Through March 5
This premier winter music festival features the nation’s top artists of classical, Broadway, chamber and jazz. Performances by Rosanne Cash, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Mike Kocour Quintet, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Bronx Wanderers, and Arizona Musicfest Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody are among the highlights. Call for times, ticket prices and Carefree and Scottsdale venues, azmusicfest.org, 480-840-0457.
Best of Celtic Thunder
Fans enjoy an eclectic collection of the group’s best-loved and most popular songs from the past seven years, in a high-energy stage show featuring Celtic Thunder’s signature sound, dramatic lighting and imposing set. 7:30 p.m. $35-$65. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
100 Years of Broadway
Re-creating the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway features the actual stars of Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde. 2:30 p.m. $26-$38. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Rural Street Klezmer Band
The 11-piece group performs klezmer, which is Jewish folk music that has its origins in the Middle Ages as an important element of the Jewish wedding. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. $18-$25. Beth Emeth Congregation, 13702 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, 623-584-7210.
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.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Socks in the Frying Pan & the Outside Track, March 1; Al Stewart, March 3-4; Les Yeux Noirs, March 8; Colin Hay, March 10; Lee Konitz Quartet, March 13; Martin Sexton, March 14; Evan Shinners: The Goldberg Sutra, March 15; René Marie, March 16; MAMO, March 19; Anat Cohen, March 21; Zakir Hussain and the Celtic Connection, March 24; Pan Devils Steel Band, March 25; Tierney Sutton, March 25; and Altan, March 29. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
The Viola in Concert
Nancy Buck, ASU professor of viola, and her students perform a wide range of viola favorites. 7:30 p.m. $10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Wickenburg’s own Grammy Award-winning vocalist performs some of her favorite Broadway show tunes, standards and contemporary arias at this fundraising concert titled A Love-ly Meal: Three Courses with a Dessert Buffet. 7:30 p.m. $30. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
War and Peace
ASU Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble perform band music from the ’40s and ’80s. 7:30 p.m. Free. ASU Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, Tempe, 480-965-6447.
Known for his unique style of combining folk/rock songs with delicately woven tales of characters and events from history, the Scottish musician is sure to sing favorites such as “Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages,” “On the Border” and “Nostradamus.” 7 p.m. $32.50-$37.50. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
March 3, 7
Tap Dance Revue
Sunsationals Tap Dancers celebrates 25 years of dance. A portion of proceeds benefits Sunshine Acres Children’s Home. Tu, 7 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $7. Sunland Village East Auditorium, 2145 S. Farnsworth Dr., Mesa, 480-380-0106.
Jazz Divas 2015
Jazz in AZ hosts Delphine Cortez, Sherry Roberson, Diana Lee, Alice Tatum and Holly Pyle for a sultry evening of jazz standards. 7:30 p.m. $25-$36. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Shakespeare at the Herberger
Center Dance Ensemble presents dance interpretations of “Hamlet,” “The Daughters of Lear” and various Shakespearean sonnets. Th-F, 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. $6-$28. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo performs this new lyrical work, which is set to music that evokes the obscure alleys and taverns of Lisbon. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Barber’s Cello Concerto
Guest conductor Carlos-Miguel Prieto leads The Phoenix Symphony in a program of music by Revueltas, Barber and Schulmann. Christian Poltera is featured on cello. 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.
EPIK Dance Company combines classical training with urban disciplines. Using the bass, violin and cello, Simply Three blends classical style with today’s popular songs. Together they bring a mastery of movement, sound and creativity to the stage. 7:30 p.m. $30. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Music in the Garden
This outdoor concert series continues with Pick and Holler, March 6; The Brazen Heads, March 13; and Chuck Hall Band, March 20. F, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. $25. Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, dbg.org, 480-481-8188.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
The powerful baritone and Tony Award-winning Broadway actor and singer presents Simply Broadway, featuring new interpretations of classic recordings of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. 8 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480 499-TKTS.
The “gentle giant” of country music shares his laid-back straightforward vocals in hits such as “Tulsa Time,” “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “You’re My Best Friend” and “If Hollywood Don’t Need You (Honey I Still Do).” 7:30 p.m. $45-$55. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Explosive step dancing and traditional Celtic music define Michael Londra’s high-energy touring show production, bringing the best of Ireland to the stage. Sa, 7:30 p.m., $38-$58, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624; and Su, 2:30 p.m., $32-$46, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
Come to the Meetin’
Arizona bluegrass band Run Boy Run joins Sonoran Desert Chorale in concert. 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.
Southwestern history and heritage are in the spotlight as Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai joins Phoenix Chorale. Sa, 2 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; and Su, 3 p.m., Christ Church of the Ascension, 4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this concert series, which includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and dinner events. Call for times, ticket prices and Valley locations, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
March 7, 28
The Good Life Festival
Renowned for wishing he had “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield kicks off this spring concert series, March 7; followed by the iconic surf rock sound of The Beach Boys, March 28. Specialty shopping, wine and craft beer tastings, massage demos, local vendors and food trucks round out the fun. 2 p.m. $35-$75. Encanterra Country Club, 25450 N. Encanterra Dr., San Tan Valley, thegoodlifefest.com, 480-677-8000.
Music in America
Mill Ave Chamber Players performs works for wind quintet by Stephen Heinemann, Paul Patterson and John Steinmetz. 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.
Phoenix Youth Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Orchestra perform, along with winners of the annual Young Musician Competition. 3 p.m. Free. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixyouthsymphony.org, 602-277-7013.
Tetra String Quartet
Hailed for their engaging, energetic performances and the ability to master music of any style or genre, the members of this quartet are faculty associates at Arizona State University. 3 p.m. Donations. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., Carefree, ctlcarefree.org, 480-488-2081.
Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking AC/DC. 7:30 p.m. $36. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Above & Beyond
This British trio is an electronic dance music group best known for its production abilities, remixes and DJ performances. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, sletickets.com, 480-829-0607.
Cecilia String Quartet
Taking its name from St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, the quartet is ensemble-in-residence at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. 7:30 p.m. $25-$30. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
The Virginia B. Piper Piano Series continues as this award-winning pianist tickles the ivories. 7:30 p.m. $29-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
With her soft vocals and warm acoustic guitar, this singer-songwriter from Malaysia crafts intriguing and infectious songs about life, love and much more, transcending any and all boundaries. 7:30 p.m. $36. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Best known for his classic hits “American Pie” and “Vincent (Starry Starry Night),” the enduring singer/songwriter performs with a full band. 7:30 p.m. $50-$65. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
A natural storyteller, the Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Music of Queen
Brody Dolyniuk is featured vocalist as Brent Havens conducts The Phoenix Symphony in the hits of Freddie Mercury, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Radio Ga Ga,” “I Want It All,” “We Are the Champions” and “Somebody to Love.” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Pot of Gold Music Festival
Bastille, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy, Korn, Godsmack, Slightly Stoopid, Milky Chance, Chromeo and Schoolboy Q are among the headliners. Check website for times and ticket prices. Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, potofgoldmusicfestival.com.
March 13, 21
Pinnacle Concert Series
The Hyltons and Friends perform March 13; and West Valley Symphony, March 21. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.
The Latin American singer-songwriter, and former basketball player and schoolteacher, brings his Viaje tour to the Valley. 8 p.m. $56-$126. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Spirit of Phoenix
Performing as a group and in quartets, this award-winning 60-member barbershop chorus shares inspirational numbers, along with toe-tapping, funny, moving and show-stopping songs for all ages. Vocal Spectrum from St. Louis is special guest. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $17-$32. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, sopchorus.org, 480-947-7464.
Singin’ in the Rain
The Phoenix Symphony offers a unique presentation of the legendary Hollywood musical film, bringing the iconic classical score to life with hits like “Make ’em Laugh,” “Fit as a Fiddle” and, of course, the title song. Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Australian Bee Gees Show
This multimedia concert experience takes a nostalgic trip through the legacy of the Bee Gees, celebrating more than four decades of the infectious music written by the Gibb brothers. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
This all-male vocal group fuses the intricate rhythms and harmonies of its native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of gospel. 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Shall We Dance?
Cal Stewart Kellogg is at the podium as West Valley Symphony performs music by Saint-Saens, Ravel, Debussy, Borodin, Weinberger and Ponchielli. 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.
Sing Me to Heaven
North Valley Chorale presents this tribute to Gregory Zduniak featuring the “Faure Requiem.” 3 p.m. $20, adults; $15, students and seniors. First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, northvalleychorale.org, 602-464-4100.
Sips & Sounds
Urban Electra takes the stage. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. The Shops at Gainey Village, 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, theshopsgaineyvillage.com, 602-466-2128.
Caio Pagano at 75
The faculty artist is joined by former students for solos, four hands and two pianos, and other combinations, in celebration of Pagano’s 75th birthday. M, 7:30 p.m., $10, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS; W-Th, 7:30 p.m.; and F, 5 p.m., free, ASU Katzin Concert Hall, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuevents.asu.edu, 480-965-6447.
The innovative Irish band takes fans to the Emerald Isle with a foot-stomping night of folk songs and ballads. 7:30 p.m. $49-$79. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The finger-picking guitarist has crafted a soothing fusion of classical jazz music with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements, and strains of Western folk. 7:30 p.m. $22-$25. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
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.
Breaking Ground 2015
CONDER/dance hosts this annual contemporary dance and film festival, which features top choreographers and dance filmmakers from across the country. 8 p.m. $15-$25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, conderdance.com, 480-350-2TCA.
The Phoenix Symphony
Tito Muñoz conducts the orchestra with a passionate program of Webern and Chopin, plus Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony, No. 4. 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.
The dancers/illusionists of Momix manipulate the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water in an enchanting multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, sensuality and humor. F, 8 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $29-$59, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS; and Su, 7:30 p.m., $35-$45, Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
Carnaval do Brazil
Guests are encouraged to wear their finest Brazilian colors and costumes as Afro:Baile presents this sixth-annual concert featuring Brazilian bands and Samba dancers. 8 p.m. $20. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix, carnavaldobrazil.com.
The Harlem Quartet
Jazz pianist Aldo López Gavilán performs with the renowned chamber ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $44. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
The Pink Floyd Experience
Fans enjoy a re-creation of the music, sounds and lights that made Pink Floyd one of rock ’n’ roll’s greatest icons. 7:30 p.m. $38-$48. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix and Phoenix Girls Chorus present Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” in this collaborative concert. Sa, 4 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. $20, adults; $15, seniors and students; $5, children 12 and younger, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
Chandler Symphony Orchestra welcomes the winner of its annual youth competition. 3 p.m. Donations. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, chandlersymphony.com, 480-899-3447.
Blending performance with lively commentary, renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel offers witty insight about the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. This concert is titled Chopin and Grieg: A Musical Friendship. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
This Ballet Arizona performance features creative and diverse works by acclaimed contemporary choreographers. Th, 7 p.m.; F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Legends and Blues Hall of Fame inductees Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton and John Hammond share the stage. 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 Ballet Folklorico Quetzelli de Vera Cruz. Accompanying the dance troupe is Tien Hulcani, playing and singing the music of Mexico. 7:30 p.m. $25, advance; $30 at the door; $5, students. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 E. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, gcac1.com, 480-983-2171.
The band delivers its trademark Southern rock hits, including “Hold On Loosely,” “Caught Up in You” and “If I’d Been the One.” 8 p.m. $32-$77. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 877-840-0457.
McDowell Mountain Music Fest
This nonprofit festival features a unique mix of musical acts, including Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, and The Hourglass Cats. A marketplace, silent auction and children’s activities are included. Proceeds benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center. Call for times and ticket prices. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, mmmf.net, 602-956-1323.
Rhapsody in Blue and More
The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the music of George Gershwin. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The Hit Men
Featuring former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, this group takes an unforgettable look back through rock ’n’ roll history with an evening of solid-gold hits. 8 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Phoenix Chamber Music Society hosts this renowned string quartet, which has been praised for its combination of passion, elegance and poetry. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley, phoenixchambermusicsociety.org, 602-252-0095.
Recognized as one of America’s most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers, Williams’ standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. 7:30 p.m. $48-$68. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
South of Gold Mountain
Desert Dance Theatre hosts H.T. Chen and Dancers in this multimedia dance piece based on research about the Chinese immigrant community that came to the South in the late 19th through early 20th centuries. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, desertdancetheatre.org, 480-350-2822.
The Hayden Ferry’s Chamber Music Series continues with Geraldine Walther on viola and David Korevaar, piano. 2:30 p.m. $25. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.