- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Dec 2014
Big Band Night
The ASU Concert Jazz Band performs an evening of choice selections spanning the history of big-band music and beyond. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Blending performance with lively commentary, renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel offers witty insight into the lives of the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. Tonight’s concert is The Miracle of Mozart! 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Rockabilly Christmas
Todd Meredith, The Rave-Ons, and Santa and Mrs. Claus headline this tribute to the greatest Christmas hits of the ’50s and ’60s, including “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Run Rudolph Run.” 7 p.m. $15-$20. Sunland Village East Auditorium, 2145 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, 480-380-0106.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Ben Watt, Dec. 2; Dakhabrakha, Dec. 5; Brad Mehldau Trio, Dec. 7; An Irish Christmas in America, Dec. 8-9; Pedrito Martinez Group featuring Ariacne Trujillo, Dec. 10; Esteban with Teresa Joy, Dec. 17; and Hear Them Ring, Dec. 20-21. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
The singer burst onto the country music scene in 1978 with the No. 1 hit “Rose Colored Glasses.” 7:30 p.m. $45-$55. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
With his trademark guitar finger-picking, the legendary songwriter continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. Some of his best-known tunes include “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel from Montgomery,” “Souvenirs,” “Paradise” and “In Spite of Ourselves.” 8 p.m. $43-$78. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Phoenix Boys Choir
The choir performs patriotic songs and new works, as well as sneak peeks of special repertoire and audience favorites. 5:30 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
Esteban in Concert
The renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist performs with violinist Teresa Joy, and Paul McDermand on steel drums. 6 p.m. $34-$55. Surprise Performing Arts Center, 15550 Parkview Pl., Surprise, brownpapertickets.com, 623-512-1042.
Faculty and guest choreographers seek balance and strength in the design of their dances. 7:30 p.m. $12, adults; $5, seniors and children 11 and younger. Ethington Theatre, Grand Canyon University, 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, gcu.edu/ethington, 602-639-8880.
A Christmas Candlelight
Carolyn Eynon Singers presents this holiday concert. F, 8 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley; and Sa, 7 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. $18, adults; $10, students 12-18, carolyneynonsingers.com, 480-529-2630.
Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz leads The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus in a festive program of seasonal favorites and a holiday sing-along. Joining the performance are Phoenix Girls Chorus and Desert Bells bell choir. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Ballet Etudes presents this holiday classic. Dec. 5-7 (F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m.), $25-$29, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, 480-782-2680; and Dec. 12-14 (F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m.), $23-$28, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-644-6500.
The Godmother of Soul” has topped the charts with such smashes as “New Attitude,” “Lady Marmalade” and “When You Talk About Love.” 8 p.m. $69-$159. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
The 300-member Phoenix Children’s Chorus performs. Sa, 7 p.m., Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Gilbert; and Su, 4 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, pcchorus.org, 602-534-3788.
Sedona Chamber Ballet and Phoenix Ballet Company collaborate for this iconic Tchaikovsky-composed holiday classic. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $15-$30. Sedona Performing Arts Center, 955 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, sedonachamberballet.com, 928-554-4059.
Rejoice and Sing!
The audience is invited to join Sonoran Desert Chorale in singing carols that celebrate the joys of the season. Sa, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley. $15, adults; $12, seniors and children, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.
Magic and adventure highlight the retelling of this classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, presented by Center Dance Ensemble. F, 12:10 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $6-$28. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Celebration of Christmas
Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers, Pinnacle Dancers and special instrumental guests celebrate the season. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Freewill offering. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.
Deck the Holidays with CSO
Jack Herriman conducts the Chandler Symphony Orchestra in seasonal music. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Rd., Sun Lakes, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.
The Lord’s Lullaby
Xavier’s gift to the community, this Christmas pageant shares the traditional story of the birth of Christ as told through reverent music and dance. 2 p.m. Free. Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. Fifth St., Phoenix, 602-277-3772.
The raspy-voiced roots rocker, who was the season 11 winner of American Idol, takes the stage, performing hits such as “Raging Fire,” “Unpack Your Heart,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Home.” 7:30 p.m. $39-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The Texas Tenors
Introduced to the nation on America’s Got Talent, the trio rings in the season with Deep in the Heart of Christmas. 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $45-$60. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
The Hayden Ferry’s Chamber Music Series continues with Gregory Fulkerson, violin; Jeffrey Swann, piano; and Jeffrey Solow, cello. A wine reception with the artists is included. 2:30 p.m. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.
Known for her iconic voice, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, the Grammy Award-winning artist performs songs from her new album This is M.E., along with some of her greatest hits like “Come to My Window,” “I’m the Only One” and “I Want to Come Over.” 7:30 p.m. $56.25-$91.25. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Holidays with Orpheus
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix performs. Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
Deck the Halls
Phoenix Opera singers and orchestra celebrate the season with holiday favorites ranging from “Hallelujah Chorus” and “O Holy Night” to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” 7 p.m. $20. Palm Ridge Summit Hall, 13800 W. Deer Valley Dr., Sun City West, phoenixopera.org, 866-OPERA4U.
After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks for the On with the Show tour. Fans can expect to hear favorites such as “Landslide,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Gypsy,” “Little Lies” and “Tusk.” 8 p.m. $44.75-$174.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Tito Muñoz leads The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus in this traditional holiday favorite. W, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; F, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Su, 3 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
A World of Carols
Phoenix Boys Choir celebrates holiday traditions from France, Poland, Israel and many others, along with excerpts from Handel’s “The Messiah.” Dec. 10-11, 7 p.m., Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix; Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church, 5045 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix; Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Dec. 21, 5 p.m., Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
Charlie Daniels Band
The Southern rocker performs holiday classics and greatest hits, including “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “Long Haired Country Boy,” “Uneasy Rider” and “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.” 7:30 p.m. $38-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The classically trained songwriter/violinist broke out of a traditional mold to create art/pop for string quartet. He performs with Mark Michaud on drums; Tina Estes, keyboard/vocals; Megyn Neff, violin; Kirk Johnson, viola; and Grace Rolland, cello. 7:30 p.m. $17-$20. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Classical and holiday favorites are on the program as the Spanish maestro of the guitar shares the stage with The Aeolus Quartet. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
House of Broadcasting welcomes Valley broadcasting legend and musician Mike Chamberlin for a festive evening with Mary Jo West, Pat McMahon and Scott Pasmore. The event includes a book signing for Chamberlin’s God Has a Sense of Humor, as well as his holiday CDs. 7 p.m. $10, adults; free, children 12 and younger. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.
Three Dog Night
The band recorded some of the biggest hits of the ’70s that still resonate today, including “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Black and White.” 8 p.m. $35-$79. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
Youth ages 9 to 19 share classic carols and popular holiday music. F, 7 p.m.; Sa, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. $19, adults; $16, seniors, students and children 12 and younger. Musical Theatre of Anthem, 42323 N. Vision Way, Anthem, musicaltheatreofanthem.org, 602-743-9892.
Ballet Arizona rings in the season in the Land of Sweets as dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s grand holiday score performed live by The Phoenix Symphony. Call for times and ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Alice Cooper and friends host this festive mix of music, comedy and dancing. Proceeds benefit Cooper’s Rock Teen Center. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, alicecoopersolidrock.com, 602-522-9200.
ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra presents this holiday concert, with John Sikora as guest conductor. A community sing-along is included. 3 p.m. $30. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, ctlcarefree.org, 480-488-2081.
The Grammy Award-winning international recording star celebrates her fifth decade entertaining audiences around the globe. 8 p.m. $25-$70. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
Mike Chamberlin, former local TV news anchor, performs. 3 p.m. Freewill offering. Sun City Christian Church, 9745 W. Palmeras Dr., Sun City, suncitydoc.org, 623-972-6179.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
The three-time Grammy Award-winner blasts through Christmas classics, plus hits from his storied career, as his Christmas Rocks Extravaganza makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. $60-$78. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The Piano Guys
The YouTube sensations are known for the clever and inspiring videos that accompany their piano and cello renditions of pop songs and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $35-$125. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 602-379-2888.
Dave Koz & Friends
Jonathan Butler, Christopher Cross, and Maysa join the saxophonist for a celebration of all things Christmas. 7:30 p.m. $52-$82. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Great Russian Nutcracker
Moscow Ballet presents the classic story of Masha (Clara) and her nutcracker doll, told with true Russian flair. Phoenix Children’s Chorus also performs at the event. 7:30 p.m. $27-$85. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 602-379-2888.
A Merri-Achi Christmas
Mariachi Sol de Mexico has energized the world of mariachi for more than 30 years, gracefully blending classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Chorale Christmas
Phoenix Chorale celebrates the holidays. F, 7:30 p.m., Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; Sa, 2 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; Su, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and M, 7:30 p.m., Brophy Chapel, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
All-Star Jazzy Christmas
Saxophonist Tim Warfield shares the stage with trumpeter Terrell Stafford, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and an all-star rhythm section. 7:30 p.m. $48. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
An Irish Christmas
This popular show combines dancing, storytelling, familiar Christmas carols and music of the pipes, flutes, fiddles, button accordion and bodhráns. 8 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
West Valley Symphony
Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the orchestra in a holiday concert. 3 p.m. $25, adults; $15, children 17 and younger. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, westvalleysymphony.org, 623-236-6781.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
End the year on a high note as The Phoenix Symphony performs seasonal classics and contemporary favorites under the baton of Stuart Chafetz. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.