- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Sep 2014
Fans of "Life in the Fast Lane" enjoy life in memory lane as the veteran California rock band plays classics such as "Hotel California," "Take It Easy," "Lyin' Eyes" and "Take It to the Limit," as well as songs featured in the group's documentary, History of the Eagles. 8 p.m. $43.55-$183.55. Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Emmy Award-winning Hungarian composer became known as the violinist of skaters, with numerous athletes skating to his music, including gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko and Stéphane Lambiel. 7:30 p.m. $35-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in Aaron Copland's quintessential masterpiece, featuring Amy Dickson on saxophone. Th and Sa, 7:30 p.m.; F, 11 a.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix; and Su, 3 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
A Vampire Tale
Scorpius Dance Theatre stages this ever-evolving, original dance production created by Lisa Starry. Celebrating its 11th year, the requisite haunt of the fall season is filled with passion, lust and jealousy. Th-Sa, 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, scorpiusdance.com, 602-254-2151.
Latin Legends Live
Malo, Tierra and Three Midniters share the stage, presenting a string of classics that spans the decades. 8 p.m. $33-$75. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
Concerts at MIM
This month's concerts include The Cookers, Oct. 3; Sondre Lerche, Oct. 4; Tom Rush, Oct. 8; Carolina Chocolate Drops, Oct. 9; Jerry Douglas & the Earls of Leicester, Oct. 10; Chris Smither, Oct. 15; Suzy Bogguss, Oct. 16; MIMFest, Oct. 18-19; Mike Doughty, Oct. 20; Jeff Austin, Oct. 22; Vladimir Pleshakov, Oct. 23; Caravan of Thieves, Oct. 28; and Octubafest, Oct. 29. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Music in the Garden
Flamenco por la Vida performs Oct. 3; Bad Cactus Brass Band, Oct. 10; Turning Point, Oct. 17; The Sugar Thieves, Oct. 24; and Tro de Mambo, Oct. 31. F, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
Night Skywriting Trio
Space-inspired music is on the program as jazz saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom shares the stage with bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Jerry Granelli. 7:30 p.m. $20, advance; $25, day of concert. Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, flagartscouncil.org, 928-779-2300. A pre-concert lecture at 6:15 p.m. focuses on Bloom's experience as a NASA commissioned artist and member of the NASA art team.
Music for Sacred Places
Sonoran Desert Chorale sings choral music of masters of the past, including selections by Sweelinck, Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Haydn. 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.
Live at the Quarter
Rock Lobster performs Oct. 4; Vinyl Station, Oct. 11; The Senators, Oct. 18; and Future Loves Past, Oct. 25. Sa, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Quarter, southeast corner, Scottsdale Road and Greenway/Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, scottsdalequarter.com, 480-270-8123.
Alan Parsons Live Project
The British rock band made it big in the '70s, with hits that include "Breakdown," "Eye in the Sky" and "Sirius." 7:30 p.m. $35-$68. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
From Russia... with Melody
Jack Herriman conducts the Chandler Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Prokofiev, Kabalevsky and Kalinnikov. 3 p.m. Free. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.
The Mexican rodeo legend performs in a full concert and rodeo as his La Ultima Maroma tour marks his farewell performance on horseback. 6 p.m. $55-$125. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Experience Hendrix Tour
An ongoing tribute to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix, the show brings together a diverse group of musical greats, including Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zakk Wylde, Chris Layton and Billy Cox. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Nashville-based rockers bring their Animal Style Tour to Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. $16-$20. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, crescentphx.com, 602-716-2222.
Big Band Blastoff!
The ASU Big Bands come together with the ASU Concert Jazz and Jazz Repertory Bands for an evening of vintage selections spanning the history of big-band music. 7:30 p.m. Free. ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
Arizona Dance Festival
Desert Dance Theatre hosts this annual event, which showcases emerging artists, as well as professionals from all genres and styles of dance. Different artists and groups perform at each show. 7:30 p.m. $18, adults; $15, seniors; $13, students. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, desertdancetheatre.org, 480-962-4584.
ProMusica Arizona presents the concert version of this award-winning classic, which is set in an island paradise during World War II where parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. F-Sa, 8 p.m.; Su, 4 p.m. $40. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, pmaz.org, 602-252-8497.
Dance and Radio
This American Life host Ira Glass and dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass combine dance and radio in the funny, lively and heartfelt 3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass. 8 p.m. $30-$60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
A 20-time Grammy Award winner, the keyboard virtuoso performs a rare solo concert in conjunction with the release of his 2014 solo CD Portraits – a perfect balance of in-the-moment improvisation, Corea classics, jazz standards, classical renderings and his inimitable Children's Songs. 7:30 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The 75-member Scottsdale Concert Band features members from all walks of life, ranging from attorneys and pharmacists, to retired music professors, composers and students. 3:30 p.m. Free. Saguaro High School, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleconcertband.org, 602-327-3168.
French Salon Music
Mill Ave Chamber Players performs the music of Poulenc, Françaix and Debussy. 3 p.m. $15-$20, adults; $10-$15, students and seniors. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, millavenuechamberplayers.com, 480-204-1092.
St. Olaf Band
Dr. Timothy Mahr conducts this touring band of Minnesota's St. Olaf College. 7 p.m. $20, adults; free, students. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-585-9448.
The singer, guitarist and songwriter shares his signature sound, which continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and humanist philosophers. 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, flagartscouncil.org, 928-779-2300.
A Judy Garland Concert
Through digital cinema and remastered sound, the incomparable singer returns to the screen, performing her greatest hits, including "Stormy Weather," "Come Rain or Come Shine," "After You've Gone" and "By Myself." Joey Luft shares stories of his mother's personal life and career, and John Kimble, a longtime associate of Garland's former husband and manager Sid Luft, recounts his memories of the superstar. 8 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Zac Brown Band
With a winning combination of country, bluegrass, reggae and a summery beach-bum touch, the band delivers escapist themes of toes in the sand, beers in the hand and the innate value of life's simple pleasures. Hits include "Keep Me in Mind," "Toes," "Chicken Fried," "Jump Right In" and "Highway 20 Ride." 7 p.m. $29.50-$74.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The award-winning singer and songwriter is best known for his African twist on American pop and ethno-classical music. 8 p.m. $35. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Lee Ann Womack
Known for her signature heart-softening hit "I Hope You Dance," the Grammy Award-winning star recorded a string of country music songs, including "A Little Past Little Rock," "Does My Ring Burn Your Finger" and "I May Hate Myself in the Morning." 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The reality-show sensation performs a contemporary repertoire of iconic album tracks and classics. 8 p.m. $50-$100. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixconventioncenter.com, 800-282-4842.
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony, with Steven Moeckel featured on violin. Premiering just days before his death, Tchaikovsky's sixth and final symphony takes the audience on a pathos-laden journey exploring life, death and the human existence. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The company opens the season with a collection of three diverse ballets – Phantom of the Opera (the ballet), Joplin and Boler-O. Call for times and ticket prices. UA Stevie Eller Dance Theatre, 1737 E. University Blvd., Tucson, ballettucson.org, 520- 903-1445.
Ali Jackson Trio
The jazz trio is led by drummer Ali Jackson, who has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Aretha Franklin. 7:30 p.m. $45-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
An Evening of Broadway
Phoenix Boys Choir celebrates the Great White Way at this fundraising gala, which features culinary delights, silent and live auctions, and choir performances. Broadway actress and filmmaker Fay Ann Lee is special guest. 6 p.m. $200. Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-264-5328.
1964... The Tribute
The Beatles tribute band celebrates the touring years of the Fab Four, performing songs such as "All My Loving," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand." 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Two stages of music and a variety of local pop-up performers highlight this inaugural global music festival. La Santa Cecilia, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Socks in the Frying Pan, and Muskellunge are among the featured performers. Children's activities and 13 food trucks add to the festivities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $30, adults; $20, teens; $15, children 7-12; free, children 11 and younger. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Under the Streetlamp
Composed of leading cast members of the award-winning musical Jersey Boys, and exuding a modern-day "Rat Pack" persona, the quartet shares classic hits from the American radio songbook. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. $35-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award-nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia for a program of baroque masterpieces by Bach, Albinoni, Handel and others. 7:30 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The award-winning songwriting duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell share chart-topping anthems, including "Oh L'amour," "Sometimes," "Victim of Love" and "Chains of Love." 7:30 p.m. $45-$50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter brings his Supernova Fall Tour to the Valley, with The Belle Brigade as supporting act. 7:30 p.m. $35-$50. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Shanghai Quartet
One of the world's foremost chamber ensembles, the quartet presents its first concert as part of the Visiting String Quartet Residency Series. Haydn, Penderecki and Beethoven are on the program. 7:30 p.m. $23, adults; $8, students, ASU Katzin Concert Hall, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
The country artist's career has skyrocketed the past few years with hits such as "Drink a Beer," "Play It Again," "Crash My Party," "Drunk on You," "Rain Is a Good Thing" and "I Don't Want This Night to End." Joining Bryan on his That's My Kind of Night Tour are special guests Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. 7 p.m. $29.50-$59.25. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 W. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Bad and the Beautiful
Featuring choreography by artistic director Frances Smith Cohen, this Center Dance Ensemble performance shares the story of bad-boy Billy the Kid/Ballet. The show includes Red, which looks at naughty Little Red Riding Hood, and Without Wings, where nothing is beautiful until a young girl learns to dance. Th-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $28, adults; $23, seniors; $14, students. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Capture the Magic
Fast-paced rhythms, colorful costumes and dramatic choreography are in the spotlight as the BYU Ballroom Dance Company shares a variety of dances, including waltzes, swing dances, Latin dances, competition medleys and a special black-light number. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center, 22149 E. Ocotillo Rd., Queen Creek, qcpac.com, 480-987-SHOW.
Celebrate famous film music, beloved musicals, and the great leading men and women of the cinema as this multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter makes his debut with The Phoenix Symphony, singing a parade of popular tunes from the Great American Songbook. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Enjoy a night of Latin music and dance as Los Tres Tenores meets up with flamenco dancer Yumi La Rosa and members of the Mosaico band in this Phoenix Opera performance. 7:30 p.m. $8-$15. Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, phoenixopera.org, 866-OPERA4U.
American String Quartet
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this ensemble, featuring Jennifer Grim on flute and Nancy Allen, harp. 8 p.m. $35. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
Dance Theatre of Harlem
The company performs an eclectic mix of new and traditional dances. 7 p.m. $35, adults; $10, students. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asugammage.com, 480-965-3434.
Maricopa Music Festival
Young musicians from the community share the stage with local and national musical acts at this daylong festival, which includes a Halloween costume contest and face-painting booths, as well as food and drink vendors. Noon-7 p.m. Free; nonperishable food donations requested. Copper Sky Recreational Center, 44345 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Maricopa, maricopamusicfest.com, 602-432-2010.
Roy Assaf Trio
Israeli jazz pianist and composer Roy Assaf, bassist Raviv Markovitz and drummer Jake Goldbas present Second Row, Behind the Painter. 7:30 p.m. $31. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
Award-winning viola soloist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt makes her debut with the orchestra, performing Elgar's "Viola Concerto." 4 p.m. $20, adults; $15, seniors and students. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, musicanovaaz.com, 480-585-4485.
Phoenix Youth Symphony
The ensemble shares the stage with the Phoenix Boys Choir. 3 p.m. $10, adults; $5, students 3-18. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, phoenixyouthsymphony.org, 602-277-7013.
The Hayden Ferry's Chamber Music Series gets under way with a performance by Dimitri Berlinsky, violin; Randolph Kelly, viola; Suren Bagratuni, cello; and George Vatchnadze, piano. 2:30 p.m. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.
Combining performance with commentary, this concert features a variety of masterworks performed by students of Danwen Jiang, ASU associate professor of violin. 7:30 p.m. $10, adults; free, students, teachers and veterans. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The 12-year-old piano prodigy – composing since she was 3 years old – has been called the next Mozart. She is mentored by legendary producer Quincy Jones, and shares the Mesa stage with cellist Zuill Bailey. 7:30 p.m. $30-$75. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Royal Ballet of Cambodia
Renowned for its graceful hand gestures and stunning costumes, the company is the foremost exponent of the 1,000-year-old Khmer classical dance style, originally performed at royal events and ceremonies. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
October 30-November 2
Ballet Arizona opens its season with this legendary tale of romance, sorcery and betrayal, which is centered on one of life's most recognizable themes – the struggle between good and evil. Call for times. Tickets start at $15. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.