Special Events: Arts & Culture

Special Events at The J!

To register, please register at the event listing or call 520-299-3000. Refunds will not be offered once the event has begun.

Concerts at The J:

To register, please visit www.tucsonjcc.org or call 520-299-3000. 

Desert Melodies Sings Summer Classics
Sunday, August 19 at 2pm

“The Best of Broadway”…..listen to your favorite songs from your favorite shows!

Guys & Dolls, Grease, West Side Story, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and many more!
Fabulous vocals and a live band make this a performance you don’t want to miss!

Tickets are $10.

CANCELLED! Celebration of Heritage Concert:  Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 2pm


On Oct 7 at 2 pm  “ The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet

The Amos Hoffman & Noam Lemish Quartet offers an inspired blend of jazz and Jewish folk melodies. Amos Hoffman is an internationally renowned virtuoso and innovator; Noam Lemish is a multi-faceted, world-class pianist and composer. For years, Amos and Noam have been collecting Jewish melodies from different parts of the world including Kurdish, Yemenite, Moroccan, Ladino, Russian and Israeli songs. The quartet’s lyrical and vibrant reimagining of beloved Jewish melodies have been captivating audiences all across North America. This concert is part of a tour celebrating the release of their new album Pardes.

Tickets are $10.

Jewish Jazz Connection: The Music, Life & Times of George & Ira Gershwin with the Robin Bessier Band
Sunday, October 14, 2-3:30pm

The treasure trove that makes up the Gershwin songbook changed forever the landscape of America’s popular music and jazz.  Together, brothers Israel and Jacob Gershowitz — or as they later became known – Ira and George Gershwin — wrote more than a dozen Broadways shows and four Hollywood films before George’s untimely and sudden death from a brain tumor at age 38. George, an accomplished pianist and composer, quit school when he was 15 to “plug” songs in New York City’s “Tin Pan Alley,” earning $15 a week.  He sold his first original composition at age 17 and by the time he was 19 had scored his first national hit “Swanee,” made famous by Al Jolson.  Five years later, he teamed up with his older brother, Ira, to write music for “Lady Be Good,” the first of many Broadway hits. Robin Bessier’s band will explore the life and times of these two brothers and celebrate their music in the fourth concert in the Jewish Jazz Connection series.  Joining jazz vocalist Bessier are Michael Moynihan, saxophones and clarinet; Barney McClure, piano; Jack Wood, bass; and Roscoe Freund, drums.
Tickets are $10.

TSO Just for Kids Concert
Sunday, October 21, 4-5pm

Enjoy a free, fun, family experience for everyone– filled with musical discovery & incredible storytelling! The J is thrilled to continue this collaboration with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

FREE & Open to all

Opera In the Sculpture Garden

Tuesday, October 30

3-5 PM

The U of A Voice and Opera Theatre Section will provide the Program:

1. Selections from Daniel Cantanas ”La Hija de Rappaccini” and Michael Chings “Speed Dating”
2. Selections from Some of Operas Greatest Hits
The second part will be run as an Aria Auction.

The performance will be followed by a reception where the audience can meet the performers. Cookies for the reception will be provided by OGSA, coffee, water and lemonade by JCC. The Program will be in the Sculpture Garden.


Celebration of Heritage Concert: Camerata Sonora 
Sunday, November 18, 2-4 pm

Camerata Sonora, Tucson’s recreational ensemble for professional musicians, will present “Around The Black Sea”, a program of music from the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Turkey. This exciting music is raucous, rhythmic, and often uses scales foreign to Western ears. Come and enjoy these musical traditions with us!

Tickets are $10.

Hanukkah Cantata
Sunday, December 8, 2018, 7:30-9:00 pm

The Hanukkah Cantata is a sweeping retelling of the Hanukkah story, taken from ancient and modern Jewish texts, and set in a lively and accessible musical style. Cantors and soloists from seven of Tucson’s congregations come together to sing in a performance jointly presented by the congregations, the JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. They will be joined by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and members of the congregational choirs. A second act features the soloists performing some of their favorite repertoire, and traditional Hanukkah music. Participants include: Rabbi-Hazzan Avraham Alpert; Cantor Janece Cohen; Cantorial Soloist Marjorie Hochberg; Cantorial Soloist Nichole Chorny; Cantorial Soloist Diana Povolotskaya; Cantorial Soloist Sarah Bollt; Cantorial Intern Emily Ellentuck; and Dale Whitmore. Music was written by Robert Lopez-Hanshaw, the Choir Director at Temple Emanu-El. JCC Ballroom

TSO Just For Kids Hanukkah Concert
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4-5 pm

Enjoy a free, fun, family experience for everyone– filled with musical discovery & incredible storytelling celebrating Hanukkah! The J is thrilled to continue this collaboration with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
FREE & Open to all

Celebration of Heritage: Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2pm

“ Jewish Sacred Fusion Concert with Brian Yosef Schachter-Brooks and Friends”

Spiritual teacher and pianist/composer Brian Yosef will present classic and original Jewish music, both sacred and beyond. This will be a Tree of Life with its roots in prayer, a trunk of klezmer, and its branches reaching into improvisational playfulness. Brian Yosef will be joined by other musical friends for this eclectic concert experience. 

Tickets are $10.