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Dancing toys, mischievous mice, waltzing flowers and sparkling snowflakes dance to Tchaikovsky’s grand holiday score in this seasonal classic. Ballet Etudes: through Dec. 2, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680; and Dec. 7-16, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500. Ballet Arizona accompanied by The Phoenix Symphony: Dec. 13-24, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096. Phoenix Ballet: Dec. 14-23, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, phoenixballet.org, 602-996-8000. Ahwatukee Foothills: Dec. 15-16, Desert Vista Fine Arts Theatre, 16440 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, afnutcracker.com, 480-706-6040. Call for times.
The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus present a festive program of seasonal favorites and a holiday singalong. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Magic and adventure highlight the retelling of this classic fairy tale about a wicked queen who casts an icy spell. Set to Prokofiev’s lush score, the production is staged by Center Dance Ensemble. Sa, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. $28, adults; $23, seniors; $14, students. Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, herbergertheater.org, 602-252-8497.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include Gypsy Soul, Dec. 1; Mike Stern, Dec. 6; Over the Rhine, Dec. 8; Hawktail, Dec. 9; Steve Gadd Band, Dec. 13-14; Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice, Dec. 15; Irish Christmas in America, Dec. 16-17; The Manhattan Transfer, Dec. 21-22; and Jim Brickman, Dec. 29-31. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
With a romantic voice as recognizable as a signature, the blind Tuscany-born artist shows confidence and mastery in both classical and pop worlds. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Christmas Belles (FREE)
Wickenburg Community Chorus celebrates the holidays with a concert of both new and traditional favorites. 4 p.m. Donations appreciated. First Presbyterian Church, 180 N. Adams St., Wickenburg, 928-684-4491.
Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music
Baritone Michael Meraw is accompanied by pianist Tanya Blaich for a recital commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy. 2:30 p.m. $30, adults (includes wine reception with the artists); $10, students. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tca.ticketforce.com, 480-350-2822.
Holiday Pops (FREE)
Featuring musicians from all walks of life, the 75-member Scottsdale Concert Band performs seasonal favorites. 3:30 p.m. Chaparral High School, 6935 E. Gold Dust Ave., Scottsdale, scottsdaleconcertband.org, 602-327-3168.
Merry and Bright
Desert Overture, the Valley’s only LGBT and ally wind symphony, shares an entertaining variety of holiday selections. 3 p.m. $5-$20. Orangewood Presbyterian Church, 7321 N. 10th St., Phoenix, desertoverture.org.
Best known for its remakes of classic Christmas songs, the rock orchestra shares its cherished yuletide story The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, which incorporates progressive rock and symphonic, power and heavy metal, all influenced by classical music. 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Concerts at The Nash
Francine Reed performs at 3 p.m., Dec. 2; Geoffrey Keezer, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 9; and The Mike Crotty & Deater O’Neill Sextet: Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15. Call for ticket prices. The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org, 602-795-0464.
The TEN Tenors
Australia’s rock-star vocalists present Home for the Holidays featuring a unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites, including soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Feliz Navidad.” The concert is part of the annual Arizona Musicfest concert series. 7:30 p.m. $24-$72. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, azmusicfest.org, 480-422-8449. Additional programming takes place Jan. 25-March 15.
Fans enjoy an acoustic evening with the musician, who is best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the rock band Phish, which he co-founded in 1983. 7:30 p.m. $75-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen
The longtime friends share an intimate acoustic evening of storytelling and songs. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $65. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
December 6, 13
Out to Lunch Concerts (FREE)
Picnic baskets and lunch bags are encouraged as local artists perform in a garden setting. Food and drink also can be purchased on-site. 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mike Chamberlin & Friends
Puddles Pity Party
Known for his performances on America’s Got Talent, the “Sad Clown with the Golden Voice” mixes humor with awkward, tender moments and heartfelt anthems. 8 p.m. $25-$100. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Sound in the Ground: Nash Nights
Francine Reed takes the stage as this concert series features musicians from The Nash in celebration of the ongoing jazz-themed contemporary art exhibitions at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. 8:30-11:30 p.m. $20. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Cirque Holiday Spectacular
Aerial artists, jugglers, contortionists and strong men perform alongside – and 40 feet above – The Phoenix Symphony as this program combines the grace and tricks of circus performers with the symphonic sounds of the orchestra. The show includes such holiday favorites as “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” plus beloved songs from Swan Lake and other masterpieces. F, 7:30 p.m.; Sa, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra take guests on a musical journey of traditional, classical, contemporary and even whimsical numbers. F, 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Sa, 4 p.m., Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem; and Su, 4 p.m., All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. $22, adults; $20, seniors; $12, students 16-26; free, children 15 and younger, pmaz.org, 623-326-5172.
Phoenix Boys Choir
The premier youth organization shares endearing holiday songs and carols from around the world, including the Vienna Boys Choir version of “Silent Night” and Handel’s famous “Hallelujah Chorus.” Dec. 7, 7 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr., Mesa; Dec. 15, 5 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; Dec. 16, 3 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; and Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd., Fountain Hills. Call for ticket prices, phoenixboyschoir.org, 602-264-5328.
Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry descend upon the Valley for an exclusive performance as the Hollywood Vampires to benefit the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs at Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center. The show includes performances by the Solid Rock Dancers and winners of this year’s Proof Is in the Pudding Musical Talent Search, the shock rocker’s own version of American Idol. 7 p.m. $120-$225. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
The Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist shares music from her album, Christmas Time Is Here, melding her timeless grace, elegance and charisma into unforgettable renditions of such holiday favorites as “Little Drummer Boy,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Waltz,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Let It Snow.” 8 p.m. $39-$69. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Global Christmas Feast
Melanie Holm, soprano, joins organist Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio in a joyful celebration of Christmas, with music from around the world. 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. $12-$22. ASU Organ Hall, 40 E. Gammage Pkwy., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Sing We Now of Christmas
Sonoran Desert Chorale celebrates the season with a program of classic works, traditional carols and a singalong. Sa, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., Mesa; and Su, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, sonorandesertchorale.org, 480-305-4538.
Celebration of Christmas (FREE)
Pinnacle Chancel Choir and Pinnacle Pealers are joined by special instrumental guests as they celebrate the season with inspirational and joyous Christmas music. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Donations requested. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, pinnacleconcerts.com, 480-303-2474.
Christmas Reflections (FREE)
Arizona Winds, an 85-member concert band, presents its annual holiday concert featuring traditional favorites, some new surprises and a holiday singalong. 2 p.m. Midwestern University, 19555 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, azwinds.com, 623-572-3353.
Salt River Brass
The band rings in the holidays with a concert of seasonal classics. 3 p.m. $16-$25. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The nonprofit orchestra performs traditional holiday pieces. 4 p.m. $5-$10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-951-6077.
A Very Un-Merry Christmas
Stuck together when a snowstorm keeps them from heading home for the holidays, five colleagues reminisce about past Christmases by singing holiday classics. The cabaret show is staged by Desert Foothills Theater. 7:15 p.m. $29.50. Foothills Community Center, 34250 N. 60th St., Scottsdale, dftheater.org, 480-488-1981.
Holidays with Orpheus
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix performs traditional and contemporary holiday songs, plus an audience singalong of favorite Christmas carols. Dec. 9, 3 p.m., The Church at Litchfield Park, 300 N. Old Litchfield Rd., Litchfield Park; Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa; Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; and Dec. 16, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. $20-$25, adults; $15-$20, seniors and students; free, children 12 and younger, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
Blending performance with lively commentary, renowned concert pianist Jeffrey Siegel offers witty insight into the lives of the great composers, explaining each work before performing it in its entirety. This concert, The Joyous Music of Beethoven, explores the humor and high spirits of the composer’s music. 7:30 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
AZ Swing Kings
Lenny King leads the ensemble in a Bob Hope Celebrity Holiday Show, which includes seasonal music, plus a look at the hilarious antics of Hope, Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Jimmy Durante. Celebrity impersonator Lynn Roberts is special guest. 7-9 p.m. $15. Sun Village Community, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy., Surprise, azswingkings.com, 623-546-8693.
Great Russian Nutcracker
World-class performers, Russian folk legends Father Christmas and Snow Maiden, backdrops hand-painted by Russian masters and a Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan bring the Christmas spirit to life as Moscow Ballet brings its Dove of Peace Tour to the Valley. Phoenix Children’s Chorus also performs at the event. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus present this traditional holiday favorite with Tito Muñoz at the podium. W, 7:30 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale; Th, 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa; F, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; Sa, 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; and Su, 3 p.m., Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Featuring harpists from several countries, this innovative ensemble fuses many styles and cultures in its repertoire, including classical, jazz, new age and folk. The concert is hosted by Gold Canyon Arts Council. 7:30 p.m. $25, advance; $30, at the door; $5, students. Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 E. Kings Ranch Rd., Gold Canyon, goldcanyonarts.org, 480-983-2171.
With his trademark guitar finger-picking, the legendary songwriter performs in celebration of his new album, The Tree of Forgiveness. Prine continues to mesmerize diverse audiences with his humble poetry, describing often-overlooked crannies of everyday life. 8 p.m. $59.50-$99.50. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
K-Love Christmas Tour
Big Daddy Weave, Kim Walker Smith of Jesus Culture, Brandon Heath and Sarah Reeves present an evening of Christmas songs. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
OK Go: The Live Tour
Famous for wildly creative videos that include dancing on treadmills and in zero gravity, the rock band performs its songs live and in sync with 20 of their iconic videos, pausing for Q&A sessions with the crowd. 8 p.m. $30-$50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Sons of Serendip
Known for a blending of classical and popular music, the quartet came together in graduate school at Boston University through a series of serendipitous events and found themselves on the fast track to fame after earning a spot as finalists on America’s Got Talent. The show includes unique arrangements of popular holiday songs. 7:30 p.m. $32-$44. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The two-time Tony Award winner shares the stage with pianist and comedian Seth Rudetsky for a cabaret-style concert of popular songs and candid showbiz stories. 8 p.m. $59-$89. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
A Chorale Christmas
Phoenix Chorale celebrates the season with an array of traditional and popular holiday favorites. Dr. Anton Armstrong is guest conductor. F, 7:30 p.m., American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; Su, 3 p.m., La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale; M, 7:30 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley; and Tu, 7:30 p.m., Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $38 with discounts for seniors, students and military, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
The iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist blasts through Christmas classics, plus hits from his storied career, as his Christmas Rocks tour makes a stop in the Valley. Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones open the show. 8 p.m. $58-$91. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
“Summertime Magic,” “Saturday” and “Feels Like Summer” are sure to be on the set list as actor, comedian, writer, director, rapper and DJ Donald Glover performs under his musical moniker. Vince Staples is special guest. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Come Home for the Holidays
Jazz vocalist Nayo Jones shares soulful selections and a few holiday gems. 7:30 p.m. $30-$35. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
Dave Koz & Friends
The saxophonist continues his annual holiday tradition with a concert of Christmas classics featuring Mindi Abair (saxophone), Jonathan Butler (vocals) and Keiko Matsui (piano/keyboard). 8 p.m. $60.50-$90.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
A Merry-Achi Christmas
Masestro Jose Hernández and his platinum-selling Sol de México perform holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook. 7 p.m. $29-$59. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
The classical crossover quartet performs in support of its new album, Timeless. Brought together in 2003 by Simon Cowell, the group is known for its signature vocal blend and unique operatic arrangements. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Combining both performance and commentary from the stage, the creator of NPR’s What Makes It Great? reveals the heart of music with a touch of humor and humility. He is joined by veteran Broadway vocalists and a local youth choir to share remarkable, largely unknown stories behind some for the world’s best-known Christmas songs in It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas. 3 p.m. $29-$49. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Known for his explosively wild performances, the Houston rapper flips popular music, culture and fashion upside down. See for yourself as his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here tour makes a stop in the Valley. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Suzy Boggus Christmas
The singer-songwriter with signature crystal-clear vocals shares country hits, folk interpretations and holiday classics. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, dewpac.org, 928-684-6624.
This versatile group of musicians and dancers brings explosive energy and athleticism to the marching band experience, performing chart-topping holiday classics with a touch of hip-hop, jazz, soul and Motown. 7:30 p.m. $38-$46. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter partners with percussionist Toca River for an intimate acoustic performance. Gregory Page is special guest. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The Manhattan Transfer
One of the most innovative vocal groups in the history of popular music, the chart-topping jazz legends have achieved worldwide sales in the millions, Grammy Awards by the dozen and countless sold-out international tours. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $38.50–$63.50. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Christmas from a Celtic Table
Limerick-born Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen narrates this authentic Irish Christmas celebration featuring vocalist Katya Gruzglina, pianist Christine Parker and the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. 7:30 p.m. $35-$50. Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, asukerr.com, 480-596-2660.
A Very Jerry Christmas
Two Valley jazz legends – saxophonist Jerry Donato and pianist Nicole Pesce – collaborate on a holiday concert as part of the Lakeshore Music series. 7:30 p.m. $35. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
Known for its signature mix of Renaissance instruments with rock ’n’ roll beats, the band shares modern recordings of Christmas classics. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Straight No Chaser
The professional a cappella group of 10, which originated in 1996 at Indiana University, is known almost as much for its sly, intelligent humor as it is for killer singing chops. See for yourself as the group brings its “One Shot Tour” to the Valley. 8 p.m. $47.50-$72.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Music of the Flatscreen
Get off the couch and enjoy music from your favorite TV shows in a completely new way as Stuart Chafetz conducts The Phoenix Symphony in Symphony and Chill: The Music of the Flatscreen. The program includes scores from such shows as Lost, Downtown Abbey and House of Cards. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; and Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Hometown favorites Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers play a rich set list that includes such perennial gems as “Americano!” “Switchblade,” “Mexican Moonshine,” “The Independent” and “Banditos,” along with tracks from their latest album, Native Heart. 7:30 p.m. $39-$52. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 480-659-1641.
This New Year’s Eve celebration includes two main stages with some of electronic dance music’s most buzz-worthy artists, including Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, Ghastly, Marshmello, NGHTMRE b2b DJ Diesel, Rezz and San Holo. Visit website for times and ticket prices. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, decadencearizona.com.
Known for its signature a cappella music and quick-witted humor, the five-man country band shares new music and holiday favorites in its A Country Music Tour. 8 p.m. $29.50-$249.50. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
New Year’s Eve Celebration
End the year on a high note as The Phoenix Symphony performs Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics, and Broadway and contemporary favorites. A champagne toast is included. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.