Press Release

August 3, 2015

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has released its new 45-page 2015–16 season guide, showcasing a star-studded lineup of music, dance, theater, comedy, film and more.

“This season we celebrate a number of milestones: the 40thanniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the 30thanniversary of Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA’s “Sweet 16” and the 15thScottsdale International Film Festival,” remarked Neale Perl, president and CEO of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council. “It’s going to be an extraordinary year for the arts in Scottsdale, and we invite everyone to be part of it.”

Sponsored by InEight, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 40th-anniversary season will kick off in October with performances by Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook on Oct. 8, comedian Margaret Cho on Oct. 17 and Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes on Oct. 23. Valdes’ concert marks the official anniversary of the Center, which opened to the public exactly 40 years ago to the day. Guests will be treated to a special red-carpet experience when they arrive for the performance.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015–16 Discovery Series exploring the arts of the United Kingdom and Ireland will showcase acclaimed London-based dance troupes Akram Khan Company on Nov. 3 and BalletBoyz on Feb. 19, Scottish actor Alan Cumming on Nov. 7, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 16 and the National Theatre of Scotland’s hit play The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Harton April 19–24. All are appearing for the first time on the Center’s stage.

Other performers making their Scottsdale debuts are Australia’s The TEN Tenors on Dec. 10–11, actress Jane Lynch on Jan. 23, jazz sensation The Hot Sardines on Feb. 10, the legendary Joan Collins on Feb. 13, R&B icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on March 18 and actress Ana Gasteyer on March 26.

Returning favorites include singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Nov. 6; virtuoso pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Nov. 15, Emanuel Ax on Jan. 24 and Angela Hewitt on March 20; actor Martin Short on Dec. 5 as part of the annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala; dance troupes Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Feb. 5–6 and Pilobolus on March 4–5; entertainer Michael Feinstein on Feb. 27; Latin jazz stars Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez on April 2; Broadway’s Tommy Tune on April 2; and best-selling author David Sedaris on April 30.

Tickets for the Center’s 2015–16 season are on sale through or 480-499-TKTS (8587). Member, group and package discounts are available.

The 2015–16 season guide also features highlights from the entire Scottsdale Cultural Council, including exhibitions, special events and programs of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art, as well as the Scottsdale International Film Festival on Nov. 5–9.

Scottsdale Cultural Council members and past ticket buyers will be mailed the season guide, which also may be viewed or downloaded through the Center’s website or picked up at the box office. To request a free mailed copy, email [email protected].

Celebrating 40 years of inspiration, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015–16 season is sponsored by InEight.

Since opening in 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of voices and perspectives, creating shared, inspiring experiences for the community that celebrate artistic excellence and cultural awareness. Today one of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, the Center presents a diverse season of dance, music, theater, comedy and film from around the world. More than 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are presented and hosted by the Center annually, serving approximately 250,000 participants. The Center’s education and outreach programs reach 25,000 students and adults each year. Events take place in the state-of-the-art, 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, recognized for its intimacy, acoustics and comfort, as well as the 137-seat Stage 2 and neighboring 1,800-capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located on Scottsdale Civic Center Park, a 21-acre urban oasis next to the city’s Old Town and gallery districts.

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance audience members’ experience, including: American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation or live audio description with two weeks advance notice. Assistive-listening devices and wheelchair seating are also available. Visit or contact the Patron Services Box Office at 480-499-TKTS (8587) [TDD: 480-874-4694] for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers a variety of ticket discounts for members at the Duet level and above, groups of 10 or more and those purchasing packages to four or more events in one order. Through the generous support of Tiffany & Bosco, P.A. and Great American Title Agency, Inc., the Center provides free tickets to selected events for eligible students, teachers and active-duty military and veterans, and 50-percent off tickets to selected events for patrons 29 and under. Visit or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.

The award-winning Store at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts supports the mission and diverse programs of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council. The Store’s unique selection of merchandise includes artist-made jewelry, stylish furnishings for home and office, unique creations by Arizona artists, fair-trade and upcycled/recycled global crafts, music, books, greeting cards and imaginative toys. Purchases are tax-free, and members receive a 10-percent discount. Gift-wrapping and shipping are also available. The Store is open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; and throughout most evening events. Phone: 480-874-4644.

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