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September 16, 2021

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Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT: Virginia McInnis | VirginiaM@ScottsdaleArts.org | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Brings More Thought-Provoking and Mood-Boosting Entertainment to Scottsdale

From left to right: (top row) Gregory Porter, Heartbeat Opera “Fidelio,” (bottom row) Las Chollas Peligrosas and Punch Brothers. Images courtesy of the artists.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ calendar just got fuller with freshly added shows for the 2021–22 season.

Performances include must-see local talent, evenings of jazz, classical greats on display and chart-topping performers. Below are just-announced shows and the remaining 2021–22 season to spring you forward and into summer of 2022.

Just-announced performances at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (subject to change):

Live & Local series continues to provide more opportunities for local artists to perform in all spaces of the Scottsdale Arts campus. These performances can be experience in person and livestreamed.

The SunPunchers 
Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, 7:30 p.m.  
Virginia G. Piper Theater

The SunPunchers deliver a signature desert roots sound, grounded in Americana but not afraid of a little genre-bending. The band features Lindsay Cates on bass, Dominic Armstrong on drums/percussion, Betsy Ganz on guitar and lead vocals, Jon Rauhouse on pedal steel and Serena Fonze on keys, sax and vocals.

Las Chollas Peligrosas 
Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.  
Virginia G. Piper Theater

All-female Phoenix sextet Las Chollas Peligrosas draws upon multiple subgenres of traditional Latin music, from rancheras to mariachi to Cumbia and everything in between, even hints of old-world folk. Six-part multi-lingual vocals, accordion, violin, classical guitar, percussion and upright bass deliver a mix of classic standards and inspired original compositions. 

Whitney Jones 
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.  
Stage 2

Whitney Jones is a contemporary R&B and soul artist who writes, arranges, produces, sings and performs original music. The songs featured on Jones’ debut EP, “Higher,” invite listeners to vibrate on a higher frequency with its classy, cathartic, thought-provoking songs.

AJ Odneal and the Littlest Big Band Christmas Show 
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Multi-instrumentalists AJ Odneal and Ted Belledin, along with some of the Valley’s best jazz musicians, brings a classic big band sound for a delightful holiday performance.




Scottsdale Philharmonic 
Sunday, Oct. 10, Nov. 21, Dec. 2, 2021; Feb. 13, March 27, May 15, 2022, 4 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

The Scottsdale Philharmonic provides the city of Scottsdale and surrounding communities with a professional symphony orchestra, performing a series of traditional classical music concerts for audiences of all ages. 




ASU Concerts @ the Center 
ASU Symphony Orchestra 
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

The ASU Chamber Orchestra presents a new work by composer Daniel Taborda Higuita; Frank Proto’s virtuosic Nine Variants on Paganini, performed by bassist Nathaniel De la Cruz; and a newly created edition of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.


Jazz Lounge Series features favorite Valley jazz musicians with special projects in an intimate jazz cabaret space: Stage 2.

Blues Detour featuring Juli Wood and Beth Lederman 
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, 3 p.m. 
One of Chicago’s finest musicians, Juli Wood’s soulful vocals are matched only by her hard-swinging saxophone playing. Backed by Chicago drummer Mike Schlick, Beth Lederman on keyboards and Felix Sainz on bass, this band is grounded in the blues but it moves and grooves through swing, funk and jazz standards. 

New Jazz Standards 
Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma featuring Steven Powell 
Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma are joined on stage by Steven Powell. Together they will perform songs that have become integral to the jazz repertoire, from Sting to Bill Withers to Van Morrison.  

Django Jazz Duets | Tim Kliphuis & Jimmy Grant 
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Award-winning violin legend Tim Kliphuis teams up with America’s rising star on Django jazz guitar Jimmy Grant to celebrate the music of famed musical duo Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt.

She, Hers, Ours
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Con Alma and Holly Pyle honor female composers like Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Marian McPartland, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Jessica Williams, Esperanza Spalding and Blossom Dearie, celebrating songs that have become part of our heritage and culture. 

Jazz Noir with Dmitri Matheny 
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Mysterious, melancholy and menacing, Jazz Noir with Dmitri Matheny offers a fresh spin on crime jazz, film noir and timeless classics. 


Capitol Comedy 
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, 5 p.m.  
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Capitol Comedy combines parodies and original compositions to create a lively musical multimedia program that engages audiences with hilarious, insightful and nonpartisan entertainment. 


Shop & Be Merry Holiday Market
Nov. 27, Nov. 28,
Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19, noon – 4 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Shop & Be Merry Holiday Market is a series of indoor holiday events featuring live music by Arizona musicians, a curated market of fine arts and crafts, children’s holiday activities, and specialty food and beverage. The event is free to attend with additional activities available for a fee. 


Classical Lounge curated by MusicaNova 
Sonoran Silver Flutes Holiday Concert 
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021, 2 p.m.
Stage 2

Start off your season with some soothing holiday music, played by the flute trio of Jeanie Pierce, Lee Chivers and Nancy Sowers.


Small Island Big Song – An Oceanic Songline | Film Screening 
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, 7 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

This all-ages film takes the audience on a musical journey across and into the soul of the world’s great oceans, the Indian and Pacific, in a playful but poignant musical plea from those on the frontline of the climate crisis.




Classical Lounge curated by MusicaNova 
Trombone Trio 
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, 2 p.m.  
Stage 2

MusicaNova brings together three local musicians to perform a range of music written and adapted for trombone.  


Punch Brothers 
Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, 7:30 p.m.  
Virginia G. Piper Theater

The Washington Post says the Grammy-winning Punch Brothers “take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart.” The quintet includes mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher.


Los Lobos 
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Over the last five decades, the East Los Angeles-bred band Los Lobos has made an indelible mark on music history by exploring an enormous diversity of genres. On their new album, “Native Sons,” the multi-Grammy winners map their musical DNA by covering a kaleidoscopic selection of songs from their homeland, ultimately creating a crucial snapshot of Los Angeles’s musical heritage.


Gregory Porter 
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

We’d tell you Gregory Porter is back, but you probably already knew. You probably felt the earth rumbling, announcing the multiple Grammy winner’s bone-deep baritone, or you felt the air change as the warmth of his sound filled the atmosphere like a hug from above. 


ASU Concerts @ the Center 
ASU Faculty Chamber Music and ASU Wind Ensemble 
Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022, 4 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Join ASU Faculty Chamber Music and ASU Wind Ensemble for an afternoon of colorful and dynamic chamber wind music, including a performance of Milhaud’s Suite Francaise by the ensemble. 


Heartbeat Opera 
Fidelio
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
“Fidelio” tells the story of a Black activist who is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman’s grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people and new English dialogue, this daring, 90-minute adaptation pits corruption against courage, hate against hope.


ASU Concerts @ the Center 
ASU Concert Jazz Band 
Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Join the ASU Concert Jazz Band for an evening of jazz selections with the stars of tomorrow. 




Classical Lounge curated by MusicaNova 
Burn City String Quartet 
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 2 p.m. 
Stage 2
 
Burn City String Quartet performs music from the celebrated historical quartet repertoire alongside music created by the current generation of composers and performers.




ASU Concerts @ the Center 
ASU Gospel Choir: A Night of Worship & Praise! 
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 4 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Join the ASU Gospel Choir for an evening of energetic songs of worship and praise, featuring special guests from the local, regional and national gospel music community. 


Aoife O’Donovan 
Friday, April 15, 2022, 8 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Recognized for her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan is also known for her collaborations. Called “a vocalist of unerring instinct” by The New York Times, O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after vocalists and songwriters of her generation.


Classical Lounge curated by MusicaNova 
Ocotillo 
Sunday, May 8, 2022, 2 p.m. 
Stage 2
 
The husband-and-wife team of Cindy and Robert Leger uniquely pairs cello with classical guitar or mandolin, fusing classical and folk influences. 




David Sedaris 
Monday, May 9, 2022, 7 p.m. 
Orpheum Theater
 
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiquesDavid Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Returning to the Valley by popular demand, Sedaris reads some of his latest works and answers questions from the audience, followed by a book signing.




Tickets are also available for the following performances:

Talk Cinema
Tuesdays, Sept. 21, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 7, 2021, 7 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 8, March 8, April 12, May 17, 2022, 7 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Filmgoers will be surprised month to month when films are revealed during this series. Talk Cinema offers sneak previews of films personally selected by film critic Harlan Jacobson, former editor of Film Comment magazine. 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.


Under the Jello Mold
Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, 2 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, 2 p.m.
Stage 2

“Under the Jello Mold” is writer and actor Jennie Fahn’s solo comedy about how she dealt with her very colorful character of a mother during what turned out to be the final act of her mother’s life. Told in anecdotes, characters and song, the show has proven to be highly relatable to audiences.




Flamenco Intimo
Fridays, Oct. 8, 15, 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 
Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 30, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Stage 2
Experience rapid-fire footwork, passionate dance, virtuosic guitar and the soul-stirring vocals emblematic of flamenco. Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre brings together national flamenco dancers and musicians for eight unforgettable shows in the Center’s intimate Stage 2 Theater on select Fridays and Saturdays in October. Both cabaret tables and theater seats will be available. To culminate this series, Chacón will perform works inspired by Spanish dance pioneers Lydia Torea, Adelino Fernandez, Laura Moya and Dini Román on Oct. 29 and 30, 2021. These performances will be followed by a panel discussion with performers who will share their stories about these trailblazing artists and their legacy. Additionally, a Flamenco por la Familia show will be offered at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, as part of the Center’s Family Series. This family-friendly performance incorporates storytelling, history and hands-on participation that all ages can enjoy.




Sandra Bernhard 
A Decade of Madness and Mayhem 
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Performer, actress, singer and author Sandra Bernhard is pioneer of the one-woman show. Bernhard brings a completely unique and raucous mix of cabaret, stand-up, rock ’n’ roll and social commentary to the stage. She is now performing her latest show, “A Decade of Madness and Mayhem,” which debuted during her annual holiday events at Joe’s Pub in New York City and began touring throughout the country in 2020.




Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet
RADIOTANGO
Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Grammy-winning pianist, composer and arranger Pablo Ziegler, once played with Astor Piazzola’s original touring band, breathes fresh ideas into tango, adding influences of classical music and contemporary jazz to the genre and to the delight of audiences around the world. The Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet consists of Ziegler, bandoneonist Héctor Del Curto, cellist Jisoo Ok and bassist Pedro Giraudo. Ziegler. Together, they’ll perform pieces from their latest release, “Radiotango,” and many of Piazzola’s arrangements.




Fandango at the Wall 
Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, 7 p.m.
Stage 2
“Fandango at the Wall” follows multi-Grammy winners Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.  The project is inspired by the annual Fandango Fronterizo Festival, which unites people on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. The film introduces the beautiful music of the region through intimate interviews and captivating concert footage. This film prepares the viewer for the upcoming concert with Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021.




Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre | Flamenco por la Familia
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, 1 p.m.
Stage 2

This event invites all ages to experience and learn the art of flamenco. Families can enjoy a 60-minute short story flamenco performance, dance lessons and art activities. Julia Chacón is the founder of Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre and has more than 15 years of international performing and production experience. Her popular fall series Flamenco Íntimo is a returning favorite of Center patrons.


Arturo O’Farrill and The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
With Special Guests the Villalobos Brothers and the Congo Patria Son Jarocho Collective
Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

Virginia G. Piper Theater
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is led by multiple Grammy-winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill. Joining the orchestra for this special performance are the Villalobos Brothers, a string ensemble/trio originally from Veracruz, Mexico. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music. The Conga Patria Son Jarocho Collective is comprised of masters of the Mexican Son Jarocho tradition from Vera Cruz and Tijuana who participated in the original gathering, performances and recordings of the “Fandango at the Wall” project.

The program for this performance will be based on the album “Fandango at the Wall.” To learn more about the collaborative album and project, the Center will be screening the feature-length documentary “Fandango at the Wall” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.


JJ Grey & Mofro
Supporting Act: TK & The Holy Know-Nothings
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
The music of JJ Grey & Mofro is a deep, soulful blend of blues, rock, folk, funk, gospel, R&B and personal, Southern-inspired narratives. The north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker is an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. Affectionately dubbed “psychedelic doom boogie,” TK & The Holy Know-Nothings was born out of songwriter and lead vocalist Taylor Kingman’s desire to create a loose, groove-heavy bar band that never sacrifices the importance of good, honest songwriting.


An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Saxophonist and three-time Grammy winner Branford Marsalis is one of the most influential and revered figures in contemporary music. And his Branford Marsalis Quartet is known for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. This one-night-only performance will include songs from his new album “The Secret Between The Shadow and The Soul.”




Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Alexander Malofeev, piano 
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, 2 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Now 19 years old, the “Russian genius” (Corriere della Sera) Alexander Malofeev made a name for himself at an early age, winning first prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians when he was only 13 years old. 




Jazz Lounge 
Jan Sandwich and Trio 380 
Salute to the Ladies of Song 
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Stage 2

This exciting new show is filled with captivating music and fascinating stories from the lives and careers of the legendary ladies of song — Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland, Sarah Vaughan, Bette Midler, Julie Andrews and more. Jan Sandwich has been a professional entertainer her entire life and has performed in hundreds of nightclubs and resorts throughout Arizona and California since 1975. She has also worked with musical combinations that range from a single keyboardist to a 22-piece orchestra.


Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Brooklyn Rider and Nicholas Phan 
Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Joining forces for this unique collaboration are the trailblazing string quartet Brooklyn Rider and innovative tenor Nicholas Phan, interpreting the music of iconic artists of both the classical and pop worlds. Program highlights include the Arizona premiere of Nico Muhly’s “Stranger;” the Arizona premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s new work “Trois Valses Anglaise,” co-commissioned by Scottsdale Arts; and Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor, “Death & The Maiden.”


René Marie & Experiment in Truth
Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, jazz vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Her hybrid style — combining elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country — is an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.




Jake Shimabukuro
Christmas in Hawaii
Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
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. Shimabukuro has had multiple albums perform well on Billboard’s Top World Music Albums chart, including 2011’s “Peace Love Ukulele,” which reached No. 1. An award-winning documentary about his life and music, “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings,” was released in 2012 and has since aired repeatedly on PBS.


Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents
A Merry-Achi Christmas
Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
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 Merry-Achi Christmas” includes a blend of Christmas standards, pop and Broadway tunes. Additionally, Hernández’s organic, irreverent renditions will be on full display.




Keyboard Conversations®️ With Jeffrey Siegel
The Glorious Music of Chopin

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

From the heroic polonaise and dreamy nocturnes to the famous Fantasy Impromptu and virtuoso études, audiences are invited to lose themselves in Chopin. While many classical series offer verbal insights into classical music, ���Keyboard Conversations®” is different. Every program includes uninterrupted, full-length performances of the scores Siegel discusses. He was among the first to combine commentary with classical music, starting nearly 50 years ago in Chicago. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music lovers discover an enriched, more focused listening experience.


Assisted Living: The Musical® THE HOME…for the Holidays
Thursday, Dec. 16
Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, 2 and 5 p.m.
Stage 2

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,” the hysterical holiday sequel to the runaway hit “Assisted Living: The Musical®” about the nursing home and beyond. Christmas and retirement will never be the same!


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

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.


Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Jiji, guitar, with Danbi Um, violin
Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, 8 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Korean guitarist Jiji is an adventurous artist on both acoustic and electric guitar. Jiji performs an extensive range of music, from traditional to contemporary classical. Her impeccable musicianship combined with compelling stage presence and fascinating repertoire earned the First Prize at the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International competition. Violinist Danbi Um, a Menuhin International Violin Competition Silver Medalist, captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound and interpretive sensitivity. Um was a recent top prizewinner of the Naumburg International Violin Competition.




Keyboard Conversations®️ With Jeffrey Siegel

Fantastic Fantasies
Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Prepare to be spellbound by some of Bach’s greatest pieces, including the highly dramatic C Minor Partita, the exhilarating Italian concerto, and the beloved “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” While many classical series offer verbal insights into classical music, “Keyboard Conversations®” is different. Every program includes uninterrupted, full-length performances of the scores Siegel discusses. He was among the first to combine commentary with classical music, starting nearly 50 years ago in Chicago. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music lovers discover an enriched, more focused listening experience.




Ashwini Ramaswamy: ‘Let the Crows Come’
Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Evoking a ritual of Hinduism, “Let the Crows Come” uses the metaphor of crows as messengers for the living and guides for the departed. This dance for three features an original score by Prema Ramamurthy, Jace Clayton and Brent Arnold. The score will be played live by a hybrid musical ensemble of Carnatic classical, western classical and electronic musicians seated on stage with the dancers. “Let the Crows Come” evolved from a simple idea; when a DJ remixes a song, they maintain its essence while changing its trajectory. To Ramaswamy, this mutation is reminiscent of being a second-generation immigrant — a person that has been culturally remixed to fit into multiple places at once. Ramaswamy is an independent choreographer and choreographic associate with Ragamala Dance Company, whose work references ancient myths and ritualistic practices, global literature and poetry. Deepen your experience of the work with a virtual engagement opportunity led by Ramaswamy in advance of the show (details forthcoming).


Cyrille Aimée, Adonis Rose & New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s NOJO7
Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.

Virginia G. Piper Theater
Grammy-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) is led by artistic director Adonis Rose. The 18-piece ensemble has an ever-increasing repertoire that exemplifies the influence of jazz as the grandfather of modern American music. The acclaimed vocalist and Grammy-nominated artist Cyrille Aimée joins NOJO on stage. Her recent album with longtime collaborator Michael Valeanu, “I’ll Be Seeing You,” was released on April 4, 2021, exclusively on Patreon.




Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
Eva Noblezada with Seth Rudetsky
Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Eva Noblezada originated the lead role of Eurydice in “Hadestown” on Broadway, receiving a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Additionally, “Hadestown” won the 2020 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Noblezada starred in the revival of “Miss Saigon,” receiving a Tony nomination, and played Eponine in the West End revival of “Les Misérables.” Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” and the host of “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM Stars. Rudetsky has also worked as musical director/pianist for many theatre productions.


Arizona Opera Education Presents | ‘Cinderella’: A Classic Fairytale Opera
Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
Audiences will be transported to the magical world of “Cinderella” through this 40-minute adaptation designed for Pre-K to 6th grade students. With colorful characters and melodies, this classic fairy-tale story will teach young people the morals of kindness toward all, forgiving others and never letting a bad thing ruin your heart.




Joan Osborne | The Weepies
Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Multi-platinum-selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee Joan Osborne is joining forces with singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen of The Weepies for an intimate evening of music. Osborne’s 10th studio album, “Trouble and Strife,” was released in 2020. “Trouble and Strife” is a deeply engaging collection of new original songs and is her response to “the crazy, chaotic times we’re living in,” Osborne said. While the indie folk-pop band The Weepies rarely tour, they have sold more than 1.5 million records.


Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Aizuri Quartet
 
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Through its engaging and thought-provoking programs, branded by The New York Times as “genuinely exciting” and “imaginative,” Aizuri Quartet has garnered critical acclaim for its flawless performances of the great masterpieces of the past. In 2018, the quartet’s album “Blueprinting” received a Grammy nomination.




Rita Rudner 
Friday, Jan. 28, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Over the course of a 14-year run in Las Vegas, Rita Rudner has become one of Las Vegas’s longest-running solo comedy performances. She is known for her epigrammatic one-liners.




Jesse Cook 
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
  
Virginia G. Piper Theater
An accomplished guitarist, producer and filmmaker, Jesse Cook and his extraordinary band deliver a unique brand of rhythm and rhumba. Cook composed his first album, “Tempest,” more than 25 years ago, creating a musical legacy of thousands of concerts, 2 million albums sold and five PBS specials that continues today with the Tempest II Tour.




Keyboard Conversations®️ With Jeffrey Siegel

My Favorite Brahms
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Jeffrey Siegel explores fiery rhapsodies, lively capriccios, charming waltzes and deeply moving intermezzos by the German composer. While many classical series offer verbal insights into classical music, “Keyboard Conversations®” is different. Every program includes uninterrupted, full-length performances of the scores Siegel discusses. He was among the first to combine commentary with classical music, starting nearly 50 years ago in Chicago. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music lovers discover an enriched, more focused listening experience.


Small Island Big Song 
Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
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 a 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.”




Seth Rudetsky Concert Series
Jeremy Jordan with Seth Rudetsky
Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Jeremy Jordan, a film, television, cabaret and Broadway star, has earned the Theater World Award for “Bonnie and Clyde.” Jordan received a Tony nomination for his role in “Newsies” and Grammy nomination for the “Newsies” cast album. He is widely known for his role on the CW drama “Supergirl.” Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s “On Broadway” and the host of “Seth Speaks” on Sirius/XM Stars. Rudetsky has also worked as musical director/pianist for many theater productions.




Fran Lebowitz 
Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking and waggish, Lebowitz’s prose is wickedly entertaining.


‘Bedtime Stories’ | performance-collective URLAND, Thomas Dudkiewicz 
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Friday, February 25, 2022, 6 and 9 p.m. 
Saturday, February 26, 2022, 6 and 9 p.m. 
Sunday, February 27, 2022, 3 and 6 p.m. 
Stage 2
“Bedtime Stories” is a coming-of-age, live radio-play in theater that explores the ancient forces behind the narrative. An homage to the imagination, technology, and the struggles of life itself, it tells the story of a young girl descended from gifted storytellers.




Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Basel Chamber Orchestra | Ian Bostridge, Tenor | Felix Klieser, French Horn
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater
The joyfully collaborative Basel Chamber Orchestra joins with tenor Ian Bostridge and Felix Klieser, French horn, for this innovative program including Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Bostridge is well-known for his interpretations of Britten and was a key soloist in the 2013 Britten anniversary celebrations with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Klieser has been awarded the ECHO Klassik prize for best young artist and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.


Jazz at Lincoln Center Presents: ‘Songs We Love’
Sunday, March 6, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents up-and-coming musicians in “Songs We Love,” an entertaining and engaging program that will lift you to a higher place and inspire confidence in the future of jazz.



Voctave 
Wednesday March 9, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

A cappella sensation Voctave has had more than 150 million online views of their videos, and their latest album, “The Corner of Broadway & Main Street Vol. 2,” debuted at No. 3 on the iTunes charts. Hailing from Central Florida, the 11 members of Voctave have performed across the globe and appear on countless recordings.



MOMIX
40th Anniversary – VIVA MOMIX
Friday, March 11, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton. MOMIX has been celebrated for its ability to conjure up a world of surrealistic images, using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. The program, called “VIVA MOMIX,” celebrates the most memorable works from the last 40 years. Interested audience members can stay after the performance for an up-close and personal post-show talk back with company dancers.



Broadway Perspectives 2022: Women of Broadway
Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
“Broadway Perspectives 2022: Women of Broadway” presents four of Broadway’s finest female vocalists celebrate the roles and musical selections that underscore the leading lady’s influence on The Great Bright Way. The show is produced and hosted by New York casting director Stephen DeAngelis.



Cactus Flower Story Hour
With AJ Odneal and Jillian Bessett
Friday, March 18, 2022, 11 a.m.  
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
Local singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalists AJ Odneal and Jillian Bissett invite an all-ages audience to join them for an interactive musical story hour, where children will have the chance to be part of the story creation with instruments, a looping system and the show’s two favorite tour guides. Explorers between the ages of 3 and 7 (however, all generations are welcome) can travel past the moon without even leaving the theater.


BThe Underwater Bubble Show
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 7 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

A modern fairy tale for all ages, “B—The Underwater Bubble Show” blends drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art and magic with the amazing beauty of soap bubbles for a visual spectacle. Inspired by Cirque du Soleil, “B” utilizes the laser technology, soap bubble tornadoes, theatrical fog, optical illusions and many other surprises. This is an evening-length performance: 45 minutes, a brief intermission, 55 minutes.



Get Happy! Michael Feinstein celebrates the Judy Garland Centennial
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 3 and 7 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Legendary performer Michael Feinstein salutes the great Judy Garland and celebrates her 100th birthday. Executive produced by Liza Minelli, audiences are invited to join a nostalgic and spectacular musical exploration of Garland’s illustrious career.



Keyboard Conversations®️ With Jeffrey Siegel
Evocative Visions
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Be transported with “Evocative Visions” as Jeffrey Seigel explores visually inspired masterpieces by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Debussy and Mendelssohn. While many classical series offer verbal insights into classical music, “Keyboard Conversations®” is different. Every program includes uninterrupted, full-length performances of the scores Siegel discusses. He was among the first to combine commentary with classical music, starting nearly 50 years ago in Chicago. New listeners discover an informal, entertaining and instantly accessible introduction to the vast repertoire of the piano and to classical music in general. Seasoned music lovers discover an enriched, more focused listening experience.


Dorrance Dance
Friday, March 25, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Originally a site-specific work that explored the unique acoustics of New York City’s St. Mark’s Church through the myriad sounds and textured created by the performers’ feet, “SOUNDspace” has been adapted and continues to explore what is most beautiful and exceptional about tap dancing — movement as music. Founded in 2011 by MacArthur Fellow and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and compelling context, not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually. Attendees can take part in a virtual talk with company members in advance of the performance for an insightful conversation on the work to be performed and dancer’s experiences. Additionally, limited seating available for a 60-minute student matinee performance on Friday, March 25, 2022, at 11 a.m.


Bessie, Billie, & Nina: Pioneering Women of Jazz
Saturday, March 26, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

“Bessie, Billie, & Nina: Pioneering Women in Jazz” features three dynamic vocalists, backed by an all-female band, as they celebrate the enduring legacies of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone with performances of classic songs by these iconic women. “Bessie, Billie, & Nina” will entertain, inspire, and empower audiences during this pivotal time in our own history.


Angelique Kidjo: Remain in Light
Sunday, April 3, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
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.


The Other Mozart
Wednesday, April 6, 2022, 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2 and 7 p.m.
Friday, April 8, 2022, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 2 and 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 10, 2022, 2 and 6 p.m.
Stage 2
“The Other Mozart” is an award-winning play written and performed by Sylvia Milo. The play tells the true and mostly forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, Nannerl performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history.




Indian Ink Theatre Company
Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream
Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Take a wild ride to paradise with Indian Ink Theatre Company’s powerful new play about impermanence — of life, love … and ice cream! Infused with serious laughter, exquisite puppetry and inspired sound design, “Paradise or The Impermanence of Ice Cream” is guaranteed to blow your mind and melt your heart. Indian Ink Theatre Company has won two Edinburgh Fringe First Awards.




Shoshana Bean
Saturday, April 9, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Independent Music Award-winner and veteran of the Broadway stage, Shoshana Bean recently starred as Jenna in “Waitress.” Her latest release, “SPECTRUM,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz charts.


Marc Cohn 
Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters. Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. His music is grounded in the richness of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel, and his lyrics flow from a deft storyteller’s pen.



Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Daniil Trifonov, piano
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m. 
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Grammy-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent of the classical music world, as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. He was also named Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2019.



Keb’ Mo’
Thursday, April 28, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Over the past two decades, Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music through the understated excellence of his live and studio performances, proving he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. In 2019, his album “Oklahoma” won a Grammy for Best Americana Album, his 5th Grammy win. “Oklahoma” features cameos from Taj Mahal to Rosanne Cash to Keb’ Mo’s wife, Robbie Brooks Moore, to name a few. This album pushes his boundaries even further with brand-new songs addressing topics such as immigration, depression, female empowerment and more.



Balloonacy
Friday, April 29, 2022, 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 1 p.m.
Stage 2
“Balloonacy,” performed by Ricky Araiza and directed by Jose Casas, is a tender, uplifting, laugh-out-loud comedy show. This family-friendly play explores the power of friendship and shows how, with a little imagination and acceptance, companionship is everywhere. This 50-minute play is non-verbal and recommended for ages 5–8. This performance is in collaboration with Teatro Bravo.



Lea Salonga
Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Possessing a powerful voice and perfect pitch, Lea Salonga is a performer best known for her Tony-winning role in “Miss Saigon.” She has performed in sold-out concerts throughout the world, from the Sydney Opera House to Carnegie Hall, and is recognized as a “Disney Legend” for voicing the animated Princess Jasmine and Fa Mulan.


Yotam Ottolenghi
Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
For award-winning chef, writer and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi, food is about more than what we eat. Last October, Yotam Ottolenghi published his newest book (co-written with longtime colleague Ixta Belfrage): “Ottolenghi Flavor.”


Vijay Iyer Sextet
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater

Jazz composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential, prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. A musical innovator, an active collaborator and a member of multiple artistic communities, Iyer continues to reimagine the role of the musician in the 21st century. Iyer was voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times between 2012 and 2018 and Artist of the Year in the 2017 Jazz Times polls from both critics and readers.



Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars featuring Paquito D’Rivera

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater
Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars perform as an ensemble of six to eight musicians, and the program material is based on the music of the 1940s and ’50s. This includes tunes like “A Night In Tunisia,” “Con Alma,” “Groovin’ High” and many others. A 14-time Grammy-award winning artist, Paquito D’Rivera is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer.


Scottsdale Arts released a statement on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, outlining new policies in response to current COVID-19 delta variant levels. These policies affect performances, exhibitions, and other events at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), among other locations. For the full statement, please visit: ScottsdaleArts.org/notices.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts thanks its 2021–22 season partners:
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
The Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music
Bank of America
Hotel Valley Ho
Sacks Tierney P.A.
U.S. Bank
Betty Hum and Alan Yudell
Karen and John Voris
Joan and David Goldfarb


SCOTTSDALE ARTS
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.

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.

ACCESSIBILITY

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.

TICKET DISCOUNTS

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THE STORE
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HOW TO REACH US

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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