Press Release

November 21, 2016

December 9, 16 and 23, 2016
Happy Hour: 6 p.m.
Concert: 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating the season with its new Live & Local Holidays series showcasing top Arizona-based artists performing festive concerts in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

The Live & Local Holidays series will open on Friday, Dec. 9, with Santa’s Helpers, an evening of holiday songs, old and new, and heartwarming stories by two of the Valley’s most talented and popular entertainers – Kristen Drathman and Rusty Ferracane – accompanied by Arizona Opera Composer-in-Residence Craig Bohmler.

The Pete Pancrazi Quartet will take the stage on Friday, Dec. 16. Known for his nimble guitar work and warm vocals, jazz musician Pete Pancrazi delights audiences with a growing repertoire of original compositions, presented in performance alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz sounds. Pancrazi will be joined by Nick Manson on piano, Todd Johnson on bass and Dom Moio on drums for a great evening of holiday jazz.

Finally, on Friday, Dec. 23, world-class baritone and Nashville recording artist David Britton and his musicians will offer an enchanting evening of Christmas music from around the world, including spirited vocals and comfy, cozy arrangements of familiar favorites blended with soaring holiday anthems.

Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy happy-hour drink specials, sweet treats offered by Sugar Jam Bake Shop, a free, create-your-own holiday art project and an exclusive discount (10% off!) on creative gifts at the award-winning Store at the Center.

Tickets start at $19 through or 480-499-TKTS (8587).

The Live & Local Holidays concert series is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Phoenix New Times.

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