PCC to present faculty tuba concert
Courtesy photo, Mark Nelson has performed tuba concerts for more than 30 years. He also is the music director for the Northwest Intergenerational Community Orchestra in Oro Valley.

How many different combinations of instruments can perform in a tuba recital?

Mark Nelson, who heads the performing arts department at Pima Community College, is going to try several on Thursday, April 16, according to a press release.

His eclectic program for the solo tuba includes tuba and piano, tuba and whale ensemble via CD recording, two tubas and piano, and two euphoniums and two tubas playing as a quartet. The annual faculty tuba recital includes “Concert Piece for Tuba and Piano” by Libby Larsen; “Three Pieces,” based on piano works by Johannes Brahms, arranged for tuba and piano; and “Sultry and Eccentric for Tuba and Piano” by James Grant.

The program also includes “Beneath the Horizon III” for tuba and whale ensemble by Priscilla McClean, “Tuba Duos” for two tubas and piano by Walter Ross, “Tba4tet” and “Endgame” for tuba/euphonium quartet by James Grant.

Nelson will be accompanied by pianist Marie Sierra, along with guest performers Kelly Thomas on euphonium, University of Arizona graduate students Daniel Brown on tuba, and Megan Evens on euphonium, and PCC music student Arthur Tyson on tuba.

Nelson serves as the first music director for the Northwest Intergenerational Community Orchestra in Oro Valley that combines school-aged musicians with retired musicians in one community orchestra. 

He holds master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from Arizona State University, and a master of education degree in education administration from the University of Vermont.

Nelson currently serves as director of bands at PCC. He has been performing solo tuba recitals for more than 30 years and has performed at international conferences and workshops in Japan, Australia, Canada, and in many states across the country.

He performs locally on bass trombone with Big Band Express, and on tuba as a regular extra with the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Pops orchestras.

Keenly interested in music education, Nelson is currently the vice-president for professional development for the Arizona Music Educators Association.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the PCC Center for the Arts recital hall, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for students, seniors and PCC affiliates.

For ticket information, call the box office at 206-6986 or e-mail centerforthearts@pima.edu.

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