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.

Download the Performing Arts Brochures:
2019-2020 Season Brochure


Jarabe Mexicano and Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles
More Info
Tuesday, January 14

Jarabe Mexicano’s five members are bi-lingual with extensive backgrounds in music education. Jarabe Mexicano electrifies audiences with their own brand of traditional meets modern! Performing a wide range of repertoire on authentic mariachi instruments, Jarabe’s arrangements feature stunning harmonized vocals in Spanish and English.

Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles catapulted to international fame when they danced at the 90th Annual Academy Awards in celebration of the Pixar movie, Coco, also performing at the D23 Expo, the Coco Premiere at the El Capitan Theater, and “Disney Night” on DWTS working alongside Natalia Lafourcade, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Miguel as they sang the award-winning “Remember Me”. BFLA has worked on stage with Grammy Award winners Lila Downs, Pepe Aguilar, Mariachi Divas and Mariachi Camperos.
Please, come and join us with a delightful, and fascinating evening with music by Jarabe Mexicano and dance with Ballet Folklórico de Los Ángeles of the Southwest!

Members $36 * Guests $39 * General Public $44


Bettman & Halpin
More Info
Thursday, January 23

Multi-award winners Bettman & Halpin have a well-earned reputation for hypnotizing performances filled with irresistible lyrics, transcendent harmonies, and roof-raising instrumentals.

Their concerts combine high-energy upbeat bluegrass/roots inspired compositions, beautiful ballads, with soaring vocals and heartfelt lyrics, and groovy feel-good songs that audiences will be singing on their heads for weeks thereafter.
Bettman & Halpin create and authentic connection with their audience, and they have become as known for their storytelling and playful banter as for their hooky whole-hearted songs and instrumental wizardry.

Members $22 * Guests $25 * General Public $30


Joanne O’Brien A Sentimental Journey: The Doris Day Songbook
More Info
Tuesday, January 28

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 having been the opening inspirational artist for best-selling authors Marianne Williamson, James Van Praague, Dan Millman, and most recently Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage” and PBS regular.

Member $28 * Guest $31 * General Public $36


Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Tubalicious
More Info
Friday, January 31
Doors open at 6pm. Preshow Lecture begins at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm.

Mei-Ann Chen, Conductor
Praised for her dynamic, passionate conducting style, Taiwanese-American conductor Mei-Ann Chen is acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm and high-level music-making, galvanizing audiences and communities alike. Music Director of the MacArthur Award-winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011, and Artistic Director & Conductor for the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016, Maestra Chen has just been named Principal Guest Conductor of Austria’s Recreation Grosses Orchester Graz, and first-ever Artistic Partner of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) in Houston, Texas, effective September 2019. Highly regarded as a compelling communicator and an innovative leader both on and off the podium, and a sought-after guest conductor, she continues to expand her relationships with orchestras worldwide.

Recognized as someone who has redefined the orchestra experience, amongst Ms. Chen’s honors and awards are being named one of the 2015 Top 30 Influencers by Musical America, (the bible of the performing arts industry); a 2012 Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras; Winner, the 2007 Taki Concordia Fellowship; and First Prize Winner, the prestigious Malko Competition in 2005. Ms. Chen is the recipient of several ASCAP awards for innovative programming during her tenure as the Music Director of Chicago Sinfonietta & Portland Youth Philharmonic in Oregon (2002 – 2007). Ms. Chen is also Conductor Laureate of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, having served as Music Director from 2010 to 2016.

Born in Taiwan, Mei-Ann Chen came to the United States to study violin in 1989 and became the first student in New England Conservatory’s history to receive master’s degrees simultaneously in both violin and conducting.
She later studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting. Ms. Chen participated in the National Conductor Preview, National Conducting Institute, Aspen American Academy of Conducting, and Pierre Monteux School.


Billy McGuigan’s Rock Twist
More Info
Thursday, February 6

Internationally recognized performer, Billy McGuigan, leads his 14-piece rock and roll big band through a high-energy experience that features music from the greats – Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Harry Connick Jr., to The Doors, Chuck Berry, Billy Joel to British Invasion hits and One-Hit-Wonders! Rock Twist’s all original arrangements breathe new life into audience favorites and Billy’s passion, charisma, stage presence, and unmatched energy will excite your audience and leave them screaming for more!

Billy McGuigan has received national attention and critical acclaim for his dynamic portrayal of the legendary Buddy Holly in his show Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience and has been recognized for having one of the most innovative shows touring the country, Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience. He has sold out theaters all across North America and has broken box office and attendance records in several theaters across the country. Billy’s Yesterday and Today holds the record for the longest running show in the history of the Howard Drew Theatre at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Billy has won countless awards for his work including the Spotlight Award for Best Actor in a Musical, an Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award, he was the recipient of the Midland Business Journals 40 under 40 award, and was awarded the Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service by the Faculty and Staff at the University of Nebraska.

Members $34 * Guests $37 * General Public $42


LP and the Vinyls
More Info
Tuesday, February 11

The roots of jazz are alive in popular music. The two have remained joined at the hip throughout the history of the art forms. Enter Leonard Patton and Danny Green: a desire to further explore this musical connection is the raison d’etre behind the Leonard Patton/Danny Green Quartet.

Patton, ever the smoky, soulful vocalist plays in and around the lush piano structures created by Green as the two spin memorable pop standards into a more playful take on jazz.

This joining of forces explores the cream of the Hit Parade, reimagining classic pop radio hit songs by the likes of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles. With Danny Green Trio members Justin Grinnell and Julien Cantelm, the quartet uses the familiar as a springboard into a deep pool of originality and improvisation, adding creative twists and turns while maintaining the heritage of the original songs.

Members $24 * Guests $27 * General Public $32


Tucson Symphony Orchestra Pops II
More Info
Tuesday, February 18

Jose Luis Gomez, Conductor
Katherine Byrnes, Vocalist

“Great Romances of the Stage and Screen” – Join TSO and Maestro Jose Luis Gomez for an evening of musical romances from Broadway and the Sunset Strip. Hear selections of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, Rodgers and Hammerstein and MORE! Guest vocalist Katherine Byrnes, known worldwide for Jazz, Broadway, Rock and Classical genres, will add an enchanting element to the evening.

Members $38 * Guests $41 * General Public $46


Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Show
More Info
Thursday, February 20

Relive the rock and roll magic of Fleetwood Mac with RUMOURS: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show!

Formed in the summer of 2012 in Los Angeles, California, RUMOURS made their debut at the infamous Roxy Theatre on Sunset Strip, and within months would be seen worldwide on AXS TV’s World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.

RUMOURS has meticulously put together a show that spares no detail. Recreating the band’s legendary persona, in all its youthful glory from 1975-1987. From period accurate equipment and costumes to spot on characterizations and musical performances, RUMOURS takes you back to a time when music was still an unbridled cultural experience and band were not afraid to put on a show.

The band is comprised of Jesika Miller as Stevie Nicks, Rebecca Fishman as Christine McVie, Ned Brower as Mick Fleetwood (Rooney), Taylor Locke as Lindsey Buckingham (Rooney), Nic johns (The Motels & Ben Lee).

Members $34 * Guests $37 * General Public $42


Jessica Fichot
More Info
Tuesday, February 25

Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of 1940’s Shanghai jazz, international folk, gypsy swing and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S – backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals (French, Chinese, Spanish and English.)

“Fichot’s music is a glittering testament to L.A.’s multiculturalism; she brings an art-song sensibility to delightfully catchy tunes, some sung in French, some in English and some in Chinese.”- Los Angeles Times

Members $23 * Guests $26 * General Public $31


Justin Johnson
More Info
Tuesday, March 3

Justin Johnson has been declared a “must-see act” by Guitar World, lauded as an “American Master” by John Carter Cash, and a “musical visionary” by Ted Nugent. Becoming as sought-after for his musical production talents as his performance, Justin has worked closely with Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Bootsy Collins, each performing on and producing tracks on the other’s most recent albums, and is currently producing John Carter Cash’s upcoming album, “Hey Crow.”

Justin has been recognized as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion, and his original music has been licensed to Wieden & Kennedy, Dodge Motor Co, Ken Burns, Florentine Films, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, PBS, and scores of independent films. When legendary filmmaker David Lynch was recently asked by Pitchfork Magazine what current musical artist he’d most like to work with, he cited Justin Johnson. Keep an eye out for more on that!

Members $34 * Guests $37 * General Public $42


Tucson Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Eroica
More Info
Friday, March 6
Doors open at 6pm. Preshow Lecture begins at 6:30pm. Performance begins at 7:30pm

Jose’ Luis Gomez, violin
Lauren Roth, violin
Michelle Abraham, violin
“I love Mozart’s music, and this is a special opportunity for me to play it alongside my colleague and friend. Michelle and I are a team on the first stand and I hope the audience enjoys seeing us partner as soloists to bring alive the joy and life of this piece.” – Lauren Roth, TSO Concertmaster.

Stretching boundaries of form, length, harmony, and perceived emotional content, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (1803/1804) is considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and Romantic era Beethoven originally dedicated it to Napoleon Bonaparte, who he believed embodied the democratic ideals of the French Revolution…he withdrew the dedication

Members $38 * Guests $41 * General Public $46


More Info
Tuesday, March 10

Camarada is dedicated to presenting invigorating performances of musical masterworks. Established in 1994, Camarada concerts share the joy of chamber music by pairing performers of the highest caliber with intimate and intriguing spaces. With a vast international repertoire, Camarada has carved out a unique niche crafting programs that charm and intrigue! San Diego’s venerable chamber music organization now offers its elegant, innovative programs for touring engagements!

Camarada performs concerts of mixed instrumentation from their core group of flute, strings, and keyboard. Some of their program titles are “Meet the Americans”, “From Classical to Tango”, “Bohemian Journey” and “Cantos de Amor”. Also, check out programs with dance and narration!

Members $22 * Guests $25 * General Public $30


Hot Club of San Francisco
More Info
Thursday, March 19

Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s.  Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan  sets  up  camp  in  a  field  outside  of  town,  luring  the  locals  out  for  an  evening’s  fun.  The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn.  As the images flicker to life beneath  the  stars,  gypsy  musicians  play  their  guitars  and  fiddles,  matching  every  movement  on  the screen with  characteristic  virtuosity,  passion  and  humor.  Reviving this lost  entertainment; The  Hot Club  of San  Francisco presents Cinema Vivant,  an  evening  of  vintage  silent  films  accompanied  by live gypsy swing.

Cinema Vivant is a celebration of imagination and innovation.  Before World War I, European filmmaker, Ladislaw Starewicz, pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience.  A gifted storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant: The Camera operator’s Revenge, a charming piece about the marital troubles of

beetles; and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys.   On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920’s by combining animation with live action.  There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.

The Hot Club of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Quintette du Hot Club de France.  The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass, and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements and original compositions.   Film Titles:  There It Is, Charley Bowers (1928) The Cameraman’s Revenge, Ladislaw Starewicz (1912) The Mascot, Ladislaw Starewicz (1933)

Members $28 * Guests $31 * General Public $36


Green Valley Stage Band
Thursday, April 2

The Green Valley Stage Band has been delighting audiences throughout southern Arizona since 1990. This 20-piece band of musicians offers an eclectic blend of jazz standards from the big band era, as well as jazz interpretations of modern tunes. Original arrangements and compositions by band director Jim Parcel, pianist Carl Tootle, and band bassist Dave Rudloff add a unique flavor to the band’s sound.

These dedicated jazz musicians, many of whom have had vast experience performing all over the United States, will provide a program of exciting big band arrangements.

Members $18 * Guests $21 * General Public $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.

Online ticket sales are not available at this time. To purchase tickets please visit the West Center Box Office or call (520) 625-3440.

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.

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 Arts & Entertainment Supervisor at (520) 625-3440 ext. 7219.

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! 2019/2020 Performing Arts Season

On sale July 1 – August 23, 2019

Advance Ticket Purchase

Season tickets may be purchased July 1-August 23, 2019. 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 7, 2019.

Exceptional Discounts

Become a season ticket holder for the GVR Live! 2019/2020 Performing Arts Season to receive a great discount with exceptional benefits. Minimum purchase of five (5) tickets required. Purchase tickets for 5-9 performances and receive a 10% discount off the regular member price. Purchase tickets for 10 or more performances to receive 20% off the regular member price.

Season ticket prices are available from July 1 – August 23, 2019. 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.

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.

Ticket Refund/Exchange Policy

All ticket sales are final.  There are no refunds or exchanges for individual member, guest or general public 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 6 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.
  • Seat saving is not permitted at any time in the West Center Auditorium.
  • As a courtesy to your fellow patrons, it is recommended that hates be removed in the auditorium to avoid obstructing views.
  • Children six years and under are not permitted to attend performances. Exceptions may apply for some special engagements.
  • Some artists may set their performance sounds level at an intensity that is not suitable for all patrons. Complimentary earplugs are available in the Box Office.


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. Please inform the Box Office when you purchase tickets or upon arrival to West Center if wheelchair accessible seating 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

Visitor Information

Click here for a listing of local hotels:
Green Valley Area Hotels