Performing Arts

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GVR Live! 2017 Summer Performing Arts Season

Matt Beilis The Soul of Pop
May 11, 2017
7PM

New Yorker Matt Beilis was born with a distinct voice which some would call unconventional. This description would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist quite well. Matt traded in his Ivy League education along with a lucrative finance career–for a gig in a piano store, betting that his artistic talents would propel him beyond the comfort that his academic achievements all but guaranteed. Like many young singers, he set up a YouTube page and started covering his favorite songs – just him and a piano. He quickly found an audience of adoring fans and famous folks who loved his take on Top 40 hits.

The Soul of Pop is a sensational musical journey through those Top 40 hits and the evolution of pop music based around the piano. With an arsenal of hit songs that span nearly a century, singer songwriter Matt Beilis is able to summon the very soul of pop music with a voice like none you’ve ever heard, as well as virtuoso piano chops. Beilis performs smash hits spanning the decades from artists like The Beatles, Elvis, Stevie Wonder, and The Eagles all the way through to current pop hits by John Legend, Adele and more!

Members $16/$20, Guests $19/$23, General Public $22/$26

Kyle Riabko: Bacharach Reimagined
May 25, 2017
7PM

Kyle Riabko, star and creator of the hit West End and Off Broadway show Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined, brings his fresh, extraordinary Bacharach arrangements to life again in a tour-de-force solo performance. Accompanying himself on guitar, Kyle Riabko, brings his extraordinary, contemporary arrangements of Bacharach standards to vivid life. The New York stage production was named “One of the Year’s 10 Best” by The New York Times and received nominations for Drama Desk Awards, Outer Critics Circle Awards, and Lucille Lortel Awards for which Riabko was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical. The New York Times raved, “Riabko searches out the emotional layers of the songs with impressive precision,” and Entertainment Weekly called Riabko a “wonderfully appealing star.” The evening includes great Bacharach hits reimagined by Kyle with engaging stories about his relationship with Bacharach and the songs themselves. “Kyle has done something truly unique with my music. He’s a beautiful singer and one hell of a guitar player.” — BURT BACHARACH

Members $18/$22, Guests $21/$25, General Public $24/$28

Firebird Balalaika Ensemble
June 6, 2017
7PM

Founded in 1995, Firebird has built their reputation as a unique, dynamic, and accomplished group of musicians performing a variety of old world style music featuring traditional Russian instruments. These unique instruments including the domra, the balalaida and the bavan, a member of the accordion family, were popular in Russia and the Ukraine during the 15th century. Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and works of contemporary composers. The band is comprised of a talented musicians who have studied and toured all over the world. Irvna Orlova, virtuoso of the domra and graduat of Kiev Conservatory, serves as the music director of the ensemble. Iryna’s talents are complimented with exciting arrangements by Anatoliy Mamalyga Anatoliy was the music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed “Ridni Naspivy” ensemble of the Kiev State Philharmonic Society.

Touring extensively in the US and abroad, the ensemble also performs for TV, radio, and films. Firebird has appeared with great success at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco, Fechin Institute in Taos, NM, Hoover Auditorium in Lakeside, OH, Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa, Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno, Sound of LA concert series at the Getty Museum, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, and the Russian International Festival in San Francisco.

Members $14/$18, Guests $17/$21, General Public $20/$24

Joanne O’Brien A Sentimental Journey The Doris Day Songbook
June 22, 2017
7PM

Audiences have long enjoyed a wide range of musical stylings from singer/songwriter Joanne O’Brien. Hailed the Carole Lombard of cabaret, Joanne infuses humor, sultry charm, and a vocal quality that stands alone. Her soaring soprano and sultry chest tones are rooted in classical training with a degree in Opera from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia. She has mastered the bridge from classical to Broadway and pop while using her dulcet tones to perform inspirational music. Joanne was featured as part of the GVR Live! 2015/2016 with her tribute to Karen Carpenter. Joanne returns to the West Center stage to pay tribute to another legendary entertainer, Doris Day.

Joanne O’Brien takes us on a very Sentimental Journey of the music of Doris Day form the time she was a teenager just starting out to how she survived four tumultuous marriages, lost it all and came back without missing a beat. Through story and song the life of Doris Day is presented with joy, laughter, melancholy and victory. If none wanted to hear Doris Day sing live you would have to go back in time to before her film career as she never performed live again once this chapter of her life took off. Hearing Joanne sing and tell Doris Day’s story is the closest you will get to having Doris sing live herself.

Members $18/$22, Guests $21/$25, General Public $24/$28

Jimmy Weber I Moved a Mountain
August 22, 2017
7PM

Music, Military, and Family! These are the three most important things to Jimmy Weber. I Moved a Mountain is about the places he’s been and the people he’s met along the way. Throughout the course of this moving and well-crafted show, Jimmy shares memories about his family and the inspiration behind his poignant song, I Moved a Mountain. The song was written about Jimmy’s grandfather and the tremendous impact this inspirational man had on Jimmy’s life.

Jimmy’s behind the scenes stories about his time touring with Wayne Newton and playing lead guitar for John Denver highlight Jimmy’s unique brand of storytelling and sense of humor. Jimmy also shares stories and memories from his 5 deployments in his 24 years of service with the US Air Force and the US Servicemen who touched his life. Jimmy highlights these stories with songs from his musical heroes. Spot on vocals and unparalleled guitar work breathe new life into such legends as Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Glen Campbell, as well as selections from Jimmy’s self-titled album.

Members $16/$20, Guests $19/$23, General Public $22/$26

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 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.

Accessibility

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
520-625-0288
• I-10 to I-19 South
• Exit Continental Road exit # 63, turn right
• Right on Calle de Las Casitas
• Left on GVR Drive

Visitor Information

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