Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Exciting Performances Added to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 2019–20 Season
Arizona — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is excited to announce
additional experiences for the upcoming season. The
2019–20 season is bursting with performances for everyone, from acclaimed
singer-songwriters and must-see dance companies to renowned classical
musicians, returning favorites and more. Marc Cohn, Spanish Brass with Chano
Domínguez, the return of Live & Local performances and the always-funny
Louie Anderson join the beloved Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
series, internationally known violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and Broadway veteran
Patti LuPone to round out the Center’s 2019–20 season.
The following performances are on sale to members on August 1 and the general public on August 15.
Live & Local
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, 8 p.m.
Jaleo is a staple in the Arizona Latin music scene. Experience an evening of Cuban and Caribbean music.
ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts celebrates the return of the ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence.Whether you are a nominee, a theater manager, a designer, or just a fan of Arizona theater, you are welcome to attend.
Friday, Oct. 18, 2019, 8 p.m.
Iconic comedian and Emmy®-winning actor Louie Anderson is one of the country’s most adored stand-up comics. Named by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time,” Anderson currently stars in the FX comedy series “Baskets.”
Monica Heuser’s Tribute: Remember Patsy Cline
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, 8 p.m.
Celebrate the music of Patsy Cline with Monica Heuser and a live band for her national tour of “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.”
ASU Concerts @ The Center: An Evening of Solo Piano and Chamber Music
Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
This evening of music by “Liszt and his Rivals”for solo piano and chamber music features ASU faculty and students. ASU faculty members include Robert Hamilton, Baruch Meir, Andrew Campbell, and new piano faculty member, Cathal Breslin.
Live & Local
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, 7 p.m.
The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation and powerhouse delta sound that will take you back in time. They blend the blues, country and other musical influences to create a sound that moves audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
Roots Rising! Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno, and Liz Vice
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.
Artists from across the roots musical landscape gather for a night showcasing some of the best young, contemporary talent. Blues artist Matt Andersen, Latin Grammy® winner Gaby Moreno and soul singer Liz Vice come together for an evening of stripped-down, individual performances and a collaborative finale.
ASU Concerts @ The Center: ASU Big Band Night
Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
A longtime favorite
of Valley audiences, the ASU Concert Jazz Band performs choice selections,
spanning the history of big band music and beyond, for an unforgettable
night of music.
Live & Local
2nd Hand Sam and His Country Gentlemen: Holiday Blues
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
2nd Hand Sam and His Country Gentlemen play authentic country music with a holiday blues twist. Listen to your favorite classic country and western tunes from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s.
Peace & Community Day
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2020, Noon–4 p.m.
A day of unity in conjunction with the Scottsdale Martin Luther
King Jr. Day celebration, present with Community Celebrating Diversity.
Arizona Storytellers Project returns for three events featuring community members sharing true, first-person stories, from February to June.
Love, Like and It’s Complicated
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 7 p.m.
Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating, and downright crazy. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com to explore stories about dating apps, true love and everything in between.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7 p.m.
Home can be a place, a feeling or a person. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for stories about how we make and create a place of belonging for ourselves and the people we love.
I Made This
June 10, 2020, 7 p.m.
Art, in all its forms, adds meaning to life. Join The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com for stories about creation and putting things out into the universe.
A Family A’Fair
Featuring The Lucky
Sunday, February 16, 2020, Noon–4 p.m.
Latin Grammy® Award winner The Lucky Band bring its crafty lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats to headline this special Sunday A’Fair. A Family A’Fair celebrates kids of all ages with dancing music for the young and young at heart as well as art activities for everyone.
One of These Nights
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
One of These Nights takes the audience on a journey through all the Eagles’ sounds, from tasteful country rock — complete with full harmonies — to hard rocking tunes that highlight their extraordinary catalogue.
Stefon Harris and Blackout
Saturday, Feb. 22, 8 p.m.
Four-time Grammy® nominee Stefon Harris and his band Blackout, named for their rejection of traditional jazz definitions, embrace sleek, slinky soul, funk and hip-hop — like Stevie Wonder rubbing elbows with George Gershwin and bop icons.
Spanish Brass with Chano Domínguez
Friday, March 20, 2020, 8:00 p.m.
Spanish Brass, dynamic and admired brass group, and Chano Domínguez, celebrated jazz pianist and composer, share their talents on stage during a performance featuring works composed and arranged for brass.
Paris the Show!
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 8 p.m.“Paris the Show!” is a vibrant tribute to the greatest French singers, from
Edith Piaf to Charles Trenet, and it exports the charm and the essence of the
City of Light for the whole world to enjoy.
International Jazz Day
Saturday, April 4, 2020, Noon – 4 p.m.
Don’t miss this special finale to the Sunday A’Fair series celebrating jazz music. This performance is presented in partnership with International Jazz Day Foundation.
ASU Concerts @ The Center: ASU Gospel Choir and Chamber Winds
Monday, April 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Jason Caslor and Jason Thompson conduct an uplifting evening of music and song with ASU’s inspirational and dynamic gospel choir and chamber winds.
15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Grammy® winner Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters with songs like “Walking in Memphis.”
The Soul Of Mexico
With Villalobos Brothers and Mariachi Reynas
Saturday, May 2,
2020, 8 p.m.
The Soul of Mexico brings together Villalobos Brothers and Mariachi Reynas de Los Angeles® for an unforgettable performance. The acclaimed contemporary Mexican ensemble Villalobos Brothers takes the stage with leading female mariachi musicians from the Grammy® nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®.
Feels Like Home: An Evening with the Scottsdale Chorus
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 3 p.m.
The six-time-world-champion Scottsdale Chorus sings music from the swing era through to modern a cappella, providing joyful entertainment sure to please any audience.
Tickets are currently available for the following performances:
Flamenco Intimo | Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019, 8 p.m.
Saturdays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2019, 8 p.m.
Julia Chacón returns to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts with national and international flamenco dancers and musicians. Audiences will experience unforgettable shows that change so no two performances are the same. Don’t miss the Family Flamenco Show at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, 8 p.m.
Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has collaborated with Ricky Skaggs and the Grateful Dead. He has scored films and performed with symphony orchestras. Hornsby describes his new album, “Absolute Zero,” as “a compendium of what I like and moves me.” Prepare for a multifaceted ride.
Oh Solo Wainwright: An Evening with Rufus
with special guest Robert Ellis – Texas Piano Man
Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, 8 p.m.
Affectionately referred to by Elton John as “the greatest songwriter on the planet” and praised by The New York Times for his “genuine originality,” Grammy® nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.
Oct. 15, 2019 – May 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of films personally selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson, former editor of Film Comment magazine, published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Jacobson created and has programmed the series since 1992. His selections may include an award-winning drama, an outrageous indie comedy, a provocative documentary or the next breakout hit chosen from among new independent and foreign films from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and other internationally ranked film festivals. Discussions with film scholars and special guests follow the screenings.
Virginia G. Piper
Bryan Wallick, piano
Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, 8 p.m.
Bryan Wallick made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1998 and has been performing on the world’s most coveted stages for more than two decades. Wallick’s piano performance features selections from Franck, Beethoven, Barber and Liszt.
The Best of Broadway
Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, 8 p.m.
Celebrate Broadway’s greatest hits, featuring four powerhouse vocalists and a 10-piece orchestra. Experience the hits and classics from “Jersey Boys,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and the works of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber and more.
Follow the Road Tour
Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Canadian guitarist and composer Jesse Cook is one of the most influential figures in nuevo flamenco music, fusing elements of flamenco rumba, jazz, classical and world music. The JUNO Award winner is an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music. Guests can experience Cook with a concert under the stars.
Inon Barnatan, piano
Alisa Weilerstein, cello
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein, a 2011 recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant,” and piano virtuoso Inon Barnatan come together to perform complete Beethoven Sonatas for piano and cello.
Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, 8 p.m.
On their debut American tour, The Four Italian Tenors serenade audiences with the greatest tenor arias of all time, from Verdi’s “Questa o quella” and “La Donna e Mobile” (Rigoletto)to Rossini’s “La Danza” and Puccini’s iconic tenor aria “Nessun Dorma” (Turandot). These four tenors are the faces and voices of Italy’s next great operatic generation.
ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, 2 p.m.
Take your family on an excursion to the bottom of the ocean. ERTH’s “Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure” is an underwater experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths, where prehistoric marine reptiles lived centuries ago — and maybe live still today!
Architecture in Motion®
Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, 8 p.m.
DIAVOLO returns to Scottsdale with its high-energy contemporary dance set against the backdrop of an elaborately designed and interactive space. The program includes “Voyage” (2018), DIAVOLO’s newest adventure, inspired by travel in space and the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
Jane Lynch &
Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls
Featuring The Tony Guerrero Quartet
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, 8 p.m.
“Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls”comes to Scottsdale with the acclaimed singers and actors putting their one-of-a-kind spin on songs from Broadway to The Barry Sisters to the Swingin’ Sixties.
The Lyin’ Kings
Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sharing songs and skits, the irreverent Washington D.C.-based political comedy troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues — from left to right — with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals and more.
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin: Together on Stage
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Longtime musical collaborators Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin perform together as an intimate, acoustic duo, swapping songs and sharing stories. This special show will feature the acclaimed singer-songwriters performing some of their favorite songs while exploring material from their own vast catalogues.
Scottsdale Arts Gala
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019
Scottsdale Arts’ yearly fundraiser featuring the biggest names, fresh from Broadway, right in your own backyard. Guests will enjoy gourmet eats, fabulous entertainment and more at Scottsdale Arts Gala.
Bill Frisell and Julian Lage Duo
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this duet featuring two of the most creative guitarists in jazz. Grammy® Award winner Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years. Hailed as one of the most prodigious guitarists of his generation, Grammy®-nominated Julian Lage joins Frisell on stage in this unforgettable duet.
Keyboard Conversations® With Jeffrey Siegel returns for his 41st season, from December to March, on the second Tuesday of each month.
The Miracle of Mozart
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Experience Mozart’s rousing Rondo alla Turca, the poignant Adagio in B minor, and the tempestuous Sonata in A minor, written after the death of his mother.
Warm Romantic Music from the Far Cold North!
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Heartwarming musical gems of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Sibelius.
Mistresses and Masterpieces
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Music inspired by the loves in the lives of Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Mendelssohn and Bartók.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Syncopated music of Gershwin and Scott Joplin, zesty polkas of Stravinsky and Shostakovich and stirring marches of Prokofiev and John Philip Sousa.
Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents
A Merry-Achi Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, 8 p.m.
Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México® perform treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook. A graceful blend of classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes, Hernández’s organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics.
Scottsdale Philharmonic | Holiday Show
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, 4 p.m.
Conducted by Ajay R. Patel, the professional musicians of the Scottsdale Philharmonic perform a special holiday program, featuring many traditional classics of the season.
Assisted Living: The Musical®
THE HOME…for the Holidays
Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019
Tuesday – Thursday, 2 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, 2 p.m.
The hilarious comedy team of Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett are off their walkers once again in “Assisted Living: The Musical® — THE HOME…for the Holidays,” an all-new, hysterical holiday sequel to the runaway hit about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas and retirement will never be the same!
The Spirit of the Season
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, 7 p.m.
Voctave’s gorgeous arrangements of Disney and Broadway hits have received millions of views on Facebook and YouTube. This a cappella concert is perfect for the whole family and sets the mood for a cheerful holiday season.
Detour Company Theatre
Jan. 6–12, 2020
Friday 7 p.m.
Saturday 3 and 7 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m.
The Center’s resident theater troupe designed for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities returns to present their annual spring show, under the direction of its founder and artistic director, SAM.
Jan. 12, 19, 26
Feb. 16, 23
March 1, 8, 22, 29
Sunday A’Fair showcases a variety of free concerts at Scottsdale Civic Center Park on selected Sunday afternoons. Along with free musical entertainment, each Sunday A’Fair includes a pop-up arts market and artist-led activities for children and families.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Verona Quartet with Daniel Hsu
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
The New York Times hails the Verona Quartet as an “outstanding ensemble of young musicians,” and they’re joining forces with 2017 Cliburn bronze medalist, pianist Daniel Hsu, for a reimagining of what classical music can be.
The Seth Rudetsky
Laura Osnes with Seth Rudetsky
Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, 8 p.m.
American actress and Broadway star Laura Osnes starred in “Bonnie and Clyde” as Bonnie Parker, for which she received a Tony® Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She also starred in the title role of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” on Broadway, receiving a Drama Desk® Award and her second Tony® Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
Virginia G. Piper
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 8 p.m.
For more than 40 years, four-time Grammy Award® winner and musical phenomenon Anne-Sophie Mutter has been a fixture on the world’s most prestigious stages. Scottsdale Arts is honored to add the Virginia G. Piper stage to Mutter’s list during this one-night-only engagement with pianist Lambert Orkis.
Jacob Jonas The
With Guest Artist, Okaidja Afroso
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 8 p.m.
Led by its up-and-coming namesake, Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) burst onto the West Coast dance scene in 2014. From the piers of Santa Monica to the Kennedy Center, JJTC continues to redefine contemporary dance.
Cirque Éloize – HOTEL
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 2 p.m.
A driving force of Quebec culture and a leader in the contemporary circus world, Cirque Éloize, presents “HOTEL”—a glamourous art deco world where circus arts, dance, live music and song come together to tell vivid stories of impromptu encounters and life’s adventures.
Malpaso Dance Company
Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, 8 p.m.
In only seven years, Malpaso has become the most sought-after Cuban dance company. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers, while also nurturing new and contemporary voices in Cuban choreography.
The Spouse Whisperer
Feb. 22–23, 2020, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Whether you’re searching or already with that hunk-of-burning-love, you can’t miss “The Spouse Whisperer.” Come spend an evening with hilarious comedian Mark Cordes as you examine the ups and downs of dating, relationships, marriage, divorce and all other aspects of this crazy thing we call life.
The Irish Goodbye
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
After 57 years of making some of the
most beautiful folk music in the world, The Chieftains remain as fresh and
relevant as when they first began. The six-time Grammy Award® winners have been
recognized for reinventing traditional Irish music on a contemporary and
international scale. Experience this concert under the stars.
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, 8 p.m.
America’s leading Latino dance company, Ballet Hispánico, has brought people together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance for nearly 50 years. Don’t miss this performance featuring works by all female choreographers.
ASU Concerts @ The Center: Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 4 p.m.
Jeffery Meyer conducts the ASU Symphony Orchestra in a diverse program of classical works, featuring Dvořák and new works by American composers Missy Mazzoli and Carter Pann.
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11 a.m. and Saturday, March 7, 2020, Noon
Native Trails takes audiences on a cultural journey to the First Nations of Arizona and North America through Native music, dance, and art. These performances highlight traditional instruments, colorful dances and customary attire to share the stories of Southwestern tribes, including the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), Hualapai and San Carlos Apache.
The Seth Rudetsky
Norm Lewis with Seth Rudetsky
Friday, March 6, 2020, 8 p.m.
Norm Lewis is an American actor and baritone singer, who is best known for his Broadway performances in “Porgy and Bess” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” Lewis received a Tony® Award nomination for his portrayal of Porgy and made musical theater history as the first African-American actor to perform in the title role in Broadway’s long-running production of “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Glenn Miller Orchestra
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
From “Moonlight Serenade” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” relive some of the most popular music of the 1940s as the legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to Scottsdale!
Virginia G. Piper
Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
Friday, March 13, 2020, 8 p.m.
Their critically acclaimed albums on the Steinway label top the Billboard charts, and their music videos have been nominated for Emmy® Awards, so it’s no surprise that Anderson & Roe Piano Duo is here to make classical music a relevant and powerful force in modern society.
50th Scottsdale Arts Festival
March 13–15, 2020
For 50 years, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has brought world-class art, live music and tasty eats to the heart of Old Town Scottsdale and is recognized as one of the top art fairs in America. The festival showcases more than 170 jury-selected artists from the United States and Canada. Additionally, festivalgoers can enjoy continuous live music and entertainment, gourmet food trucks, creative activities for all ages, free admission to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and more.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Actress, singer, author and all-around entertainer Patti LuPone is a beloved star of stage and screen. This is a can’t-miss performance of LuPone’s concert “Don’t Monkey with Broadway.”
Through its partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement 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 four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 400,000 participants annually.
SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Since 1975, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has provided a stage for a wide range of artists and genres, 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 music, dance, theater, comedy and film from around the world.
LOCATION AND PARKING
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. 2nd 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 www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/accessibility/ or contact the Member and 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 Scottsdale Arts members at the Friends 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. Visit www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org/visit/tickets-discounts/ or call 480-499-TKTS (8587) for more information.
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