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Since 1984, National Bank of Arizona has been serving the financial services needs of communities across the state. During this time, NB|AZ has been serving and supporting the cultural needs of our community as an ardent supporter of the arts in all forms. From live performances to art therapy and educational outreach, NB|AZ and our nearly 1,000 employees statewide view our responsibility to the growth of the cultural community as important as any financial investment. When you think about it, National Bank of Arizona practically grew up with many of the fine arts programs in this state. We have always felt that what we do is less about building a ‘portfolio’ and more about building a community. We believe that the arts bring a sense of community. From bank executives serving on performing and fine arts boards to chairing fundraising efforts, NB|AZ employees have been a constant source of support since the bank was founded in Tucson over 30 years ago. Today, the bank’s commitment to the arts community goes far beyond volunteering and sponsorship. We are grateful to the arts community for the opportunity to support their efforts. We are equally proud of our partnership with Act One to help bring the arts to as many of our fellow Arizonans as possible. It is truly an honor.

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BETTY PETERSON Each year, Act One and Scottsdale Artists’ School hold a painting competition to select an original piece of art to grace the cover of ON Stage. This year, the publication is proud to feature the artwork of 2017 winner Betty Peterson. In the 1970s, the Kachina School of Art introduced Betty Peterson to the art world. After working at the school for a few years, Peterson returned to college to receive her degree in interior design. She successfully built her career in commercial design over

In 1983, a small group of artists and community leaders collaborated to build a creative sanctuary within the art community where artists could come together to study and share ideas. Over the last 33 years, that bold idea evolved from a one-studio classroom into a thriving non-profit organization. Located in the Scottsdale Arts District, Scottsdale Artists’ School offers more

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several years before deciding to return to painting in 2001. Peterson credits her time spent at Scottsdale Artists’ School during the 1990s with reigniting her creative spirit and motivating her return to her paint box. Her work has been displayed in galleries in Prescott, at the Arizona Art Expo in Scottsdale and at various other shows in the Valley. Peterson’s paintings have found homes in Phoenix and farther afield in Canada and Slovakia. Her brush name, Bozenka, is a translation of her first name (Betty) as it appears on her Czechoslovakian birth certificate.

than 200 diverse, year-round programs including workshops and weekly classes taught by today’s leading professional artists. In addition to workshops and weekly classes, the school also offers destination workshops, a training program in the areas of drawing and painting, open studios sessions, live artist demonstrations and an engaging youth and teen academy. Come join the School for a workshop, weekly class or demonstration and celebrate more than 30 years of artistic enrichment. Visit to learn more.

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of the proceeds generated by ON Stage, a collaborative magazine that brings artsgoers the best of this season’s arts offerings. It is thanks to ON Media, National Bank of Arizona, the arts partners featured here and ON Stage advertisers that this free publication is made available to the public. A non-profit organization, Act One strives to bring access to the arts to everyone in our communities through field trips for students attending Title 1 schools and through the Act One Culture Pass. Each year, Act One provides more than 500,000 people the opportunity to experience the arts for free or nearly free. This school year, Act One has more than 70 unique field trips available and can bring more than 42,000 students to see professional theater, ballet, symphony, dance and music performances as well as visual arts experiences. Act One pays for the tickets and transportation for students and provides teachers materials they can integrate into the classroom. Schools are responsible for $1 per participant. To learn more about Act One and to donate to its mission, visit

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Act One Celebrates National Arts in Education Week


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The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school or community. Students of all age – from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs – benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family and communities. National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the transformative power of the arts in education. Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration intends to bring attention to this cause for educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students.


Celebrate with Act One! Join the movement to ensure every Arizona student receives an education rich in the arts and has access to the arts through field trip experiences. Do you want to be part of a groundswell of support for the arts in education? Voice your support today!

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More than 42,000 students will have the opportunity to attend arts field trips this year through Act One.

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How the Arts Prepare Students for Success and Citizenship

Children need a well-rounded education to prepare them for the future, and a well-rounded education includes the arts. The arts are a source of inspiration for students to become lifelong learners and innovators, and they are more important than ever to students’ success in the workplace. Equally as important is the role that arts in education has in developing tomorrow’s citizens. An education rich in the arts helps students reach their academic and career potential. More than conveying a body of knowledge, an artsrich education teaches flexible, innovative and critical thinking. Creativity is in high demand in today’s workplace. Innovation requires an

open, inquisitive mind, respect for each team member’s contributions, and the ability to approach problems from various angles. Successful communities require engaged citizens, and the arts have a prominent role in raising up young people to be actively engaged in civic life. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s civic leaders and arts patrons, ensuring that the arts remain strong and vibrant. Act One field trips offer unique ways to illuminate academic subject matter and stimulate learning. Arts experiences through Act One field trips prevoke the “aha” moments of inspiration, discovery and belonging where learning begins. Learn more about the importance of the arts in education and find links to studies at




students with access to the arts—inside or outside classrooms—do better academically, aim higher in their career goals, and become more civically involved.

of Americans believe that the arts are vital to providing a wellrounded education.

is important to top CEOs. In the creative economy, you have to deal with ambiguity. Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

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after record-breaking attendance for their 50th Anniversary Season. Housed in the magnificent Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix, the organization’s home saw more laughing, more tears and more joy from elated theatregoers than ever before. As ATC moves into their second half-century, they usher in a 51st season chock-full of surprises. From laugh-out-loud comedy to searing drama to stomp your feet musicals, ATC will continue bringing you the nationally acclaimed, fully professional work that has put ATC at the very center of cultural life in Phoenix for over 50 years. The season is as diverse and complex as ever – encapsulating the breadth and depth of human experience. Chapter Two is Neil Simon’s semiautobiographical comedy about a recently widowed writer and his new lady love, written as a tribute to Simon’s second wife, Marsha Mason. To add to the excitement, Mason herself will be returning to ATC to direct the show! Incidentally, have you seen Mason in her guest cameo on the Netflix hit show Grace & Frankie? She’s terrific!

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The River Bride – a National Latino Playwriting-award winner – will sweep you up in its current and romance you right out of your seat. It's heartrending tale of true love, regret, transformation and the struggle to stay true to your family while staying true to yourself. You won’t want to miss this sweeping, lyrical fable. The Tony-winning favorite Man of La Mancha invites you to “dream the impossible dream,” going up against windmills with an exciting new flamenco-influenced production. This thrilling new staging will amplify the lasting power and potent emotions of this beloved musical. Did you know author and playwright Dale Wasserman was a fellow Arizonan who made his home here “because it’s the only state which refuses to adopt Daylight Savings Time?”

Outside Mullingar is a romantic comedy that will ring in the New Year. The play is set in the farmlands of Ireland and penned by John Patrick Shanley, the author of Doubt and Moonstruck. Perhaps you remember the scene in Moonstruck where Cher slaps Nicholas Cage and yells, “Snap out of it!” This is the



same writer, once again tackling rocky relationship territory. This engaging show will be directed by ATC’s incoming Artistic Director David Ivers, most recently Artistic Director of The Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he has acted in and directed more than 50 productions spanning 20 seasons. Ivers joined ATC in July 2017. Low Down Dirty Blues turns up the heat with a uniquely rousing, raucous musical event. The creative team that ARTS tore down the house at ATC with the PARTNER electric Ring of Fire last season, as well as the sizzling It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues (2003/2004) and the pulsing rock-n-roll of Love, Janis (2006/2007), brings you this musical experience. ATC is sending you a personal invitation to this once-in-a-lifetime after-hours jam session! To finish the season, ATC presents one of the most powerful and moving stories of the 20th century directed by outgoing Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein: The Diary of Anne Frank. This story continually lingers in our minds throughout the generations because of its optimism and intrinsic truth: the idea that no matter how dire the circumstances, faith in the good of people is what keeps the world in balance – even when all seems lost. This is a show with a message for all. Do you know how to see shows at Arizona Theatre Company at only a fraction of the regular ticket price, AND get the best seats available before they even go on sale to the general public? Become part of the ATC family and treat yourself to a season package. They come in all shapes and sizes, and ATC guarantees you’ll be able to find one that fits your needs. Single tickets will go on sale on a staggered schedule throughout the season. For tickets or more information, visit or call the box office at 602.256.6995 Whether a member of the ATC family or simply purchasing a single ticket, you will no doubt laugh, cry, ponder and just enjoy. You may even leave the theatre changed and uplifted. It’s going to be quite a ride!



FROTHY COMEDY, epic quests, heartbreak, beloved tunes and legions of supernatural monsters: Arizona Opera (AZO) offers stories and music to satisfy every craving. All five AZO productions present plenty of action in manageable bites — in fact the season’s first show, Hercules vs. Vampires (Oct. 21-22), promises all the fun of an iconic Italian B-movie adventure combined with fresh live music in a compact 74-minute package. Singers, orchestra and conductor synchronize a newly composed score from Patrick Morganelli with the 1961 film Hercules in the Haunted World (Ercole al centro della terra), a sword-and-sandal tribute to mythology directed by Mario Bava.

“The story is definitely operatic in scope, with love, sacrifice, hatred, vengeance, jealousy ... it runs the gamut,” says Morganelli. “Getting the vocal lines to match the mouth movements of the actors was very complicated,” he continues. “Visually, the movie is still the centerpiece.” Morganelli adapted the text with careful consideration of each syllable, he explains. “It’ll appear as though the voices of the singers are coming out of the characters on the screen.” Morganelli’s musical style moves from French Impressionism to the 20th-century avant garde of Penderecki. “We need an amorphous, undulating sense to reflect this altered reality, that you’re in the underworld and things can go horribly wrong at any moment,” the composer says with a laugh. Despite some of the film’s rather dated effects, the new score isn’t intended as a spoof. “There’s a kind of unintentional charm to it,” acknowledges Morganelli. “Even though I didn’t write this as a comedy, I’m a firm believer in opera as entertainment.” Conductor Shawn Galvin bears responsibility for keeping the opera together with the help of video monitors and endless


The company premiere of Candide celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s centennial (Feb. 2-4). “It’s a chance for us to embrace one of the great American composers of the 20th century and open our doors to people who connect deeply with theater,” says Arizona Opera’s President and General Director Joseph Specter. “It was ahead of its time — I think that’s part of why audiences were befuddled when it first appeared,” ARTS PARTNER says Portland Opera’s general director Christopher Mattaliano, who directs AZO’s Candide. The production features complex projections from scenic artist Jerome Sirlin – “incredibly evocative and enormous, and yet they change within seconds,” explains Mattaliano. “It’s a cross between opera, operetta and Broadway— clearly Bernstein was reaching for the stars and stretching himself, trying to create a whole new language in musical theater,” he continues. “The trick is to find the laughter and tears within it — to find the heart. This piece is a mess,” Mattaliano adds, “but it’s a glorious mess.” Five leading roles require operatically trained actors skilled in dialogue, and 26-yearold tenor Myles Mykkanen debuts with AZO as Candide himself. “The show is filled with songs that get into your brain ... it has this flavor of familiarity,” says Mykkanen. “The music is fun and catchy and the plot is crazy, but you can’t help but be moved. It’ll be grand and exciting but also intimate and quite powerful. It gives you a bit of everything and — to quote the show — the ‘best of all possible worlds.’” March brings another energetic period piece: Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Mar. 9-11), a tale of mischief, romance and lighthearted intrigue – “truly effervescent,” according to Specter. Joshua Borths, AZO’s director of education and community engagement and resident stage director — will use an enthusiastic roster of former and current Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists to explore commedia dell’arte, Italian improvisation-based theater. “There


preparation. “There’s not a lot of room for error or nuance — it’s on a razor’s edge,” says Galvin. “There are some melodic moments that I fall in love with every time I go back to the score — a couple of them make me laugh because the lyrics are just hilarious, but they’re being delivered in this incredibly beautiful way.” Tara Faircloth, who previously directed AZO’s Carmen, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin and H.M.S. Pinafore, returns for Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (Nov. 17-19). “What’s not to love?” she asks with a grin. “Non-stop good tunes, loads of drama, and it’s not very long — a perfect evening.” Gorgeous, traditional costumes and staging make for “a perfect first opera for adults, especially,” says Faircloth, who describes the battle of wills between passionate diva Floria Tosca and the decadent, corrupt police chief Scarpia as “riveting and dramatic and amazing.” She adds, “We all have parts of ourselves that are dark, and desires that we may not be proud of .... It’s a fascinating study in how being surrounded by riches or power or elegance does not refine the soul.”


will be no fourth wall,” he says. “With the youth of the cast it’s going to be electric, very immediate in its physicality as this giant pinball game ensues where everyone is terrible at getting what they want, despite their best efforts.” Twenty years ago Arizona Opera presented Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, a cycle of four epic operas, in Flagstaff. At long last the cycle’s prologue, Das Rheingold, returns to the state (Apr. 6-8). “This is a visually stunning production with the orchestra on stage and projections using the LED video wall that we premiered at Riders of the Purple Sage,” says Specter, referring to last season’s richly hued work. “Wagner ushered us into the modern era, so there’s a deep connection to that lineage … surreal and magical and mythical,” says Brian Staufenbiel, creative and stage director for Opera Parallèle. “It’s not Wagnerian to feel like you’re having an intimate experience because it’s usually so giant, right? But I wanted people to feel like they knew the characters,” continues Staufenbiel, who worked with media designer David Murakami to create the opera’s video. “In the opening scene, the pit is filled with low-lying fog, like water. The Rhinemaidens are basically swimming – it feels like they’re in the audience, and some of

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the singers are over the orchestra, suspended on a bridge.” “Wagner developed the through-composed style of writing,” elaborates baritone Richard Paul Fink. “He never lets you stop and applaud, to break the moment. And everybody and everything in the Ring cycle has its own musical motif — Wagner paints with the music.” With a history of more than 130 performances of Das Rheingold, Fink brings vast experience and great energy to the role of the power-hungry dwarf Alberich, a character reminiscent of Gollum in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. “He goes through such an emotional and dramatic journey,” says Fink. “The ring becomes this drug, powering him on.” The musical journeys in Arizona Opera’s productions match the company’s guiding spirit at every turn, says Specter. “How can we serve people we haven’t served before, and do it in an exciting, immediate, enjoyable way?” He continues, “At the end of the day, we want to make someone’s life a little bit more vibrant, a little better — take people away from whatever challenges and pains they’re experiencing at that moment, transport them somewhere else and give them something wonderful.”

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The season features the last 2015 and 2016 Tony Award® winners for Best Musical, Fun Home and Hamilton a, as well as Best Revival winners The Color Purple and The King and I. The season also includes 2016’s Tony Award®-winning Best Play The Humans, along with other favorite musicals The Bodyguard, the hilarious Something Rotten! and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. The season also includes two special engagements with favorites Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella and the classic Les Misérables. “It’s a season of firsts – with it being the largest season subscription in ASU Gammage history and the honor of bringing Hamilton to the Valley for its first engagement on a college campus,” says Colleen Jennings-Roggensack,




executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “We pride ourselves on being innovative by presenting something for everyone. This season is an embarrassment of riches, and we’re loving every minute of it.” FUN HOME September 5-10, 2017 Every once-in-a-while, a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The groundbreaking, exquisite and unforgettable new musical Fun Home was the event of the 2014-2015 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. A refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

SOMETHING ROTTEN! October 31 - November 5, 2017



Direct from Broadway, Something Rotten! is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony® nominee Rob McClure and Broadway’s Josh Grisetti), two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare ARTS keeps getting all the hits. When a PARTNER local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine). THE BODYGUARD November 28 - December 3, 2017 Based on the smash hit film, the awardwinning musical tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard Frank Farmer, who is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

CINDERELLA December 19-24, 2017 Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award®- winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacifc that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Be transported back to your childhood as you rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” in this hilarious and romantic Broadway experience for anyone who’s ever had a wish, a dream ... or a really great pair of shoes.

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HAMILTON January 30 - February 25, 2018 Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. Hamilton’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award® winning Best Musical In the Heights. The show features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Telsey & Company, Bethany Knox, CSA. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater. Solea Pfeiffer, Emmy Raver-Lampman & Amber Iman - Hamilton National Tour © Joan Marcus

THE KING AND I March 20-25, 2018 One of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as Getting To Know You, Hello Young Lovers, Shall We Dance, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher who the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

THE COLOR PURPLE April 17-22, 2018

The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning reimagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!


The Color Purple, directed by Tony winner John Doyle, is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times). With a soulraising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues,



Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple on Broadway. Photo by Matthew Murphy © 2016

LES MISERABLES May 15-20, 2018

John Owen-Jones as Valjean. Photo Matthew Murphy

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables, with glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. This new production has been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences alike, and it is breaking box office records wherever it goes. The New York Times calls this Les Misérables “an unquestionably spectacular production from start to finish.” The London Times hails the new show “a five-star hit, astonishingly powerful.”

THE HUMANS May 29 - June 3, 2018 Stephen Karam’s The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful and heart-breaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, and eerie things start to bump in the night, the Blake clan’s deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play.

SCHOOL OF ROCK June 19-24, 2018 School of Rock is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “AN INSPIRING JOLT OF ENERGY, JOY AND MAD SKILLZ! ” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star turned substitute teacher, who

transforms a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. It features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever live kids rock band! 

School of Rock Original London Cast. © Photo by Tristram Kenton.


ASU Gammage’s Beyond immerses audiences in the performances of internationally acclaimed artists that go beyond the typical theater experience. Pulling from a variety of cultures and backgrounds, Beyond is carefully curated with live performances by world-class artists. From exploring the Cuban rhythms of Havana to blending classical ballet with Harlem culture, the works presented in the 2017-2018 Beyond reflect the multifaceted, diverse viewpoints of artists from around the globe. Through Beyond, ASU Gammage hopes to celebrate and share the broad spectrum of artistic voices and encourage artists to be bold, be unconventional and go Beyond.

NATALIA LAFOURCADE October 7, 2017 In 2017, Natalia Lafourcade’s show makes a tour of her artistic career, sharing with her audiences the most emotive themes and introducing her new compositions. Lafourcade and five extraordinary musicians interact with the audience in a show that undoubtedly reflects the maturity of Lafourcade’s storied 15-year career.

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Be brave. Be daring. Be yourself. Be different. Beyond.

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MALPASO DANCE COMPANY October 28, 2017 Based in Havana, Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company is bringing Cuban contemporary dance into the 21st century by collaborating with top international choreographers and nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company’s core artistic vision is led by resident repertory choreographer Osnel Delgado, who develops its work through a collective creative process. Malpaso was founded in 2012 by Delgado, Daileidys Carrazana and Fernando Saéz, and consists of 16 extraordinary dancers.


Natalia Lafourcade Saturday, October 7, 2017

ANALOGY/AMBROS: THE EMIGRANT Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company Saturday, November 18, 2017 THE WONG STREET JOURNAL Kristina Wong Saturday, January 20, 2018 A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC ABRIDGED Taylor Mac Saturday, April 7, 2018 Dance Theatre of Harlem Saturday, April 14, 2018 Halau O Kekuhi Saturday, April 28, 2018

Tickets on sale now Dance Theatre of Harlem. Photo: Rachel Neville

Malpaso Dance Company. Photo: Nir Arieli

Malpaso Dance Company Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bill T. Jones and his company, along with Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong, are creating the third and final installment of the Analogy Trilogy, Ambros: The Emigrant. This trilogy brings into light the different types of war we fight and, in particular, the war within ourselves. The trilogy is an investigation of memory, storytelling and form. Ambros is the end of a path of exploration, a culmination that could in fact be a beginning. THE WONG STREET JOURNAL KRISTINA WONG January 20, 2018 The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world.


ASU Gammage is proud to welcome back Dance Theatre of Harlem, an iconic American dance company. The company will perform a mixed repertoire that will highlight the brilliance of this one-of-a-kind American dance treasure. The ensemble’s 14 racially diverse artists bring new life to the art form of classical ballet by ARTS using its familiar language to celebrate PARTNER African American culture. Dance Theatre of Harlem is an unparalleled institution in the world of dance — not only in this country, but around the world. HALAU O KEKUHI April 28, 2018 Led by Kumu hula Nalani Kanaka’ole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Hālau o Kekuhi is celebrated for its mastery of the ‘aiha‘a style of hula (dance) and oli (chant). The ‘aiha‘a is a low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hi‘iaka, characteristic of Hawai‘i Island’s creative forces.

A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC ABRIDGED TAYLOR MAC April 7, 2018 A 24-Decade History of Popular Music Abridged is a highly immersive and outrageously entertaining crash course in the 240-year (and counting) history of American culture and dysfunction. Told from the perspective of groups whose stories are often forgotten, the show highlights various musical styles and artistic voices ranging from murder ballads to disco, Walt Whitman to David Bowie and Beyond.




Taylor Mac

WE WILL BUILD COMMUNITY AMONG CULTURES. TOGETHER, OUR POTENTIAL IS LIMITLESS. THERE IS NO other single institution in Arizona that combines the forces of the arts, humanities, cultural sustainability, innovation, business and public programs like ASU Gammage. This year, Arizona State University kicked off Campaign ASU 2020, the university’s first comprehensive campaign of Dr. Michael Crow’s tenure as university president. As one of the institution’s most welcoming organizations, ASU Gammage will work to continue improving our facility and support the mission of Connecting Communities™ through shared artistic experiences. The vision is to expand ASU Gammage's status as an international leader in using the performing arts to create community among cultures.



A BOLD VISION: STRONGER, MORE CREATIVE COMMUNITIES. WE BELIEVE THAT THE PERFORMING ARTS CONTRIBUTE IMMEASURABLY TO OUR ECONOMY, OUR SOCIETY AND OUR REGION. ASU GAMMAGE is a performing arts presenter responsible for programming and operating two historic theaters: ASU Gammage and the Kerr Cultural Center. It presents one of the top touring Broadway series in the nation, and it brings nearly 500,000 audience members to campus each year to enjoy a breadth of programs.




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OUR DONOR’S IMPACT The support of generous donors has enabled ASU Gammage to evolve into a cultural beacon, drawing both young and old, performance arts lovers and performance arts novices from across the Valley.

Through Campaign ASU 2020, ASU Gammage seeks champions to invest in supporting both the performing arts and our regional economy. Generous gifts to this campaign will leverage the power of art to change lives for the better, create community and advance the access, excellence and impact mission of ASU.

ENRICHING OUR COMMUNITIES ASU GAMMAGE CULTURAL PARTICIPATION AND BEYOND ASU Gammage Cultural Participation programs give children and adults of all economic circumstances access to community arts programs, international artists and innovative academic learning tools. In that way, the Cultural Participation programs are the heart of ASU Gammage’s mission of Connecting Communities™. The programs take the artists’ voices, community identities and the innovation of ASU to create a shared cultural place. ASU Gammage’s Beyond series is an eclectic set of performances like no other in the country, bringing world-class artists into the community. These artists immerse themselves not only by presenting evocative

and compelling work but also by connecting to Valley residents through residency programs and master classes. Programs such as these foster community and inspire learning, create extraordinary shared experiences for thousands of Arizonans and hold potential to impact many more lives. Through Campaign ASU 2020, friends can support a $5 million programming endowment that will provide annual funds needed for new programs and community partnerships, expanding on the 35,000 people already served through Cultural Participation programs and the Beyond Series.



JOIN US IN BUILDING BRIDGES With Campaign ASU 2020, donors hold the destiny of ASU Gammage in their hands. Whether making a gift to support scholarships, facilities or community-focused projects, donors and friends can be assured they are expressing their values and passions in one of the most powerful ways possible. • Donors help ASU Gammage to be a national leader in providing access to arts education experiences. • Donors will pave the way to achieve excellence in discovering new methods for artistic expression. • Donors will drive the performing arts as critical thought producers in society. An investment in ASU Gammage is an investment in society’s benefit for generations to come. Join us at

The historic ASU Kerr Cultural Center, a division of ASU Gammage, is a hidden gem just minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. Wonderful artists in music, theater and storytelling showcase their talents in Louise Lincoln Kerr’s warm and welcoming 1959 adobe studio. The live performance experience at ASU Kerr is one-of-a-kind; audiences are astounded by their unparalleled closeness to every performer’s unique artistry and energy. Artists such as Isaac Stern, Pablo Casals and the Juilliard String Quartet have played this iconic venue. Since 1977, ASU Kerr continues in its tradition of offering quality arts programs for the Valley.

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ASU KERR CULTURAL CENTER PRESENTS BOLD, UNIQUE EXPERIENCES IN 2017-2018 ASU Kerr presents intimate, up-close performing arts experiences in the historic 1959 adobe venue, the former home and music studio of Louise Lincoln Kerr. A wide variety of musical genres will be showcased this season, including The Nash’s Jazz in AZ, inspiring classical music, unique theater, world music and more.


DRIFTWOOD QUINTET AND THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA FILM December 3, 2017 Chamber music innovators the Driftwood Quintet explore everything from orchestral masterworks to imaginative soundtracks. This special presentation features the silent 1925 film “The Phantom of the Opera” and Driftwood’s live musical accompaniment.

Jazz master pianist Charles Lewis kicks off the 2017-2018 season with his Latin-infused, swinging style. A dear friend to the center’s namesake, Louise Lincoln Kerr, Lewis weaves stories of his experiences with Kerr into his energetic, live jazz performance.

SHUFFLE CONCERT January 13, 2018 Inspired and lively, a SHUFFLE Concert allows the audience to choose its own adventure! Attendees select which pieces the ensemble will perform from a menu of over 30 works derived from 15 different styles, with arrangements ranging from solos to sextets in classical, jazz, pop and Broadway genres.

CARL CARLTON December 2, 2017

JARABE MEXICANO January 18, 2018

Carl Carlton’s favorite jams are in store at this special live music dance event. Carlton, a living legend, Grammy Award nominee and soul, R&B and funk singer-songwriter, is best known for his hits “Everlasting Love” and “She’s a Bad Mama Jama.”

Jarabe Mexicano traverses a vast Latin repertoire that includes traditional boleros, huapangos, sones and rancheras, plus contemporary cumbia, reggae, doo wop and American standards.

CHARLES LEWIS November 15, 2017




THE GENTLEMAN DOC HOLLIDAY, PERFORMED BY WYATT EARP February 2, 2018 Meet the man, not the myth! This solo theatre play is truly the real story of the West’s most famous dentist and his journey from one who heals to one who kills. FANCIFOOL!, WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY ANANDA BENA-WEBER February 14, 2018 FANCIFOOL! is an entertaining piece of 21st century theatre, complete with dramatic and comedic dialogue, singing, dancing, mime, vocal impressions and film. Ananda Bena-Weber touches audiences' hearts while simultaneously revealing the humorous side of modern life in New York City. DANCE OF HOPE FEATURING KINOBE February 15, 2018 Dance of Hope is a rich cultural experience of passionate rhythms, sensational sounds and colorful choreography. They explore the transformational power of music and dance to raise awareness and improve the lives of children that are orphaned, displaced or living in poverty.

TUMBLEDOWN HOUSE February 16, 2018 Songwriting deviants Tumbledown House have never been easy to describe — modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, Vaudevillian carnival, parlor pop — none adequately convey the band’s ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes from yesteryear with contemporary instrumentation, refreshingly original compositions and lush storytelling. CANELLAKIS-BROWN DUO March 10, 2018 Comprised of cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist/composer Michael Brown, the duo present innovative programs that combine masterpieces from the standard repertoire with original compositions and arrangements. COMPOSER’S CHOICE FEATURING NOKUTHULA NGWENYAMA March 21, 2018 Phoenix Chamber Music Society co-presents a program with composers, works and musicians, curated by acclaimed solo violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama.

A year’s worth of performances to awe and inspire you

2017-2018 SEASON Swan Lake


All Balanchine

October 26 - 29, 2017

February 15 - 18, 2018

May 3 - 6, 2018

The Nutcracker

Today’s Masters

An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden

December 8 - 24, 2017 Now with live music by The Phoenix Symphony!

Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

March 22 - 25, 2018

May 15 - June 2, 2018

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Cinderella photo by Alexander Iziliaev

BRINGING CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS TO PHOENIX BALLET ARIZONA – Phoenix’s only professional ballet company – promises not to disappoint as it enters its 32nd season in 20172018. Highlighted by The New York Times as among the best and most enterprising in the nation, Ballet Arizona Artistic Director Ib Andersen continues to excite and inspire audiences. The Phoenix Symphony joins Ballet Arizona for three performances this season, including The Nutcracker, providing patrons the opportunity to enjoy two of the Valley’s premier arts organizations simultaneously. Ballet Arizona opens the season with Swan Lake, the quintessential story of the struggle between good and evil. A passionate romantic tragedy, this seminal ballet is shaped by Tchaikovsky’s breathtakingly beautiful score,

performed by The Phoenix Symphony, and depicts the heartache and woe of two doomed lovers and the evil forces that come between them. Of course, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without the seasonal classic, Ib Andersen’s The Nutcracker. The $1.8 million production features Tchaikovsky’s cherished score, performed by The Phoenix Symphony. In December, the company of 30 professional dancers, along with a youth cast of more than 100, will come together on stage to follow Clara’s wintry adventures as she battles rodents and charms the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ballet Arizona creates cherished family memories with a production that The New York Times has named one of the three best in the country. In February, everyone’s favorite rags-toriches princess is back when the company performs Ib Andersen’s Cinderella. One of the most recognizable fairytales of all time, this ballet performed to sold-out audiences when


All Balanchine photo by Alexander Iziliaev

The Nutcracker photo by Rosalie O’Conner Photography

Swan Lake photo by Alexander Iziliaev


it premiered in 2011, and this season it will include live music by The Phoenix Symphony. Filled with romance and comedy, Cinderella is a classic that makes a perfect evening out for families and lovers alike. In Ballet Arizona’s production of Today’s Masters, a collection of ballets from contemporary choreographers is featured in a tantalizing menu of modern ballet that stimulates and redefines the ordinary. Including the works of Ballet Arizona’s very own Ib Andersen, this spring program will highlight the company’s growing repertoire of modern choreography. The annual All Balanchine program, a crowd favorite, is back again this year with an evening full of George Balanchine’s masterpieces. This performance highlights Balanchine’s diversity as La Sonnambula tells the story of an enchanting sleepwalker, while Symphony in Three Movements, a ballet without a storyline, is bold and breathtaking in its angularity and kinetic energy.


Ballet Arizona continues its popular collaboration with Desert Botanical Garden this May and June when it presents a brand new ballet at An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden. Staged in the Desert Botanical Garden’s Event Plaza, the Garden creates a stunning backdrop for the choreography of Ib Andersen and provides the audience with an experience that is singularly Arizonan. Tickets start as low as $25, with discounts available for seniors, active military, college students and adults ages 18-29. Groups can save up to 35 percent with advance bookings — a memorable way to enjoy a celebration with friends, family, employees or clients. Visit to purchase tickets.

Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra

PERFORMING LIVE AT MESA ARTS CENTER SEASON HIGHLIGHTS The Mesa Arts Center 2017-18 season is jam packed full of exciting events from start to finish. The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour with George Benson & Kenny G celebrates the 40th anniversary of George Benson’s Breezin’ and the 25th anniversary of Kenny G’s Breathless on September 15. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis rolls into town in December. Rounding out the season, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart featuring the music of John Williams will delight audiences in April. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE Don’t miss this season’s National Geographic Live series! This hugely popular series has expanded to include a fifth show featuring

Arizona called Between River & Rim: Hiking the Grand Canyon, with photographer Pete McBride and writer Kevin Fedarko. Astronaut Terry Virts will showcase out-of-this-world images in View from Above. Discover Beauty and the Bizarre in Anand Varma’s photographs that provide a rare glimpse into the secret life of the honeybee, the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds and a unique look at our world’s small wonders. Follow scientist explorer Zoltan Takacs on his journey to create lifesaving medical innovations in Deadliest Lifesavers. Finally, the season culminates with Hilaree O’Neill’s harrowing journey to the summit of Burma’s Hkakabo Razi in Point of No Return. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Shopkins Live! lights up the stage in October with Jessicake, Bubbleisha, PeppaMint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they perform the coolest dance moves, sing the latest pop songs and show off trendy fashions. Also, experience the

breathtaking, high-energy performance of Tao: Drum Heart in April. In addition to these events, this season includes four FREE, family friendly, all-ages festivals between September and March. JAZZ, CLASSICAL AND MEMPHIS SOUL Called a “pianist with Rock God tendencies” by Daily Telegraph, Ludovico Einaudi’s unique musical alchemy will captivate audiences in October. Take Me To the River, the Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue is considered “one of the best things we saw at Bonnaroo” by Rolling Stone. This performance will treat audiences to a journey through the soul of American music. Pianist and composer Chick Corea joins the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to perform transformative new iterations of his music in March. SCIENCE AND MAGIC Don’t miss the high-energy, grand-scale magic and illusions of The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Nicknamed “Houdini Times Ten” by


Ludovico Einaudi: Essential Einaudi



NBC, Blagg’s show is packed with mindblowing illusions that make this a great family event. In November, you’re invited to Down the Rabbit Hole with Mythbusters alumni Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara as they use their scientific sleuth skills to investigate weird and wonderful events from pop culture, science and history. Discover shows like these and many more at Mesa Arts Center. For more information, visit or call 480.644.6500.

The Magic of Bill Blagg Live!




Through strategic partnerships with Valley arts organizations, Mesa Arts ARTS Center brings arts integration to a PARTNER new level through critical literacy development. Through Project Lit, students develop critical skills like reading comprehension, writing and speaking, as well as emotional and social literacy. LITERACY THROUGH DRAMA In partnership with Arizona State University’s School of Film, Dance & Theatre, K-3rd grade students engage in interactive storytelling, creative movement, collaborative conversations and independent exploration towards the goal of increased comprehension. LITERACY THROUGH IMPROV In partnership with Humor Writes, 4th-6th grade students use improv/comedy to develop writing and imaginative thinking skills.

LITERACY THROUGH SPOKEN WORD In partnership with Phonetic Spit, 8th12th grade students engage in critical conversations and personal reflections through the lens of poetic narrative and urban performance practices, in an effort to develop social, emotional and cultural literacy with an emphasis on collaboration. LITERACY THROUGH HIP HOP In partnership with AZ Beat Lab, students engage in collaborative exploration in the areas of electronic and folk rhythmic styles, audio sampling techniques and media technology. LITERACY THROUGH VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION Delivered through the dynamic curation of exhibitions in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, learners engage in critical response protocols to enhance inquiry and observation skills through writing. UNITY DAY Unity Day celebration on February 10 from noon to 6 p.m. brings together local youth to engage with professional artists through a series of workshops in creative writing, media technology, visual arts, movement and hip hop. Unity Day is free and open to youth ages 13-18.


Young Voices Rise - Youth Poetry Festival




Mozart and Sibelius | Nov. 3 & 4

47 THE 2017-18 SEASON marks the 70 anniversary of The Phoenix Symphony. On November 10, 1947, The Phoenix Symphony took the stage for the first time. In the Phoenix Union High School gymnasium, Harvey Zorn, principal oboe, played the concert “A” note that set off the tuning of their very first performance. That note was years in the making and for the first time, Arizona had a professional symphony orchestra. Since then, The Phoenix Symphony has played a pivotal role in the performing arts community by creating high-quality musical experiences that feed the souls of Arizona residents and bolster the cultural economy as well as educate and strengthen the community. Now, 70 years later, this is only just the beginning. Last season, The Phoenix Symphony garnered record attendance, impacted more than 125,000 students, homeless and hospital patients, and launched two new phases of community outreach programs. In this very special milestone season, The Phoenix Symphony is proud to offer beloved Classics from Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Dvořák and more, plus fun and fresh Pops performances like Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary with Classical Mystery Tour and an original, semi-staged production of West Side Story, as well as thrilling special performances including the Arizona debut of The Harry PotterTM Film Concert Series. Look out Arizona, because The Phoenix Symphony is just getting warmed up! th


Elgar’s Cello Concerto | April 13 & 14


NEW YEAR’S EVE GALA The Phoenix Symphony’s cherished New Year’s Eve Gala returns to the Valley in celebration of the Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Season. Honorary Chair, Jeanne Herberger, and event Co-Chairs, Jeff & Leslie Rich invite you to celebrate the New Year in style as The Phoenix Symphony takes over the Arizona Biltmore's McArthur Ballroom for a magical night of music, dancing and

merriment. The evening includes a cocktail reception, sumptuous dinner and a once in a lifetime opportunity to ring in the New Year dancing to the full Symphony orchestra. A champagne toast and many other surprises will delight guests. Dust off your dancing shoes and put on your finest — this is the party to be at on New Year’s Eve.



New Year’s Eve Celebration | Dec. 31



WOMEN’S LUNCHEON One of the most talked about society events in 2017, the Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon has become the signature fundraiser for The Phoenix Symphony, raising funds to benefit the Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement programs that influence more than 125,000 youth and adults in the local community every year. The Phoenix Symphony is thrilled to announce that The Tenors will be the featured artist at this year’s event on January 19, 2018. Guests will be able to eavesdrop on The Tenors’ rehearsal with The Phoenix Symphony as they delight with operatic pop music, featuring a mixture of classical and pop songs, followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by a local celebrity chef. Attendees will get to hear The Tenors and the celebrity chef discuss their experiences and journey with music and food. This one-of-a-kind women’s luncheon will once again generate buzz about the Symphony in the community, and will simply be a lot of fun!

PARTIES OF NOTE The popular Parties of Note series continues with an array of intimate Symphony performances at the Valley’s most magnificent private homes. The 2017-18 Parties of Note events will be even more spectacular, featuring spaces with worldclass art collections, stunning views and beautiful gardens. Each party features an exclusive performance by Phoenix Symphony musicians. Look for the announcement of the 2017-18 Parties of Note event dates on The Phoenix Symphony website in the fall. Contact Louann Phillips at lphillips@ or 602-452-0423 for hosting and sponsorship opportunities.

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September 15 & 16

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December 1, 2 & 3

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West Side Story IN CONCERT

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“I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty!” In 1957, Leonard Bernstein partnered

with choreographer Jerome Robbins, writer Arthur Laurents, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim to create one of the most cherished musicals in

American theater. Be there as Tito Muñoz and The Phoenix Symphony celebrate the 60th Anniversary of West Side Story with a full concert

performance of Bernstein’s smash hit. In a new production, acclaimed Broadway vocalists, directors and set designers will offer a fresh take

on this poignant and provocative classic, renowned for its miraculous fusion of song and dance.


ears, but for nearly three has been a proud member urgence.

SYMPHONY HALL MARCH 2, 2018 – 7:30 PM MARCH 3, 2018 – 7:30 PM MARCH 4, 2018 – 2:00 PM Tito Muñoz, conductor

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June 1 & 2

Music of Pink Floyd with Laser Light Show The Phoenix Symphony bridges the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music with the Music of Pink Floyd. Amplified by a full rock band and singer Randy Jackson’s vocals, The Phoenix Symphony captures Pink

Star Wars vs. Star Trek:

* on The Music of Deep Space Save 10% ticketS! Get set for an intergalactic musical showdown with Star Wars vs Star Trek:

The Music of Deep SpacecOde: as The PhoenixOnStage Symphony presents the acclaimed uSe prOMO

andapplicable unforgettable music of your favorite films. Join The Phoenix Symphony *nOt tO previOuS purchaSeS

Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical

to settle the decades-long fan battle over which camp reigns supreme.

colors. This one-of-a-kind concert features an impressive laser and light

Audience members will vote live via text to decide the final number – will

show set to 17 Pink Floyd songs, including “Money,” “Learning to Fly,”

the Force take over Symphony Hall again or will the Trekkies prosper from

“Comfortably Numb” and selections from the band’s 1979 hit album,

this 2015 rematch? This concert is approximately 85 minutes long and runs

The Wall, all performed under the stars live with The Phoenix Symphony.

without an intermission.

This outdoor concert offers reserved and general admission seating.




Richard Kaufman, conductor

MAY 24, 2018 – 8:00 PM

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LOYALTY MATTERS AS THE FIRST arts organization to breathe life in the newly formed state of Arizona, Phoenix Theatre’s rich history hasn’t simply paved the way for this professional regional theatre company, it has sunk deeply into the bones of the building and the culture of the institution with the permanence of genetic code. Phoenix Theatre, originally founded as the Phoenix Players in 1920, remains one of the oldest operating arts organizations in the country. Although the Phoenix Players performed in a variety of spaces including schools and backyards, there was an eventual and inevitable need for a permanent, dedicated theatre space. In 1924, the Heard family offered their old coach house on Central

and McDowell to serve as the newly named Phoenix Little Theatre’s home. The building itself has borne witness to a unique parade of individuals. Nick Nolte first tread the boards of the theatre in 1963 in Squirks, then played Prince Charming in Cinderella and starred in The Golden Fleecing in 1964 before drawing national acclaim for his film roles. A young Steven Spielberg and his father rented the Mainstage Theatre in 1964 to premiere his very first movie, Firelight, and L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology at the theatre in 1952. Throughout all the many years and faces, a dedication to the art of theatre has kept the institution strong and solid.

51 “When I started here, we had seven full-time employees and only three phone lines. Sometimes, we had to yell down the hall to let someone know they had a phone call,” VanVleet remembers. “Now, we have 47 full-time employees, three stages, year-round entertainment and our own ArtBar + Bistro! We’re also welcoming the ASU School of Music to our campus this season with our first ARTS onsite classes in Musical Theatre. It’s the PARTNER right next step in our partnership with the university.” A lesson that both Barnard and VanVleet learned from the audiences at Phoenix Theatre: loyalty matters. Says Barnard, “We have individuals and couples who have been with us for 30 years.


If its vibrant history is the strong backbone of the organization, the beating heart is its people. Through both economically robust and tough times, the people—citizens and artists alike—have fought to uphold this historic institution. When Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard was asked to man the ship in July 1999, things were very different from present day. “When I accepted the job to return to Arizona, my home state, as artistic director of Phoenix Theatre, I had no idea I would be here 18 years later,” Barnard states. “And to think how far we’ve come!” Managing Director Vincent VanVleet began his Phoenix Theatre career in 1998 as a stage manager. Now, VanVleet manages everything from staff to finances to facility expansion.

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Theatre, and he later joined the staff in 2002. General Manager Matt Schaefer has been with the company for 11 years, leaving Chicago Shakespeare Theater as their associate producer and journeying to the Southwest as Phoenix Theatre’s first associate general manager. Director of Production Mark Reynolds and Technical Director Joel Birch have a combined 28 years of making theatre magic behind-the-scenes. Like ARTS VanVleet, each individual has moved PARTNER up within the company, but they also gained experience outside the walls of the theatre. “We believe in learning from the best,” VanVleet explains. “We visit other professional theatre companies to learn how they structure their teams, how they establish best practices and build new programs. Staff often attend conferences in their areas of specialty — new works, marketing, fundraising, data and analysis — and they come back with great ideas on how to engage audiences or enhance the Phoenix Theatre experience. Loyal, happy staff leads to loyal, happy audiences. That’s a big piece of what has led us to 98 years in the business.”

Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard and Carolyn Pain – a Phoenix Theatre subscriber for nearly 40 years!

Some come for the blockbuster musicals that ‘buttered our bread’ for many years, and others remain loyal to the institution whether we do a classic musical or a never-before-seen world premiere. They come for the experience.” VanVleet touched on the process of expanding in size and reach, stating, “As we grow, we must foster loyalty with new audiences as well. That’s an inside-out process, and it starts with our staff.” Associate Artistic Director Robert Kolby Harper first acted on stage with Phoenix

Holiday Staff Celebration! This team alone has collectively spent with Phoenix Theatre for over 40 years!

KICKING OFF THE 2017-2018 SEASON AT PHOENIX THEATRE IN SELECTING the 2017-2018 season, Barnard and VanVleet assembled a lineup with energy, dimension and character—a season to raise returning audiences to their feet and bring new audiences through the doors. The result is a year of shows celebrating laughter and connection; those who are alone and vulnerable find purpose. They draw strength in unity. Voices are amplified. Laughter is shared.

This is especially so in the first three shows and the big event of the season. The New York Times lovingly called Mamma Mia! “The theatrical equivalent of comfort food,” and that it is. The mega-hit based on the songs of ABBA follows young bride-to-be Sophie in her quest to find her father before her wedding day, while her mother, Donna, comes face to face with three men from her romantic past. Set in the sun-kissed Greek



A co-production with A/C Theatre Company September 20 – November 12 Hormel Theatre

A holiday spectacular for the whole family! November 15 – December 31 Mainstage Theatre

islands, this international sensation is the ultimate tale of love and friendship. Mamma Mia! runs September 6 – October 15, 2017. Knowing how much their audiences love a good party, the annual Phoenix ARTS Theatre Applause! Gala is building PARTNER on the feel-good, dance-all-night, Mediterranean island vibe by throwing this year’s extravaganza Greek-style! The Applause! Gala is an amazing way to raise money for Phoenix Theatre while eating, drinking and dancing the night away, and Artistic Director Michael Barnard creates an exclusive show for this singular evening. The Applause! Gala is October 21, 2017. On the heels of Mamma Mia! comes … well … more heels. Local actor, singer and musician Caleb Reese stars in the anatomically incorrect rock odyssey Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Reese was most recently seen at Phoenix Theatre in Bullets Over Broadway as the playwright gangster Cheech, and he played the lead role of Toxie in the campy hit musical The Toxic Avenger. While he played the angst-y pretty-boy rocker in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson in years past, he’ll be reaching all new levels of glam in this gender-bending role. One of two co-productions in Phoenix Theatre’s season, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is being produced with A/C Theatre Company, which was founded in 2015 as a non-profit focusing on contemporary stage musicals underrepresented in Phoenix. A/C Theatre Company has presented its own productions at Phoenix Theatre since its inception. The two organizations are thrilled to be able to partner in co-presenting this unique and stunning musical. This is now the fourth local theatre company with which Phoenix Theatre has partnered.


A co-production with A/C Theatre Company


NOVEMBER 15 - DECEMBER 31 A co-production with Stray Cat Theatre






APRIL 18 - MAY 13

MAY 16 - JUNE 10



If Caleb Reese and A/C Theatre Company aren’t enough to pique your curiosity, take the word of Phoenix Theatre’s newest hire, Digital Marketing Manager Caitie Quick. In her recent interview, she shared that she “saw this show years ago, early in its original run. I was probably a little too young to see it, but it totally changed my life. It’s my favorite show of all time and why I was drawn to work in the arts.” Hedwig ARTS and the Angry Inch runs September 20 – PARTNER November 12. The holiday show at Phoenix Theatre this season is Disney’s Newsies. Inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899 and based on the 1992 film, this song-and-dance blockbuster is THE show to see with your family. In the leading role of Jack is local actor, dancer and vocal powerhouse James Gish. He was most recently seen in Phoenix Theatre’s Bullets Over Broadway. If you were in the audience for Phoenix Theatre’s 2016

production of Billy Elliot, you are sure to remember young Matthew Dean, the star of that show. He’s back to wow audiences once again, and this time he’ll be singing and dancing alongside little brother Joey Dean. Cue the “ooohs” and “aaahs” for these adorable brothers on stage! Drawing from her 15 years of experience acting both in New York and locally, as well as assuming the role of Phoenix Theatre’s director of development, Marisa Butler offered her perspective on why audiences love Disney’s Newsies. “It’s the dancing! People are mesmerized by the choreography in Newsies. And of course, I always love a story where the underdog triumphs, and I think audiences do too.” Disney’s Newsies runs November 15 – December 31. Join the Phoenix Theatre staff, cast and crew all season long. The New Year begins with a dose of hearty laughs with It’s Only a Play, Hand to God and The Boob Show, followed by musical crowd-pleasers Million Dollar Quartet, Godspell and Little Shop of Horrors.

Matthew Dean in Billy Elliot

Caleb Reese in Bullets Over Broadway

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party An Evening With Rita Rudner

Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Featuring Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host The Manhattan Transfer

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ON STAGE AT SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ new 2017-2018 season features an international lineup of music, dance, theater, comedy and more. BROADWAY STARS Mixing classic show tunes and candid showbiz stories, the new Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts series will welcome two of Broadway’s great leading ladies, Kelli O’Hara on January 27 and Megan Hilty on February 24, with both concerts featuring the charismatic Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. Rudetsky will return for concerts on March 17 and April 7, with additional guest stars to be announced.

THEATRE AND COMEDY Comedian Rita Rudner will bring her unique brand of soft-spoken humor to Scottsdale on November 11. Direct from D.C., the irreverent singing comedians of The Capitol Steps will return for their annual Thanksgiving weekend performances November 24-25. Actress Patti Hannon will star as Sister in the sinfully funny comedies Late Nite Catechism and Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part, performed weekly January through March. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, A Date With John Waters on February 13 will feature adults-only commentary from the cult filmmaker, followed by a book signing. LEGENDARY VOICES The former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, and the Art of Time Ensemble will present SONGBOOK, an unforgettable evening of seminal pop songs on February 9. Known as the “Vocal Wonder from Down Under,” The TEN Tenors will share high-octane hits and timeless classics in Wish You Were Here on February 28 and March 1.

DANCE The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires will present an exhilarating and sultry night of authentic Argentine dance on January 6. Known for its artistry and athleticism, the dynamic Parsons Dance company will grace the stage on March 9. HOLIDAY Also starring Patti Hannon, Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold will return by popular demand for a special holiday engagement, December 8-17. Featuring classic Christmas songs and contemporary hits, ’Twas a Girls Night Before Christmas will leave audiences singing and dancing in the aisles on December 9. FAMILY TIME A dazzling combination of art, theater and electroluminescent technology, Lightwire Theater will present Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey, a family friendly cosmic adventure about celebrating differences, on October 21. The Okee Dokee Brothers will share their Grammy Award-winning folk songs that aim to inspire kids and families to explore nature on November 5.


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MUSICAL DIALOGUES Rob Kapilow will explore the music of the American Songbook in three special What Makes It Great?® presentations at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: You’re the Top: The Songs of Cole Porter on January 18, From “On the Town” to “West Side Story”: The Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein on February 22 and Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim on March 15. KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS® WITH JEFFREY SIEGEL This show will return for its 39th Scottsdale season for four concerts with commentary, including Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Musical Celebration on April 3, highlighting stunning pianistic arrangements of songs from Bernstein’s West Side Story and more. Information and tickets are available through or 480.499.TKTS (8587).





is an exciting new initiative that enables the non-profit organization to expand its reach, awareness and service to the community. This will be accomplished by presenting artists and programs at venues beyond its downtown Scottsdale campus.

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“Scottsdale Arts Presents will help our organization grow sustainably and reach new audiences while continuing to bring creative and distinct programming to Scottsdale and the entire Valley,” says Scottsdale Arts President and CEO Neale Perl. For the 2017-2018 season, Scottsdale Arts Presents will showcase five artists at venues around the Valley, including a highly anticipated, sold-out concert with worldrenowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist

Kathryn Stott on November 10 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix, a reading and book signing with best-selling author David Sedaris on November 18 at the Orpheum Theatre, an evening of storytelling with Ira Glass, the host and creator of public radio’s This American Life, on January 20 at the Orpheum Theatre, a concert with the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Manhattan Transfer on January 31 at the Celebrity Theatre and, finally, two performances of Rob Kapilow’s What Makes It Great?® series on January 16 and February 20 at the Musical Instrument Museum. Information and tickets are available through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

























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TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS IS 10 YEARS OLD! WITH THIS MILESTONE comes the launch of the center’s first full “TCA Presents” season. Audiences are invited to celebrate the center’s past and its exciting future as it expands to present, produce and co-produce diverse and thought-provoking works. These productions are meant to be engaging, accessible, edgy and electrifying current. With iconic architecture and stunning aesthetic detail, Tempe Center for the Arts opened to the public on September 9, 2007. The building was the result of over a decade of planning and thousands of hours of effort to create a cultural destination for the city. The center’s season-long anniversary festivities kick off with a Gala weekend

September 8 featuring American Idol winner and Arizona native Jordin Sparks; September 9 features Too Marvelous For Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole starring Keith David. Season highlights include international street dance sensation Lil Buck; edgy, versatile and fresh all-female group Flor de Toloache; and Gidion’s Knot, a searing play about the issues of youth violence by playwright Johnna Adams and co-produced with Stray Cat Theatre. The season concludes with Disrupt FEST, the TCA’s signature festival mashup of live music and theatre. “I believe theaters should offer compelling stories that strike audiences at both an intellectual and visceral level,” says Artistic Director Ralph Remington. “These productions should feel somewhat dangerous and leave us feeling a bit off kilter, knocked off our axis, yet grateful for the experience.”


TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS: THE STORY OF NAT “KING” COLE STARRING KEITH DAVID 10 years ago, the incomparable Natalie Cole headlined the opening of Tempe Center for the Arts; a glittering night that was truly “unforgettable.” Now, TCA brings Tony nominated singer Keith David and his ensemble of talented musicians to perform Too Marvelous For Words: The Story of Nat “King” Cole. Sept. 9, 2017 WHAT MOVES YOU FEATURING LIL BUCK AND MIHAI MARICA WITH SPECIAL GUEST JON BOOGZ With his spectacular style of street dance, Lil Buck comes to TCA with cellist Mihai Marica and special guest movement artist Jon Boogz to challenge the boundaries of what their respective instruments—the body and the cello—can do. Nov. 11, 2017 FLOR DE TOLOACHE Edgy, versatile and fresh, the all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache continually pushes the boundaries of Mexican music, melding the traditional with the modern – defining their unique flavor and sound. Feb. 3, 2018 VOICEPLAY VoicePlay’s amazing, humorous and vertigoinducing harmonies recreate the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice. Feb. 9, 2018



10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FEATURING JORDIN SPARKS* PRESENTED BY NORTHERN TRUST AND HOSTED BY FRIENDS OF THE TCA With her powerhouse vocals and commanding stage presence, Jordin Sparks kicks off the 10-year celebrations of the Tempe Center for the Arts with her electrifying live show. Sept. 8, 2017

RHYTHMIC CIRCUS – FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW “Heatbox” the human beatbox joins the swingin’ seven-piece funk band to accompany each tap, shuffle and stomp as this dancing circus blows audiences away with their rapid-fire moves and high-energy fun. Mar 3, 2018

TCA THEATRE AND STRAY CAT THEATRE PRESENT GIDION’S KNOT* A PLAY BY ARTS JOHNNA ADAMS DIRECTED PARTNER BY TRACY LIZ MILLER TCA Theatre and Stray Cat join forces for this powerful and riveting play that examines the issues of youth violence. Mar 8 - 25, 2018 WILLIAMSBURG SALSA ORCHESTRA Bringing the attitude of a rock band and the grooves of classic New York salsa, this group transforms favorite indie tunes into astonishing salsa anthems, taking the music in new directions while respecting the tradition. Mar. 30, 2018 CHE MALAMBO Razor sharp precision footwork, rhythmic stomping and pounding drums are at the heart of the South American gaucho tradition in this thrilling spectacle of music and dance. Apr. 7, 2018 DISRUPT FEST* This two-evening festival will host supercharged experiences including provocative live theatre and music, comprised of unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts. Apr. 13-14, 2018 *Shows not included in package pricing

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Tickets available at or: Convention Center Box Office - West Building Season Tickets: 800.776.7469 • Individual Show Tickets: 602.262.7272 Groups 10+: 866.314.7687 Photo: Keith Hines, Aaron De Jesus, Cory Jeacoma and Matthew Dailey. Photo: Jeremy Daniel.


THEATER LEAGUE IS BACK with another win: the 2017-2018 Broadway at The Orpheum Theatre Series – Where Broadway Belongs. Featuring audience favorites, timeless classics and bona fide Broadway hits including three Best Musical Tony Award® Winners, this season is not to be missed. The Music Man in Concert is a beloved show that has captured the hearts of audiences everywhere and will win yours, too, December 1-3. Filled with classic numbers and nostalgia of old town America, this Broadway legend will be a delight for all generations. The true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, Jersey Boys will have you saying, “Oh, What a Night!” This smash hit comes to the stage January 23-28. With an unparalleled



playlist and a larger-than-life cast, this show really is “too good to be true!” Kinky Boots, the 2013 six-time Tony Award®-winning Best Musical, will strut on stage February 16-18. This ARTS sensation is based on a true story about PARTNER a shoe factory owner and a surprising new customer who go on to create the sturdiest of stilettos and a friendship that will “Raise You Up!” See the “Singular Sensation” that inspired an entire generation of theater-goers and garnered nine Tony Awards: A Chorus Line. A celebration of the singers and dancers who make up Broadway ensembles, this ageless landmark musical is set to play March 16-18.

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POTENTIAL is something we all have, but oftentimes it takes the efforts of others to help us fully realize how strong, confident and intelligent we truly are. The business of unlocking potential is the primary focus of Valley Youth Theatre for the last 21 years, Producing Artistic Director Bobb Cooper has featured the work of actors years ahead of their time. Founded in 1989, Valley Youth Theatre is a professional-quality theatre company dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential through meaningful

the range of work they take on later in life is as diverse as the training they learn at this small Phoenix theatre; it transcends calculated soliloquies and orchestrated choreography. “We need the arts, but what makes Valley Youth Theatre something different is we work diligently to inspire young people to be the best people they can be. It is really about helping them find the magic inside themselves, where they can dare to be themselves. Negativity is not allowed,” Cooper explains. Hope Ozer, VYT’s founding board chair, says productions at Valley Youth Theatre “ain’t

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engagement, education and excellence in the performing arts. The theatre produces six mainstage shows each season, including some at the Herberger Theater Center. Over the last 29 years, Valley Youth Theatre has trained hundreds of young people — some of whom have even attained celebrity status such as Emma Stone, Kimiko Glenn and Jordin Sparks. From Broadway to Hollywood to corporate board rooms — VYT participants’ success and

just a school play.” “It is a highly sophisticated, high-quality theatre experience for the audience and the participants. It doesn’t get nearly the recognition from the general public it deserves.” THE MAGIC OF PERFORMANCE Behind the success of Valley Youth Theatre performances are a trio of talent – a costume designer, Karol Cooper, a music director,



Mark Fearey, and of course, Artistic Director Bobb Cooper. Each provides a guiding light for participants, parents and community volunteers. Fearey says working at the Valley Youth Theatre has helped him better understand the definition of the word “talent.” “Sometimes, when you are working with adults, whether it is in their minds or in their ability, they have gone as far as they can go talent- or effortwise,” he said. “But if you can get a child to believe in his or her ability and get them to work, well, the sky is the limit. Trust is a big

thought,” Bobb points out. “That is our responsibility to these kids. There are no barriers. It doesn’t matter what part of town you come from. We want you to be a part of the MAGIC that is Valley ARTS Youth Theatre.” PARTNER Recognized as one of the most dynamic youth theatres in the country, Valley Youth Theatre has produced more than 150 professional musicals and plays since 1989. VYT invites you to join them as they enter their 29th season of professional youth theatre.  

thing, but once it has been established, they will go to the moon with you.” Karol Cooper agrees that Valley Youth Theatre is a positive environment built on a foundation of respect. “Valley Youth Theatre is a place where we can learn from each other. It is a very encouraging environment where we are trying to encourage everyone to be the best they can be,” Cooper says. “We are just using the vehicle of theatre to do it. “I believe in the power of positive

(Original article by: T.F. Thornton for the Scottsdale Independent)

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Discover the beauty of the Southwest’s largest botanical garden featuring 55,000 plants from across the world. Explore vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and more.

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WELCOME TO YOUR GARDEN FROM DAY TO NIGHT, Desert Botanical Garden has memorable offerings this fall. Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest, featuring 55,000 plants from around the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world, with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.

ART IN THE GARDEN Bold, colorful and monumental are all words that describe the work of internationally renowned ceramic artist Jun Kaneko, whose work will grace the Garden October 13, 2017May 13, 2018. Twenty large-scale ceramic and bronze sculptures will be featured, including his most recognizable dango ( Japanese for rounded form) and head sculptures, which range as high as 11 feet tall. Phoenix-based designer and sculptor Larry Kornegay, who creates sculpture, graphic artistry, sign paintings and fine art paintings, will display more than 20 pieces from September 22, 2017-January 7, 2018.  


MUSIC IN THE GARDEN This October and November, enjoy an evening of live performances by some of Arizona’s best musical entertainment in the stunning surroundings of Desert Botanical Garden. ICONIC HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS Thousands of hand-lit luminaria bags and white twinkle lights will set the Garden aglow this winter for 21 magical evenings (November 24 - December 30). Experience nine entertainment ensembles, including the return of Simply Three. Enjoy dinner at the Garden with family and friends, and stroll the paths


THE RETURN OF THE BUTTERFLIES On September 30, mighty monarch butterflies and the plant protectors arrive at Desert Botanical Garden’s Fall Butterfly Exhibit. Monarch butterflies and other Southwestern butterflies, as well as insects that make up the “Plant Protectors” such as honeybees, ants, lacewings and moths, will be on display through November 19. Like superheroes, insects have incredible powers, and this Garden exhibit invites visitors of all ages to become official “Plant Protectors.”   FALL FESTIVALS Pencil these events into the family’s calendar this fall! Strange Garden (October 2728) is a new family experience where you can encounter weird sights, fun tricks and enchanting creatures. Dance until you drop with groovy ghouls at this spook-tacular monster bash. Next up is Día de los Muertos (November 4-5). This colorful tradition, celebrated throughout the American Southwest, Latin America and Mexico, honors departed loved ones through music, dance and storytelling. Crafts, face painting and a mercado will be featured. If it’s a culinary affair you desire, experience the Chiles & Chocolate Festival (November 10-12) by shopping your way through Arizona’s top chile and chocolate vendors.

with a warm cup of cider or cocoa as you celebrate the season at this year’s very special Las Noches de las Luminarias. ONLY AT THE GARDEN The Garden has several signature events you can’t find anywhere else, including the Fall Plant Sale (October 20-22). With more than 30,000 plants for sale at this bustling marketplace, the VISUAL Garden’s Fall Plant Sale is the perfect ARTS place to shop for cacti, succulents, trees, shrubs, groundcover, perennials, herbs and veggies that can transform your garden. Pottery, art and other specialty products will be offered from a wide variety of retail artisans. Come, sit, play at Dogs’ Day in the Garden on November 18. Take advantage of this special opportunity to bring the whole family, dogs included, to the Garden. Go for a walk on Garden trails, meet other dog lovers and heel for photo opportunities. Learn about local dog-related non-profits, shop and enjoy samples with your pup, plus experience handson, canine-themed activities. Don’t miss this tail-wagging good time.

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T.C. Cannon, Kiowa/Caddo, 1946-1978. Self Portrait in the Studio, 1975, oil on canvas. From the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection. Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon.

AMERICAN INDIAN ART AND CULTURE COME ALIVE FOR FAMILIES CELEBRATING 88 YEARS, the Heard Museum is a beloved Arizona institution. With the new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery now open, the Heard is presenting more innovative exhibitions, family programs and unique events than ever before. The 2017-2018 lineup offers an exciting and diverse array of opportunities that will appeal to all ages.

October 7 – April 15 Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grand Gallery Featuring the finest group of T.C. Cannon’s paintings known to exist – including Collector #5 (Man in Wicker Chair) and Grandmother Gestating Father – this landmark exhibition puts 10 of his masterworks on public view for the first time in 20 years. T.C. Cannon (Kiowa and Caddo) 1946-1978, was a rising star in the art world before his untimely passing. Other works by N. Scott Momaday and Fritz Scholder are included in this exhibition. NOVEMBER 4 – JULY 15 Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith Awa Tsireh (also know as Alfonso Roybal), 1898-1955, was among the first Pueblo artists to achieve national recognition. This exhibit explores his paintings and metalworks. Born at San Ildefonso Pueblo in 1898, Awa Tsireh began his painting career in 1917 and, by the early 1920s, his work was exhibited nationally.

Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso Pueblo, silver brooch, 1930s-1940s. Norman L. Sandfield Collection.


October 9 – Indigenous Peoples’ Day

November 6 – Celebration of American Indian Veterans

November 11 – ¡Artes Vivas! Museum Entrance

November 24-26 – Ornament Marketplace December 26-30 – Holidays at the Heard February 10-11 – 28th Annual World

HOME: Native People in the Southwest Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience This groundbreaking exhibition explores an important era in American history, incorporating images, music, sound, oral histories, memorabilia and video to immerse visitors in the story, told by the people who lived it. FAMILY ACTIVITY GALLERY Kids get their own gallery at the Heard Museum! Cut, color, and create in It’s Your Turn, located in the Sandra Day O’Connor Gallery, featuring a changing array of original learning activities that entertain and educate.

Championship Hoop Dance Contest March 3-4 – 60th Annual Indian Fair & Market

April 7 – Katsina Marketplace

April 29 – Dia del Niños Family Day If you haven’t been to the Heard lately, you haven’t been to the Heard at all! Don’t miss out on the unique experiences that you will only find in the heart of downtown Phoenix. For more information and a full listing of exhibitions and events, visit us online at

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The Heard Museum is your destination for events that will entertain and enlighten the whole family. Heard events bring some of the Southwest’s greatest and most exciting artists to you, with music, film, informative dialogues, ceremonies, artist demonstrations and much more. Check the Heard website for dates and program info. Highlights include:



T.C. CANNON T.C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo), 1946-1978. “Turn of the Century Dandy,” 1976, acrylic on canvas. Reproduced by permission of the Estate of T.C. Cannon. © 2017 Estate of T.C. Cannon.

JOIN US THIS SEASON 2017-2018 EXHIBITION AND EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection | Feature Exhibition | Oct. 7 – April 15 Indigenous Peoples’ Day | Event | Oct. 9 Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith | Exhibition | Nov. 4 – July 15 Celebration of American Indian Veterans | Event | Nov. 6 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest Event | Feb. 10 & 11 60th Annual Indian Fair & Market | Signature Event | Mar. 3 & 4 VOTED 2017 BEST MUSEUM, PHOENIX MAGAZINE | VISIT HEARD.ORG

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Additional February concerts will showcase ARIZONA the Festival Orchestra performing renowned works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, MUSICFEST MARY CHAPIN CHITA RIVERA &Haydn, Mozart and Strauss. PRESENTS CARPENTER TOMMY TUNE “Our goal is a concert schedule that coincides with the metro area’s incredibly DIVERSE LINEUP





varied musical appetite,” says Arizona Musicfest Executive and Producing Director The Arizona Musicfest 2017-2018 festival Allan Naplan. “At the same time, our mission season brings a diverse lineup of exceptional also is to provide music education programs FEB artists to Valley audiences. The FEB season MICHAEL FEINSTEIN 6 PINK MARTINI 8 with a 17-piece big bandto area students and schools, important features 25 performances beginning with the performance opportunities and financial six-concert Fall Fest (November 3-17) and assistance to aspiring young musicians, and continuing with the popular Winter Festival lifelong learning programs to the entire from January 26-March 16. All performances community.” are in North Scottsdale.



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THE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA ARIZONA MUSICFEST’S include five-time Grammy-winner Mary FALL FEST Chapin Carpenter, Broadway legends Chita Featuring musicians from Rivera the nation’s and Tommy Tune and famed singer/ finest orchestras Highlighting the 2017 Fall Fest’s pianist Michael Feinstein performing with a “legendary” lineup are Super Diamond, 17-piece big band, internationally celebrated FEB ROBERT MOODYleads MAR DOC SEVERINSEN the premier Neil Diamond tribute band 1 18-25Pink Valley favorites Dennis THEMartini, FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA (November 3), Dennis Rowland (November Rowland and Alice Tatum, country music 480.422.8449 • AZMUSICFEST.ORG 7), The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra superstar Lee Ann Womack and the iconic (November 11) and Mary Chapin Carpenter band leader Doc Severinsen. (November 12). Arizona Musicfest’s Festival Orchestra, Arizona Musicfest audiences also will have under the baton of Maestro Robert Moody a chance to experience “future” legends with and featuring premier musicians from Arizona’s brightest young classical musicians the nation’s finest orchestras, will take the at the Young Musicians Fall Concert stage with special guest pianist Olga Kern.


Arizona Musicfest’s Winter Festival opens January 26, 2018, featuring Broadway legends Chita Rivera & Tommy Tune, and it closes March 16 with Decades Rewind, a tribute to the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. In between, performances include the Winter Young Musicians Concert ( January 28), the versatile banjo-driven Alison Brown Quartet ( January 31), Beatles tribute band Fab Faux (February 2), Pink Martini (February 6), Michael Feinstein (February 8), the Doo Wop Project (February 10), the American Brass Quintet (February 12), Country Music Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack (February 16), Doc Severinsen (March 1), the Alice Tatum Band (March 6), California beach party band Papa Doo Run Run (March 9) and the Irish-music influenced Seamus Egan Project (March 11). The Festival Sinfonia will perform Vivaldi & Mozart on February 18, Strauss & Brahms on February 20, Rachmaninoff with Olga Kern on February 22, Festival Orchestra Pops featuring Rhapsody in Blue on February

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23, and Beethoven & Bernstein, featuring Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie, narrating Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony on February 25. Beyond the Festival stage, for the next generation of Arizona artists, Arizona Musicfest’s free education and youth programs reach thousands of children every year, providing access and affordability to classical music and jazz for kids in grades K-12. ARTS GROUP Since 2010, Arizona Musicfest has awarded generous scholarships to exceptional Arizona students pursuing college music degrees with aspirations of future careers as professional musicians or music educators. Arizona Musicfest’s Young Musicians Competitions recognize young musicians’ outstanding talents by giving competitors the chance to perform for and receive evaluations from respected judges, cash prizes and performance opportunities.


(November 5). The Fall Fest schedule closes out with Telluride Bluegrass Competition champions The Hillbenders (November 17).

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of performances, the Chandler Center for the Arts has a lively and entertaining schedule planned. “This year’s lineup of performances will bring new genres, entertain audiences and continue to deliver shows of the highest artistic merit,” says Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts. Among the Center’s 2017-18 season lineup are a Disney Retro Slide Show with Charles Phoenix,The Family Stone and Musical Thrones, A Parody. Another trip down memory lane, Classic Albums Live pays tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album and wellknown acts Cesar Millan, Buddy Guy, Lee Rocker and Clint Black are sure to please.

The Center’s annual signature event, Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus will run December 27-January 7 and will be celebrating its 175th anniversary. The one-ring circus features jaw-dropping acrobatic feats, canine capers, and equestrian showmanship with plenty of audience participation. Popular acts Get the Led Out, Black Violin and Texas Tenors will also be returning. The Chandler Center for the Arts is one of Arizona’s leading collaborative arts institutions. Located on the northwest corner of Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd., the Chandler Center for the Arts boasts an impressive architectural design with three theaters and an art gallery. The 1,500-seat Mainstage is the signature performance hall, where no seat is further than 100 feet from the stage.

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SEPTEMBER 5 - 10 Fun Home ASU Gammage 6 - 10/15 Mamma Mia! Phoenix Theatre 7 Chad Calek Presents: Sir Noface Lives Tour Mesa Arts Center 7 The David Bromberg Quintet Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 8 Ten-Year Anniversary Celebration featuring Jordin Sparks Tempe Center for the Arts 9 Sure Fire Soul Ensemble Chandler Center for the Arts 9 Too Marvelous For Words: The Nat “King” Cole Story starring Keith David Tempe Center for the Arts 15 The Breezin’ & Breathless Tour with George Benson and Kenny G Mesa Arts Center

21 Original Classic Jazz Masters Choping / Bolling and The Matt Herskowitz Trio Mesa Arts Center 22 - 24 The Rat Pack is Back! The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 22 The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Mesa Arts Center 22 - 1/7 Larry Kornegay New Work Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden 23 The Velveteen Rabbit Chandler Center for the Arts

15 - 16 Opening Night! Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

23 Brazilian Day Festival Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

20 - 11/12 Hedwig and the Angry Inch Phoenix Theatre

30 Dancing Earth Mesa Arts Center

17 The Beach Boys Mesa Arts Center

30 Mariachi & Folklorico Festival Under the Artistic Direction of Vanessa Ramirez Chandler Center for the Arts

21 - 30 Ballet Under the Stars Ballet Arizona Various Parks

30 - 10/1 Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 30 - 11/19 Fall Butterfly Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden

OCTOBER 4 The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 5 - 22 Chapter Two Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 6 Take Me to the River Mesa Arts Center 6 Charles Phoenix Disney Retro Slideshow Chandler Center for the Arts 6 Samite Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 6 Music in the Garden Mother Road Trio Desert Botanical Garden

15 ASU Concerts @ The Center: Joining Forces Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 17 Ludovico Einaudi: Essential Einaudi Mesa Arts Center

The Sugar Thieves 6-8 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 7 Natalia Lafourcade ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 7 - 4/15 Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon Heard Museum

13 Music in the Garden The Sugar Thieves Desert Botanical Garden 13 - 5/13 Jun Kaneko Sculpture Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden 13 - 15 A Broadway Celebration of Bernstein and Robbins The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 14 - 4/15 Lines and Codes: T.C. Cannon’s Inheritance exhibition Heard Museum

8 Tom Rush With Special Guest Danny O’Keefe Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

14 T.S. Monk: Monk On Monk Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

9 Indigenous Peoples Day Heard Museum 12 Get the Led Out - The American Led Zeppelin Chandler Center for the Arts 13 Andrew Bird Mesa Arts Center 13 Studio Spotlight Swan Lake Ballet Arizona Dorrance Theatre

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7 The Minimalists Mesa Arts Center

18 Nat Geo Live: A View From Above Terry Virts: Astronaut Mesa Arts Center 20 Music in the Garden Traveler Desert Botanical Garden 21 & 22 Hercules vs Vampires Arizona Opera Symphony Hall 20 - 21 Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center 21 - 22 Fall Plant Sale Desert Botanical Garden 21 Sons of Serendip Chandler Center for the Arts 21 Lightwire Theater Presents Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 22 - 11/7 Ofrenda Exhibition Desert Botanical Garden 25 Hudson: Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, John Medeski and Larry Grenadier Mesa Arts Center



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25 Home Free Mesa Arts Center

31 thru 11/5 Something Rotten! ASU Gammage

26 Music in the Garden Walt Richardson & Friends All Ages Desert Botanical Garden


4 The Family Stone 50th Anniversary Tour Chandler Center for the Arts

2 Flamenco Legends by Javier Limón: The Paco de Lucía Project Mesa Arts Center

4 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Moscow State Symphony Orchestra Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

3 Steep Canyon Rangers Mesa Arts Center

5 Gregory Porter Mesa Arts Center

3 Super Diamond Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

5 The Okee Dokee Brothers Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

3 Music in the Garden Ronstadt Brothers & Los Tucsonenses Desert Botanical Garden

5 Young Musicians Fall Concert Arizona Musicfest Musical Instrument Museum

3-4 Mozart and Sibelius The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

6 Celebration of Veterans Heard Museum Steele Auditorium

28 Malpaso Dance Company ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage

4-5 15thAnnual Día de los Muertos Celebration Desert Botanical Garden

28 Shopkins Live! Mesa Arts Center

4 - 7/15 Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith exhibition Heard Museum

7 Dennis Rowland Arizona Musicfest Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

26 - 29 Swan Lake Ballet Arizona Symphony Hall 27 Day of the Dead 2017: Mexrrissey, La Santa Cecilia and Mariachi Flor de Toloache Mesa Arts Center 27 - 28 Strange Garden Fall Festival Desert Botanical Garden 28 - 11/19 Madagascar A Musical Adventure Valley Youth Theatre Herberger Theater Center

9 Down the Rabbit Hole Mesa Arts Center

Lil Buck 9 Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Orchestra: Eddie at 80 Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 10 B - The Underwater Bubble Show Chandler Center for the Arts 10 Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Orpheum Theatre

10 - 12 Chiles & Chocolate Festival Desert Botanical Garden 10 - 12 Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 11 Rita Rudner Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

11 What Moves You featuring Lil Buck and Mihai Marica with special guest Jon Boogz Tempe Center for the Arts 11 ¡Artes Vivas! Heard Museum 11 Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church 12 Mary Chapin Carpenter Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

Yo-Yo Ma Photo by Todd Rosenberbg

10 Music in the Garden Big Nick and the Gila Monsters Desert Botanical Garden

15 Charles Lewis ASU Kerr Cultural Center 15 Nat Geo Live: Beauty and the Bizarre - Anand Varma: Photographer Mesa Arts Center 15 - 12/31 Disney’s Newsies Phoenix Theatre 16 - 12/3 The River Bride Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 16 The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University Presents: Trio Jinx Mesa Arts Center 16 Sarah Vowell and Daniel Handler Mesa Arts Center 16 Music in the Garden All Ages - April Verch Desert Botanical Garden 17 - 19 Tosca Arizona Opera Symphony Hall


17 The HillBenders Arizona Musicfest Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 18 Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant - Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 18 David Sedaris Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Orpheum Theatre 18 Dogs’ Day in the Garden Desert Botanical Garden 19 ASU Concerts @ The Center: Big Band Matinee Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 24 - 25 The Capitol Steps Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 24 - 26 Ornament Marketplace Heard Museum 24 - 26 Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 25 - 12/30 Las Noches de las Luminarias Desert Botanical Garden

25 The Righteous Brothers Mesa Arts Center 29 Tori Amos Mesa Arts Center 28 thru 12/3 The Bodyguard ASU Gammage

DECEMBER 1 - 23 A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Valley Youth Theatre 1-3 The Music Man Theater League The Orpheum Theatre

7 Handel’s Messiah The Phoenix Symphony American Lutheran Church 8 Handel’s Messiah The Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center 8 - 24 The Nutcracker Ballet Arizona Symphony Hall 8 - 17 Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

1-3 Holiday Pops The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

9 ‘Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas: The Musical Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

2 Carl Carlton ASU Kerr ASU Kerr Cultural Center

9 Handel’s Messiah The Phoenix Symphony Camelback Bible Church

2 ARTrageous Gala, Ansel Adams: America Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 3 Driftwood Quintet and the Phantom of the Opera Film ASU Kerr Cultural Center 5 Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel: Keys to the Classics Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 6 Handel’s Messiah The Phoenix Symphony Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Mary Chapin Carpenter


17 Music in the Garden April Verch Desert Botanical Garden

10 Scottsdale Philharmonic Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 10 Handel’s Messiah The Phoenix Symphony Pinnacle Presbyterian Church 13 Dave Koz 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour Mesa Arts Center

16 Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents A Merry-Achi Christmas Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 19 98 Degrees Mesa Arts Center 19 - 24 Cinderella ASU Gammage

15 David Britton Christmas: Sounds of the Season Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

21 Windham Hill®: Winter Solstice Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

15 Nat King Cole Tribute Featuring Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli Chandler Center for the Arts

22 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

16 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Mesa Arts Center

20 - 31 Menopause the Musical Mesa Arts Center

Handel’s Messiah

22 - 23 A Cirque Nutcracker with Troupe Vertigo The Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center

26 - 30 Holidays at the Heard Heard Museum 26 - 30 Sing-a Long-a Grease Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 27 - 31 Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus Chandler Center for the Arts 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

JANUARY 2-7 Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus Chandler Center for the Arts 5 – 3/23 Late Nite Catechism Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 5 - 28 Man of La Mancha Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 5-7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 6 – 3/24 Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 6 The Tango Fire Company of Buenos Aires Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 7 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Emanuel Ax Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Kristina Wong

13 SHUFFLE Concert ASU Kerr Cultural Center



12 - 13 Brahms’ First Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

16 Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?® / Dvořák’s American Quartet Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Musical Instrument Museum 17 Close Encounters With Music: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 18 Jarabe Mexicano ASU Kerr ASU Kerr Cultural Center 18 Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?® / You’re the Top: The Songs of Cole Porter Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 19 The Fab Four Mesa Arts Center 19 Jarabé Mexico Chandler Center for the Arts 19 - 21 The Tenors The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 20 The Wong Street Journal Kristina Wong ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 20 The Price Is Right Live Chandler Center for the Arts

20 Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening With Ira Glass Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Orpheum Theatre 20 Dogs' Day in the Garden Desert Botanical Garden 23 - 28 Jersey Boys Theater League The Orpheum Theatre 23 Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel: Virtuoso Variations Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

26 - 5/20 John Schaefer Photography Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden 27 The Texas Tenors Chandler Center for the Arts 27 Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Kelli O’Hara, Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

24 - 2/11 Its Only A Play Phoenix Theatre

28 Young Musicians Winter Concert Arizona Musicfest Musical Intstrument Museum

26 The Moth Mainstage Mesa Arts Center

30 - 2/25 Hamilton ASU Gammage

26 Chita Rivera and Tommy Tune: Two for the Road Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

31 Niyaz Presents The Fourth Light Project Mesa Arts Center

26 - 28 Sibelius and Debussy The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

31 Alison Brown Quartet Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church

Steven Page

2 Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty Chandler Center for the Arts 2 Studio Spotlight Cinderella Ballet Arizona Dorrance Theatre 2 Music in the Graden The Ratio Band Desert Botanical Garden

31 The Manhattan Transfer Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Celebrity Theatre

FEBRUARY 2-4 Candide Arizona Opera Symphony Hall 2 - 25 Hand To God Phoenix Theatre Symphony Hall 2-3 Music of Harry Potter The Phoenix Symphony Mesa Arts Center 2 - 9/30 Symmetry in Stone: The Jewelry of Richard I. Chavez Jewelry Heard Museum 2-4 Assisted Living The Musical Mesa Arts Center 2 The Gentleman Doc Holliday, Performed by Wyatt Earp ASU Kerr Cultural Center 2 Fab Faux Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

2 Ladysmith Black Mambazo Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 3 Metropolitan Klezmer Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 3 Flor de Toloache Tempe Center for the Arts 6 Post Secret: The Show Mesa Arts Center 6 Pink Martini Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church 7 Nat Geo Live: Deadliest Lifesavers - Zoltan Takacs: Herpetologist Mesa Arts Center

9 SONGBOOK: Steven Page and the Art of Time Ensemble Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 9 Music in the Garden Big Pete Pearson Blues Band Desert Botanical Garden 9 Voiceplay Tempe Center for the Arts 9 - 25 J.R.R. Tolken’s The Hobbit Valley Youth Theatre 9 - 11 Beethoven and Mozart The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 10 The Doo Wop Project Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

7 Darlene Love Mesa Arts Center

10 - 11 Corks + Cactus Desert Botanical Garden

7 Close Encounters With Music: The Passion of SaintSaëns and César Franck: L’Amour Toujours! Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

10 - 12 28thAnnual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest Heard Museum

8 Michael Feinstein Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church

12 American Brass Quintet Arizona Musicfest Musical Intstrument Museum

14 Fancifool! Written and Performed by Ananda Bena-Weber ASU Kerr ASU Kerr Cultural Center 14 - 3/4 The Boob Show Phoenix Theatre 15 - 18 Cinderella Ballet Arizona Symphony Hall 15 - 3/4 Outside Mullingar Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 15 Dance of Hope Featuring Kinobe ASU Kerr ASU Kerr Cultural Center 15 Piers Lane: Chopin by Candlelight Mesa Arts Center

20 Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel, Bach and Chopin: A Musical Kinship Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

16 Tumbledown House ASU Kerr ASU Kerr Cultural Center

20 Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great?®/ Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Musical Instrument Museum

16 Lee Ann Womack Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church 16 Bumper Jacksons Chandler Center for the Arts 16 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Yefim Bronfman Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 16 Music in the Garden Louis Landon Desert Botanical Garden 16 - 18 Kinky Boots Theater League The Orpheum Theatre 18 Festival Sinfonia: Haydn & Mozart Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church 20 Festival Orchestra: Strauss and Brahms Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church

28th Annual Hoop Dance

13 A Date With John Waters Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

15 ODC/Dance Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

21 Jake Shimabukuro Mesa Arts Center 22 Festival Orchestra featuring Olga Kern Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church 22 Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great? ® / From On the Town to West Side Story: The Theater Music of Leonard Bernstein Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 23 John McEuen Mesa Arts Center 23 Festival Orchestra POPS: Rhapsody in Blue Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church 23 Black Violin Chandler Center for the Arts 23 Music in the Garden Traveler Desert Botanical Garden 23 - 24 Brahms and Schumann The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 24 Cameron Carpenter Mesa Arts Center



12 ASU Concerts @ The Center: Vocal Explorations Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

24 Music of the Knights Commemorating the music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Elton John Chandler Center for the Arts 24 Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Megan Hilty, Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 25 Festival Orchestra: Beethoven and Berlioz Arizona Musicfest La Casa De Cristo Church 25 Jesse Cook Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 27 The Chieftains Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 28 - 3/1 The TEN Tenors: Wish You Were Here Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

MARCH 1 Nat Geo Live: Between River & Rim Pete McBride: Photographer & Kevin Fedarko: Writer Mesa Arts Center 1 Doc Severinsen Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church 2 Don McLean and Firefall Mesa Arts Center

3-4 Devour Culinary Classic Desert Botanical Garden 3 - 5/13 Spring Butterfly Exhibit Desert Botanical Garden 4 Gobsmacked! Mesa Arts Center 3-4 60th Annual Indian Fair & Market Heard Museum

Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Steven Moeckel

6 Ethan Bortnick Mesa Arts Center

2 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Seong-Jin Cho Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

6 Alice Tatum Band Arizona Musicfest Fairway House at Grayhawk

2 Indian Fair & Market Best of Show Heard Museum 2-4 West Side Story in Concert The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 3 Miles Electric Band Mesa Arts Center 3 Always Patsy Cline Chandler Center for the Arts 3 Yamato The Drummers of Japan World Tour 2017-18, Chousensha / The Challengers Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 3 Rhythmic Circus Feet Don’t Fail Me Now Tempe Center for the Arts

7 - 4/8 Million Dollar Quartet Phoenix Theatre 7 - 10 Men are from Mars Women are from Venus Mesa Arts Center 8 Music in the Garden Marmalade Skies Desert Botanical Garden 9 Papa Doo Run Run Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church 9 Buddy Guy Chandler Center for the Arts 9 Studio Spotlight Today’s Masters Ballet Arizona Dorrance Theatre 9 Parsons Dance Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


9 - 11 The Barber of Seville Arizona Opera Symphony Hall 9 - 18 The Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre Phoenix Theatre 9 – 11 48th Scottsdale Arts Festival Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 9 - 24 TCA Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre present Gidion’s Knot Tempe Center for the Arts 10 Canellakis-Brown Duo ASU Kerr Cultural Center 10 Music of Pink Floyd with Laser Light Show The Phoenix Symphony Mesa Amphitheatre 11 The Seamus Egan Project Arizona Musicfest Highlands Church 11 Celtic Nights Oceans of Hope Chandler Center for the Arts 11 Tchaikovsky and Mozart Chamber Music Series Concert The Phoenix Symphony Musical Instrument Museum

13 Globalfest on the Road Orkesta Mendoza and Las Cafeteras Mesa Arts Center 15 Rob Kapilow: What Makes It Great? ® / Finishing the Hat: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 16 Bria Skonberg Mesa Arts Center 16 Classic Albums Live 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Chandler Center for the Arts 16 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Amit Peled and Noreen Polera Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 16 Music in the Garden Kilted Spirit Desert Botanical Garden 16 - 17 Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 16 - 18 A Chorus Line Theater League The Orpheum Theatre 16 - 18 Plant Sale Desert Botanical Garden

17 Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


9 Music in the Garden Boneyard Desert Botanical Garden

18 Musical Thrones, A Parody Chandler Center for the Arts 19 Beethoven String Trios: Nikkanen, Rawls and Bailey Mesa Arts Center 20 - 25 The King and I ASU Gammage 21 Composer’s Choice Featuring Nokuthula Ngwenyama ASU Kerr Cultural Center 22 - 25 Today’s Masters Ballet Arizona Orpheum Theatre 22 Beethoven String Trios: Nikkanen, Rawls and Bailey Mesa Arts Center

23 Music in the Garden Carlos Nakai Quartet Desert Botanical Garden 23 - 25 Great American Songbook with Storm Large The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 23 Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary Mesa Arts Center 23 Cesar Millan Live Chandler Center for the Arts 23 Enmei (Long Life): A Dance and Aging Project Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 24 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Zürich Chamber Orchestra with Daniel Hope Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 25 The Illusionists Present: Adam Trent, The Next Generation of Magic Mesa Arts Center 27 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea Mesa Arts Center 28 Nat Geo Live: The Point of No Return - Hilaree O’Neill: Mountaineer Mesa Arts Center 29 Arlo Guthrie Re: Generation Tour Mesa Arts Center

Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra

29 - 31 The Texas Tenors The Phoenix Symphony Orpheum Theatre 30 Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra Tempe Center for the Arts 30 Agave on the Rocks Desert Botanical Garden 31 Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 31 Tchaikovsky and Mozart Chamber Music Series Concert The Phoenix Symphony Musical Instrument Museum

APRIL 2 ASU Concerts @ The Center: ASU Symphony Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

3 Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel: Leonard Bernstein at 100: A Musical Celebration Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 6-8 Das Rheingold Arizona Opera Symphony Hall 5 - 22 Low Down Dirty Blues Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 6 Music in the Garden Bluesman Mike and the Blues Review Band Desert Botanical Garden 6 - 22 Little Women The Broadway Musical Valley Youth Theatre 7 A 24-Decade History of Popular Music Abridged Taylor Mac ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 7 Lee Rocker Chandler Center for the Arts


8 Michael Brown Quartet Desert Botanical Garden 13 Jad Abumrad: Host of Public Radio’s Radiolab Mesa Arts Center 13 Music in the Garden Jaleo Desert Botanical Garden 13 - 14 Elgar’s Cello Concerto The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 13 - 14 Disrupt Fest Tempe Center for the Arts 14 Always and Forever starring Ruben Studdard Chandler Center for the Arts 14 Dance Theatre of Harlem ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 14 Katsina Marketplace Heard Museum 14 David Archuleta Mesa Arts Center 15 Clint Black Chandler Center for the Arts

17 - 22 The Color Purple ASU Gammage 18 - 5/13 Godspell Phoenix Theatre 19 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Murray Perahia Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 20 Studio Spotlight All Balanchine Ballet Arizona Dorrance Theatre 20 Music in the Garden Papa John DeFrancesco & The Union Four Desert Botanical Garden 20 - 22 Sgt. Pepper’s 50th with Classical Mystery Tour The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall

Pacifico Dance Company

7 Che Malambo Tempe Center for the Arts

17 Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra With Keith Lockhart featuring music of John Williams Mesa Arts Center

22 Tao: Drum Heart Mesa Arts Center 27 - 29 Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall


7 Mark Cortale Presents Broadway @ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Featuring Seth Rudetsky as Pianist and Host Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

28 Hālau O Kekuhi ASU Gammage Beyond ASU Gammage 29 Dia del Ninos Family Day Heard Museum

MAY 3-6 All Balanchine Ballet Arizona Symphony Hall 4 Pacifico Dance Company Chandler Center for the Arts 4 Music in the Garden Cinco de Moio Desert Botanical Garden 5-6 Tchaikovsky and Mozart Chamber Music Series Concert The Phoenix Symphony Musical Instrument Museum


Flashlight Tours


11 National Public Garden Day Desert Botanical Garden 11 Music in the Garden A Touch of Class Desert Botanical Garden 15 - 20 Les Misérables ASU Gammage 15 - 6/2 An Evening at Desert Botanical Garden Ballet Arizona Desert Botanical Garden 16 Celtic Woman Mesa Arts Center 18 Music in the Garden Dmitri Matheny Group Featuring Holly Pile Desert Botanical Garden 19 The Art of Wine and Tastes of Summer Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

24 Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 25 Music in the Garden Sahanas Brothers Band Desert Botanical Garden 11 - 12 Schubert and Brahms The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 16 - 6/10 Little Shop of Horrors Phoenix Theatre 17 - 6/3 The Diary of Anne Frank Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theater Center 18 - 20 Live from Broadway The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 25 - 27 Music of John Williams The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 26 - 9/1 Flashlight Tours on Thursday and Saturday nights Desert Botanical Garden

29 - 6/3 The Humans ASU Gammage

JUNE 1-2 Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony The Phoenix Symphony Symphony Hall 1 Music in the Garden Canyon Records Artists Desert Botanical Garden 8 Music in the Garden Jay Allan and the Uncommon Good Desert Botanical Garden 15 Music in the Garden QVLN Desert Botanical Garden 15 - 7/1 Annie The Musical Valley Youth Theatre Herberger Theater Center 19 - 24 School of Rock ASU Gammage 22 Music in the Garden AZ Dueling Pianos Desert Botanical Garden


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