A group of dozens of players start their performance by hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400-year-old tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum with everything in their souls, creating a powerful surge of energy. Their live performances are so full of intensity that they make people’s bodies jump and their hearts race faster. Audiences are overwhelmed by the beat of the music, as their bodies are uplifted in sync with the powerful sounds. This group, from beautiful Nara Prefecture in Japan, is able to exhibit great originality and innovation through this traditional Japanese musical instrument, the wadaiko (Japanese drum). This is the epitome of the Japanese spirit, a roaring sound that will make you experience new exciting adventures.
Yamato has given over 2,500 performances in 51 countries and regions. Every year, the group tours the world for 6 to 10 months, creating and presenting original Yamato compositions and stages to dazzle growing audiences around the world. Centennial Hall | 1020 E. University Blvd | 3pm
Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of
Seville, is brought to vivid life at Arizona Opera. When the
handsome Count Almaviva falls in love with the beautiful
Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s crafty barber, to help
win her favor and make a fool of her ridiculous guardian,
Dr. Bartolo. Audiences will delight in this plot, full of twists
and turns, mistaken identities, and the triumph of young love,
all wrapped up in Rossini’s unmistakably masterfull. TCC | 260 S Church | 7pm
Each year the best films from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, held annually in Alberta, Canada, head out on Tour making over 350 stops in nearly 40 countries around the world. These films offer a provocative exploration of the mountain world by featuring to exotic landscapes, remote cultures and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports. Fox Theatre | 17 W Congress | time
The rebranded (fka Conquistador) tournament brings in 78-players competing for a $1.7 million purse with $255,000 and 255 Charles Schwab Cup points for the winner. The no-cut format includes three days of competition (Friday-Sunday) with players participating in pro-am events on Wednesday and Thursday. Tournament proceeds benefit youth athletic programs in Southern Arizona.
Omni Tucson Resort | 2727 W Club Dr | 10am
Now in its 7th year the WildWild West Con
is 3 days of Cosplay and Victorian era science fiction. This year’s Convention theme is Robots vs Dinosaurs. Friday and Saturday night nightlife in the for of concerts, burlesque and drinking games. Old Tucson | 201 S Kinney Rd | 11am