- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: Nov 2014
Through 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.
Jan Kraybill is guest organist as the ensemble presents Requiem: Day of the Dead. 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; and Su, 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224. Call for ticket prices.
Live at the Quarter
Crown Kings performs Nov. 1; Apple, Nov. 8; Shallow Water, Nov. 15; and Murritta, Nov. 22. Sa, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. Scottsdale Quarter, southeast corner, Scottsdale Road and Greenway/Hayden Loop, Scottsdale, scottsdalequarter.com, 480-270-8123.
West Valley Symphony
Cal Stewart Kellogg conducts the orchestra in Great Early Romantics. 3 p.m. $25, adults; $15, children 18 and younger. Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise, westvalleysymphony.org, 623-236-6781.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Aoife O’Donovan & Noam Pikelny, Nov. 2; Black Violin, Nov. 6; Sofia Rei, Nov. 8; Idan Raichel & Vieux Farke Toure, Nov. 11; Toshiko Akiyoshi, Nov. 12; Keiko Matsui, Nov. 13-14; Nicole Pesce Quartet, Nov. 16; Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project, Nov. 18; Walter Cosand, Nov. 26; Bob Corritore: Taboo album release, Nov. 29; and Moya Brennan: Irish Christmas, Nov. 30. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
ASU Saxophone Studio
ASU saxophone majors perform an evening of chamber music, playing saxophones of various sizes, in ensembles both small and large and in a wide variety of styles. 7:30 p.m. $10; free for students, teachers and veterans. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
This group of Daystar University students shares gospel-style music in English, Swahili and African tribal languages. 7 p.m. Freewill offering. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.
Arizona Wind Symphony
The ensemble presents Battles of Time, a musical portrait of war, conflict and military service. 7:30 p.m. $10, adults; $6, students 6-12; free, children 11 and younger. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, arizonawindsymphony.org, 480-350-2822.
Whether you lean toward Bach or Beyoncé, this duo’s innovative style is sure to enthrall. On a mission to prove that classical music can be cool, virtuoso violinists Wil B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip hop, blues, and rhythm and blues. Th, 7:30 p.m., $27.50-$32.50, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000; and F, 7:30 p.m., $18-$28, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Life in Color
Krewella, a Chicago-native trio, headlines this electronic dance party, which features world-renowned DJs, circus-style performers, art, and a mixture of paint and confetti explosions. Guests are encouraged to dress in all white to serve as a canvas for the paint blasts. 6 p.m. $35-$59. Cityscape, 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, lifeincolor.com, 480-284-6033.
The “Okie from Muskogee” performs all the hits, including “Sing Me Back Home,” “Mama Tried” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” 8 p.m. $43-$125. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
Seasons of Broadway
Backed by a full band, original stars from Rent, Wicked, Glee, In the Heights, Aida and Godspell perform an evening of classic pop, rock, jazz and hit songs from iconic Broadway shows. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
One of the original stars from the hit musical Rent, the actor and singer performs as part of Seasons of Broadway. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org,480-499-TKTS.
Music in the Garden
Mike Eldred Trio performs Nov. 7; Dmitri Matheny Group, Nov. 14; and Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, Nov. 21. F, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
English new wave merges with the American rock scene as the Psychedelic Furs perform in concert with the Lemonheads. 8 p.m. $30-$90. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7777.
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this trio. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
Le Grande Voyage
Jack Herriman conducts the Chandler Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Mozart, Grieg, Strauss and Respighi. 3 p.m. Donations. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.
Mill Ave Chamber Players
The ensemble brings together the unique combination of clarinet, horn, strings and piano to perform romantic works of the chamber music repertoire. 3 p.m. $15-$20, adults; $10-$15, students and seniors. Central United Methodist Church, 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, millavechamberplayers.com, 480-204-1092.
Nick & Knight Tour
Nick Carter from Back Street Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on the Block collaborate to bring the best of both boy bands together. 8 p.m. $45-$49.50. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixconventioncenter.com/tickets, 800-282-4842.
Veterans Day Salute
Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble presents a musical tribute to the members of our armed forces, featuring patriotic music and special guest soloist Brian Wilson on the euphonium. 3 p.m. $5, adults; $3, students; free, children 12 and younger. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, 480-350-2822.
ASU Clarinet Studio
Music for clarinet choir, duets, solos and quartets is presented, featuring clarinets of all sizes, including the 8-foot contrabass clarinet. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The Black Keys
Childhood friends who grew up just houses away from each other in Akron, Ohio, the rock duo with the raw blues sound completed an improbable journey from basement recording project to top arena-rock act. Jake Bugg is special guest. 8 p.m. $40.25-$60.25. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps presents the colors for this Veterans Day concert, which features the Carolyn Eynon Singers and Valley Presbyterian Chancel Choir. A traditional patriotic sing-along is included. 7 p.m. Free. Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, encoreuniv.org, 480-991-6424.
The Country Music Hall of Fame star and multiple Grammy Award-winner opens the show and then joins The Time Jumpers, an 11-member band featuring some of Nashville’s finest studio musicians. 7:30 p.m. $37-$67. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Portuguese singer flirts elegantly with pop music, broadening the spectrum of fado in a very personal way. She performs with jazz singer Magos Herrera and Spanish flamenco guitarist Javier Limón. 7:30 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
5 Seconds of Summer
The chart-topping Australian pop rock band brings its first-ever headlining tour to Phoenix, singing hits such as “Long Way Home,” “She Looks So Perfect,” and “Don’t Stop.” 7:30 p.m. $20-$69.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The artist is known for his hit songs of the 1960s and 1970s, including “Hooked on a Feeling,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.” 8 p.m. $38-$65.80. Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Rd., Higley, higleyarts.org, 480-279-7194.
Classical Revolution PHX
This group of artists and ensembles emphasizes the fun and power of classical compositions performed in a casual manner. 7:30 p.m. $20-$35. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.
New Orleans Legends
Celebrated rhythm-and-blues musician, songwriter and record producer Allen Toussaint performs with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, known worldwide for its swinging, high-octane Dixieland performances. 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Three nationally known bluegrass bands share the stage each day of this 35th-annual festival. Arts and crafts vendors, and children’s activities are included. F, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sa-Su, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds, 935 Constellation Rd., Wickenburg, wickenburgchamber.com, 928-684-5479.
The Police Experience
This tribute band transports guests back to the ’80s with favorites such as “Roxanne,” “Walking on the Moon” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me.” The concert is part of the Good Life Festival concert series. 3 p.m. $35. Encanterra Country Club, 25450 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.
Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus are special guests. 7:30 p.m. $38-$45. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
November 15, 20
Jessica Lang Dance
Featuring remarkable sets and costumes, this New York City-based dance company incorporates art media to create innovative, emotional and visually captivating compositions ranging from minimal and simplistic to rich and dense. Sa, 7:30 p.m., $20, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Th, 7:30 p.m., $30-$40, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The pianist tickles the ivories with music by Albéniz, Debussy, Ginastera and Rachmaninoff. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
ASU Oboe Studio
Music for oboe, two oboes, three oboes and more is on tap, including Beethoven, Latin, jazz and beyond. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Phoenix Boys Choir
The choir performs new works, as well as sneak peeks of special repertoire and audience favorites. 5:30 p.m. Free. Steele Indian School Park Memorial Hall, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
The troupe’s acronym is short for “Lei Dong Tian Xia,” which translates as “thunder rumbles under heaven,” a fitting name for this trail-blazing group, which features 12 dancers and a diverse repertoire of cutting-edge choreography from China. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Gold Canyon Arts Council hosts this classical pianist, who hails from Ireland. 7:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $30, at the door; $5, students. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 E. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, gcac1.com, 480-983-2171.
Beethoven and Brahms
Michael Christie returns to conduct the orchestra, with William Wolfram as guest pianist. F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio blend their styles for an evening of progressive rock, world, jazz and classical music. 7:30 p.m. $25-$35. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
The English indie rock band performs. 8 p.m. $25. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Pan Devils Steel Band
The ASU ensemble presents traditional and contemporary music from the Trinidad area and beyond. 7:30 p.m. Free. ASU Katzin Concert Hall, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, 480-965-6447.
Believing that the universal language of music is the best way to bring the world together, the band blends the musical flavors of samba, rumba, reggae, and other South American and Caribbean styles into an irresistible groove that lifts the spirits of all who hear it. 8 p.m. $15-$23. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
All-Ensemble Fall Concert
Phoenix Youth Symphony performs. 3 p.m. $10, adults; $5, seniors and students ages 3-18. McClintock High School, 1830 E. Del Rio Dr., Tempe, phoenixyouthsymphony.org, 602-277-7013.
The rock singer performs material from her recently released Stockholm, the first album under her own name, along with classics spanning her legendary and storied career with The Pretenders. 8 p.m. $37-$77. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Blending classical music and contemporary pop, this quartet thrills audiences around the world with its powerful voices and memorable melodies. 8 p.m. $32-$62. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Capitol Steps
Outrageously funny and sharply insightful, these witty satirists charm audience members on both sides of the aisle with fresh, up-to-the-minute material, including songs from their latest album, How to Succeed in Congress Without Really Lying. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $49-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
New World Symphony
Celebrate the season of Thanksgiving as JoAnn Falletta returns to conduct the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, with Chloë Hanslip featured on violin. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
November 28-December 7
Ballet Etudes presents this holiday classic. 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. Additional December performances in Mesa, balletetudes.net, 480-782-2680.
The acclaimed jazz guitarist performs with keyboardists Steve Allee and Zach Lapidus, bassist Jeremy Allen, drummer Matt Jorgensen and percussionist Mike Spiro. 7:30 p.m. $29. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
The Polar Express
A young boy strains to hear the bells on Santa’s sleigh when a mysterious train arrives outside his house. Join him for a delightful journey to the North Pole. The Phoenix Symphony performance includes a holiday sing-along. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Best-known for its remakes of classical Christmas songs, the rock orchestra presents The Christmas Attic, which incorporates progressive rock, symphonic metal, power metal and heavy metal, influenced by classical music. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $32-$67. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.