Thursday, December 25, 2014 8:19 am
The time has come to bid farewell to 2014 and welcome in the new year! We’ve rounded up the things to do on New Year’s Eve in Phoenix:
Monday, December 15, 2014 6:45 am
Sticky cheeks, dirty hands, and smiling faces.
Thursday, December 4, 2014 10:03 pm
Families looking to start a new holiday tradition or simply feel the spirit of the season will find an abundance of options in downtown Mesa this year. From visiting the Mesa Temple Garden Lights to enjoying a holiday concert at Mesa Arts Center (MAC) and everything in between, there are plenty of possibilities for celebrating the holidays practically every day of the week.
Thursday, November 27, 2014 11:55 am
Thursday, November 20, 2014 9:02 pm
Thursday, November 6, 2014 9:46 pm
Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:30 pm
The Phoenix International Raceway is teaming up with Phoenix Symphony and Barrett-Jackson Auction Company to celebrate their 50th anniversary through an evening dedicated to music and racing.
Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Thursday, September 18, 2014 5:22 am
His face is on billboards and bus stops around town, but Tito Muñoz — the new Virginia G. Piper Music Director of The Phoenix Symphony and a rising young star on the conductor circuit, is an unassuming man who speaks humbly, equating his role to that of “a glorified traffic cop.”
Friday, July 18, 2014 2:39 am
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is returning to the Valley, and this time they are bringing the spirit of jazz to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
Monday, May 12, 2014 7:00 am
Anna Han is one of three Arizona high school seniors named a U.S. Presidential Scholar this week. The honor is somewhat deceiving in name.
Friday, May 2, 2014 10:43 am
Ballet master Ib Anderson honors his mentor, famed choreographer George Balanchine, with a night infused with Balanchine’s techniques and style — and presented by Ballet Arizona in three works that encompass a Western motif, from costumes to music.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 2:38 pm
Decompress before heading back into the work week with a Sunday afternoon concert sure to soothe harried nerves and spare your pocketbook.
Music Director Laureate Michael Christie returns once again to lead The Phoenix Symphony in one of the greatest of all works, Verdi’s massive and theatrical Messa da Requiem.
Monday, April 7, 2014 8:57 am
The community orchestra wraps up its performance season with music from Verdi and William Herschel, along with Gustav Holst’s “The Planets.”
Friday, April 4, 2014 6:00 am
At just 13, Ethan Bortnick has moved audiences nationally and internationally as a pianist, composer, singer, entertainer, and a driven humanitarian, dedicated to combining his musical pursuits with his charity work.
Friday, March 28, 2014 8:30 am
Symphony of the Southwest and Youth Symphony of the Southwest perform their annual side-by-side concert, which features narration from Mesa Mayor Scott Smith for “Tubby the Tuba” and “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” as well as a combined performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade.” Original artwork from Mesa and Tempe Union high school students will be shown on a large screen during the performance. The art will also be on display in the lobby as part of a silent auction.
Best Band/Music Ensemble
East Valley Millennial Choirs and Orchestras
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(855) 233-2900 or millennial.org/east-valley
This national group, formerly known as the Mormon Choral Organization, began its Arizona chapter in 2009. With seven performing ensembles — six choirs and a symphony orchestra — Millennial provides a musical entry point for all ages, from 4 year olds to adults, training each in the structure and forms of traditional, sacred and classical music. All groups perform at Mesa Arts Center.
Sonoran Desert Chorale
1530 E. Indigo St.
(480) 835-7059 or sonorandesertchorale.org
Salt River Brass
performs at Mesa Arts Center
(602) 334-4556 or saltriverbrass.org
Best Live Performance Venue
Mesa Arts Center
1 E. Main St.
(480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com
Downtown Mesa’s award-winning arts campus boasts an impressive line-up of concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Big-name performers are often found on stage here, but you’re just as likely to enjoy a performance from resident troupes like Mesa Encore Theatre, Symphony of the Southwest or Ballet Etudes. The five-gallery Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum hosts exihibts from local and national artists.
The Palms Theatre
5247 E. Brown Road
(480) 924-6260 or thepalmstheatre.com
263 N. Center St.
(480) 644-2560 or mesaamp.com
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Friday, March 21, 2014 4:39 am
Remember the training scene in “Rocky” where Sylvester Stallone chin-ups and chest-presses his way through the powerful horn lines of “Gonna Fly Now”? If so, then you’re familiar with the work of Bill Conti — Hollywood conductor and composer extraordinaire.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 2:01 pm
Bill Bitter went to college expecting to graduate and become a concert violinist, but he realized his talents were better served as a teacher than performer.
Friday, March 7, 2014 11:37 am
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:49 am
See Arizona’s premier performing arts groups — Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera and The Phoenix Symphony — perform on one stage during this gala fundraising event featuring excerpts from the “Barber of Seville,” “West Side Story” and “Schindler’s List.” While gala tickets, which include cocktails, the performance, dinner and dancing, are costly, performance-only tickets offer an affordable way to see all three groups perform simultaneously.
Internationally acclaimed pianist, Walter Cosand, performs Schumann's Concerto in A minor with the Symphony of the Southwest. The Schumann is one the greatest romantic piano concertos ever written. Also on the program, the timeless and powerful Symphony No. 5 by Beethoven.