When sizzling temperatures start to subside, Phoenicians look forward to cooler September nights and more time spent outside. But autumn also signals the start of the performing arts season at venues across the Valley. There’s a lot to choose from, but here are five of September’s can't-miss performing arts events:
“Wicked” – through Oct. 4
Back by popular demand, “Wicked” tells the story of two girls born in the Land of Oz who eventually become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West many moons before Dorothy and Toto stumble down the Yellow Brick Road.
1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe.
Tickets: $55-$185, asugammage.com
Dave Matthews Band – Sept. 13
On the last stop of their U.S. tour, Dave Matthews Band rocks Ak-Chin Pavilion before jetting off to Abu Dhabi, Lisbon and points beyond.
2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: From $62, 7 p.m., ak-chinpavilion.com
Phoenix Symphony – Sept. 18-19
Opening night at the Phoenix Symphony features Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which includes the famous “Ode to Joy,” conducted by Maestro Tito Muñoz, the symphony’s Virginia G. Piper Music Director.
75 N. Second St., Phoenix,
Tickets: $18-$79, 7:30 p.m., phoenixsymphony.org
Summer Ends 2015 with Hozier – Sept. 24
Irish singer-songwriter Hozier kicks off the four-day Summer Ends 2015 festival at Tempe Beach Park. Kanye West headlines the 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 show at 2:30 p.m. Concert happens rain or shine.
Tempe Beach Park
80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
Tickets: $54.50 for Hozier, 5:15 p.m.; $100 for Kanye West, 2:30 p.m., luckymanonline.com
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – Sept. 25
World-renowned musician, composer, educator and bandleader Wynton Marsalis takes the stage along with the Lincoln Center Orchestra as part of the Mesa Arts Center’s Performing Live Series. Seats are limited for this Mesa Arts Center fundraiser.
Mesa Arts Center Piper Repertory Theater
1 E. Main St., Mesa
Tickets: $75-$125, 7:30 p.m., mesaartscenter.com