Performing Arts

Tickets may be purchased in person at West Center Box Office, 1111 GVR Drive in Green Valley or by calling (520) 625-0288.

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2017-2018 Performing Arts Season Brochure [PDF]

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GVR Live! 2018 Performing Arts Season

Irving Berlin The American Dream starring Spider Saloff
January 11, 2018

Saloff has been heard around the world as the host and star of the syndicated public radio series Words and Music, but for thousands the most familiar way to enjoy the jazz stylings of Spider Saloff has been through live performances. The Chicago –based jazz vocalist has won accolades around the world for her introspective approach to the genre and her captivating tribute to some of the world’s greatest composers. Spider Saloff graced the West Center stage in 2013 with an amazing tribute to Gershwin and she, once again, takes the West Center stage to share the enchanting music of Irving Berlin.

Rising up from his life as a poor Russian immigrant to world fame, Berlin stands as the essence of The American Dream and his body of work covers six decades. With a personal endorsement from the Irving Berlin family, Saloff presents a touching and beautiful portrait of Berlin’s life and music, filled with funny and amazing antidotes of the songwriter’s life and career. Berlin truly lived the American Dream and was an amazing influence and motivator during the years of both World Wars. In this amazing performance, Saloff sings Berlin classics including “Blue Skies,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

Members $20/$16, Guests $23/$19, General Public $28/$24

Brass Transit
January 16, 2018

THE BEST Chicago tribute show, hands down. Brass Transit, Toronto’s dynamic, crowd-pleasing, studio-tight Chicago tribute brings you a show spanning all the hits from Chicago’s golden age, 1969-1976. Brass Transit performs all of the greatest Chicago hits including “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Beginnings,” and so many more! With world-class horns, a rocking rhythm section and vocals stacked sky high, Brass Transit transports the audience back to the freewheeling days of the seventies. The members’ credits include Platinum records, Emmy and Juno Awards, and performances with Hall-of-Fame rock and soul acts including The Drifters, Sam & Dave, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes, Frankie Valli, Mary Wilson, Martha Reeves, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Del Shannon and the Mamas & The Papas. With its international audience now numbering in the tens of thousands, Brass Transit has established itself as the world’s foremost Chicago experience! Let’s face it: there are a lot of good tributes out there. But why settle for good or average when there is THE BEST?

Members $36/$32, Guests $39/$35, General Public $44/$40

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Pops
All American Symphony
January 23, 2018 at 6:30PM
Doors open at 6pm. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

TSO celebrates the best loved American composers in this extraordinary musical journey.
Conductor Albert-George Schram brings the works of Bernstein, Cohan, Porter, Mancini, Berlin and many other great American composers to life on the West Center stage. Audiences are sure to be inspired by the artistry of America in each of these amazing musical works.

Members $38/$34, Guests $41/$37, General Public $46/$42

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tahiti for Two
February 1, 2018
Doors open at 6pm. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

A program of musical theater opens with Shostakovich’s orchestration of a song from a Russian musical based on the tune, “Tea for Two” and continues with Bernstein dances from On the Town and finally the concert version of his Trouble in Tahiti, his one-act opera from the early ‘50s about life in suburban America. This program features Sasha Cooke, messo soprano and the University of Arizona Jazz Trio. José Luis Gomez, Conductor.

Members $38/$34, Guests $41/$37, General Public $46/$42

The Divine Miss Bette starring Catherine Alcorn
February 8, 2018

Bawdy, brash and just as fabulous as the original, The Divine Miss Bette is your chance to become intimately acquainted with one of the greatest cabaret artists of our time. Trained by Steve Ostrow, the man who discovered Bette Midler, Alcorn will take you on a thrilling roller coaster ride back to the Palace Theatre, New York 1973. She’ll belt out the divas early classics including “Stay With Me Baby,” “You’re Moving Out Today,” “The Rose,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “In The Mood.” Critics rave about Alcorn’s performance, “She’s bloody talented. She can sing. She can act. She has comic timing…the confidence, the unmitigated chutzpah…” – Crikey Sydney
“Between the tall tales, double entendre, and tongue-in-cheek vulgarity, the heartache behind the humor, most evident in Alcorn’s rendition of Am I Blue, elevates her titillating tribute to a tender triumph.” – The West Australian
The Divine Miss Bette is a rollicking ride performed by a huge voice, with sass and heart to boot!

Members $24/$20, Guests $27/$23, General Public $32/$28

Tiempo Libre
February 15, 2018

Classically trained at Cuba’s premier conservatories, the three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean music group Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands today. Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms. Throughout the past 14 years, the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show, Live from Lincoln Center, and Dancing with the Stars as well as many entertainment programs on Univision and Telemundo. Since the group’s formation in Miami 2001, its members have been on a mission to share their Afro-Caribbean heritage with as wide an audience as possible, reinterpreting and reinvigorating music born from the meeting of their musical origins with their new American experience.

Members $36/$32, Guests $39/$35, General Public $44/$40

California Guitar Trio
February 22, 2018

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries for The California Guitar Trio. Since 1991, the group has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. Comprised of Bert Lams, Hideyo Moriya and Paul Richards, the group has established a unique, personal connection with audiences. In addition to dazzling musicianship and interplay, The California Guitar Trio’s (CGT) shows are full of captivating stories and humor that enable concertgoers to feel like they’re part of the music, not just spectators. In fact, the group’s goal is to transcend their instruments, so people focus on the music first, and its considerable technical prowess a distant second.

CGT’s lineup is truly the sum of its distinct parts: A Utah native now residing in Los Angeles, Paul Richards immersed himself in rock, blues, jazz, and folk during his early days and while attending The University of Utah’s jazz guitar program. Bert Lams, originally from Belgium, graduated from the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, specializing in classical guitar. Tokyo-born Hideyo Moriya began his guitar journey with surf music and British rock, before relocating to Boston to study at Berklee. With 25 years and 1,800+ gigs behind them, the CGT remains intensely committed to explore, evolve and communicate a wide-ranging musical worldview.

Members $20/$16, Guests $23/$19, General Public $28/$24

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Schubert & Brahms: Second Symphonies
March 1, 2018
Doors open at 6pm. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

The perfect soundtrack to welcome spring! The teenaged Schubert mixes his melodic freshness and lyricism with the rhythmic energy of Beethoven and the classical elegance of Mozart to come up with a perfectly enjoyable symphony, while Brahms soaks up the atmosphere of the picturesque village where he was vacationing in the summer of 1877. José Luis Gomez, Conductor.

Members $38/$34, Guests $41/$37, General Public $46/$42

Larry Gatlin
March 6, 2018

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers have been dazzling audiences for more than 60 years.
They have seen their music top the charts and touch the lives of fans of all ages. The oldest of the three Gatlin brothers, Larry began singing by the age of seven with his younger brothers, Steve and Rudy, at family and church events. By 1976, the Gatlin Brothers career was in the fast lane, thanks to the chart-topping success of the Grammy Award-winning “Broken Lady.” The hits continued throughout the rest of the decade, including their signature song, “All the Gold in California,” soon to be followed by “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).” The number one hits continued into the next decade with “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love,” “Statues Without Hearts,” “Love is Just a Game,” and “Night Time Magic.” In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976, the trio was nominated for awards by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the Music City News Awards, among others.

The Gatlin Brothers said farewell to concert touring in December 1992 which became a major turning point in Larry’s career. Larry took the lead role in the Tony award winning best musical “The Will Rogers Follies.” In 2008, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers reunited as a band for the first time in 17 years returning to the road and releasing Pilgrimage on Curb Records. Today, Larry and the boys maintain a healthy tour schedule and, as members, play the Grand Ole Opry many times each year.

Over a four decade career as a solo artist and with The Gatlin Brothers, Larry Gatlin has scored 33 Top 40 hits and won several awards including a Grammy. Gatlin is known for his rich falsetto singing style and for the unique pop-inflected songs he wrote and recorded in the 1970’s and 80’s. In this solo performance, Larry takes the audience on an intimate musical journey through his greatest hits.

Members $34/$30, Guests $37/$33, General Public $42/$38

The Four Freshmen
March 13, 2018

The Four Freshmen perform with that same unmistakable sound of the original group – a vocal harmony like no other. They have strongly influenced many groups over the years including Take Six, Manhattan Transfer and the Beach Boys. As the 23rd incarnation of the one and only Four Freshmen, their longevity proves they are doing it right! These talented musicians will feature seminal Freshmen classics “Day by Day” and “Blue World” as well as sharing some of their favorites with new arrangement that include the irresistible force of “Something’s Gotta Give”, the melodious “Skylark”, “Early Autumn”, “September Song”, and “My One and Only Love”. Each member is an accomplished vocalist and musician bringing new influences and perspective to a time honored musical heritage. This new group not only preserves the Freshmen sound, they enhance it with their youth, vitality and talent giving a new treatment to the Great American Songbook! Performing jazz and pop standards honoring the legacy of the original band, this is a show not to be missed.

Members $34/$30, Guests $37/$33, General Public $42/$38

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana Voces del Sur
March 20, 2018

The Flamenco art form, through its purity, rhythms and intensity strikes a visceral chord for audiences of all ages, all cultures and with all degrees of experience with the arts. Carlota Santana co-founded the company in 1983 with the mission of using Flamenco not only as an art form but as a way to build bridges between cultures. Experiencing a Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performance, the audience clearly feels the diverse influences which have shaped this exuberant form of dance and music, including contributions from Gypsy, Judaic, Arabic, Spanish and Latino culture. Carlota Santana has been designated “The Keeper Of Flamenco” by Dance Magazine and received La Cruz De la Orden al Merito Civil from the Government of Spain in recognition of her commitment to creating new works and developing young artists.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana’s newest production, Voces del Sur is a glimpse into the mysterious land of Andalucía, the Southern region of Spain known as the “cradle of flamenco.” Andalucía has been the home to a diverse group of cultures, each with its own language and traditions. Arabic, Gypsy and Sephardic Jewish influences, blending together over the centuries, are seen today in the extraordinarily rich diversity of art, literature, dance and music. From these many “voces” (voices) Flamenco Vivo’s dancers and musicians pay tribute to the unique culture of Andalucía.

Members $38/$34, Guests $41/$37, General Public $46/$42

Jason Petty’s Classic Nashville Roadshow
March 27, 2018

Remember when June fell for Johnny and Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter? Let Classic Nashville Roadshow take you on a journey down memory lane with your favorite classic hits honoring the world’s most beloved country greats! Starring Jason Petty and Katie Deal, Classic Nashville Roadshow features renowned duets, such as “Golden Ring;” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” and “Jackson;” poignant tunes like “Crazy” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today;” and gospel traditions such as “Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” Get swept back in time with songs made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, Tammy, George, Merle and many, many more!

Members $30/$26, Guests $33/$29, General Public $38/$34

Stray Cat Lee Rocker
April 5, 2018

Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records, garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum records worldwide, and were music video pioneers of the MTV. The Stray Cat’s worldwide mega hits “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has included “Rock this Town” as one of the 500 most important songs in rock.

From the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine, to appearing on Saturday Night Live, to headlining the US Festival and touring with the Rolling Stones, Lee Rocker has seen and done it all. In addition to the Stray Cats and the Stones, he has toured and performed with George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, and John Fogerty.

Lee Rocker has been consistently touring, recording and performing around the globe since 1980 and has cultivated a fanatically loyal following of rockers, rebels and all types of music lovers. He is known for making his upright double bass appear as if it were a lightweight instrument as he spins, throws it in the air, catches and plays it on stages throughout the world. His concert show is a time for him to tell stories about his days on the road and in the music business for the last 35 years – including sharing stories about his adventures lugging the giant piece of equipment around.

Members $36/$32, Guests $39/$35, General Public $44/$40

John McCutcheon
April 10, 2018

McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality.
The legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded John with a love of, not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music…whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs…with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.

Members $24/$20, Guests $27/$23, General Public $32/$28

Ticket & Box Office Information

Tickets may be purchased in person at West Center Box Office, 1111 GVR Drive in Green Valley or by calling (520) 625-0288. Tickets ordered by phone are held at the box office for pick up on the night of the performance or during regular box office hours.  Tickets are not mailed to patrons.

GVR Members may purchase tickets online.  Please click here to begin your online ticket purchase.

GVR members will need their GVR Number and PIN in order to proceed with ticket purchase.  If you do not have this information, please contact the box office at the number below. 

Online tickets sales are not available to the general public at this time.  General public must purchase tickets by phone or in person.

Box office hours are Monday-Friday 8 am-4 pm, weekends and holidays from 10 am-2 pm, and one hour prior to performances and events. Individual tickets for the Summer Performing Arts Season on sale April 1.  Individual tickets for the Fall/Winter Performing Arts Season on sale September 1.

GVR members may purchase tickets in their name only at the member price, and may purchase up to four (4) guest tickets at the guest price.  Members with more than four guests must purchase additional tickets at the general public price. Some restrictions apply.

Ticket prices increase $1 at the door.  All ticket sales are final.  There are no refunds or exchanges for individual member, guest or general public tickets.

In the event that a performance is cancelled, refunds may be given.  Every effort will be made to reschedule a performance that has been cancelled.

Ticket Discounts

Group discounts are available for groups of ten (10) or more by calling the Senior Recreation Supervisor at (520) 625-3440 ext. 7225.

Student discounts also are available for all performances.  Students may be required to present a student ID when tickets are picked up at the West Center Box Office.  Please indicate your student status when purchasing tickets at the Box Office.

Season Tickets

Season tickets for the GVR Live! 2017/2018 Performing Arts Season

On sale July 1-Aug. 25, 2017

Advance Ticket Purchase

Season tickets may be purchased July 1-August 25, 2017. Season ticket holders have first priority in purchasing tickets to all of the great GVR Live! performances before they are sold out. Season ticket orders can be placed by mail, fax or phone, and tickets will be available for pick up at the West Center Box Office beginning Monday, October 9, 2016.

Exceptional Discounts

Become a season ticket holder for the GVR Live! 2017/2018 Performing Arts Season to receive a great discount with exceptional benefits. Purchase seven (7) or more tickets per person and receive a 10 percent discount off the regular member price for Section A seating, or 15 percent discount off the regular member price for Section B seating. All tickets purchased must be in the same section to qualify for season ticket discount.

Season ticket prices are available from July 1-August, 25, 2017. Season ticket holders who purchase tickets to additional performances, special events and dances during the season receive $2 off the regular member price. This discount is not available for the purchase of guest or general public tickets.

Concessions Discounts 

Season ticket holders receive a 50 percent discount on all concession purchases at all GVR Live! performances and events.  Concessions discounts are not available at summer performances or the free movie series.

Ticket Exchange Privileges

Season ticket holders receive ticket exchange privileges up to 24 hours prior to an event. Season tickets may be exchanged for another performance in the same performing arts season.  Season tickets may not be exchanged for guest or general public tickets or special events.  Tickets must be presented to process an exchange.  Upgrade fees may apply and must be paid at the time of the exchange.  Refunds will not be issued if exchanging ticket(s) for a less expensive performance.  See Ticket Refund/Exchange section for additional information.

Ticket Refund/Exchange Policy

All ticket sales are final.  There are no refunds or exchanges for individual member, guest or general public tickets.

Season ticket holders are entitled to ticket exchange privileges. (Exchange policy does not apply to summer performances).  Season ticket exchanges are allowed up to 24 hours prior to an event.  Season tickets may be exchanged for any other performance in the current performing arts series. Season tickets may not be exchanged for guest or general public tickets or special events. Tickets must be present in order to process an exchange.  Upgrade fees may apply and must be paid at the time of the exchange.  Refunds will not be given if exchanging ticket(s) for a less expensive performance.

Season tickets may be exchanged in person at GVR’s West Center Box Office. Tickets may also be mailed in for exchange, provided they will arrive more than 24 hours prior to an event to:

Green Valley Recreation, Inc.

Arts & Entertainment

West Center Box Office

Attn: Season Ticket Exchange

1111 GVR Drive, Green Valley, AZ 85614

Include your name, GVR member number, if applicable, contact information and your tickets, and indicate for which performance you wish to exchange your tickets.

General Information

  • All performances are open to the general public.
  • All GVR Live! events are held at Green Valley Recreation’s West Center Auditorium, located at 1111 GVR Drive, near the intersection of Continental Rd. and La Canada in Green Valley.
  • Doors open approximately one (1) hour prior to the performance or as indicated on the ticket. Every effort will be made to begin all performances on time.
  • Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the house manager.  Late seating may be unavailable at the discretion of the performing artist. Patrons are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the performance start time to ensure entrance and seating.
  • Artists, dates, times and programs are subject to change without advance notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The use of still, video and audio recording devices of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • Kindly silence your phones and electronic devices prior to entering the auditorium as a courtesy to performers and guests.
  • Cinema booster seats are available for children years and older to provide a better view.  A cinema seat may be requested by contacting the house manager. Children under six (6) years are not permitted to attend performances. Exceptions may apply for some special engagements. 
  • GVR reserves the right to alter seating configurations to accommodate house size.


The West Center, including the auditorium and parking lot, are ADA accessible.  ADA designated parking is available in the north and west parking lots. GVR makes all reasonable accommodations for those with special needs, including those with service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, with advance notice.  Please inform the Box Office when you purchase tickets if wheelchair accessible and companion seating is required.

The House Manager will identify patrons with accessibility needs prior to opening the auditorium doors for seating.  Patrons who have accessibility needs will be seated with the assistance of the House Manager and volunteer ushers.

Mobility devices must be removed from fire lanes and aisles.  The House Manager will gladly assist patrons with accessibility needs.

West Center Auditorium is equipped with two Assisted Listening Systems, the Ampetronic Induction Loop System (known as the Induction Loop) and the Williams Hearing Assist System.  Receivers and a headset or ear buds for the Williams Hearing Assist System are available for pick up at the West Center Box Office one (1) hour prior to performances.  A photo ID is required to check out this equipment.

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is located in the West Center lobby.  Please alert GVR staff in the event of an emergency.

Directions to the Venue

From Tucson, Arizona
Green Valley Recreation, West Center
1111 GVR Drive,
Green Valley, AZ 85614
• I-10 to I-19 South
• Exit Continental Road exit # 63, turn right
• Right on Calle de Las Casitas
• Left on GVR Drive

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