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GVR Live! 2016/2017 Performing Arts Season

Tickets on sale September 1st.

Cocktails in the Courtyard with Jarabe Mexicano

October, 20 – 6 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of the GVR Live! 2016/2017 Performing Arts Season with Cocktails in the Courtyard. This evening under the stars in GVR’s West Center courtyard features the lively and eclectic music of Jarabe Mexicano. Touring Mexico this summer under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State, Jarabe Mexicano takes its name from the Spanish reference to traditional forms of mariachi music. The ensemble incorporates the diversity of their backgrounds and musical training into a vast Latin repertoire that includes traditional Boleros, Huapangos, Sones, and Rancheras as well as contemporary Cumbias, Reggae, Doo Wop, and American Standards. The dynamic energy and festive nostalgia of this musical fusion appeals to wide audiences, from children to adults. A recent appearance at the Independence Day Celebration of the Mexican Consulate met with a typical enthusiastic response, with attendees dancing along with the compelling musical rhythms.

All patrons are invited to this festive evening with dancing and complimentary beverages (some restrictions apply) to celebrate the opening of the GVR Live! 2016/2017 Performing Arts Season.

This event is open to season ticket holders, GVR members, guests and the general public.

Season Ticket Holders – Free Event
Members $20, Guests $23, General Public $28

The Drifters

October, 27 – 7 p.m.

“Up on the Roof,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Dance with Me,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Stand by Me”… the list of hits goes on and on. The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups is once again touring the U.S. Since their inception in the early 50s, The Drifters have embarked on a historical journey, which included no less than 5 legendary lead singers, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King. The group’s ongoing musical story has covered the entire spectrum of Rock & Roll.

They were the first musical group to include string instruments into Rhythm & Blues music with their hauntingly beautiful song, “There Goes My Baby.” They were the first musical group to sell two million records with their pop classic, “Up on the Roof.” They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Along with fellow inductees the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Supremes, The Drifters were in the first class of Rock & Roll legends to be initiated into the Hall of Fame. Their classic “Under the Boardwalk” is the most played R & B record of all time. Their songs have been penned by such historic songwriters as Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Carole King, Jerry Goffen and Phil Spector. On this historic reunion tour, The Drifters return to their roots for a monumental celebration of their 50 year musical catalogue.

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

L. A. Theatre Works Judgement at Nuremberg

November, 1 – 7 p.m.

As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of World War II, and as politics continues to infiltrate human rights and social justice issues worldwide, L.A. Theatre Works tours one of the great courtroom dramas of the last century: Judgment at Nuremberg. Originally a riveting teleplay, Judgment at Nuremberg became an Academy Award-winning film and a stage play that is both surprising and unsettling.

Ostensibly, the American-led tribunals were formed to prosecute those accused of war crimes committed during WWII against Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, people who were mentally and physically handicapped, and those considered inferior to the Aryan Race. But the themes explored in the play cover much broader and deeper ground: how compassion can become secondary to the rule of law; how human rights are compromised during times of conflict; and how politics plays a role in dealing with genocide – issues that remain relevant today.

Judgment at Nuremberg poses a number of difficult questions: How can indefensible crimes be defended? How does a judge, committed to the law, enforce immoral and vicious crimes against humanity? Why, in the aftermath of WWII, did America pressure the courts to be lenient on the defendants? And, critically, what does America do when our foreign policy interests clash with our stated beliefs in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? In this absorbing and complex drama, a cast of unforgettable characters play out their high-stakes game against the backdrop of a looming Cold War, shifting political alliances, and the shocking and vivid memories of the Holocaust and World War II.

Members $40/$36, Guests $43/$39, General Public $48/$44

Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles

November, 8 – 7 p.m.

Hotel California A Salute to the Eagles was founded with the intent of filling the void left by the breakup of The Eagles in 1982. By blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound of the Eagles studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of Rock, R & B, and Country. The band, comprised of five respected, multi-talented professionals, presents a dynamic and exciting show saluting the music of the Eagles, a super group whose music has proven to have a staying power that few bands can lay claim. Finally, audiences can, once again, experience the energy and magic of this timeless music. Hotel California has been one of the most sought after acts in the world and performs over 150 shows a year. Each concert is an exciting showcase of the Eagles hits including, “Take It Easy,” “Heartache Tonight,” and “Hotel California,” as well as newer releases “Get Over It” and “Love Will Keep Us Alive.” This timeless music is appealing to audiences of all ages, bringing back memories and touching the hearts of every generation. Join Hotel California as they invite you to take a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair and experience the Grammy Award-winning sounds that defined a generation.

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

Bria Skonberg

November, 15 – 7 p.m.

Hailing from Chilliwack, British Columbia, and now living in New York City, award-winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” She has earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and is included in Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll for 2013. Skonberg got her start as a professional big band singer at age 16 doubling on trumpet, and has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China, and Japan. Since arriving in New York three years ago she has appeared in concert halls and clubs such as Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, and Dizzy’s among the likes of Nicholas Payton, Anat Cohen, Wycliffe Gordon, Bucky Pizzarelli and Scott Robinson. Skonberg focuses on innovating while honoring tradition. Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is creating a style all her own rooted in swampy New Orleans grooves, featuring world percussion and contemporary soul-influenced vocals. Her debut American release, “So Is the Day” peaked at #7 on the U.S. jazz charts and features an all-star ensemble, including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released on Random Act Records, 10 percent of all proceeds go to support the Jazz Foundation of America.

Members $26/$22, Guests $29/$25, General Public $34/$30

Tapestry: A Tribute to Carole King

December, 1 – 7 p.m.

Carole King is without question the most successful and revered female singer-songwriter in pop music history. More than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. On the short list include: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles;“Take Good Care of My Baby” and “Run to Him” for Bobby Vee in 1961 (#1 and #2 hits); “Crying in the Rain” for Everly Brothers (#6 in 1962); “The Loco-Motion” for Little Eva (#1 in 1962); “Up on the Roof” for the The Drifters (#5 in 1962); “One Fine Day” for The Chiffons (#5 in 1963); “I’m Into Something Good” for Herman’s Hermits (#13 in 1964); “Just Once in My Life” written with Phil Spector for The Righteous Brothers (#9 in 1965); and “Don’t Bring Me Down” for The Animals (#12 in 1966).

It was her 1971 album “Tapestry” that took King to the pinnacle, winning all three of the key Grammy Awards for Record, Song and Album of the Year, as well as Best Female Vocalist. With more than 25 million units sold, “Tapestry” remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and seven gold albums.

Tapestry: Tribute to Carole King faithfully recreates the glorious sound of a Carole King concert, leaving your audiences with memories of the great music she wrote and recorded, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “Beautiful,” the title song of the mega-hit Broadway musical about the life and times of one of America’s most prolific, honored, and revered singer-songwriters.

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

Riders in the Sky Salute Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys

December, 6 – 7 p.m.

Join Riders in the Sky for a thrilling ride to yesteryear as they salute iconic western movie, music and TV star Roy Rogers, the undisputed “King of the Cowboys.” This exciting western romp features audience-friendly favorites from Roy’s long career that include “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Pecos Bill,” “Happy Trails” and more. The show also features film clips of Roy’s greatest moments on screen with Trigger, Dale Evans and Sons of the Pioneers along with a tribute to “The Greatest Sidekick of ‘Em All” – Gabby Hayes! Ranger Doug, preeminent signing cowboy historian, provides some biographical fun facts about Roy’s life from his humble beginnings as Leonard Slye from Duck Run, Ohio, to one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars, and his influence on a generation of musicians and western entertainers.

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

Home for the Holidays with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Doors open at 6 p.m. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
December, 13 – 6:30 p.m.

West Center will ring with holiday favorites and seasonal classics guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit! Join Michael Hall and the TSO for a program of cherished holiday favorites and, of course, the chance to sing along with the TSO on your favorite carols! Also, back by popular demand – The Great Santa Claus Look-alike Contest!

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

New Year’s Eve with Velvet Caravan

December, 31 – 7 p.m.

Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, Velvet Caravan is a high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion, accordion and keys. One of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene, the band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor. Bringing together the eclectic sounds are a motley crew of super talented musicians from Venezuela, Serbia, Austin, Iowa, Boston, and Georgia.

Velvet Caravan has grown from a somewhat informal instrumental combo which routinely drew enthusiastic and loyal followers at raucous restaurant and bar gigs to a respected and admired touring act that’s as comfortable in an attentive listening room or large concert hall as they are in a crowded nightclub. Velvet Caravan’s unique ability to subtly shift musical gears without sacrificing their integrity as composers and performers is rare indeed. This has resulted in an envelope-pushing group that’s just as successful at dazzling jaded cocktail drinkers as they are at commanding the rapt attention of serious music aficionados in a whisper-quiet concert hall.
The band best describes their musical aspirations: “Our ultimate goal is to be a creative, successful and ever-evolving band that makes great music and puts on one hell of a show.”

Join Velvet Caravan to celebrate an exciting night of entertainment as we ring in 2017! This New Year’s Eve Celebration at GVR with Velvet Caravan promises to be “one hell of a show.”

Members $40, Guests $43, General Public $48

Assorted desserts and a champagne toast offered at this performance, compliments of GVR. Gluten free desserts available upon request. Requests must be received at least one week prior to event. Patrons are welcome to bring their own adult beverages to this event.

Patrons will be seated at tables for this performance. Seating is general admission.
Table reservations are available for parties of eight by calling the GVR Box Office at (520) 625-0288. Table reservations do not guarantee a specific table or location.

Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park (Revisited)

January, 12 – 7 p.m.

On September 16, 2011, the Great Lawn of Central Park was filled with 60,000 adoring fans of one the most beloved tenors of all time, Andrea Bocelli. Accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under the direction of the great Alan Gilbert, not even the rains of Hurricane Maria could dampen this spectacular night of music. Joined by some of the biggest stars of both the pop and classical music scenes, the night was bursting with the sounds of Bocelli’s treasured hits. A “pop culture extravaganza,” Bocelli, along with Celine Dion, Tony Bennet, Chriss Botti, and many others transformed one of the most remarkable and renowned urban parks into the grandest of Opera houses, the most opulent of theatre venues, and the flashiest of concert arenas, in an evening that exemplified the magic of New York City and the great Central Park concert series. Join internationally celebrated performers Jonathan Hawkins, Lee Lessack and Heather Lundstedt as they recreate this awe-inspiring evening, performing such favorites as, “La Donna Mobile,” “The Prayer,” “Time to Say Goobdye” and “Nessun Dorma.”

Members $32/$28, Guests $35/$31, General Public $40/$36

Papa Doo Run Run

January, 17 – 7 p.m.

Formed in 1965, the now legendary California band, Papa Doo Run Run, quickly discovered their forte – they sounded like the Beach Boys! That sound led them to surf music icons, Jan & Dean and, from 1976-1980, Papa toured North America with the duo. In the 80s, Papa graduated from J&D to the Beach Boys, and toured and recorded with members of that band throughout the next two decades. The group also had an unprecedented 15-year run as the “Celebrity House Band” at Disneyland from 1975-1990. Papa’s 1975 Top 40 hit “Be True To Your School” reached No. 1 in California. Their ground breaking CD “California Project” (1985) exploded onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at no. 17 and earned the band their second Gold Record and a Grammy Nomination. Additionally, Papa Doo Run Run appeared in, and recorded the soundtrack album for the CBS-TV movie “Deadman’s Curve.” The band currently has 10 CD releases and a full length DVD. Today, Papa Doo Run Run still performs over 100 dates a year worldwide. Their act encompasses all the great Classic Rock hits of the 60s and 70s, with a special emphasis on their award-winning re-creation of Beach Boys hits. Their best kept secret: Papa Doo Run Run is who the Beach Boys call when they need someone to fill-in for their band.

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

The Revelers

January, 26 – 7 p.m.

The Revelers are a Louisiana super group who combine swamp-pop, Cajun, country, blues and zydeco into a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana. As individuals, they are each in high demand having performed and recorded with T-Bone Burnett, Natalie Merchant, Linda Ronstadt, Preston Frank, Walter Mouton, Mamadou Diabate, the Duhks, Cedric Watson, and Tim O’Brien, to name a few. As a group they play with a sense of empathy and depth that can only be fostered after years of making music together.

The Revelers have taken their mission coast to coast in the U.S. and around the world from Ireland to Denmark, to their own Black Pot Festival in Lafayette, La. The depth of this band has only developed from digging deeper into the dancehall traditions of Southwest Louisiana and emerging with an arsenal we call Louisiana Jukebox Music. The Revelers have embraced that musical truth in a way few bands have — the lines between traditional and original are blurred, and wide-ranging styles are honed into an extremely cohesive performance and an impressive musical virtuosity across the board.

Members $26/$22, Guests $29/$25, General Public $34/$30

Schubert, Mozart & Strauss: 3 Major Works Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Doors open at 6 p.m. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
February, 2 – 6:30 p.m.

TSO Music Director José Luis Gomez conducts his first concert in Green Valley! Haydn’s short, happy overture opens a program of major works by Schubert, Mozart and Strauss. Schubert’s Eighth Symphony, “The Unfinished,” with its immediately recognizable opening has long been a favorite of audiences for its expansive melodies and high drama. With only two movements, it leaves music lovers wondering what could have been. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33, moving from cheerful outbursts to ominous overtones then back to happy sounds, is another audience favorite. One of Richard Strauss’ more introspective works, “Metamorphosen,” sums up the program: completed the day after the destruction of the Vienna Opera House, pain is intertwined with hope and optimism, the essence of human existence.

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

Billy McGuigan’s Rock Revue: Music from the 50s & 60s

February, 7 – 7 p.m.

National touring sensation, Billy McGuigan (Rave On!, Yesterday and Today, Rock Legends) returns to Green Valley with a show developed and customized just for GVR’s patrons! Billy McGuigan has been touring North America for the past 10 years, and his shows have sold out countless performances and have broken box office records in six theaters across the country. Career highlights have included playing with Buddy Holly’s lead guitarist and Grammy Award winner Tommy Allsup, and Rockabilly Hall of Famer and writer of “Oh, Boy!” and “Rave On,” Sonny West. Billy McGuigan’s brand new Rock Revue takes the audience on a journey from the 50’s rock and roll of Elvis, Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers to the psychedelic 60s of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and many more! Starting in 50s, the show will hit all the favorites from two decades of the greatest music ever made, ending in 1969. Billy McGuigan, who the Chicago Sun Times called an “iconic and innovative performer,” will be backed by an all-star band of incredible musicians who will thrill audiences!

Members $28/$24, Guests $31/$27, General Public $36/$32

Ethel with guest artist Robert Mirabal The River

February, 16 – 7 p.m.

Continuing a deeply successful six-year collaboration inspired by ceremonies dedicated to the sun, Ethel pairs with Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three time Grammy Award-winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. The inspiration this time is water as the embodiment of spirit, and its essential role in life on Earth. The audience is immersed in a flow of music, narrative, and ritual that evokes timeless Native American traditions through contemporary musical artistry. As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic.

The program is an integral journey in instrumental virtuosity, song and storytelling, created uniquely for this event. From An Kha Na to Peace Calls, through rushing rapids and still, sacred spaces, Ethel and Mirabal evoke the magic and majestry of The River, which connects us all. In retreat together at Mirabal’s home on the Taos Pueblo, each of the artists brought original musical or poetic works with special significance to the group: Mirabal’s own An Kha Na, his tribal Wi-Wa, Kip Jones’ Tuvan Ride, Jay-Red and Tsoma, Dorothy Lawson’s Gat’te, Ralph Farris’ Rana-Run and Waterfall. As the Pueblo River rushed past the door, storms came and went, and coyotes howled in the night, the pieces grew in scope and depth, each player contributing layers and insights. Influences were drawn from Hawaii, Arizona, Mexico, Ecuador, Morocco, Nigeria, India, Mongolia, Tibet, Japan, and Soviet Georgia. In sum, the sound is dazzling, and the spirit full of generosity, love, and gratitude. Every audience will find its heart healed and hope raised.

Members $32/$28, Guests $35/$31, General Public $40/$36

An Acoustic Evening with Pam Tillis

February, 21 – 7 p.m.

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. After many false starts and much soul-searching, Tillis made the commitment to make an honest country record. The album “Put Yourself In My Place” yielded two #1 hits, two Top Five singles, and one Top 20 hits, and in its first year the album was certified gold. Tillis followed with three platinum albums on Arista “Homeward Looking Angel” in 1992, “Sweethearts Dance” in 1994, and an Arista “Greatest Hits” in 1997. Tillis achieved six #1 songs during this time, including “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do” and “Maybe It Was Memphis” while 14 of Tillis’ other singles landed in the Top 10 and Top 20.

She has performed on the stages of Broadway in New York and is a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry. Some of Pam’s most memorable award moments are being a three-time CMA award winner including the prestigious 1994’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award, and being nominated multiple times for Grammy’s Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Maybe It Was Memphis” (1993), “Mi Vida Loca” (1996) and “All the Good Ones are Gone” (1998).

Tillis has always insisted on writing and cutting songs that speak from the soul. The results have been records that emanate an almost painful beauty. In this performance you’ll experience that feeling of delight that comes from Pam Tillis singing exactly what she is meant to sing at that moment. Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career, and is currently touring extensively on her own as well as with her current tour partner, Morgan.

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

Tucson Symphony Orchestra presents Youthful Exuberance from Mozart & Dvořák

Doors open at 6 p.m. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
March, 2 – 6:30 p.m.

A buoyant finale to the MasterWorks Season! Anyone who saw the hit film “Amadeus” will enjoy hearing the opening music from it – 17-year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant Symphony No. 25. Antonín Dvořák was a newlywed when he wrote Serenade for Strings and it remains one of his most popular works to this day because of its beautiful, memorable melody. Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 is one of his nine compositions written as suites fusing the Baroque style of writing with elements of Brazilian folk. Bravo! Marcelo Lehninger, Conductor.

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

Caladh Nua

March, 7 – 7 p.m.

Throughout history, Ireland has been embraced as a land of song and singers, of music and musicians; men and women who for centuries have been inspired and nurtured by the sounds and swells of her windblown nature. It is from the traditional heart of this musical island that Caladh Nua was born, raised and released into the world.
To say Caladh Nua’s meeting and formation was a haphazard thing would be disrespectful to the ghosts of Ireland’s history and music. Each of Caladh Nua’s supremely talented and versatile members carry with them the musical legacy of those who have gone before. Collectively, the band is a tightly-knit, vibrant, and staggeringly talented group of musicians with their origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprising of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments, from banjo to fiddle and guitar to bodhran to tin whistle and button accordion, the band has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative styling.
Through Caladh Nua’s collective influences, both the history and future of Irish music spark to life with a charismatic verve. From slow airs and plaintive vocals hauntingly delivered to modern arrangements played with virtuosity and spell-binding flair, Caladh Nua delivers the music of their heritage, carrying it forward seamlessly into the future. Performing a vast repertoire of haunting songs and evocative Irish tunes, Caladh Nua is a young ensemble on the rise.

Members $28/$24, Guests $31/$27, General Public $36/$32

The Hands of Liberace starring Philip Fortenberry

March, 14 – 7 p.m.

The Hands of Liberace is a celebration of Liberace performed by one of America’s premiere pianists Philip Fortenberry of stage and screen. Hear stories about Fortenberry’s time in residency at the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas where he played weekly for many years and then how he was recruited for the HBO’s film “Behind the Candelabra” starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, where he was literally the hands for Douglas playing all of the piano music for the film. The evening is full of beautiful and intriguing stories mixed with some of the most famous music played by Liberace himself.

As a versatile artist whose styles encompass a wide range of musical genres, Fortenberry is a performer with an equally expansive career. He was the pianist and associate conductor for the Broadway musical, “Rocky,” which earned him the inaugural Ghostlight Award as Best Musician on Broadway. He was honored with the 2014 Encore Award for Musical Excellence presented by the Nevada School of the Arts. A native of Columbia, Miss., Fortenberry holds a Master of Music degree in classical piano performance from New Jersey City University and is currently pursuing his doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Nevada.

A resident of Las Vegas, Fortenberry was the associate conductor for “Hairspray” at the Luxor Theater, “Mamma Mia!” at Mandalay Bay, and the North American premiere of the rock music extravaganza, “We Will Rock You” at Paris Las Vegas. He was the featured artist-in residence at the Liberace Museum where he performed his one-man show, “Liberace and Me.” Fortenberry’s critically acclaimed solo cabaret concert, “The Man at the Piano,” continues to play for sold out houses at Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. He is currently the associate conductor of “Jersey Boys” at Paris Las Vegas.

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

Franc D’Ambrosio’s Broadway

March, 21 – 7 p.m.

Franc D’Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the “Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical, “The Phantom of the Opera.” Affectionately known as the“Iron Man of The Mask,” D’Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom.” D’Ambrosio’s resume also includes an Academy Award-nominated film, an Emmy Award-nominated television show, a four time Tony Award-nominated Broadway show, two Grammy considerations, and a National Theatre Award nomination.

D’Ambrosio has toured the world with this critically acclaimed one-man show sharing with audiences his love of Broadway and his amazing talent. D’Ambrosio returns to the West Center stage to share his beautiful voice and amazing talent, once again, with Green Valley audiences. Broadway is a wonderful collection of songs from many well-known shows that have played on the “Great White Way.” From “Lullaby of Broadway” (42nd Street) and “Not While I’m Around” (Sweeney Todd) to the magic of Phantom’s “Music of the Night” and Les Miserables’ “Bring Him Home” from “Les Miserables,” D’Ambrosio’s signature voice and style bring the music and stories of Broadway theater to life.

Members $32/$28, Guests $35/$31, General Public $40/$36

Masters of Soul

March, 28 – 7 p.m.

Called the most entertaining history lesson every performed, Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. This show authentically reproduces the look, choreography, style and sound made famous by the Motown and Stax record labels. The performance celebrates the music and careers of the iconic artists of a generation who had such a profound influence on the history of popular music. For younger audiences, the show offers a way to experience a period in our country’s past that produced many of the greatest music acts ever recorded. The show features the TFC Band performing hits by The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, the Four Tops and many more. Audiences will take the ultimate stroll down memory lane as they relive the incredible harmonies and smooth moves made famous by many of the greatest recording acts of all time.

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

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Doors open at 6 p.m. Preshow lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.
April, 11 – 6:30 p.m.

Music and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra can take you around the world without ever having to pack a bag or get on a plane! With music from Bagdad (Scheherazade) to Italy (Overture to Seville) to New York (Salute to the Big Apple) and Chicago (Selections from Chicago), let your ears and your imagination take you on a journey across the globe and back again with the TSO, conducted by Albert George Schram.

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

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! 2016/2017 Performing Arts Season

On sale July 1-Aug. 26, 2016

Advance Ticket Purchase

Season tickets may be purchased July 1-August 26, 2016.  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, Oct. 3, 2016.

Exceptional Discounts

Become a season ticket holder for the GVR Live! 2016/2017 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, 26, 2016.  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 W Via Arcoiris, 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 W Via Arcoiris, 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 S Via Arcoiris,
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 Via Arcoiris

Visitor Information

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