- Category: Things to Do in Phoenix
- Issue: May 2015
Through May 3
Ib Andersen, artistic director of Ballet Arizona, brings together three works by choreographer George Balanchine – Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Square Dance and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Su, 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Eric Burdon & The Animals
The English singer/songwriter is most recognized for his intense stage presence as vocalist for the 1960s rock band, The Animals. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, livewireaz.com, 480-970-1112.
Phoenix Boys Choir shares songs from the sporting and gaming worlds during its spring pops concert. F, 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix; and Sa, 7:30 p.m., Gilbert High School, 1101 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. $23-$28, adults; $18, seniors and children 12 and younger, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
Music in the Garden
This outdoor concert series continues with Adam Roberts Trio, May 1; Ritmo Latino, May 8; Big Pete Pearson Blues Band, May 15; Jaleo Band, May 22; and Pete Pancrazi, May 29. F, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
Box Office Blockbusters
The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the music of some of the greatest films of all time, including musical scores from Titanic, The Godfather, Star Wars and The Magnificent Seven. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Carolyn Eynon Singers
The choral ensemble presents Joyful Jazz and Patriotic Pops, featuring music by Sammy Cahn, Duke Ellington, Willie Nelson, Harry James, Frank Loesser, Bruce Fisher, George Weiss and Dan Forrest. Sa, 7 p.m., Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley; and Su, 3 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. Call for ticket prices, carolyneynonsingers.com, 480-529-2630.
Phantasies of the Opera
Treat yourself to opera and operetta classics as Sonoran Desert Chorale presents music by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Gilbert and Sullivan, and more. 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. $18, adults; $15, seniors and children, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Khani Cole and Marion Meadows, May 2; Arizona Musicfest Winners, May 3; Felix Hell, May 6; Rhiannon Giddens, May 7; Nachito Herrera Trio, May 8; Elvis Perkins, May 9; Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, May 10; John Daversa Small Band, May 15; Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, May 17; Nellie McKay, May 18; Taj Mahal, May 19; Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge, May 20; Terrance Simien: Zydeco for Kids, May 21; Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience, May 22; Trace Bundy, May 23; Rebirth Brass Band, May 24; Asleep at the Wheel, May 25; Niyaz, May 26; and Phoenix Boys Choir, May 28. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Chandler Symphony Orchestra
Jack Herriman conducts the orchestra in War & Peace – Homage to the Great Wars. The concert includes works by Nielsen, Copland and Tchaikovsky. 3 p.m. Donations. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.
Orpheus Male Chorus takes guests on a musical journey of the environment with songs such as “Gonna Build a Mountain” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’.” 3 p.m. $20, adults; $15, seniors and students; free, children 12 and younger. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
Puccini & Pasta
Phoenix Opera’s young stars entertain as guests enjoy a multicourse dinner of Italian specialties. 5 p.m. $50. Zappone’s Italian Bistro, 1652 N. Higley Rd., Gilbert, phoenixopera.org, 866-673-7248.
Phoenix Youth Symphony performs. 3 p.m. $10, adults; $5, seniors and students ages 3-18. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixyouthsymphony.org, 602-277-7013.
Using nothing but its voices, this award-winning a cappella sensation won The Sing-Off on NBC in 2013. The group continues to captivate audiences with its high-energy show peppered with quick-witted humor that meshes Nashville standards with pop hits dipped in country flavor. 8 p.m. $30-$102.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
ABBA The Concert
The tribute group performs iconic crowd favorites, such as “Mamma Mia,” “Waterloo,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.” 7:30 p.m. $29.74-$44.60. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Symphony & Boys Choir
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in a concert of diverse choral repertoire with the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and Phoenix Boys Choir. Th, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; and F-Sa, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The Moody Blues
The English greats rock the poolside stage with fan favorites like “Nights in White Satin,” “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and Roll Band),” “The Story in Your Eyes” and “Tuesday Afternoon.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Sons of the Pioneers
This Western singing group has thrilled audiences with its celebration of the American West since 1933. Recognized for its vocal performances, musicianship and songwriting, the group performs classic country treasures, including “Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds,” “Cool Waters” and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. The Palms Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, thepalmstheatre.com, 480-924-6260.
The band shares its iconic blend of funk, rock, Latin, jazz, reggae, and rhythm and blues with classic hits such as “Spill the Wine,” “Low Rider,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” 8 p.m. $29-$59. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
All the World’s a Stage
Scottsdale Concert Band honors mothers at this concert, which features Eric Rasmussen on saxophone. 3:30 p.m. Free. Saguaro High School, 6250 N. 82nd St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleconcertband.org, 602-327-3168.
The Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series continues with baritone Michael Meraw and pianist Tanya Blaich, both of the New England Conservatory of Music. 2:30 p.m. $25, includes wine reception with the artists. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.
Stars of Nashville
Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples, and Lennon & Maisy perform songs from the hit TV series. 7:30 p.m. $28.50-$58. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
New Kids on the Block
The pop phenoms team up with TLC and Nelly for The Main Event summer concert tour, which is sure to include hits such as “Step by Step,” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” “Please Don’t Go Girl” and “I’ll Be Loving You Forever.” 7 p.m. $23-$83. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, gilariverarena.com, 623-772-3800.
Lana del Rey
The powerful performer with the sultry voice performs hits such as “Blue Jeans,” “Ride,” “Video Games” and “West Coast.” Courtney Love is special guest. 7:30 p.m. $32-$63.35. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Emerging choreographers are in the spotlight as Ballet Arizona wraps up its season with a program of new works. Call for times. $25-$55. Ballet Arizona, 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Fans of the “Solitary Man” enjoy hits such as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Cherry Cherry” and “I Am… I Said” as The Phoenix Symphony and lead singer “Surreal Neil” share songs made famous by the “Sweet Caroline” master himself. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
May 15, 17
Why We Sing
The 300-member Phoenix Children’s Chorus performs. F, 7 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix; and Su, 4 p.m., Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Pl., Surprise. Call for ticket prices, pcchorus.org, 602-534-3788.
Tinh La Gi
Enjoy an evening of traditional and contemporary Vietnamese entertainment featuring top-name performers. 8 p.m. $25-$70. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
All Night Long
Guest conductor Stuart Chafetz takes the audience back to the 1980s with favorites like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “What a Feeling” and “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The Phoenix Symphony concert offers a musical salute to the decade that brought us parachute pants, leg warmers and headbands. Sa, 7:30 p.m., and Su, 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Broadway’s Beloved Best
Arizona Masterworks Chorale performs selections from popular Broadway musicals, including Oliver, Les Misérables, Oklahoma, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Sa, 7 p.m., CrossRoads United Methodist Church, 7901 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; and Su, 3 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise, 17540 N. Avenue of the Arts, Surprise. $15, arizonamasterworks.com, 602-350-8261.
The recording artist celebrates the 30th anniversary of his iconic rock album, Reckless, which spawned such rock classics as “Run to You,” “Heaven” and “Summer of ’69.” 8 p.m. $39-$49. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Mahler’s Symphony No. 1
Tito Muñoz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in this musical journey of triumph over death. Giora Schmidt is featured on violin. Th, 7:30 p.m.; Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; F, 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sa, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Playing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade, the Irish rockers bring their Innocence + Experience tour to Phoenix. The set list is sure to include hits like “With or Without You,” “Beautiful Day,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” 7:30 p.m. $65-$275. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The Lakeshore Music concert series concludes with a performance by the Trish Hatley Quartet. With her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the lyric, Hatley balances technical mastery and genuine accessibility, making her popular among jazz fans wherever she plays. 7:30 p.m. $29. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
The Divine Miss M shares material from her iconic career, plus songs from her new album, It’s the Girls. The album offers a tribute to girl groups through the ages, from the swinging sounds of World War II-era Andrews Sisters, to ’60s super-groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles, to ’90s hit-makers TLC. 8 p.m. $46.75-$211.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, livenation.com, 800-745-3000.
The band performs tracks from its new album, including “Angel in Blue Jeans” and “Bulletproof Picasso,” along with signature hits such as “Hey Soul Sister,” “Calling all Angels,” “Drops of Jupiter,” “Meet Virginia” and “Marry Me.” The Fray and Matt Nathanson are special guests. 7 p.m. $25-$59.50. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Latin pop megastar known as the “King of Bachata” brings his Formula Vol. 2 Tour to Phoenix. 8 p.m. $49-$95. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theatre team up to present this ever-popular story of an orphan boy who asked for more. His journey in search of love, belonging, and honor among thieves is set to a heartfelt score that includes such favorites as “Consider Yourself,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Food Glorious Food” and “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two.” Tito Muñoz is conductor. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Known for high-energy shows that feature anthems to beer drinking, women, cowboys and American pride, the country rocker brings his Good Times and Pickup Lines tour to Phoenix. Eli Young Band is special guest. 7 p.m. $20-$75. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Tour Concert Preview
Before members of the Phoenix Boys Choir embark on a summer tour abroad, the Tour Choir offers a preview of unique repertoire, plus highlights from previous concerts from the season. 3 p.m. $12, advance; $15, day of event. Memorial Hall, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.