Arizona Musicfest 2016 Preview

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Music Issue: February 2016

For 25 years, Arizona Musicfest has regaled Valley audiences with a wide variety of musical performances, from Broadway and bluegrass to classical and jazz. This year’s festival, which started on January 29 and runs through March 11, features 18 concerts at several North Scottsdale and Phoenix venues. Some concerts are already sold out, and others are selling fast.

Highlights from this year’s festival include:

The Calidore String Quartet, who has won of some of the world’s most respected chamber music competitions, will play compositions by Jadin, Webern and Debussy.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16
Where: Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Cost: $51.50-$61.50
Tickets: azmusicfest.org

Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. The orchestra, conducted by Robert Moody, features players from The New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and more.
When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28
Where: La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Phoenix
Cost: $24-$74
Tickets: azmusicfest.org

The Dukes of Dixieland: Dancing With the Dukes will play an evening of traditional New Orleans jazz.
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3
Where: Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $24-$67
Tickets: azmusicfest.org

The Broadway Tenors, a collaboration of Broadway greats John Cudia from Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables; Lewis Cleale from the Book of Mormon and Spamalot; and Kyle Dean Massey of Wicked, Pippin and ABC TV’s Nashville, will belt out an evening of Broadway hits from their own shows as well as West Side Story, South Pacific, Jersey Boys and others.
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 6
Where: Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale
Cost: $24-$74
Tickets: azmusicfest.org

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