Press Release

November 12, 2019

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Voctave performs live at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts December 2019 and January 2020 Events

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The holidays are upon us at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. There is something for everyone, from country blues with a seasonal twist and a show-stopping “merry-achi” performance, to classical tunes and hysterical holiday comedy that will warm your heart. Below are a few highlights from our 2019–20 season to get you through the holidays and beyond.

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.

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®-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.

Siegel performs the heartwarming musical gems of Grieg, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Sibelius.

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. Guests who arrive early can experience some authentic Mexican holiday shopping and surprise guest performers in partnership with Mundo Latino Productions.

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.

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.

Supporting Sponsors: Arizona Commission on the Arts, WESTAF (Western States Arts Foundation) and the National Endowment for the Arts
Presenting sponsor: The Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music
Title Sponsor: Virginia Piper Trust

Peace and Community Day

33rd annual Sunday A’Fair Concert Series

Fountain Stage, Civic Center Park

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 12 – 4 p.m.

Peace and Community Day is a day of unity in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations, coordinated with the Community Celebrating Diversity committee. Headlining this year’s event at Sunday A’Fair from 2–4 p.m. is Native folk and rock singer, Darryl Tonemah (Kiowa/Comanche/Tuscarora) an award-winning musician. Along with free musical entertainment, this event will include interactive art activities for all ages.

The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
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® 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® and her second Tony® nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.

Signature Sponsor: Hotel Valley Ho

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Anne-Sophie Mutter

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, 8 p.m.

For more than 40 years, four-time Grammy® 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.

Presenting Sponsor: The Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music
Title Sponsor: Virginia Piper Trust

Jacob Jonas The Company
With Guest Artist, Okaidja Afroso

Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 8 p.m.

Led by its up-and-coming namesake, Jacob Jonas The Company (JJTC) presents “Crash” for the first time in Arizona. Jonas choreographed this piece inspired by stills he took of the whitewater formations that waves created when crashed along the Santa Monica shore. During the performance the audience will see musician and composer Okaidja Afroso live on stage performing his score “Crash,” which was specifically created for the Company.

Dance Series Presenting Sponsors:

Betty Hum and Alan Yudell, and Karen and John Voris

Dance Series Signature Sponsor: Hyatt House

Memory Lounge

With Guest Artist, Okaidja Afroso
Center Space at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 1–3:30 p.m.
Free with RSVP

In addition to Okaidja Alfroso performance onstage with Jacob Jonas The Company, the composer will lead a free arts enrichment workshop with Valley residents living with mild to moderate stages of dementia-related illness and their care partners. This event will include an interactive performance where he will take participants on a global music and dance journey that promotes cross-cultural understanding through actively participating in music, dance and storytelling. This event can hold approximately 28 participants; participants affected with memory loss and their care partners.

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 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the City of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.


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.


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 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 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 15 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 Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-499-TKTS (8587)

MEDIA: For interviews, digital images or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

Phone: 480-874-4663
Email: [email protected]