Special Events: Arts & Culture


Welcome The New Year: A Visual Arts Workshop for Rosh ha-Shanah

Sunday, September 17, Noon – 2 pm
In this workshop, in preparation for Rosh ha-Shanah you will be guided through a mixed-media process that invites our reflection on the seven spiritual building blocks (Sefirot) with which G-d created the world. You will create a project that will invite us to reflect on Kindness, Severity, Harmony, Perseverance, Splendor, Foundation and Loyalty. This is a family friendly event. All are welcome! Carolyn King has been a teaching-artist for over 30 years. She has focused her teaching work on Arts as Healing with community members age 3-93.
Instructor: Carolyn King
$15/ $10 members
Perlman Art Studio


Tucson Symphony Orchestra Just for Kids Concert at the Tucson J!
Peter and the Wolf with the TSO Wind Quintet
Sunday, September 17, 2 – 4 pm
Enjoy a free, fun, family experience for everyone—filled with musical discovery and incredible storytelling! The Tucson J is thrilled to continue this collaboration with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Wind Quintet. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Wind Quintet brings you the classic Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, adapted for a smaller ensemble.   Will Peter be able to catch the wolf with his friends the bird, cat, and duck?  Come dressed as your favorite animal and find out!
Sunday, September 17
Free and open to all




New! Putting Your Best Foot Forward with Ballet Tucson

Sunday, October 15, 2 pm
Experience creative movement, basic ballet and life skills in a fun afternoon with Ballet Tucson’s Professional Dancers and Staff. Great for the whole family – Ballet Tucson Artists will lead and inspire young and old alike to create their own “Art That Moves” in the Tucson J’s Sculpture Garden.
Adults: $12/ $10 members        
Children under 18: $8/ $7 members
Tucson J Sculpture Garden


New! The Jewish-Jazz Connection and the Great American Songbook:  A Musical Review

Wednesday, October 18, 6:30 pm
A musical review of the Jewish-Jazz Connection and the Great American Songbook from the swinging jazz that brought America to its feet in dancehalls across the U.S. in the 1930 and 40s, to the Brazilian bossa nova craze that swept the nation in the 1950s and 60s. Benny Goodman, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Lithuania, led the first racially integrated band, and concert to Carnegie Hall in 1938. George Gershwin’s songbook is a study in itself, making up a huge body of work within the Great American Songbook. Stan Getz (originally born Stanley Gayetzky) was a child prodigy and helped to shepherd Brazilian jazz into the U.S. Robin Bessier’s Jazz Trio explores this rich tapestry in a concert that will both entertain and educate.
$12/$10 members


New! Art Talk: Design Elements & The Art of Appreciation

Thursday, October 19, 5 – 6 pm
Artist and Gallerist Yun Gee Park will lead a seminar on the appreciation of art. Tucson’s Yun Gee Park Gallery presents works by leading artists from across the United States, Israel, Germany, France, and South Korea, as well as work by Tucson artists. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Park will showcase items from the Yun Gee Park Gallery as tools for conversation.
Instructor: Yun Gee Park
$15/ $10 members
Jewish Heritage Center


New! Ballet Tucson: Sole Impressions New Works Performance

Sunday, November 12, 2 pm
Cheer the next generation of dance makers at the Tucson J with engaging new works from our professional company! Innovative, entertaining and moving dance will be presented “up close and personal” by company artists. Along with insights provided from each choreographer, a question and answer session will be offered to delve more deeply into the creative process of classical and contemporary ballet. Meet Ballet Tucson Dancers and Choreographers post – performance.  Ballet Tucson’s Founding Artistic Director, Mary Beth Cabana will emcee the event.
$30/ $25 members


New! Hanukkah Artist Showcase

Sunday, December 3, 11 am – 2 pm

The Tucson J will host a Hanukkah artist showcase celebrating the works of local artists in time for holiday gift-giving.
Fine Art Gallery
Free and open to all.


To Tell Our Stories:  Holocaust Survivors of Southern Arizona
Sunday, December 10, 11am – Noon

Members of the Tucson community will share dramatic and poignant accounts of their persecution at the hands of the Nazis, and of perseverance and survival. Learn how the book evolved, and how local schools are using the book in their curriculum. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, with proceeds to benefit the Holocaust Program at Jewish Family & Children’s Services.
Jewish Heritage Center
Free and open to all.


The Bernstein Centennial Celebration Concert

Tuesday, December 19, 6:30 pm
Student singers from the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona will perform a preview concert in anticipation for the 2018 sixth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival. The 2018 Festival will celebrate the Centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth. The concert is an hour in length, free, and will feature a mezzo soprano with a piano accompanist. A question and answer discussion will follow.
Free and open to all.



The Celebration of Heritage Concert Series

Enjoy performances in the Tucson J’s Ballroom showcasing the musical talents by local groups and individuals in a variety of musical genres, while celebrating the multicultural mosaic of our heritage and the many musical talents in Tucson! Hosted by Roza Simkhovich.

All concert tickets $40/$36 members:

Register for $10 drop-in tickets:  

Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00pm

Join us for an unforgettable program featuring Anna Gendler and Alexander Tentser from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, in a violin and piano duo. The program is dedicated to the music of the great German Romantic composer of Jewish origin Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Mendelssohn. Anna Gendler, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in Russia, has been a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra since 1991.  Tentser is one of the organizers and presenters in the 2013 and 2015 Shaol Pozez Memorial Fine Arts Symposiums on Jewish Music.


Celebrating Spanish, Latin and Baroque-Contemporary Music
Sunday, November 19, 2:00 pm

Classical guitarist Michael Lich will perform a concert of exciting Spanish and Latin music and Baroque-Contemporary.  The performance will include works by Albéniz, Brouwer, Lich, Rodrigo and Scarlatti. Michael Lich (classical guitarist, banjo-player, arranger and composer) is an eclectic musician who performs a wide variety of musical styles including classical, jazz and bluegrass. Michael’s classical guitar career has taken him from Skagway, Alaska to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Busan, South Korea to Frankfurt, Germany. Michael currently is on faculty at the Academy of Music and Dance of Tucson/Oro Valley, Quest for the Arts and Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.


Celebrating America’s History!
Thursday, November 30, 7:00 pm
Richard Fuchs is a native of Long Island, New York and has been involved in music & lyric writing for more than 50 years.  His coral setting of “GETTYSBURG” was published and had its premiere performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC on November 19, 1983. His “REQUIEM GEMINI” about the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center and his “CIVIL WAR CANTATA – 150” commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War have been performed many times throughout the country. Additionally, Mr. Fuchs composed the musical score for the off-Broadway play “1999” as well as his signature song “LONG ISLAND.”  Richard and Carol, his wife of 53 years, spend their fall and winter months here in Tucson and the summer and spring seasons back in New York.


Celebrating Italian Melodies: Operatic Arias, Art Songs, and Folk Music

Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 pm

Come join Tucson’s beloved mezzo-soprano, Korby Myrick, and her husband, pianist and composer Richard Hereld for an afternoon of beautiful Italian melody.  The program will be drawn from operatic arias, art songs and folk songs and will feature masterpieces by such composers as Bellini, Rossini, Donezetti, Tosti, Mozart and Verdi. You’re sure to leave humming. Viva Italia!


Call for Participants!

The Celebration of Heritage Concert Series features the talented groups and individuals in the variety of genres of the performing arts, while celebrating the multicultural mosaic of our heritage. If you would like to participate as a performer in our concerts, please contact Roza Simkhovich at rozas@cox.net or call 298-6599.