Press Release

June 16, 2020

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Announces 2020–21 Season Preview

Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples performs at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Photo Credit: Myriam Santos

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona ­– Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts announces an exciting season filled with performances featuring celebrated artists, local creatives, fan favorites and new discoveries. This season, Julia Chacón’s intimate Flamenco performances include more opportunities for families, ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro who delights all ages, classical performances highlighting emerging talents and veterans of the stage, theatre and comedy acts sure to cause contagious laughter and so much more. The Center presents this 2020–21 season as an opportunity for its patrons to reconnect to and recover with the arts and its community.

A new series at the Center spotlights local artists in the virtual music series Summer Streams that patrons can enjoy from their devices, and the expansion of the Jazz Lounge series featuring favorite Valley jazz musicians with special thematic projects.

Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can purchase single tickets for the below performances beginning Tuesday, June 16. General single tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 30.

Scottsdale Arts’ reopening plan includes:
– Theaters, bathrooms and high-touch areas cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.

– Customer service counters including bar, box office and retail spaces taking additional sanitary and safety precautions.    

– Staff, volunteers and all visitors within the indoor buildings required to wear masks. (ADA accommodations allowed)

– Hand sanitizer stations available throughout public spaces.

– Seating options in theaters physically spaced (with varying sized seating groups available) and distancing relaxed as criteria is met according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

For a full list of safety measures visit

Schedule of performances (subject to change):

Summer Streams
Nayo Jones Trio on Friday, June 26, 2020, 6 p.m.
Geibral Elisha on Friday, July 17, 2020, 6 p.m.
Big Pete Pearson with Scotty Spenner on Friday, July 31, 2020, 6 p.m.
Jaleo on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, 6 p.m.
Eloni Yawn on Aug. 28, 2020, 6 p.m.

A new virtual music series featuring some of the Valley’s most beloved local artists performing intimate sets that attendees can enjoy from the comfort of their home on Facebook Live and YouTube.

Series Sponsor: Avant Garde on 2nd Street, Scottsdale Arts Young Professionals

Sustainable Nation | Film Screening
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

This hour-long film screening offers socially-distanced in-person look at bringing sustainable water to a thirsty planet.

Jazz Lounge: Jazz Con Alma

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, 8 p.m.

Translated as Jazz with Soul or Jazz with Spirit, Jazz Con Alma mixes the creativity and integrity found at the heart of jazz with Latin rhythms and solid grooves. The ensemble consists of Beth Lederman (keyboards), Felix Sainz (bass, vocals), Emerson Laffey (drums) and Joe Garcia (percussion). 

Flamenco Intimo
Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 2020, 8 p.m.

Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings together national and international flamenco dancers and musicians, presenting unforgettable shows at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater on select Saturdays in October.

Arizona Storytellers Project
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, 7 p.m.

The Storytellers Project is a nationwide series of live storytelling nights where anyone, from neighbors to notables, can step on stage and share a true, first-person story with their community.

Flamenco por la Familia
Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, 2 p.m.

This event invites all ages to experience and learn the art of flamenco. Families can enjoy a 60-minute short-story flamenco performance.

Signature Sponsor: US Bank

MusicaNova Orchestra
Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, 2 p.m.

Join Valley favorites MusicaNova Orchestra in an afternoon celebration of classical music.

Broadway Fright Night
Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, 8 p.m.

“Broadway Fright Night” is a celebration of songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals with supernatural, horror and sci-fi themes.

Mavis Staples
Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, 7 p.m.

Experience the first Concert under the Stars of the season with R&B and gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples.

Jazz Lounge: A Life Filled with (Stevie) Wonder
Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, 8 p.m.

A moving tribute to a modern legend with Jazz musicians from across the Valley including Beth Lederman, Steven Powell and Sandra Bassett.

Jake Shimabukuro
Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, 7 p.m.

Known for his fast and complex finger work, Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso, whose music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco.

Jazz Lounge: With a Song in My Heart, a Tribute to Doris Day
Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m. 

Jan Sandwich and friends pay tribute to the late actress, singer and animal welfare activist.

Scottsdale Philharmonic
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, 4 p.m.

The Scottsdale Philharmonic performs classical music concerts with the goal to make classical music accessible to audiences of all ages.

The Capitol Steps
Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, 2 and 5 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.

Jazz Lounge: Charles Lewis Quartet featuring Alice Tatum
Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, 2 p.m.  

It’s a Phoenix jazz reunion when Charles Lewis (piano) and Alice Tatum (vocals) team up with their old bandmates for an afternoon of old and new favorites. Don’t miss this stellar lineup with Dan Tomlinson (drums) and Lloyd Moffitt (bass). 

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel

Celebrating Beethoven

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with the beloved “Moonlight Sonata” and Sonata op. 110, written after deafness engulfed the legendary composer.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 

Holiday Swingin’ Party

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.   

Put a swing in your holiday season when Big Bad Voodo Daddy’s holiday concert comes to Scottsdale!

Assisted Living: The MUSICAL®

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020

Wednesday and Sunday, 2 p.m. 

Thursday – Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m.

From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st century seniors are partying like it’s 1969! Attendees will experience 18 different characters played by the show’s two actors in this 75-minute, hilarious, vaudeville-esque musical revue. 

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 
Conrad Tao 

American Rage 

Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, 8 p.m.

As a pianist and composer, Conrad Tao is at the forefront of a new generation of classical music.

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

Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents  
A Merry-Achi Christmas 
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, 8 p.m.

The popular holiday performance with Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México® returns. Together they will perform treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook.

Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet 

Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet, led by Grammy® winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler, performs pieces from the latest release “RADIOTANGO.”

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 

Alexander Malofeev, piano 

Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, 8 p.m.

Russian pianist Alexander Malofeev made a name for himself at an early age, winning first prize at the International Young Pianists’ Competition when he was only 12 years old.

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

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel 
Schubert: The Soulful and the Sublime 

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Explore Schubert’s beautiful melodies (“Ave Maria”), life and death struggle (Sonata op. 143), serenity (Moment Musicale in A Flat), and irresistible charm (Finale of Sonata op. 53).

Dance Heginbotham 
Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, 8 p.m.

Dance Heginbotham (DH) is a New York-based contemporary dance company with a blend of inventive, thoughtful, and rigorous dance theatre works. DH is bringing their unique program, which includes “The Fandango” to Scottsdale for the first time.

Presenting Sponsors: 

Betty Hum and Alan Yudall

Karen and John Voris

Seth Rudetsky Concert Series 
Eva Noblezada with Seth Rudetsky
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, 8 p.m.

Eva Noblezada starred in “Hadestown” at the National Theatre in London, starred in the revival of “Miss Saigon,” receiving a Tony® nod and played Eponine in the West End revival of “Les Misérables.”

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 

Moscow State Symphony with Vadym Kholodenko, piano 

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest symphony orchestras in Russia and has teamed up with Vadym Kholodenko, a Ukrainian pianist and the 2013 Cliburn winner.

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

Cactus Flower Story Hour 
With AJ Odneal and Jillian Bessett 
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  

Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, 1 and 3 p.m. 

Join Live & Local and Sunday A’Fair artist AJ Odneal and Jillian Bissett for an interactive musical story hour where children will have the chance to be part of the story creation.

Signature Sponsor: US Bank

Gershwin Piano Quartet 
Presented by Scottsdale Arts and Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, 8 p.m.

The Gershwin Piano Quartet sheds new light on the music of George Gershwin by performing, arranging, and improvising on some of his most popular songs and orchestral works, such as “Rhapsody in Blue,” “An American in Paris,” and more.

Broadway Perspectives: A Concert Celebrating Diversity
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, 8 p.m.

A brand-new Broadway cabaret featuring some of Broadway’s top Black artists performing their signature works, and roles that Black artists have not traditionally played.

Scottsdale Philharmonic 
Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, 4 p.m.

The Scottsdale Philharmonic performs classical music concerts  with the goal to make classical music accessible to audiences of all ages. 

Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art form.

René Marie Quintet 
Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Jazz vocalist René Marie’s music is an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 
Merz Trio with Jordan Bak, viola 

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Praised for their fresh and surprising interpretations, Merz Trio’s unique sound pairs well with violist Jordan Bak’s interpretations of everything from traditional classical music to 21st century compositions.

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

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel 
Chopin: Torment and Triumph 

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Delve into Chopin’s sparkling Waltz in E Flat, gorgeous Nocturne in F Sharp, diabolical Scherzo no. 2, and masterful B Flat Minor Sonata.

Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
Jeremy Jordan with Seth Rudetsky
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, 8 p.m.

Jeremy Jordan, a film, television, cabaret, and Broadway star has earned the Theater World Award for “Bonnie and Clyde,” a Tony® nod for his role in “Newsies,” a Grammy® nod for the “Newsies” cast album, and widely known for his role on the CW drama “Supergirl.”

Feels Like Home: An Afternoon with the Scottsdale Chorus  

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, 3 p.m.  

The six-time-world-champion Scottsdale Chorus will provide joyful entertainment sure to please any audience. 

The TEN Tenors 
Monday, March 1, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

The TEN Tenors perform some of the most popular feel-good love songs and wedding first dance songs of all time during “Love Is in the Air.”

LA Theatre Works: Lucy Loves Desi—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom 

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 8 p.m.

“Lucy Loves Desi—A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom” tells the tale of how the pioneering TV sitcom came to be with as much heart and humor as an episode of “I Love Lucy” itself.

Sunday, March 7, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

For more than 40 years, MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. 

Presenting Sponsors: 

Betty Hum and Alan Yudall

Karen and John Voris

Yotam Ottolenghi 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

In October 2020, award-winning chef Yotam Ottolenghi published his newest book (co-written with longtime colleague Ixta Belfrage): “Ottolenghi Flavor.”

Altan with Special Guests from Donegal 

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 p.m.

From sentimental Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs, Altan continues to captivate audiences around the world. 

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 
Gil Shaham, violin 
Akira Eguchi, piano 
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 8 p.m.

Violinist Gil Shaham returns to Scottsdale, this time with frequent collaborator, Japanese pianist Akira Eguchi, for an evening of classical duets. 

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

In partnership with Arizona Opera
Saturday, March 20, 2021, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 1 p.m.and 3 p.m.Arizona Opera’s Arlyn M. Brewster “OperaTunity” tour is designed for Pre-K to 6th grade students and features a 40-minute adaptation of a classic opera.

Signature Sponsor: US Bank

Scottsdale Philharmonic 
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 4 p.m.

The Scottsdale Philharmonic performs classical music concerts with a goal to make classical music accessible to audiences of all ages. 

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series 
Rachel Cheung, piano 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Specializing in the titanic composers of classical music, Van Cliburn finalist Rachel Cheung breathes new life into traditional and well-loved piano pieces.

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

Hitting New Heights 
Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz 

Friday, March 26, 2021, 8 p.m.

The Broadway stars of “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” join voices to celebrate Broadway’s hottest composers, from Stephen Schwartz to Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Bessie, Billie, & Nina — Pioneering Women in Jazz 

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8 p.m.

“Bessie, Billie, & Nina — Pioneering Women in Jazz” features three dynamic vocalists as they celebrate the enduring legacies of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

Sandra Bernhard 
A Decade of Madness and Mayhem 
Thursday, April 8, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Sandra Bernhard is pioneer of the one-woman show, and she’s bringing her latest show, “A Decade of Madness and Mayhem,” to the Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Marc Cohn  
Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Grammy® winner Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer and songwriters with songs like “Walking in Memphis.” 

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®

Friday, April 16, 2021, 8 p.m. 

The acclaimed contemporary female mariachi group, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles®, takes the stage of a night of classic mariachi songs with a twist. 

Lea Salonga 
Saturday, April 24, 2021, 8 p.m.

A “Disney Legend” with a powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a performer best known for her Tony®-winning role in “Miss Saigon.”

Friday, May 14, 2021, 11 a.m. 
Saturday, May 15, 2021, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 
Sunday, May 16, 2021, 1 p.m.

“Balloonacy” is a funny, family-friendly play exploring the power of friendship, showing how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere.

Signature Sponsor: US Bank

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 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]