Press Release

October 18, 2016

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: The Tempest Trio
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will open the 2016–17 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series with a concert by The Tempest Trio on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Tickets start at $29 through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Combining technical mastery, expressive depth and performance experience, The Tempest Trio is one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. The group showcases the talents of three stellar musicians: pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Amit Peled. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career, and together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit. The ensemble has been compared by critics to the legendary “Million Dollar Trio” of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Heifetz.

The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia, and has been known to share with the public unique and exotic programs of trios ranging from the standard repertoire to newly commissioned pieces. Their Scottsdale concert will include three masterpeices of chamber music: Beethoven’s “Ghost” Trio, Bernstein’s 1937 Piano Trio and Dvorak’s “Dumky” Trio. The concert is also a rare opportunity to hear the historic 1733 Matteo Goffriller cello that belonged to the great cellist Pablo Casals (1876–1973) for 60 years and is now on loan to Amit Peled from the maestro’s widow.

“It is a privilege to present the Scottsdale debut of this world-class piano trio,” remarked Scottsdale Arts President and CEO Neale Perl. “The chance to hear three virtuosos play this spectacular program is not to be missed. Hearing the ‘voice’ of the Casals cello will be the icing on the cake!”

Each season the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings the world’s foremost classical musicians to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Celebrated for her musical, environmental and literary achievements, French pianist Hélène Grimaud will perform a selection of works exploring the theme of water on Nov. 29. Among the leading pianists of her generation, Tanya Bannister will make her Center debut on Dec. 11. The brilliant and highly esteemed French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie will perform an all-Chopin program on Jan. 15. Returning to Scottsdale by popular demand, Russian-born pianist Olga Kern will highlight Russian and American composers on Feb. 19. World-renowned British violinist Daniel Hope and Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez will share the stage on March 19.

The Virginia G. Piper Concert Series is sponsored by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Classical music concerts at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are also supported by the Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music.

Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through three acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 375,000 participants annually.

Since 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.

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. 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 Arts. 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.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts7380 E. Second St.Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-499-TKTS (8587)