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Medical Technology - AZ Business Magazine January/February 2012

Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation Honor Lavidges

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI), and its nonprofit Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, will present its 2013 “Powerful Mind Award” to Bill and Julie Lavidge at its annual fete and fund-raiser, “A Night to Remember,” on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Bill Lavidge is CEO of The Lavidge Company (TLC), a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency. Bill and Julie serve as Vice Chairs of The BAI Breakthrough Campaign Cabinet, a $40 million fund-raising initiative to help fund groundbreaking Alzheimer’s research and support BAI’s nationally recognized care model for patients and families made possible by philanthropic investments from individuals, corporations and foundations. The campaign was launched in 2011. In addition, Julie Lavidge serves on the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation Board of Directors and is a founding member of Women Inspiring Scientific Progress (WISP), a Phoenix-based community group dedicated to advancing Alzheimer’s research through education and advocacy.

Each year, BAI recognizes outstanding contributions from member volunteers and honors them with the Powerful Mind Award. Last year’s recipient was Gene D’Adamo, vice president of community relations for Republic Media, which operates The Arizona Republic and 12 News.

“We are proud to be involved in such a great organization like Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and are humbled to receive the Powerful Mind Award,” said Bill Lavidge. “The pioneering research being done at BAI is truly groundbreaking and inspiring. We believe there are many deserving candidates for this award and we are grateful for the recognition.”

The Breakthrough Campaign is a collaboration between a team of renowned scientists and clinicians and an outstanding group of individuals, corporations and foundations dedicated to funding the breakthrough that could change lives for generations to come.

“Bill and Julie exemplify the spirit of selflessness and dedication necessary to foster great change and even greater outcomes,” remarked Andy Kramer-Petersen, president and CEO of Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation. “The way they have, for years, rallied around the cause, given of their time and talents, and engaged others in the mission to end Alzheimer’s is admirable and most certainly a powerful reminder of the impact we can all make.”

More information about The BAI Breakthrough and the work being done at BAI can be found at www.banneralz.org.

Through its research and care, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute is dedicated to the goal of ending Alzheimer’s disease without losing another generation. It is helping to launch a new era of Alzheimer’s research – treatment and prevention at the pre-symptomatic stage – and to establish a new comprehensive model of care. Established in 2006 by Banner Health, one of the country’s largest nonprofit health care systems, BAI has a three-fold focus: to conduct revolutionary studies in the detection, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s; to set a national standard of patient and family care; and to forge scientific collaborations that bring together institutions and disciplines internationally.

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Hiller Elected President of Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Joel Hiller, President of the Yavapai Indian Cultural Center, has been elected president of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors.

Hiller will be joined on the executive committee by Vice President: Robert Knight, Tucson Museum of Art; Secretary: Phillip C. Jones, community volunteer and former executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; Treasurer: Dawn Brown, Arizona Business Consulting; Directors at Large: Rick Pfannensteil, Pfocus LLC, and Jeff Rich, Rich-Gillis Law Group.  Also elected to the executive committee were Tom Chapman, retired educator, Advocacy Committee chair; and Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education, Finance Committee chair.

The following new board members were elected to three-year terms:  Laurie Goldstein, Freescale Semiconductor; Charles Goldstein, Emcare; Anne Kleindienst, Polsinelli P.C.; Bernadette Mills, West Valley Arts Council; Maureen O’Brien, Musical Instrument Museum; Vincent VanVleet, Phoenix Theatre; and Michael Vargas, Arizona Public Service.

Four board members were re-elected to serve another three-year term including Chapman; Jennifer Burns, Public Affairs Consulting; Sen. Steve Farley, Arizona State Senate; and Steve Martin, Childsplay.

For more information about Arizona Citizens for the Arts, visit www.azcitizensforthearts.org.

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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

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Experience France at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is celebrating French music and culture with a two-day event. Experience France takes place July 13-14 and features music, activities and a special menu in the museum café that will have visitors feeling like they left the country.

Last year MIM had enormous success with their Bastille Day, which fueled the inspiration to make it a two-day event. “Experience France” is part of MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based Petsmart and Alliance François of Greater Phoenix. The leading message behind the partnership it that music is the language of the soul and the celebration of all the cultural diversities that music portrays.

There will be live performances on both days that are free with general admission. Cécile Hortensia, the Phoenix based singer and songwriter who combines bilingual poetry with music, will be performing songs that celebrate both her French and American heritages. Hortensia will also be performing songs that were made famous by Edith Pief in honor of the 50th anniversary of her passing.

ZAZU, a gypsy-jazz Arizona band, which performs improvisational songs in the spirit of guitarist Django Reinhart. Also performing will be Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix, who will play French masterpieces from the 16th to 20th century on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ.

Guests can take a tour of MIM’s French exhibit and a showcase of French instruments in the Mechanical Music Gallery, by MIM Europe Curator Dr. Kathleen Wiens. The tour is free with admission and will educate guests on music, history and the instruments of France.

Guests can also learn French marching rhythms with a a special installment of MIM’s “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” The class is $12 a person and will highlight French drumming traditions in a fun, family-friendly way. To register for the drumming series, email grouptours@mim.org.

Complete your French experience with French entrees and wine specials at Café Allegro. On the menu are items like Coq au vin, goat cheese quiche, macarpone -and-date filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macarons. Café Allegro will also have specials on Pillsbury wine Viognier and 2012 Chenin Blanc.

Celebrate Bastille Day at the MIM

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix invites the community to learn about and enjoy French music and culture without leaving the Valley at “Experience France.” After the success of MIM’s Bastille Day celebration in 2012, the museum is expanding the event to two days in 2013. On July 13 and 14, MIM will feature music, activities and a menu that will capture the spirit of France and entertain audiences of all ages.

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“Experience France” is the latest installment in MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based PetSmart. The initiative brings the largest specialty pet retailer and the world’s first global musical instrument museum together to highlight musical traditions that celebrate cultural diversities, while reinforcing the museum’s overriding message that music is the language of the soul. “Experience France” is also supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix.

MIM spotlights the music of France with live performances on both days. Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia couples bilingual poetry with intriguing melodies to deliver a performance that seamlessly integrates her French and American heritages. While visiting MIM, she will perform songs made famous by Edith Piaf to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic French singer’s passing. ZAZU, an Arizona band carrying on the tradition of guitarist Django Reinhart, will perform infectious gypsy-jazz tunes that challenge the limitations of traditional improvisation. Additionally, Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix, will re-create French masterpieces that span the 16th to 20th centuries on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ. All performances are free with museum admission.

Hands-on activities are a large part of the “Experience France” event. First, guests will be able to make a red, white and blue paper rosette to show their French spirit. This tricolor badge became a popular symbol of the French Revolution after the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in 1789. Guests are also invited to stop by MIM’s “Try It!” station and have their face painted with a custom design. These activities are free with museum admission.

Each day, MIM’s Europe curator, Dr. Kathleen Wiens, will lead guests through the France exhibit and showcase selected French highlights of the Mechanical Music Gallery. Guests will learn about the music, history and instruments of France, including some fascinating automatons. The guided tour is free with museum admission and will take place at 2:15 p.m. both days.

“MIM is thrilled to offer this unique exploration of French history and culture. Bastille Day is France’s national holiday, celebrated much like our own Independence Day,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “This program provides a great opportunity for guests to learn more about France through engaging activities and musical performances.”

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Guests will have the opportunity to learn some French marching drum rhythms in a special installment of MIM’s monthly “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” This fun, family-friendly session takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and will highlight French drumming traditions and provide plenty of time for making music. The class is not included in general museum admission, and the fee is $12 per person. Advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact grouptours@MIM.org.

Café Allegro will serve a variety of French entrées and beverages, all available for purchase. The menu will include coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), goat-cheese quiche, a mascarpone-and-date-filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macaroons. Café Allegro will also feature wine specials that include a Pillsbury Wine viognier and a 2012 chenin blanc.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.

MIM celebrates music as a sustaining human gift and enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.

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"Experience France" at the Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix invites the community to learn about and enjoy French music and culture without leaving the Valley at “Experience France.” After the success of MIM’s Bastille Day celebration in 2012, the museum is expanding the event to two days in 2013. On July 13 and 14, MIM will feature music, activities and a menu that will capture the spirit of France and entertain audiences of all ages.

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“Experience France” is the latest installment in MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based PetSmart®. The initiative brings the largest specialty pet retailer and the world’s first global musical instrument museum together to highlight musical traditions that celebrate cultural diversities, while reinforcing the museum’s overriding message that music is the language of the soul. “Experience France” is also supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix.

MIM spotlights the music of France with live performances on both days. Phoenix-based French singer-songwriter Cécile Hortensia couples bilingual poetry with intriguing melodies to deliver a performance that seamlessly integrates her French and American heritages. While visiting MIM, she will perform songs made famous by Edith Piaf to honor the 50th anniversary of the iconic French singer’s passing. ZAZU, an Arizona band carrying on the tradition of guitarist Django Reinhart, will perform infectious gypsy-jazz tunes that challenge the limitations of traditional improvisation. Additionally, Dr. James Gerber, music associate for All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Phoenix, will re-create French masterpieces that span the 16th to 20th centuries on MIM’s Rathke “visible” organ. All performances are free with museum admission.

Hands-on activities are a large part of the “Experience France” event. First, guests will be able to make a red, white and blue paper rosette to show their French spirit. This tricolor badge became a popular symbol of the French Revolution after the storming of the Bastille fortress in Paris in 1789. Guests are also invited to stop by MIM’s “Try It!” station and have their face painted with a custom design. These activities are free with museum admission.

Each day, MIM’s Europe curator, Dr. Kathleen Wiens, will lead guests through the France exhibit and showcase selected French highlights of the Mechanical Music Gallery. Guests will learn about the music, history and instruments of France, including some fascinating automatons. The guided tour is free with museum admission and will take place at 2:15 p.m. both days.

“MIM is thrilled to offer this unique exploration of French history and culture. Bastille Day is France’s national holiday, celebrated much like our own Independence Day,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “This program provides a great opportunity for guests to learn more about France through engaging activities and musical performances.”

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Guests will have the opportunity to learn some French marching drum rhythms in a special installment of MIM’s monthly “Get the Beat! World Drumming Series.” This fun, family-friendly session takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and will highlight French drumming traditions and provide plenty of time for making music. The class is not included in general museum admission, and the fee is $12 per person. Advanced registration is recommended. To register, contact grouptours@MIM.org.

Café Allegro will serve a variety of French entrées and beverages, all available for purchase. The menu will include coq au vin (chicken cooked in wine), goat-cheese quiche, a mascarpone-and-date-filled crepe, ham and cheese on a French baguette and macaroons. Café Allegro will also feature wine specials that include a Pillsbury Wine viognier and a 2012 chenin blanc.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit MIM.org or call 480.478.6000.

MIM celebrates music as a sustaining human gift and enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.

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On Our Radar: "Women Who Rock" Exhibition Coming to MIM This Fall

Fans from Wanda Jackson to Taylor Swift (and every awesome female songstress, artist and rock star in between), take notice.

 

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is bringing “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” to Phoenix October 19, 2013 through April 20, 2014. Created by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, this is the world’s first museum exhibition to honor nearly a century of iconic female musicians, and MIM will be the only location in the southwest to host the exhibition. Highlighting more than 70 artists, the exhibition demonstrates how women have been the engines of creation and change in popular music. Guests will see instruments, original handwritten lyrics, stage outfits, concert posters and videos from artists ranging from Wanda Jackson, Janis Joplin and Madonna to Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and more! Admission is $10 for the exhibition only, or $7 when purchased with general museum admission.

 

Detailed pictures coming soon!

 

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Summer Happenings at the MIM

Save the date (s)! Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum has quite a repertoire of special events this summer, including Teacher Appreciation Month in July and the Recycled Orchestra CONCERT in August! Head over to our calendar to see more.

Educator Appreciation Month at MIM: Monday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 31

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) invites Arizona K‒12 educators to explore nearly 6,000 instruments and artifacts from every country in the world for free during the entire month of July. Current Arizona when all AZ teachers, teachers, school and district administrators, registered student teachers, teacher’s aides and homeschool educators will be granted complimentary admission with a school- or district-issued ID, fingerprint clearance card or (for homeschool educators) an affidavit of intent.

Curator’s Choice Lecture Series: 7 p.m. every Thursday in July

MIM is pleased to announce the Curator’s Choice Lecture Series beginning in July. Enjoy engaging, intelligent topics focused on the world of musical instruments and culture that provide opportunities for deeper learning and compelling conversation. Each lecture examines a different topic presented by a MIM curator. Additional information regarding topics and presenters is coming soon. Tickets: Free with museum admission or $7; free for Circle of Friends donors.

Desert Rose Band: 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5

Chris Hilman, John Jorgenson and Herb Pedersen of the original Desert Rose Band perform in a rare “unplugged” reunion show. Their trademark blend of country-rock, bluegrass and honky-tonk produced numerous top 10 and number-one hits, not to mention two nominations for Best Vocal Group of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Tickets: $42.50–$47.50.

Experience France: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., July 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 14

Celebrate French music and culture in honor of Bastille Day! Enjoy live music performances and hands-on activities, shop for French merchandise at the Museum Store and indulge in a French-inspired menu at Café Allegro. This program is sponsored by PetSmart® and supported by Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix. Free with museum admission.

Fanfare Ciocărlia: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18

anfare Ciocărlia is one of the world’s greatest live bands, whose energy and ingenuity have won them fans around the globe. Fanfare’s members proudly approach every concert as a challenge to both entertain audiences and keep the true spirit of gypsy music alive. Fanfare’s musicians take pride in their ability to play as an extremely fast and tight unit, utilizing timpani, trumpets, horns and clarinets. Tickets: $34.50–$42.50.

John Scofield’s Überjam Band: 7 and 9 p.m. Sat., July 20

The eclectic electric guitarist John Scofield left Berklee College of Music about 40 years ago to perform with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Since then, he has found wide success throughout the jazz community. Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose music generally falls somewhere between post-bop, funk-edged jazz and R&B. Tickets: $29.50–$42.50.

Teachers’ Preview Day: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sat., July 20 and 12 – 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21

Educators can take an in-depth look at MIM’s educational offerings for the 2013‒2014 school year during the museum’s Teachers’ Preview Days on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21. Programming will include information about field trips (both docent-led and self-guided tour options), pre- and post-visit curricula and Artist Residency Programs. The preview days will also feature a performance by the Kawambe-Omowale African Drum and Dance Theatre, one of the 2013‒2014 Artists in Residence; light refreshments; the opportunity to tour MIM’s galleries; and a preview of MIM’s two new school-tour options. To register, visit zoomerang.com. Seating for the Teachers’ Preview Days is limited, so register early. Free for Arizona K‒12 educators, administrators, principals, registered student teachers and homeschool educators.

RUNA: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25

This vocal and instrumental ensemble draws on the diverse musical backgrounds of its members and offers a refreshing approach to traditional and contemporary Celtic music. Tickets: $18.50-$24.50

Save the Date: The Recycled Orchestra Visits MIM: Thursday, August 8 – Saturday, August 10

Members of the Recycled Orchestra, a remarkable youth group from Paraguay that plays instruments made from trash, will visit MIM in August. MIM currently features eight of the group’s unique instruments in an exhibit in the Latin America gallery. While at MIM, the group will perform in two concerts in MIM Music Theater and participate in workshops with local students. The final schedule for the orchestra’s visit will be available in the coming weeks.

Click here to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Celebrate Summer With Latest Series From Musical Instrument Museum

With summer fast approaching, Musical Instrument Museum celebrates the season with a series that brings big names such as iconic hipster Rickie Lee Jones and folk singer Tom Rush to the Valley. The museum will also put the spotlight on the culture of India with live music and exhibit talks that guarantee a good time for all ages.

Doc Severinsen and the San Miguel Five

Wednesday, May 1, 7-9 p.m.

Tickets: $37.50-$47.50

The vivacious trumpeter and bandleader Doc Severinsen leads the San Miguel Five in an evening of sophisticated Latin rhythms and jazz. It is virtuoso classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus some great movie music and gypsy jazz, à la Django Reinhardt. Together with guitarist (and co-leader) Gil Gutiérrez, Doc has crafted an innovative and exciting program.

David Bromberg

Friday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $37.50-$42.50

David Bromberg is a master’s master, a string wizard whose virtuosity led him to be a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan (“New Morning,” “Self Portrait,” “Dylan”), Link Wray, the Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson and Carly Simon. He’s played with everyone and he’s toured everywhere. He can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with solo acoustic blues. Over time, Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, grew to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music.

Experience India

Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5

Tickets: Free with museum admission

Save the date for Experience India. See performances by local and international artists, make your own ankle rattle, and participate in a drumming workshop! This weekend will also feature a presentation on Indian musical instruments by ASU’s Dr. Ted Solis, a program made possible by the Arizona Humanities Council. More details available soon.

Lecture: The World on a String: Indian Musical Instruments in Cultural Context by Dr. Ted Solis, Arizona State University

Saturday, May 4, 2-3 p.m.

Tickets: Free with museum admission

Discover the vivid panorama of the colorful history of the Indian subcontinent in a presentation through instruments by Dr. Ted Solis.

Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt

Saturday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$37.50

Simone Dinnerstein, a Juilliard-trained classical pianist, and Tift Merritt, a singer-songwriter whose father taught her to play piano and guitar by ear, join forces for the first time in “Night,” a unique collaboration uniting the classical, folk and rock worlds, exploring common terrain, and uncovering new musical landscapes. When the two met, they immediately realized that their passion for music and performance was kindred, if not the same.

Lecture: The World on a String: Indian Musical Instruments in Cultural Context by Dr. Ted Solis, Arizona State University

Sunday, May 5, 2-3 p.m.

Tickets: Free with museum admission

Discover the vivid panorama of the colorful history of the Indian subcontinent through musical instruments in a presentation by Dr. Ted Solis.

Sara Watkins

Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $22.50-$27.50

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and fiddle player Sara Watkins first came to prominence in the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling bluegrass-hybrid band Nickel Creek. She’s just released “Sun Midnight Sun,” her second solo album, and has been a frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

La Santa Cecilia

Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $19.50-$27.50

La Santa Cecilia is a Los Angeles‒based Mexican American band that exemplifies the modern-day creative hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music by utilizing Pan-American rhythms like cumbia, bossa nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz, rock and klezmer music.

R. Carlos Nakai & Will Clipman

Saturday, May 11, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $32.50-$37.50

Tucson-based multi-instrumentalist R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. A cultural anthropologist of Navajo-Ute descent, he began his musical studies on the trumpet but his musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. Nakai is a traditionalist who views his cultural heritage not only as a source of inspiration, but also as a dynamic continuum of natural change, growth, and adaptation subject to expressive needs. He creates original compositions that capture the essence of his heritage in highly personalized ways.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole

Sunday, May 12, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $32.50-$37.50

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is a five-time Nā Hōkū Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner and is considered “the voice of Hawaii’s new generation.” Heir to seven generations of culture borne by the esteemed Kanaka’ole family of the Big Island, he carries the mantle proudly with ancient oli (chant) traditions, modern melodies, and original mele (songs) in a powerful mix of music that speaks to the heart and to the soul.

I Am AZ Music: Extreme Acoustic Guitar

Monday, May 13, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $15

Jake Allen, Bill Dutcher, Duffy King and Anthony Mazzella bring their jaw-dropping talents to MIM Music Theater for an evening of acoustic guitar music that is sure to leave you spellbound.

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Wednesday, May 15, 7-9 p.m.

Tickets: $52.50-$62.50

Just in case you are not familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he is the premier banjo player in the world. Others claim that he has virtually reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Fleck, you know that he just loves to play the banjo and put it into unique settings.

Marcia Ball

Friday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$37.50

2012 Grammy-nominee Marcia Ball is a living example of how East Texas blues meets southwest Louisiana swamp rock, as Rolling Stone described, “Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry … her songs ring with emotional depth.”

Tom Rush

Sunday, May 19, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$37.50

Tom Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound; artists ranging from Tom Petty and Emmylou Harris to Garth Brooks have named him one of their major influences. He helped shape the folk revival in the 1960s and the renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s, and his return to touring a few years ago has brought him to a new generation of fans.

Carla Morrison

Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$37.59

Morrison is a Mexican singer-songwriter whose powerful vocals and heart-wrenching lyrics have earned her two Latin Grammy Awards and multiple Latin Grammy nominations. ABC News called her “Mexico’s answer to Adele.”

Get the Beat! World Drumming Series: Rhythms of Asia

Saturday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $12 per class; museum admission may be purchased separately

Join the circle and get the beat! Frank Thompson, founder of AZ Rhythm Connection, offers a chance to experience community drumming for all levels, from absolute beginners to enthusiastic professionals. Each fun, relaxing, and family-friendly session will highlight a new culture or genre, plus provide plenty of time for making music and jam sessions. Guest artists and MIM curators will stop in to demonstrate or share information about instruments, cultures, or rhythms. Bring your own drum or use one provided. To register, please contact Annabel Rimmer at 480-245-6919 or grouptours@MIM.org.

Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band

Saturday, May 25, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $27.50-$32.50

Best known for her seductive 1970s pop staple “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur has since become an acclaimed interpreter of American roots music: blues, early jazz, gospel, and New Orleans music, with her Bluesiana Band.

Jane Monheit

Wednesday, May 29, 7-9 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$42.50

Praised for her exceptional sultry jazz vocals, Grammy-nominee Jane Monheit electrifies critics and audiences with her expressive interpretation, tone, and poise. The Guardian of London said: “Monheit decorates a melody, lights up a lyric, but never loses the essential thread of the song itself.”

Joy Kills Sorrow

Thursday, May 30, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $17.50-$22.50

Bringing together a national flat-picking guitar champion, a Béla Fleck‒inflected banjoist, a young mandolin dazzler, and a John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner with a haunting voice, Joy Kills Sorrow is a modern American string band with an indie rock sensibility.

Rickie Lee Jones: My Life in Words and Music

Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $42.50-$57.50

Rickie Lee Jones, the iconic hipster, defined a laid-back style along with her then boyfriend, Tom Waits, and when she told everyone that “Chuck E.’s in Love,” the world fell for her. Her 2012 release of deconstructed rock classics, “The Devil You Know,” got rave reviews. “Rickie Lee Jones has made a career out of surprising people. She takes on these iconic tracks fearlessly and never disappoints,” said National Public Radio.

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PHOENIX FASHION WEEK PRESENTS MIM ROCKS FASHION MARCH 29

Phoenix Fashion Week kicks off its 2013 series of events this month by teaming up with the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) for the fourth-annual MIM Rocks Fashion spring showcase on Friday, March 29. Presented by Scottsdale-based Focal Point Salon, MIM Rocks Fashion serves as a music-themed tribute to top stylists from Phoenix to Tucson and showcases on-trend spring fashions from a talented lineup of designers and boutiques.

MIkel Florman Coleccion (54)“Phoenix Fashion Week is thrilled to host its fourth installment of MIM Rocks Fashion,” said Brian Hill, executive director for Phoenix Fashion Week. “Music inspires fashion in so many ways and MIM Rocks Fashion showcases what’s hot in fashion and in music right now.”

Starting at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, guests at MIM will be treated to a meet and greet mixer, trendy spring fashions and classic designer styles. The interactive fashion show will be featured along with entertainment by a special musical guest, followed by an after party. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the M.U.S.I.C. Foundation of Arizona, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization supporting music and youth programs in Arizona.

Special guest Bri Seeley, PHXFW 2012 Designer of the Year will be on hand from Seattle to launch her spring 2013 Escape collection for MIM Rocks Fashion before its April debut on Zappos.com.

Photo by Trudgephoto Photography

Photo by Trudgephoto Photography

“After winning the Designer of the Year title, the winning package continues to give me amazing opportunities to showcase my collections,” Seeley said.

The other top brands are: Clothes Minded, ENVY by Khanh, Divaz Boutique and Amir’s La Voûte. Each will be showcasing fourteen runway looks conceived by notable Arizona based stylists set to the sounds of internationally-renowned DJ Q and performances by the night’s special musical guest.

Tickets are available to the public and can be purchased online at mimrocksfashion2013.eventbrite.com

Where: Musical Instrument Museum (Main Courtyard) 4725 East Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

How much: $30 for general admission and $100 for front row VIP. All tickets include access to official after party.

When: Friday, March 29th

  • Doors open, 7:00 p.m. – Fashionable “swag bags” to the first 100 guests
  • Meet the designers, stylists, media and attendees, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Fashion show, 8:30p.m.
  • After party, 9:30 p.m.
Girls on the Run (1)

Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give.

Why?

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need.

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online giving initiative on March 20.

“For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

Nonprofit Participation

Among the nearly 850 nonprofits participating in this event are several from around the Scottsdale and surrounding area, including:

Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, Foothills Food Bank, HopeKids, Wild At Heart, Yes You Have A Choice/Sofia’s House, Project Linus, Bucket List Foundation, Go Green Now Foundation, Inc., Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Helping Hands, Inc., Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Childhelp, Cortney’s Place, Devereux Arizona, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Feeding Matters, Foothills Animal Rescue, Four Seasons Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hope Village, ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, New Way Academy, notMYkid, Oasis Sanctuary Foundation LTD, Partners In Action, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc, Reigning Grace Ranch, Scottsdale, Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, Singleton Moms, Square One Inc., The Berceli Foundation, The New Foundation, The Purple Society, The Welcome to America Project, Tourette Syndrome Association of Arizona, Inc., Tumbleweed, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Waste Not, Inc., Safe Haven for Animals

How to Participate

Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the www.AZGives.org. Then help spread the word by joining the movement on Facebook and Twitter.

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!

1. On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org

2. Click on “Donate”

3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide!

Altan

Explore Celtic Culture at Musical Instrument Museum “Experience Ireland”

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “Experience Ireland,” a two-day event at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) exploring the rich traditions of Ireland on March 16 and March 17.

Ireland1Many Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year, but they may not have the opportunity to learn about Irish culture in a meaningful and authentic way,” said Carly Ofsthun, education manager at MIM. “We are excited to host a family-friendly celebration that allows the community to learn about the traditions of Ireland with hands-on activities and engaging performances.”

Throughout the weekend, MIM will feature live dance performances, live traditional Celtic and Welsh music, Irish folk music, craft activities, exhibit tours and Irish food and beverage at the Cafe at MIM.

The weekend’s schedule of live performances include:

Saturday

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m: Maguire Academy of Irish Dance

2 p.m: Exhibit tour of Irish and Irish American musical culture

2:30 p.m: Get the Beat! World Drumming Series (Advanced registration recommended)

Sunday

11 a.m. Tramor (project of John Good) Celtic and Welsh Music

12 p.m. Tramor (project of John Good) Celtic and Welsh music

1 p.m: Exhibit tour of Irish and Irish American musical culture

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m: Maguire Academy of Irish Dance

6 p.m: Altan (worldwide Irish folk and traditional music group)

8 p.m: Altan (worldwide Irish folk and traditional music group)

Please visit mim.org or call 480-478-6000 for more museum and event information.

MIM is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.

Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222
phxart.org
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
heard.org
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-ARTS (2787)
smoca.org
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.


Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
pimaair.org
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

 

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

musical instrument museum

January 2013 Concerts & Events At Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum has a slew of events planned throughout January — from kid-friendly events and its Music In Motion series to performances by the ASU Dixie Devils and its winter/spring concert series.

January 2013 Concert & Events at MIM:

Mini Tour: Christmas Sports and the Junkanoo Festival

  • Friday, January 4 | 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Join a docent-led mini tour featuring the colorful instruments and traditions of Christmas Sports and the Junkanoo Festival in the Caribbean.

Museum Encounter: Desert Ridge Music Academy Steel Drum Band

  • Friday, January 4 | 11:30 a.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Members of Desert Ridge Music Academy, a steel-drum band, will play selections of calypso music and more.

Family Day: New Year’s Jazz Masquerade

  • Saturday, January 5 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • This family-friendly day will be full of the vibrant sights and sounds of American jazz and Caribbean masquerade traditions. Enjoy mini tours, make drums from recycled materials, create festive masquerade masks, participate in a jazzy story time, and march (or dance) into 2013 by joining a performance with the ASU Dixie Devils.

Costume and Instrument Craft

  • Saturday, January 5 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Use recycled materials to make unique instruments and costumes inspired by the sights and sounds of the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival.

Story Time: The Jazz Fly

  • Saturday, January 5 | 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., & noon
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Listen to the story of “The Jazz Fly,” by Matthew Gollub. Learn the importance of improvisation and listening to new sounds. A MIM docent will help bring the story to life with simple interactive activities. The program is best for ages 3–6. Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Please check in for story time at the Family Center and the Experience Gallery.

Family-Friendly Mini Tour: The Bahamas and the Junkanoo Festival

  • Saturday, January 5 | Noon & 3:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Take a short, family-friendly tour featuring the colorful and festive Junkanoo tradition of the Bahamas. Learn about its origin and the customs and costumes associated with it.

Museum Encounter: Join in the Parade with the ASU Dixie Devils!

  • Saturday, January 5 | 12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Don’t miss out on the fun as the ASU Dixie Devils get down with some early jazz and Dixieland music. This all-star ensemble is composed of ASU undergraduate, graduate, and alumni musicians from the School of Music at the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Be sure to join them in a short parade where participants can play and model their Junkanoo crafts and show some New Year’s spirit!

World Community Drum Circle Workshop: Indian Sounds

  • Saturday, January 5 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12 (museum admission may be purchased separately)
  • Join the circle! In each class, Frank Thompson, founder of AZ Rhythms, offers a chance to experience community drumming for all levels, from absolute beginners to enthusiastic professionals. This month, the fun, relaxing and family-friendly session will focus on the sounds of India and a special artist will stop in to demonstrate, share and provide guidance on Indian rhythms and instruments. As always, there will be plenty time for making music.  Bring your own drum or use one provided.

Evan ShinnersEvan Shinners

  • Saturday, January 5 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50
  • Preconceptions of how Bach should be played fly out the window with the wildly talented pianist and 2010 Juilliard graduate Evan Shinners. His compilation of two live, unedited performances recorded at Juilliard and Rockefeller University last spring, called “@bach,” bursts with raw musicality, spontaneous and calculated virtuosity, and an ebullient energy. Shinners connects with today’s audiences in a way that has seldom been seen for a classical artist. Shinners can play anything from classical to jazz, from ragtime to Billy Joel. He is an avid performer of his own original music, influenced by Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac. But it’s his special affection for Bach that drives his career.

Museum Encounter: World Holiday Tour with the Desert Echoes Flute Project

  • Sunday, January 6 | 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • The Desert Echoes Flute Project, directed by Christina Steffen, will perform holiday music from around the world. The 23-member group features flutes of all shapes and sizes, from the piccolo to the unusual contrabass flute. The Desert Echoes Flute Project is sponsored by the Music Department of Mesa Community College.

musical instrument museumMax Carl: Songs, Souls & Stories

  • Sunday, January 6 | 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50
  • Don’t miss Max Carl’s one-man show at the MIM Music Theater. Carl will perform a variety of pieces using a number of instruments, including fifes, drums, pianos, accordions, harmonicas, mandolins, and guitars. Carl’s show is a sharing of what he learned from James Brown, as well as what he absorbed from living in the South, and from traveling and playing in every state in America. He has recorded with Dusty Springfield, Bette Midler, Cher, Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, Elton John, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Rod Stewart, Bad Company, Richard Marx, and many others. His songs have been recorded by Bette Midler, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, Huey Lewis, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Brian White, .38 Special, as well as other major musicians. Carl has been on the road with Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, Donnie Van Zant and .38 Special, and Grand Funk Railroad.

Arizona Opera Up Close Series: An Evening with Craig Bohmler and Friends

  • Wednesday, January 9 | 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $32.50 – $37.50
  • Composer and pianist Craig Bohmler makes his first appearance at MIM with Arizona Opera’s Resident Artists for an evening of this composer’s original works and musical inspirations. Time Magazine called Bohmler “clever,” while the London Times says he’s “polished and snappy.” Don’t miss this very special performance.

Lucinda Williams, musical instrument museumLucinda Williams

  • Friday, January 11 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $52.50 – $62.50
  • This will be a rare and intimate solo performance by one of the country’s most celebrated songwriters. Multiple Grammy-winner Lucinda Williams is one of American music’s most uncompromising and consistently fascinating writers and performers. Over the course of her four-decade recording career, the Louisiana-born singer has moved through the dust-bowl starkness of her 1978 debut “Ramblin’” (recorded on the fly with a mere $250 budget) to the stately elegance of 2007’s “West” (which Vanity Fair called the “record of a lifetime”) to last year’s “Blessed,” which AllMusic calls one of her finest recordings to date.

Connie EvingsonJohn Jorgenson’s Gypsy Jazz Quintet with Special Guest Connie Evingson

  • Saturday, January 12 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $29.50 – $37.50
  • Although John Jorgenson is renowned in the pop, country, and rock world, gypsy jazz is the style of music closest to his heart. After cofounding the Desert Rose Band with Chris Hillman as well as the virtuosic guitar trio, the Hellecasters, followed by scores of A-list recording sessions and six years of touring with Elton John as a featured musician on acoustic and electric guitars, saxophone, pedal steel, mandolin, and vocals, Jorgenson created what is generally considered America’s best gypsy-jazz band. Because of his international reputation as a gypsy-jazz player, Jorgenson was tapped to portray Django Reinhardt in the Charlize Theron feature film, “Head in the Clouds.” Vocalist Connie Evingson will join Jorgenson’s quintet in a special MIM preview of the new album they’ve just recorded together.

Classical Jazz Connections: A Lecture-Recital with Pianist Stuart Isacoff

  • Sunday, January 13 | 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $19.50 – $24.50
  • Stuart Isacoff is an award-winning writer on the arts, pianist, and composer with one foot in the classical world and the other in jazz. Don’t miss this this special performance and lecture.

Kronos QuartetKronos Quartet

  • Monday, January 14 | 7 p.m.
    Tuesday, January 15 | 7 p.m.
  • Tickets: $47.50 – $67.50
  • Having sold more than 1.5 million records and with more than 3,000 performances, Kronos Quartet is one of the world’s most renowned string quartets. They are the only recipients of both the Polar Music Prize and the Avery Fisher Prize, two of the most prestigious awards given to musicians. The group’s other awards include a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance (2004) and as “Musicians of the Year” (2003) from Musical America. The ensemble’s origin dates back to 1973 in Seattle, Washington, although it is now based in San Francisco, California. Having worked with masters ranging from Shostakovich and Webern to jazz legends Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman, Kronos performs work that is adventurous as it is inspiring. Their dedication and commitment to new music is matched by their in-depth collaborations with many of the world’s foremost composers.

Music in Motion: Future Loves Past

  • Thursday, January 17 | 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission or $7 for performance only
  • Groove to the sounds of Arizona under the stars and take a musical journey around the world in MIM’s galleries! “Future Loves Past somehow combines indie rock, psychedelia, Americana, outright folk music, country embellishments, a touch of British invasion and hints of 1970s classic rock with flourishes of ‘80s synth work … the aural amazement at their shows can’t be denied in any capacity.” – Mitchell L. Hillman, JAVA Magazine

Leo KottkeLeo Kottke

  • Thursday, January 17 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $37.50 – $42.50
  • Armed with his humor and wit, his idiosyncratic tunings and charmingly scratchy voice, and a twelve-string guitar technique that has amazed and pleased for nearly 40 years, Leo Kottke makes his debut at MIM. When he released his first album on legendary guitar player John Fahey’s Tacoma label, there were no photos or cover. Many listeners assumed it was John Fahey doing a 12-string album under an assumed name, because that level of technique and musicianship seemed unlikely from an unknown artist. Those questions have long since faded and Kottke himself has become one of the world’s revered masters.

Jose Feliciano

  • Friday, January 18 |7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: $52.50 – $62.50 (7 p.m.)
    $47.50 – $57.50 (9 p.m.)
  • Jose Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as “the greatest living guitarist.” Referred to as “the Picasso of his Realm,” Jose Feliciano’s accomplishments are highly celebrated. He’s been awarded over 45 Gold and Platinum records; he has won 19 Grammy nominations, earning nine Grammy Awards, including the LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Spanish BrassSpanish Brass

  • Saturday, January 19 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $27.50 – $32.50
  • Founded in 1989, Spanish Brass rose to the top of its genre in 1996 when it won the Narbonne International Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world. In the past two decades, Spanish Brass (also known as “Spanish Brass Luur Metalls”) has established itself as one of the world’s finest brass quintets, often mentioned in the same breath as the Canadian Brass and the Empire Brass Quintet. Always maintaining the highest artistic standards, the ensemble is known for its virtuosity as well as the wide variety of its programs. Each of their concerts—from Hong Kong to New York, from Krakow to Verona, and from Kiev to Lisbon—confirms their special ability to delight their ever-growing legions of fans and admirers.

Marc CohnMarc Cohn

  • Saturday, January 20 | 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $37.50 – $47.50 (6 p.m.)
    $32.50 – $42.50 (8:30 p.m.)
  • As a singer-songwriter, Grammy winner Marc Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and he’s able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. Powerful stories with meaningful lyrics have been his hallmark since his debut album, which yielded classic songs such as “Walking in Memphis” and “Silver Thunderbird.” In 2007, he released one of his most critically acclaimed albums, “Join the Parade,” featuring hit single “Listening to Levon.” His latest, “Listening Booth: 1970,” features beautifully reimagined classics from the 1970s. He finds the emotional essence in vintage songs by Lennon and McCartney, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, Smokey Robinson, and more, transforming them into tracks that are warm, soulful, more than a little sexy, and full of easy-going charm.

Get a little bit louder now! The Science of Sound at MIM

  • Friday, January 25 | 6 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Enjoy a night out at MIM and celebrate the SciTech Festival with an evening full of events planned especially for adults. Programs focus on the science of sound and include a rare tour of MIM’s Conservation Lab and a Gallery Walk featuring the fascinating music and engineering of mechanical instruments. Other programs encourage you to discover unique electric instruments, explore the science of sound with some hands-on experiments, and enjoy a beverage while listening to some great local music. Specialty sodas, beer, and wine will be available for purchase at the MIM Café.

Jorma KaukonenJorma Kaukonen

  • Saturday, January 26 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: $37.50 – $42.50
  • In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. Kaukonen is best known as a founding member of two legendary bands: Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. He has proven himself to be the stuff legends are made of as a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he operates in southeastern Ohio.

Arizona School for the Arts: Guitar Ensemble

  • Sunday, January 27 | 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: Free with museum admission
  • Please join the ASA Advanced Guitar Ensemble, a group of talented young musicians from grades eight to 12 from Arizona School for the Arts, as they perform selections and arrangements from the classical-guitar ensemble repertoire both old and new.

International Guitar Night

  • Sunday, January 27 | 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
  • Tickets: $34.50 – $38.50 (7 p.m.)
    $25.50 – $29.50 (9 p.m.)
  • International Guitar Night (IGN) was founded in 1995 as a forum for the world’s finest guitarists/composers to play their latest original songs and share musical ideas and talent with their peers. This year, IGN’s 12th North American tour features Martin Taylor, Solorazaf, Guinga, and Brian Gore. IGN founder and San Francisco guitar poet Brian Gore has a reputation as one of the most interesting and influential performers of “the next generation” in acoustic guitar. British jazz guitarist Martin Taylor has recorded more than 25 albums and enjoyed a musical career spanning more than thirty years. Solorazaf is a French-Malagasy guitarist and singer who has toured with legendary artists such as Miriam Makeba and Nina Simone. Latin Grammy-nominated guitarist and composer Guinga is widely considered to be Brazil’s most innovative songwriter and foremost guitarist.

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org

 

Taylor Swift, Photo: Flickr, avrilllllla

Special Artist Exhibit At MIM To Honor Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Exhibit: Banjo“We, are never ever, ever, getting back together!” sings Taylor Swift on her newest smash hit. With its fun, bubblegum-pop feel and easy-to-memorize lyrics, it is no wonder why Miss Swift has hit another homerun on the pop charts and radio waves. It would seem these days that fans just can’t get enough of the doe-eyed, blonde beauty as they await the impending release of her fourth studio album “Red.”

However, fans everywhere can rejoice as the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix has a special surprise for people who love all things Swift-related. MIM is proud to announce the opening of a Taylor Swift exhibit in its artist gallery. The gallery will open on October 20, two days before the release of her new album, and will honor the artist’s achievements in the music industry.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The exhibit is divided into two sections, with the first detailing the beginning of Swift’s career. This section will showcase various milestones, such as when Swift began playing guitar and writing songs, to when she released her very first single, “Tim McGraw,” off her self-titled debut album. Some of the objects that will be on display include her handwritten lyrics for the song “Tim McGraw” and her signature, six-string acoustic guitar and cowboy boots that were featured in the single’s music video.Taylor Swift Exhibit

The second section will tell the story of Swift’s rise to super-stardom, demonstrated through the use of instruments, stage wear and set pieces from her “Speak Now” World Tour. The artifacts that will be on display for this part of the exhibit include various instruments used during the world tour, such as a Deering banjo, a Leilani ukulele and her sparkling-red Gibson Les Paul electric guitar that she played during performances of her hit-single “Mine.” The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large prop bell and interactive set piece that was used during performances of her song “Haunted.”

MIM President and Director, Dr. Bill DeWalt, is excited for the new artist gallery and hopes that fans see the extent of Swift’s talents when viewing each part section of Swift’s career.

Taylor Swift Exhibit“Not only is Taylor Swift one of the most successful musical artists in the world,” DeWalt said in a press release, “she is also a multi-instrumentalist and an extraordinarily talented songwriter. We are honored to showcase some of the important artifacts from Swift’s career, and we hope this exhibit inspires our guests of all ages to play an instrument and make their own music.”

To celebrate the addition to MIM’s artist gallery, the museum will host fun activities for visitors during the gallery’s opening weekend (October 20-21). Guests can participate in a songwriting workshop with the Arizona Songwriters Association, watch Taylor Swift music videos in the MIM Music Theater and listen to students from Rock ‘n’ Roll High School sing songs from the singer’s music catalog — just to name a few exciting events.

For more information regarding the Musical Instrument Museum’s Taylor Swift exhibit and a complete list of activities, please visit mim.org.

If You Go: Taylor Swift Exhibit Opening Weekend

When: Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Tickets: Free with museum admission
Contact: (480) 478-6000
Online: mim.org
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"Tree of Life" at the Musical Instrument Museum

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration At The Musical Instrument Museum

Thanks to a recent contribution and sponsorship from PetSmart of $50,000, the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) and PetSmart have launched a new series of cultural programming titled “Unity Through Diversity,” which aims to celebrate diverse cultures from around the globe, highlighting musical traditions.

The program began with the Fiestas Patrias celebration, which kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month. Fiestas Patrias was held September 15 and 16, which, in 1810, was when Mexico gained independence from Spain.

Continuing through the month of September, visitors will have a chance to view exhibits, sample Hispanic foods and attend concerts in the state-of-the-art, 300-seat Musical Theater.

"Tree of Life" at the Musical Instrument MuseumOn September 22 and 23, visitors can also take part in a guided tour of the Mexico and “Tree of Life” exhibit and the Peru exhibit — as well as view the “Tree of Life” — where attendees will learn about the instruments in display as well as the culture of the people who used them. The Mexico and “Tree of Life” tour will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the Peru tour will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tours are free with museum admission.

And in the Museum Theater on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 p.m., don’t miss out on a performance from Plena Libre, a 12-piece Puerto Rican-based group of musicians who have not only received four Grammy nominations, but have also been named as a significant movement in Puerto Rican music. Tickets range from $37.50 to $42.50 and can be purchased on MIM’s website.

For more information about MIM’s Unity Through Diversity series, visit themim.org.

Top 5 Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-252-8848
heard.org
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.


Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-ARTS (2787)
smoca.org
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.


Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-478-6000
themim.org
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-257-1222
phxart.org
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
520-574-0462
pimaair.org
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Phoenix Fashion Week, Emerging Designers

Emerging Designers Compete For Phoenix Fashion Week's "Designer of the Year 2012"

Phoenix Fashion Week’s emerging designers were announced at the Emerging Designer Experiment, all of whom will have the opportunity to launch their brand at the 8th annual Phoenix Fashion Week on October 3-6, 2012


In shelter of the Founder’s Room in the Musical Instruments Museum’s sleek, architecturally modern structure, Phoenix Fashion Week hosted its annual event, Emerging Designer Experiment, sponsored by Balluun.com, Focal Point Salon and Zappos.com.

The event, created by Phoenix Fashion Week’s (PHXFW) executive director, Brian Hill, showcased a select group of up-and-coming designers ― all of which were discovered during PHXFW’s seven-city domestic tour, including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Flagstaff and Tucson, Ariz.

These designers will not only have the opportunity to launch their brand at the eighth annual Phoenix Fashion Week on October 3-6, 2012, but also compete for a $10,000 prize package of goods and services to help further launch their brand.

Past winners Joanna de’Shay of Black Russian Label (2009) and Jeanne Hankerson of SJ Couture (2010) were special guest speakers, offering encouraging words and insight into their own ups and downs of their respective fashion journey.

Fashion lovers in attendance were able to vote for the best brand in each of in the following categories: “Best Design,” Coolest Brand Message,” “I Would Buy Them Tonight,” and “Most Likely To Succeed.” The official results will be posted up on the Phoenix Fashion Week website within the next few days, which you can check out here: phoenixfashionweek.com

Emerging designers competing for “Designer of the Year 2012″:

Bri Seeley

Phoenix Fashion WeekBri Seeley Designs
briseeley.com

“Quality, classic fashion. Contemporary and unique garments created with great care and attention.” – Bri Seeley Designs

Seeley discovered her niche for fashion at a young age. While obtaining her master’s diploma in fashion design from Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy, she developed a love for historic fashion and draws upon this for inspiration. Seeley’s creations are described as intriguing, wearable, sassy and versatile.


Phoenix Fashion WeekKhanh Nguyen

ENVY by Khanh
envybykhanh.com

“Make them feel it.” – ENVY by Khanh

Equipped with a bachelor of fine arts from the Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts at Arizona State University, and a love for fashion, drawing and sketching, Nguyen plans to showcase his unique style through his fashion line. Simplicity, elegance and asymmetry define the brand.


Phoenix Fashion WeekEYE Thread

eyethread.com (website coming soon)


JHaus

Premium Denim Inspired by American Roots
jhausbrand.com

JHause is an authentic brand that represents strength and durability. The brand’s main focus is on its denim line and denim couture.


Phoenix Fashion WeekLiving Dreams

livingdreams.bigcartel.com

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Living Dreams

Living Dreams is all about inspiring people to chase after their dream ― and make dreams reality. The brand is notorious for its novelty t-shirts with positive quotes/messages, funny sayings, cool photos and palm trees.


Phoenix Fashion WeekOfra Aricha

Ofra Style
ofrastyle.com

Ofra’s brand is all about contemporary clothes that promote a woman’s sense of style and self. Originally from Israel, Aricha studied fashion and has degrees in art and photography. Her experience in the industry is as extensive as 20 years.


Phoenix Fashion WeekPaulie Gibbson

Paulie Gibson Design
pauliegibson.com

“Bottom line, be who you are and love every minute of it!” – Paulie Gibbson

After completing his degree in design/product development from Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, Gibbson spent time studying design, art and the history of costume in Paris, France. He has acquired 12 years experience working in the fashion industry. Gibbson’s inspiration for his brand is a contradiction between masculine and feminine.


Phoenix Fashion WeekSamantha Patterson

shop.samanthapatterson.com

“…to make what is traditional malleable by infusing classic rhythm with subtle innovations.” – Samantha Patterson

Upon graduating from FIDM in Los Angeles, Patterson immediately began working on her very own clothing line. Patterson’s brand aims to provide fashion-forward garments with modest silhouettes.


Phoenix Fashion WeekBrooke Alicia

Sew Twisted Designs
sewtwisteddesigns.com

Sew Twisted mission statement: To provide the everyday mother, businesswoman, student, homemaker, and indeed every woman, with dramatic and unique apparel for their everyday lives. Sew Twisted has clothes for every possible occasion, as well as an assortment of hats and hair accessories.


Phoenix Fashion WeekShawl Dawls

shawldawls.com

“Shawl Dawls is versatile fashion for the everyday woman that is Comfortable. Classy. Convertible.” – Shawl Dawls

Shawl Dawls offers a large assortment of fashionable shawls in a variety of colors and patterns, all suited for the modern day, stylish woman. Shawl Dawls’ mission is, “to invite and inspire women of all ages to be creative with their fashion through versatile and modern pieces that exude sophisticated confidence and effortless beauty.”


Phoenix Fashion WeekSuzanne Lay

suzannelay.com

“Bright colors. Bold looks. Enviable style.” – Suzanne Lay Designs

Based in St. Louis, Lay finds her brand’s inspiration by the power and emotion of music. Lay’s line first launched in 2009 and has been described as chic, effortless, sexy and alluring.


So which designer is YOUR favorite?
Cast your vote in our poll (scroll up, and on the right)!

For more information on becoming a part of PHXFW or any other information regarding the event, visit phoenixfashionweek.com.

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, AZ

The Musical Instrument Museum: The Museum You Hear

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) located in North Phoenix has quickly become one of the must-see attractions in the Valley. Robert Ulrich, former CEO of Target Corporation and founder of MIM, was inspired to build the museum after his trip to a musical instrument museum in Brussels, Belgium.

Getting to the MIM is quite easy if you know where you’re going. But for first time visitors, it’s oddly easy to miss the 190,000-square-foot building. Right off the 101 near the Desert Ridge Marketplace, this museum’s modern architecture compliments the desert surroundings.

Upon entering MIM, the quiet stillness of a typical museum makes you feel like you may be in the wrong spot. That is, until the grand piano in the lobby and the over-sized guitars hanging from the ceiling give away that this isn’t an ordinary museum.

And the minute you’re handed the audio headset to guide your journey, you know you’re in the right spot.

Broken up into geographical exhibits, the museum takes you on a tour of instruments from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, to Africa and more —  but in no particular order. The audio headsets do not lead you, but instead assist your experience at the museum.

As you walk up to instruments and exhibits, the headset immediately switches over to playing music of the exhibit you are facing. Some exhibits include flat-screen televisions that display the way these instruments are played.

But the MIM isn’t all “look but don’t touch.” Heading downstairs, you will find the Experience Gallery that gives guests the opportunity to play some of the most unique and bizarre instruments in the world. Whether I was banging on a 10-foot gong or picking at a European harp, the hands-on gallery was one of the most popular galleries in the museum.

And right next to the Experience Gallery is the other most popular gallery in the museum. The Artist Gallery hosts instruments from famous musicians; whether it’s John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano or Eric Clapton’s guitar “brownie,” the gallery had me in complete awe.

Make sure to bring some extra cash, too! The cafe on the first floor of the museum features meals from nearly every part of the world.

From field trips to tourists to musicians to Arizona residents, the Musical Instrument Museum is an attraction I will continue to recommend to visit while in the city.

For more information about the Musical Instrument Museum, visit themim.org.

Check out our video about the Musical Instrument Museum.

Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale

Experience The Musical Instrument Museum [VIDEO]

Music aficionados and enthusiasts, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is the place for you. From the musical roots of Africa to the current-day music legends, such as John Lennon and Carlos Santana, the Musical Instrument Museum covers everything, from nearly every corner of the world — educating you on the history of musical instruments.

With just your headset, explore different parts of the world, including Africa/Middle East, Asia/Oceania, Latin America and the Caribbean, United States/Canada and Europe. As you approach each display, music plays on your headset, and you’re instantly in a different land, experiencing the cultures of the past and present — hearing and witnessing the music in action at wireless “hot spots” looping streamed music.

MIM even educates you on the purpose behind the music in each, respective country. While some used music to connect with nature, help calm sheep and ward off predators, others used it to acquire weapons, for storytelling, ceremonies, religion, to determine and highlight social status, rebellion, create identity and so much more.

You can even create a musical experience for yourself in the Experience Gallery. Strike the marimbas, hit the gong and have fun!


Check out videographer Sterling Grey‘s interpretation of the Musical Instrument Museum:

 


Upcoming MIM Events:

 

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring ASU School of Music: ASU African Drum Ensemble

Enjoy drumming an folklore from Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ghana, and Nigeria.

The event is free with no museum admission required. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at MIM. MIM and the American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association present special performances with traditional Chinese instruments, folk songs and dance, martial arts, original artwork on display, and a craft activity for all ages.

The event is free with museum admission.

Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring UA School of Music: The Rosewood Marimba Band

The Rosewood Marimba band with perform classic ragtime arrangements of George Hamilton Green, Harry Breuer, and Scott Joplin.

The event is free with no museum admission required.

Monday, February 13, 2012
1 p.m.

Romancing Arizona

This Valentine’s Day, spend your evening with local food, wine, entertainment (by The Sugar Thieves and Savoy Hop Cats in the courtyard) and more at MIM. And Arizona will be celebrating 100 years as a state, so this is an event you don’t want miss.

Tickets are $50 each until Jan. 31, 2012. Tickets after are $60 each, and they will be sold at the door for the same price. Ages 21+.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

For more information, visit themim.org or contact events@theMIM.org.

 

If You Go: Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org

 

Phoenix Museums

Phoenix Museums: History, Culture And More

Interested in the history of Phoenix or the culture surrounding it? Or are you just looking for a good, educational and interesting time? Check out one of many Phoenix museums, focusing on everything from art and music, to science and history.

With so many from which to choose, here are five well-known museums located throughout Phoenix and the state:

Arizona Science Center

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center is one of the more well-known Phoenix museums. With more than 350 permanent exhibits, as well as a number of nationally traveling exhibits, the Arizona Science Center gives visitors a great hands-on look at science, nature, the human body and other subjects.

The experience is constantly changing thanks to the traveling exhibits that stop by; even if you’ve visited once before, there’s always something new to experience and explore. The Arizona Science Center also features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a series of multimedia classrooms.

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 716-2000[/stextbox]

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum doesn’t focus specifically on scientific exhibits; rather, this is the place you want to see if you’re interested in the history and culture of Native Americans in Arizona. This isn’t just a history museum, either. It features both ancient and contemporary art and literature, as well as a collection of exhibits about Native American history.

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8840[/stextbox]

Phoenix Art Museum

If it isn’t science or culture you’re looking for, then what about art? The Phoenix Art Museum is another one of the great Phoenix museums … so great, in fact, that it just might be one of, if not the biggest art museum in the southwestern United States.

The museum features, among other things, more than 18,000 works of art from all over the world, as well as the occasional festival, live performance or other event.

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Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222[/stextbox]

Pueblo Grande Museum Archeological Park

This one isn’t the kind of museum that most people would think of when they hear the word “museum”; it’s actually a preserved site that is thought to be where a group of Native Americans settled as far back as 450 AD.

These ruins of a platform mound and a series of irrigation canals offer visitors a unique look at ancient Arizona and the people who lived there long before we did, and they’re definitely worth a look.

[stextbox id="grey"]4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 495-0900[/stextbox]

Musical Instrument Museum

Probably the most recent of the Phoenix museums on this list, the Musical Instrument Museum is a place any music lover should visit at least once. It has a collection of more than 13,000 musical instruments from all places and times; nearly 200 countries and territories are represented in its collection. Guests are given a wireless headset as they explore the museum, allowing them to hear the music of an exhibit as they approach it. A system like this gives visitors a unique experience.

[stextbox id="grey"]4725 E. Mayo Boulevard
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000 [/stextbox]

What other Phoenix museums do you like?
Let us know in the comments section.

 

Best Public, Commercial Buildings - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

Arizona's Biggest, Best And Most Memorable Public And Commercial Buildings

Steel, Glass and Marvelous: A look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in Arizona

OK, so we don’t have the skylines of L.A., New York or Chicago. But for a state barely celebrating its first centennial, Arizona — Metro Phoenix in particular — is home to some fairly impressive commercial and public buildings.

Arizona doesn’t have the 110-story Chicago Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower) … but the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix looms as the tallest building in Arizona at 40 stories.

We don’t have New York’s swanky Plaza Hotel … but the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa — The Jewel of the Desert — is a world-famous travel destination.

The Los Angeles Coliseum? … Nope, we don’t have that either. But University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale already has played host to one Super Bowl and two BCS National Championship Games.

As part of AZRE’s Arizona Centennial Series, a look at the biggest, best and most recognizable public and commercial buildings in the state.

Best Sports Venue

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale
Contractor: Hunt Construction
Architect: Peter Eisenman
Year built: 2006

University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale - AZRE September/October 2011One might say that the Arizona Cardinals scored when they found their new home in $455M University of Phoenix Stadium. With a multi-purpose design, the 63,400-seat stadium is host to not only football and soccer games, but to an array of events including motor sports competitions, trade shows and concerts. While the stadium may pride itself on its innovative versatility, the building’s design is equally as impressive. The exterior of the stadium, with alternating reflective metal panels and the iconic “Bird-Air” retractable fabric roof, was designed to replicate a barrel cactus. The interior features artistic elements including nostalgic photos and a series of murals representative of Arizona.


Tallest Building

Chase Tower - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Chase Tower, Phoenix
Contractor: Henry C. Beck Co.
Architect: Welton Becket & Associates
Year built: 1972

Chase Tower certainly stands out in the Phoenix skyline with its modern use of glass, steel and concrete. This 40-story financial establishment was originally constructed for Valley National Bank, which after a series of mergers is today Chase Bank. In addition to its contemporary style, the tower strays from tradition with its underground, retail entry level, as opposed to the traditional commercial lobby space used in other buildings of its type. Aside from the tower’s primary use as an office space, Chase Tower offers restaurants, retail and, of course, banking services.


Oldest Commercial Building

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix
Contractor: J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace (renovation Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011by Huntcor, phases 1 and 2; Joe E. Woods, Inc., phase 3)
Architect: Lescher & Mahoney
Year built: 1929

As the only designated historic theater and last remaining example of theater palace architecture in the Valley, the fully restored Orpheum Theatre leaves little to the imagination when it comes to envisioning the grandeur of drama and cinema in America’s Golden Age. The original Spanish Baroque style theater was built by J.E. Rickards and Harry Nace as the final major construction project before the Great Depression. Once dubbed the “Grand Dame of Movie Theaters,” the Orpheum was originally intended for film and vaudeville performances. Though ownership of the theater has been passed down from Paramount to cinema aficionado James Nederlander to the City of Phoenix in 1984, its elegant, 1,364-seat Lewis Auditorium and glamorous marquee at Second and Adams prove that the “Grand
Dame” status has survived.


Best Hospitality Property

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect and builder: Albert Chase McArthur
Year built: 1929

Albert Chase McArthur certainly called upon the teachings of his former instructor, Frank Lloyd Wright, when he designed “The Jewel of the Desert,” The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa. The resort’s construction features McArthur’s signature concrete “Biltmore Block,” whose geometry mimics the surrounding palm trees. In its early days as the preferred resort of celebrities and heads of state, the Biltmore was owned by William Wrigley Jr. With expansions and renovations including two golf courses, a spa, the Paradise Guest Wing and Pool, ballrooms and additional meeting spaces, the resort retains its status of elite hospitality and one of the largest hotels in Arizona.


Phoenix City Hall - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Best Government Building

Phoenix City Hall
Contractor: Hunt Construction Group
Architect: Langdon Wilson
Year built: 1993

In relation to its surroundings, and rising up 22 stories, Phoenix City Hall can be classified as one of the Valley’s few skyscrapers. The building, also called the Phoenix Municipal Building, replaced the Old City Hall, which was located in the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building. The building is home the City of Phoenix and the origin of legislation regarding public safety, transportation, recreation and sustainability. Phoenix City Hall is the common stomping ground for the governments of the city’s eight districts.


Most Expensive Commercial Building

Most Expensive Commercial Building - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011CityScape, Phoenix
Contractors: The Weitz Company and Hunt Construction
Architect: Callison Architecture
Year built: 2010

The phrase “never a dull moment” is often reserved for people and places that provide some source of endless entertainment—and that’s exactly what CityScape offers. The $900M, mixed-use development hits the perfect balance of work and play with its collection of commercial towers, entertainment venues, retail and restaurants spanning two city blocks. The mixed-use facility may be one of the few places Valley residents and tourists can exercise, have a relaxing morning in Patriot’s Park, grab sushi or burgers for lunch, grocery shop, buy that new dress, attend a baseball game and finish the day off at a swanky restaurant or bar—all without getting in a car.


Best Medical Facility

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Contractor: Kitchell
Architect: HKS
Year built: 2011

TPhoenix Children's Hospital - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011he visual spectacle that is now the Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s new main building impacts countless drivers on State Route 51 with its lights and seamless architecture. And with the 11-story tower capable of serving 425 patients, the hospital hopes to impact equally as many children. With the new tower comes additional clinic space and operating rooms, a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and a separate Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit in response to the hospital’s successful Children’s Heart Center. The hospital’s recent makeover was not limited to the construction of the new tower, but included renovations to the existing buildings and new of satellite centers.


Best Public Building

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
Contractor: Ryan Companies US
Architect: RSP Architects
Musical Instrument Museum - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Year built: 2010

Former Target CEO and African art collector, Robert J. Ulrich, was inspired to found the Musical Instrument Museum after visiting a similar museum in Belgium. The museum’s modern design is meant to compliment its surrounding desert landscape. MIM’s interior features a tile path, “El Río,” that flows to connect each of the museum’s galleries, as well as structural lines designed to echo those of common musical instruments. The museum boasts a unique collection of 14,000 musical instruments from 200 countries, with an emphasis on those of Western origin and includes pieces which once belonged to music legends including John Lennon and Eric Clapton.


Biggest Commercial Building

Phoenix Convention Center
Contractor: Hunt-Russell-Alvarado
Phoenix Convention Center - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Architect: HOK Venue
Year built: 2008 (final phase)

Home to countless trade shows, conventions and formal events and weighing in at 1.9 MSF, the Phoenix Convention Center is among one of the largest of its kind. The many structures of the convention center are built with stones and materials native to Arizona and designed to emulate our southwestern landscape and culture. Each building combines innovation and tradition with state-of-the-art technology services for vendor presentations and art from nationally recognized artists that highlight Arizona’s cultural identity.


Most Recognizable Building

Biosphere 2, Tucson
Builder: Space Biosphere Ventures
Architect: Phil Hawes
Year built: 1987, 1991

Biosphere Tucson - AZRE Magazine September/October 2011Biosphere 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to the original biosphere made famous by years of evolution—Earth. The facility functions as a world within a world, separated from the outside by a 500-ton steel liner. Under its 6,500 windows and 7.2M cubic feet of sealed glass, self-sufficient ocean, wetland, grassland, desert and rainforest ecosystems thrive. In addition to the awe-inspiring glass dome structure, it includes the Technosphere basement floor and the Energy Center with electrical and plumbing services to maintain climate and living conditions within the dome. Biosphere 2, originally  funded by a $30M gift from the Philecology Foundation, is now managed by the science program at the University of Arizona.

AZRE Magazine September/October 2011

 

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Best Public Project 2011

Musical Instrument Museum

Best Public Project 2011: Musical Instrument MuseumDeveloper: Musical Instrument Museum
Contractor:
Ryan Companies US
Architect:
RSP Architects
Size:
190,000 SF
Location:
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix
Completed:
April 2010

As the first global musical instrument museum, the 190,000 SF ground-up project houses more than 12,000 instruments and objects representing musical traditions. The museum’s modern massing and modest mix of simple forms and materials blend with the desert landscape. MIM includes a state-of-the-art, 299-seat theater. Much of the façade was constructed of sandstone imported from India. The lobby/atrium space, known as “El Rio,” is finished in Venetian plaster  and Italian porcelain tile. Sustainable features were integrated, including the use of fly ash in the concrete, 25,000 SF of photovoltaic solar panels on the second-story roof areas, a chemical-free chiller water system and extensive xeriscaping.




Honorable Mention: Randall McDaniel Sports Complex

Honorable Mention 2011: Randall McDaniel Sports Complex, SmithGroupDeveloper: City of Avondale
Contractor:
Sundt Construction
Architect:
SmithGroup
Size:
113,000 SF
Location:
755 N. 114 Ave., Avondale
Completed:
October 2010

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Architect Of The Year 2011

RSP Architects

Winner of Best Public Project: Musical Instrument MuseumArchitect of the Year 2011: RSP Architects

Since 1978 RSP Architects has been creating spaces nationally and internationally. With offices in Phoenix, Minneapolis,  Rochester, Minn., China and India, RSP employs more than 200 people — and one penguin. The firm has worked with companies around the globe and has a diverse portfolio ranging from the spectacular Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale to work with the U.S. military.

RSP’s No. 1 goal is to provide excellent service to its clients. RSP not only designs the space, it understands the space. This can be seen in the corporate environments it creates where it makes the environment more productive, yet still comfortable; or in the museums it designs where it makes sure the acoustics are just right; even in the schools it creates with an environment to spark curiosity and inspire students to achieve.

RSP architects not only strive to make it’s building beautiful and useful, but also sustainable. The firm believes “sustainable design is inherent within any good, smart building design.” RSP is committed to the 2030 Challenge, which requires architecture firms to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. RSP also has completed 12 LEED certified projects.

With more than 30 years of experience, RSP Architects has developed key criteria when working with a client. RSP believes stewardship, discipline and adaptability will create results.

RSP is committed to success.