Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music: Students, faculty and visiting artists perform in five concert halls across campus and at venues across Tempe and the Valley. Info: (480) 965-3371 or music.asu.edu/events.
Arizona Opera: Founded in 1971, the company provides Phoenix and Tucson with operas of the highest quality. Info: (602) 266-7464 or azopera.com.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts: Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Anne Scott Ward Performing Arts Center and at other venues. Info: (480) 732-7343 or www.cgc.maricopa.edu/performingarts.
Chandler Symphony Orchestra: Conductor Jack Herriman leads this group of volunteer musicians who provide live classical music to the public free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Performances are held at venues in Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes. Info: (480) 899-3447 or chandlersymphony.net.
Gold Canyon Arts Council: This community arts organization stages quality musical and theatrical productions for residents of Apache Junction and Gold Canyon at the Gold Canyon United Methodist Church. Info: (480) 983-2171 or gcac1.com.
Metropolitan Youth Symphony: This youth orchestra in its 30th season has more than 300 members in four 70- to 85-piece orchestras, plus a fiddler’s group. They perform at Mesa Arts Center and the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa hotel. Info: (480) 456-9501 or azmys.org.
Phoenix Symphony: Arizona’s professional orchestra, with roots going back to 1947, provides full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as at venues in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and central Arizona. Info: (602) 495-1999 or phoenixsymphony.org.
Salt River Brass: Director Patrick Sheridan leads this band of brass and percussion musicians that performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (602) 334-4556 or saltriverbrass.org.
San Tan Chorale and Orchestra: These groups, along with the San Tan Players, are part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, a group launched in 2006 to provide performing arts opportunities for residents of the Southeast Valley. They put on concerts and musicals at venues throughout the East Valley. Info: (480) 297-7552 or stcpa.org.
Sonoran Desert Chorale: The group performs Saturdays at First United Methodist Church in Mesa and Sundays at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. Info: (480) 835-7059 or sonorandesertchorale.org.
Symphony of the Southwest: Maestro Cal Stewart Kellog leads this 56-year-old East Valley symphonic group in classical and pops concerts at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 827-2143 or symphonyofthesouthwest.org.