Press Release

May 1, 2024

MEDIA CONTACT: Sydney Ritter | [email protected] | 480-874-4663

Scottsdale Arts announces preview of 2024–25 season

Images (clockwise from left): Rosanne Cash, Cristela Alonzo, CIRCA – Humans 2.0, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Christmas, Ben Folds, Herb Alpert & Lani Hall and Alonzo King LINES Ballet will be performing at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts as part of the 2024–25 season.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Scottsdale Arts announces a fresh lineup of performances for its 2024–25 season, filled with a diverse range of voices, talents and perspectives.

In addition to exciting acts spanning American roots, jazz, pop, rock, dance, comedy and theatre, Scottsdale Arts offer the full package with amenities like free parking, an idyllic park filled with public art, nearby dinner spots, comfy theater seats and unique gift shopping to enhance the event experience. 

Cocktail connoisseurs will be delighted as the fan-favorite Sippin’ Series returns with three summer-exclusive events in July, August and September. Jake Shimabukuro visits Scottsdale once again to bring holiday cheer alongside other great holiday shows, including Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Christmas and Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma: Full Circle. And fearless comedian Cristela Alonzo brings her big smile and hilarious outlook to the beautiful Virginia G. Piper Theater for the first time. 

Marc Broussard comes to Scottsdale to celebrate 20 years since the release of his major label debut, “Carencro,” with an anniversary tour. Additionally, the Dance Series joins the GRAHAM100 celebration, honoring a century of the iconic Martha Graham Dance Company. Its “Dances of the Mind” program spotlights Graham’s psychological works and multifaceted women. 

The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series returns to the center with one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies, Kelli O’Hara. “Gen-X’s preeminent pop piano player,” (Pop Matters), Ben Folds offers up engaging anecdotes and dexterous improvisation as he takes requests sent by audience members via paper airplanes. 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is part of the multidisciplinary nonprofit Scottsdale Arts. Below is the schedule of concerts and other events just announced and on sale May 1 (subject to change): 

Sippin’ Series: Tequila Drinks 
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m. 
Discover tantalizing tequila cocktail recipes to enjoy all summer long! The popular Sippin’ Series is back for a limited summer edition of the event. 
Sippin’ Series: Penelope Bourbons 
Saturday, Aug. 17, 7 p.m.   
A limited summer edition of the Sippin’ Series features a tasting journey through the new Penelope Bourbon line in an intimate, fun and educational setting. 

Tab Benoit & Anders Osborne with special guest, J.D. Simo 
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2024, 8 p.m. 
Experience an evening of soulful roots music by two legendary artists as they take the stage together, combining their individual styles and musical prowess to create a heartfelt performance. 

Sippin’ Series: Empress Gin Garden Party 
Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m.   
Indulge in a delightful array of specialty cocktails showcasing Empress Gin at the limited summer edition of the Sippin’ Series. 

Ben Folds  
Paper Airplane Request Tour   
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. 
“Gen-X’s preeminent pop piano player” (Pop Matters), Ben Folds is a gifted musician, singer-songwriter and composer, known for comedic and bittersweet tunes that unfold like four-minute short stories. 

Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre | Flamenco Intimo 
Fridays; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; 2024; 8 p.m.  
Saturdays; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; 2024; 8 p.m. 
National and international flamenco artists perform unforgettable dance and music, drawing on tradition and improvisation with beautiful costumes, undulating arms, fiery footwork, intricate Spanish guitar and soul-stirring vocals. 

The Seth Rudetsky Concert Series  
starring Kelli O’Hara with Seth Rudetsky as music director & host 
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, 7 p.m. 
Kelli O’Hara is one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies, with performances in “The King and I,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “South Pacific” and “Kiss Me, Kate.” 

Scottsdale Symphonic Orchestra 
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2024, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2024, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2024, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2025, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, March 23, 2025, 4 p.m. 
Sunday, May 11, 2025, 4 p.m. 
Scottsdale Symphonic Orchestra, founded in 2023, uplifts the community with high-caliber live concerts, embodying musical excellence, kindness and respect. Its diverse musicians share a passion for music. 

Herb Alpert & Lani Hall 
Sunday, Oct. 13, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
A Grammy®-winning power couple, trumpetist Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall lead an eclectic evening of American standards and Brazilian jazz. 
Rosanne Cash 
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
“One of the most ambitious and literary songwriters of her generation” (Rolling Stone), Rosanne Cash’s poignant and distinctive vocals turn every song into a revelatory tale. 

Joshua Radin and Ron Pope 
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
The empathetic and enthralling troubadour Joshua Radin and the uncompromising and relentless artist Ron Pope join forces in the intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater. 

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy 
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
Together for more than 30 years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades-long mission to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music. 

Cristela Alonzo 
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2024, 8 p.m. 
Get classy with comedian Cristela Alonzo, the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, ABC’s “Cristela.” She also has two Netflix stand-up specials to her name, regularly guest-hosted “The View” and voiced Cruz Ramirez in Pixar’s “Cars 3.” 

Marc Broussard  
Carencro 20th Anniversary Tour 
Sunday, Nov. 24, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
Marc Broussard’s infectious mix of soul, rock, blues, R&B and funk-pop, coupled with his powerful vocals, has garnered worldwide praise. Broussard is celebrating 20 years since the release of his major label debut, “Carencro,” with an anniversary tour! 

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder Christmas 
Friday, Dec. 6, 2024, 8 p.m. 
Fifteen-time Grammy® winner Ricky Skaggs continues to lead the American roots revival with his bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations, bringing his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation. 

Jake Shimabukuro 
Christmas in Hawai’i 
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2024, 8 p.m. 
‘Ukulele master and jolly ambassador of aloha Jake Shimabukuro will bring joy to the world this upcoming holiday season by delivering a special gift for all with his eclectic holiday show, “Jake Shimabukuro – Christmas in Hawai’i.” Shimabukuro’s genuine love for people, the spirit of holidays and his beloved home of Hawai’i are at the forefront of the show. 

Keyboard Conversations ®️ with Jeffrey Siegel 
A Few of Our Favorite Things! 
Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
The first performance of Jeffrey Siegel’s 46th season of Keyboard Conversations® at Scottsdale Arts highlights well-loved, popular masterpieces of Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Debussy. 

Mariachi Sol de México® de José Hernández Presents 
A Merry-Achi Christmas 
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024, 3 and 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. 

Beth Lederman and Jazz Con Alma: Full Circle 
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
Celebrate the winter solstice with music ranging from sublimely beautiful to playful and creative arrangements of holiday classics. This band seamlessly travels through Latin jazz rhythms to blues, swing and R&B and then back again, bringing joy and light to the season. 

Keyboard Conversations ®️ with Jeffrey Siegel 
Dances for the Ears! 
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
The lively, rhythmic music of Bach, Chopin and Spanish composers Enrique Granados and Manuel de Falla just might have audience members tapping their toes in this concert plus commentary. 

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2025, 8 p.m. 
San Francisco’s groundbreaking ODC/Dance presents innovative and fearless contemporary choreography, fusing ballet with modern dance techniques. ODC creates trailblazing collaborations with composers, actors, visual artists, writers and singers. 

Alonzo King LINES Ballet 
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2025, 8 p.m. 
Witness more than 40 years of thought-provoking dance through Alonzo King’s sought-after work, “Deep River,” a collaboration with composer Jason Moran and Grammy®-winning vocalist Lisa Fischer. 

Keyboard Conversations ®️ with Jeffrey Siegel 
Franz Schubert— The Soulful and The Sublime 
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
Explore the soulful and sublime of Schubert with enchanting waltzes, dreamy impromptus and the dashing Sonata op. 120. 

EVIL WOMAN – The American ELO 
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2025, 7:30 p.m. 
EVIL WOMAN – The American ELO is a flawless celebration of spellbinding musicianship. In this multimedia concert celebration, 12 musicians create a fusion of Beatlesque pop and classical arrangements where cellos coexist with guitars on hits like “Mr. Blue Sky,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Evil Woman.” 

Keyboard Conversations ®️ with Jeffrey Siegel 
Humor in Music 
Tuesday, March 18, 2024, 7:30 p.m. 
Jeffrey Siegel helps listeners find the humor in Chopin, Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Aaron Copland in this presentation of merry music. 

Martha Graham Dance Company   
Graham 100 – The First and The Future 
Friday, March 21, 2025, 8 p.m. 
For its centennial celebration, this legendary dance company presents “Dances of the Mind,” focusing on Graham’s psychological works and multifaceted women characters. 

Emmet Cohen Trio 
Sunday, March 30, 2025, 7:30 p.m. 
A dynamic and charismatic performer, multifaceted jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen possesses fluid technique and an innovative tonal palette. He plays with the command and passion of an artist fully devoted to his medium. 

Circa | Humans 2.0 
Sunday, April 13, 2025, 7:30 p.m. 
A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light, this is next-level circus by Circa. Humans 2.0 is a tightly woven choreography of bodies, pulsing with music and revealed in dramatic lighting. 

Scottsdale Arts would like to thank the following sponsors and partners: City of Scottsdale, Billie Jo Herberger, Nationwide, Panasonic Connect, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, SRP, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, AJ’s Fine Foods, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona Republic, Great American Title Agency, Krumwiede Lewis Family Foundation, Walter and Karla Goldschmidt Foundation, Betty Hum & Alan Yudell, Christine and Richard Kovach, National Endowment for the Arts, Tiffany & Bosco, and Virginia M. Ullman Foundation.