredible vocal artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant when she won the prestigious 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. In just under the span of a decade she has evolved into a multi- Grammy® Award-winner and a prescient and fearless voice in music today.

Hasan Minhaj

Saturday, April 18 • 7:00 PM at Centennial Hall

asan Minhaj is the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018. The series explores the modern cultural and political landscape with depth and sincerity through his unique comedic voice. Last year Minhaj earned rave reviews for his one-hour Netflix comedy special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King that earned him a 2018 Peabody Award and for his performance hosting the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Please note: These performances are part of the UA Presents 2019-2020 Season. Broadway in Tucson discounts do not apply.