Press Release

April 29, 2021

Thursday, April 29, 2021

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

Experience the Music and Voices of the World at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — This season cultural ambassadors from around the world share regional music, instruments and perspectives at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can get the best seats before tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, April 29, 2021.

Experience the sounds of the world in Scottsdale. The Center is excited to welcome back the popular and longstanding “A Merry-Achi Christmas” with Grammy-winning Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández. There are sounds and voices from across the globe to be discovered, from traditional Irish jigs to Argentinian Nuevo Tango to the indigenous music of Pacific and Indian Ocean Islanders to celebrating the majestic roots of a beloved album of work by Talking Heads.

Below is the schedule for six upcoming musical performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet consists of Grammy-winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, cellist Jisoo Ok, and bassist Pedro Giraudo. Together they’ll perform pieces from their latest release “Radiotango.”

Altan with Special Guests from Donegal
Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, 8 p.m.
With their exquisitely produced, award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs, and their heartwarming, live performances, Altan have captivated audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle. In advance of the performance, the group will give a talk titled “The History of Donegal Music & Donegal Fiddle Styles.”

Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents
A Merry-Achi Christmas
Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, 8 p.m.
Since 2014, Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México® have performed treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook at the Center. A graceful blend of classical, pop, jazz, swing, and Broadway tunes, Hernández’s organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics. 

Taiko Extravaganza: Flower of Life
Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 

Ken Koshio brings together a diverse fusion of musicians and artistic groups combined with Japanese Taiko drumming. The theme of this year’s show is “Flower of Life.” It’s one of the basic sacred geometry shapes and it symbolizes the cycle of creation and reminds us of the unity of everything: we’re all built from the same origin. This show will feature a variety of expressions, dynamics of fusion beats, music, dance and vibrations for all generations.

Small Island Big Song 
Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, 8 p.m.
Small Island Big Song is a collaborative multi-platform project uniting indigenous musicians across the Pacific and Indian Oceans through song in the face of climate change and cultural loss. Eight profile musicians across the oceans unite on stage, supported by multimedia projection shot over three years across 16 island nations. In advance of the performance, artists will participate in a panel discussion titled “Climate Change, Our Response as Artists.”

Angelique Kidjo: Remain in Light
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
More than 40 years after the landmark Talking Heads album “Remain in Light,” Angélique Kidjo gives new life to the original while further illustrating the majestic roots that keep this album in many top 10 playlists to this day. A creative force with a striking voice and stage presence, Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz.

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 Wed. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun., 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)


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For interviews or additional information, please contact:

Virginia McInnis
Public Relations Specialist
Scottsdale Arts

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