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Peacock from ZooLights 2013, photo from phoenixzoo.org/event-items/zoolights/

ZooLights is back + more to do this week

11/24-1/11: ZooLights
The annual ZooLights event is opening this week at the Phoenix Zoo. Opening on Nov. 24 and closing on Jan. 11, ZooLights features almost 4 million LED lights spread throughout the zoo and formed into the shapes of many of its popular animals. By day, the zoo’s animals will be out and wandering about as usual, but at night the zoo will transform into a lit-up, animal-themed wonderland for the holiday season.
Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, Monday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. daily, $8-$18

11/28-29: Glendale Glitters
The lighting tradition in the city of Glendale is kicking off this weekend when the display of 1.5 million lights in historic downtown will be lit for the first time this holiday season. The award-winning largest free light event in Arizona has been going on for 21 years and will remain lit through Jan. 10.
Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Avenues, Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29, 5 to 10 p.m. both evenings, free

11/29: Jay Leno
After retiring from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Leno is hitting the road and getting back to his comedic roots with a stand-up comedy tour.  As a famous late night host, his audience is used to seeing him interviewing celebrities and commentating on current events. Leno used to do stand-up when he first began his career, and now is getting back too it after leaving The Tonight Show in February.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $35-$225

11/30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The famous group is heading out on their Winter Tour 2014, performing “The Christmas Attic”, performing rock versions of popular Christmas songs. The performance not only brings out the Christmas spirit, but a show full of lights, lasers, and special effects as well.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, Sunday, Nov. 30, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32-$67

11/30: “The Polar Express”
The Phoenix Symphony is putting on the music from The Polar Express with assistance from the Phoenix Girls Choir on Sunday. The special includes a narration of the holiday classic and sing-along versions of popular holiday songs. The Instrument Petting Zoo will be there for those who arrive early.
Symphony Hall, 1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2:30 p.m., $11+

Tito Munoz conducting the Cleveland Orchestra

Maestro Muñoz Makes Debut Sept. 19-20

The Phoenix Symphony launches its 2014-15 season and Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz’ inaugural season with Carl Orff’s Carmina burana on September 19 and 20 at Symphony Hall. For this special occasion, Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Supreme Court Justice and prominent supporter of arts in Arizona, will conduct our nation’s national anthem before Sept. 20’s concert.

Audiences are invited to witness a historic weekend with The Phoenix Symphony as Maestro Tito Muñoz makes his debut as the Symphony’s eleventh Virginia G. Piper Music Director. Maestro Muñoz leads a powerful program with the majestic and scenic cantata, Carmina burana, featuring the famous “O’Fortuna” movement heard in numerous movie and television commercial scores. The Phoenix Symphony is joined by The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Phoenix Boys Choir, and features soloists soprano Mary MacKenzie, tenor Christopher Pfund, and baritone Corey McKern.

This 1936 cantata is based on a set of poems and dramatic texts from the 11th through 13th centuries that deal with subject matter such as greed, love, lust and gluttony. Upon its debut, Orff’s Carmina burana attained instant success and continues to be one of the most oft-performed classical works in the repertoire. This magical program also features Igor Stravinsky’s adventurous Firebird Suite, a masterwork of personal significance to Maestro Muñoz. “I am eager to bring on of my personal favorite pieces of music to Phoenix, The Suite from The Firebird, which is one of the first pieces of orchestral repertoire I learned in my youth, alongside the majestic and celebrated Carmina burana,” says Muñoz.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 602-495-1999 or online at phoenixsymphony.org.


Phoenix Symphony, PIR present ‘Sound of Speed’

The Phoenix Symphony will rev its musical engines and shift into a new gear to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Phoenix International Raceway in a creative collaboration that mixes great music, classic cars and people who love both with a special performance entitled ‘The Sound of Speed.’ This groundbreaking event marks a new level in the confluence of music and sports with this first of its kind collision between the NASCAR and the orchestral worlds.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Phoenix Symphony for this truly one-of-a-kind event,” said PIR President Bryan R. Sperber.

“Our 50th Anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate the great moments in racing history, and pairing those memories with a powerful score will create an experience that race fans and music lovers everywhere will enjoy.”

To commemorate PIR’s Golden Anniversary, the musical selection and festivities will be centered around cars and racing. Guests at the event will be greeted by a spectacular ‘Pit Road’ entry statement showcasing several classic race cars along 3rd Street. The ‘Pit Road’ experience is being hosted courtesy of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company CEO Craig Jackson.

“This first-ever event brings together two of America’s greatest pastimes and two of our city’s great cultural and entertainment icons,” said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “Audiences are in for a high octane evening of fun in this community celebration.”

Once the party goes inside, guests will be able to experience ‘The Sound of Speed’ concert, conducted by Larry Blank. The performance will also feature appearances by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace as a guest conductor and ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ star Tom Wopat.

“I am honored to serve as the guest conductor for ‘The Sound of Speed’ and to be a part of Phoenix International Raceway’s 50th anniversary celebration,” added Wallace. “I’ve always been a fan of great music, and obviously I’ve spent my life in racing. Combining the amazing talents of The Phoenix Symphony with the scenes from of some of the greatest racing movies ever produced is going to make this a truly unforgettable night.”

This one night only special event will be held November 6, 2014 at Symphony Hall. For more information on tickets and sponsorships visit http://www.phoenixsymphony.org/events/2014-sound-of-speed or call The Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999.

Ryan Opel - Headshot

Phoenix Symphony Elects G&K Shareholder

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Ryan B. Opel has been elected to the office of Vice Chair, Nominating & Governance, for The Phoenix Symphony Association. Mr. Opel joined the Symphony’s Board of Directors in 2012 and became Chairman of the Education and Community Engagement Committee in 2013.

“I am honored to serve the community through The Phoenix Symphony,” said Opel. “Music has shaped my life in very significant ways, so I relish this opportunity to give something back.”

Mr. Opel has been involved in the performing arts since childhood when he began playing the violin at the age of four. His grandmother was a violinist in the early years of The Phoenix Symphony and taught violin in Scottsdale for much of her career.

A shareholder in Gallagher & Kennedy’s Business Law & Transactions group, Mr. Opel represents clients in a wide variety of business transactions and corporate matters. His professional and philanthropic experience includes working with nonprofit corporations to implement best practices in nonprofit governance. In addition to his role with The Phoenix Symphony, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona Musicfest. Prior to relocating to Arizona in 2012, Mr. Opel was a member of the Board of Directors for the Winston-Salem Symphony and Piedmont Opera in North Carolina. Mr. Opel earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2002 from Duke University where he was Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal. He also holds an M.A. in Psychology from Duke University and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Wake Forest University.


Spielberg Benefit Concert Raises more than $600K

On Saturday September 28th The Phoenix Symphony hosted a Benefit Concert Conducted by John Williams with Special Guest Steven Spielberg. This one-night-only performance was a fundraiser that combined two Hollywood titans, iconic music scores and a selection of unforgettable film clips in order to benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs.

This special evening began with a pre-concert reception for Sponsors and VIPs held in the Green Room at Symphony Hall. The private reception featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and was attended by 150 event sponsors, VIP’s and members of The Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors.

After the reception, over 2,200 attendees entered a sold-out Symphony Hall for an unforgettable evening of music from the movies. The concert featured selections from some of Williams’ most popular scores including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, Schindler’s List, and much more. This special concert also showcased Steven Spielberg presenting the magic of music and cinema along with a selection of film clips projected over the orchestra with clips from Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Indiana Jones. The concert ended with an encore of the theme to Indiana Jones and a triple standing ovation for Maestro Williams, Steven Spielberg, and The Phoenix Symphony.

The evening concluded with an exclusive post-concert VIP Meet & Greet for 50 people. Champagne and desserts were served as the guests relived and reveled in the magical performance and presentation. Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg joined the reception where they greeted attendees, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

“What an honor to have such an incredible benefit concert with two of the biggest names from Hollywood Maestro John Williams and legendary film director Steven Spielberg,” said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “My sincere thanks to our special guests for donating their time and tremendous talent and to our event sponsors for demonstrating a commitment to music education.”

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Spielberg Joins Williams with The Phoenix Symphony

Five-time Academy Award and 21-time Grammy Award winner John Williams joins The Phoenix Symphony to conduct an unforgettable evening of music from the movies, featuring selections from some of his most popular and iconic scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more.  During this special appearance on September 28, 2013, acclaimed director Steven Spielberg joins Williams to host the second half of the evening, presenting selections from their remarkable forty-year artistic collaboration, including selected film clips projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. Experience the magic of music and cinema with two great maestros of the movies!

When John Williams and Steven Spielberg met in 1972, Williams had nearly 20 years of film and TV scoring behind him and Spielberg was a 25 year-old television director about to shoot his first theatrical feature. When they agreed to work together, arguably the most successful film music partnership in Hollywood history was born. Their first film together was The Sugarland Express and the partnership has continued over the years with such popular and iconic films as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln and more. Williams has composed the scores for 26 out of the 27 feature films that Spielberg has directed.

“John Williams and Steven Spielberg are two of the greatest American icons of our generation and tremendously important to the film industry. Their music and films are iconic and recognized the world over. This is a very special night and those lucky enough to attend will never forget the magic created on stage.” Said Jim Ward, President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “It is an honor to have legends like John Williams and Steven Spielberg grace our stage at Symphony Hall and we will be forever grateful for their generosity to the Symphony and our community.”

In a career spanning over six decades, John Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and twenty-one Grammy Awards. In total, Williams has forty-eight Academy Award nominations, making him the second most-nominated person after Walt Disney. He has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Lincoln, and the first three Harry Potter films.

Steven Spielberg is one of the film industry’s most successful and influential filmmakers of all time. He is collectively the top-grossing director in the business, having helmed such blockbusters as Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones franchise, and Jurassic Park. Among his myriad honors, he is a three-time Academy Award winner and a two-time Directors Guild of America winner.

Maestro Williams and Mr. Spielberg are generously donating their services, and all proceeds from this one-night-only performance will benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs.

Sponsorships are available and tickets can be purchased online at www.phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999.

Phoenix Symphony Contest

Phoenix Symphony Names 2 to Board

The Phoenix Symphony Association named Jaime Daddona Brennan and Tim K. Schultz to its Board of Directors.

“Jaime and Tim bring invaluable experience to our Board of Directors,” said C.A. Howlett, Chairman of the Board for The Phoenix Symphony. “We are truly fortunate to welcome such high-caliber individuals to our team” he added.

Jaime Daddona Brennan is a Senior Associate with Squire Sanders (US) LLP in Phoenix. She practices in the corporate, securities, and financial services practice groups with an emphasis on merger and acquisition transactions, public and private offerings of debt and equity, and corporate governance matters. Ms. Brennan attended Arizona State University where she graduated as valedictorian, summa cum laude, with her master’s degree in public affairs, and graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the ASU College of Law. In addition to her law practice, Jaime serves as the Secretary of the Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals Board, is a Squire Sanders (US) LLP Global Associate Liaison, and has served on the U.S. Marine Corps Scholarship Ball Committee, the International Foundation for Anti-Cancer Drug Discovery Advisory Board, and the Fax Net 1 Board of Directors.  A lover of classical music in particular, Jaime plays the piano and recently took up violin.

Tim K. Schultz is Senior Vice President/Regional Director of Administration and Operations for BMO Private Bank, a part of BMO Financial Group, in Scottsdale. Prior to this position, Mr. Schultz held several Vice President/Regional Director positions with financial corporations throughout the country, most recently M&I Wealth Management. Tim has a long-time passion for music and the arts, having earned his Bachelor of Music from Augsburg College. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation; Board Member of One-n-ten; Member of Planned Giving Roundtable of Arizona, Central Arizona Estate Planners, BMO National and Regional Diversity Councils and the BMO Community Reinvestment Committee.

For more information about The Phoenix Symphony visit phoenixsymphony.org.

Top 5: Performing Arts & Theater, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Performing Arts & Theater (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Performing Arts & Theater venues in Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8497
Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually.

Silver Star Playhouse

5247 E. Brown Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 325-6700
A sister theatre to Desert Star Playhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, this broadway-style theatre produces “original musical parodies with a melodramatic twist.”

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
Presenting dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire.

Orpheum Theater

15 W. Aspen Ave.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 556-1580
Northern Arizona’s premier live entertainment venue, Orpheum Theater is a local landmark in historic downtown Flagstaff that started as an old movie house. It continues to show films, hold events and is also a live music venue.

The Phoenix Symphony

One N. 1st St., #200,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 495-1999
The Phoenix Symphony offers an extraordinary array of musical experiences, from pop concerts to exhilarating selections of classical masterpieces that give the full symphonic treatment to music you love.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012


New Year's Eve 2013 Events in Arizona

New Year's Eve Events Throughout Arizona To Ring In 2013

If you’re looking for something do in Arizona this New Year’s Eve 2013, we’ve got you covered — from Flagstaff all the way down to Tucson. Whether you’re into comedy, music, dancing or all of the above, the following events should help you ring in the New Year with a bang:

Northern Arizona

Weatherford Hotel Pinecone Drop

Celebrate New Year’s Flagstaff-style while watching a giant LED pinecone drop from the top of Weatherford Hotel. The cone will drop at 10 p.m. for families and once again at midnight to ring in the New Year.

23 N. Leroux St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-1919

The New Year’s Eve Boot Drop

Listen to great music, and watch the boot drop 40 feet down the Palace Building’s flagpole in Prescott on Whiskey Row at 10 p.m. and again at midnight.

120 S. Montezuma St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
(928) 541-1996

4th Annual Uptown Countdown New Year’s Eve Party

Come down to Lake Havasu, and take part in the biggest street party on Main St. from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. This event will have three stages of live entertainment and a Kids Zone from 6-9 p.m. with fireworks at 8 p.m. The adult-only (21+) celebration will begin at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display again at midnight.

Tickets: Pre-sale, $15 (for ages 13+), $20 day of the event
Kids ages 6-12, $5 (no presale discount), Under 5 is free

Kingman Kut-Ups “New Year’s Eve Square Dance”

Join the Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club for a night of dinner and dancing as you bring in the New Year.

Tickets: Donation of $10 per person

Seventh Day Adventist Church
3180 White Cliffs Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86401
(928) 565-3058

“Oh What A Night!” A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Head to Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson for a fun night of music and dinner. Stick around for party favors, a champagne toast, a balloon drop and more.

Tickets: $50.00 per person

Hwy. 87, Mile Marker 251
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-6044

Central Arizona

Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Serenade yourself into 2013 while listening to the Phoenix Symphony in Downtown Phoenix perform some of your favorite classics, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $27-$83

75 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Box Office: (602) 495-1999

Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve

This free celebration at the Mill Ave District in Tempe will feature live music, entertainment, food and fireworks. For the first time in decades, attendees will have access to Mill Avenue’s restaurants, shops and unique culture. With two fireworks shows (one at 9 p.m. for the families and another at midnight), this event will also feature emcees, DJs and Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show for some family fun. Beginning at 10 p.m., enjoy some live music from local bands until the countdown to midnight.

310 S. Mill Ave., #201,
Tempe, AZ 85281

Hotel Palomar’s “Ring in the New Year with Laughter”

Want to stay the night in Downtown Phoenix and experience all CityScape has to offer? Hotel Palomar’s “Ring in the New Year with Laughter” package offers guests a night out at Phoenix’s favorite comedy club (with a performance by Ralphie May) as the perfect ending to 2012. The Ring in the New Year with Laughter Package is available Dec. 28-31 and includes deluxe guest room accommodations, two VIP tickets to the 7 p.m. show for Ralphie May show at Stand Up Live on the evening of your choice, a VIP escort from the Palomar Phoenix to Stand Up Live the night of the show, and a continental breakfast for two.

Room rates: Start from $179 per night; book online with rate code “PNYE” or call 1-877-488-1908 and mention the package by name.

2 E. Jefferson St.,
Phoenix, Ariz. 85004

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

Come down to Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho for the party of a lifetime. Enjoy an open bar, entertainment by DJ DECiPHA, hors d’oeuvres and midnight champagne toast with 1,000 other attendees as you countdown to midnight. Buy your tickets early in order to get a discounted price. Party tickets include a four-hour premium open bar, chef’s selection of hors d’oeuvres and buffet, a midnight champagne toast and a video countdown and confetti explosion.

Tickets: Early-bird party tickets,$95

6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(312) 226-6990

A Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

Take a trip back in time to the Roaring Twenties at the W Scottsdale’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve, and ring in the New Year like Jay Gatsby would. From the music to the venue, you’ll be transported into another world reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel.

Tickets: The package is a two-night-minimum stay and starts at $374.50 per night.
Event-only tickets are available at $100 for gentlemen and $75 for ladies, and VIP tickets begin at $1,000.

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 970-2100

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this is Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party’s 10th year; the event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill, and will feature an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Tickets: $30

Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.

Southern Arizona

New Year’s Eve with Paula Poundstone at The Fox Tucson Theatre

Come watch comedian Paula Poundstone and have a couple of laughs while counting down to 2013. Purchase a VIP ticket and have the opportunity to meet Paula and enjoy dinner before the show. Event begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$70

17 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 547-3040

New Year’s Eve Moveable Feast at Arizona Inn

Enjoy a gourmet dinner, dancing and music from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on New Year’s Eve from 6:30 p.m. all the way into 2013. Performances by: Emma Votapek, Assistant Principal Second Violin; Dave Morgan, Principal Tuba; Paula Fan, Principal Keyboard; the TSO String Quartet: David Rife, Wynne Wong Rife, violins; Ilona Vukovic-Gay, viola; and Mary Beth Tyndall, cello.

Tickets: $225, per person, all-inclusive

2200 E. Elm St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 882-8585

7th Annual Tucson Jazz Society New Year’s Eve Gala

Join the Tucson Jazz Society as they put on a spectacular musical event as you enjoy a five-course meal, dinner and dancing. Don’t forget to watch the balloon drop at midnight, and participate in the silent auction. Special room rates starting at $137 (plus taxes and resort fees) are also available, and the link to make your reservation will be provided with your ticket email receipt.

Tickets: Superior, blue tables: $269 + $4 processing fee per seat
Deluxe, green tables: $239 + $4 processing fee per seat
Standard, yellow tables: $199 + $4 processing fee per seat

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 903-1265

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Casino Del Sol

Dance away to music of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s performed by the Sensation Show Band. You can also enjoy a nice meal before the show, and watch the balloon drop at midnight.

Tickets: Dinner with concert, $75; concert only, $25

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435

Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Bash

Boasting the biggest disco ball in the western hemisphere, Studio 54’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Hotel Congress is bound to host Tucson’s biggest NYE party. With two stages of live music and DJs, spend the last night of the year boogying to the greatest hits of the disco and funk era. A VIP experience is also available, where you’ll receive private entertainment, front-of-line service, a hosted bar, hors d’oeurves and a free photo booth. The disco inferno begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25, includes live music, DJ and dance floor, party favors, champagne toast

311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-8848

“Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding” Murder Mystery Show at Tucson Dinner Theater

For a unique and hilarious way to ring in the New Year, head to Tucson Dinner Theater for “Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding,” a scripted, interactive murder mystery. This will be a full night of non-stop New Year’s Eve fun with candle-lit tables and a three-course dinner, contests, prizes and a midnight toast.


  • $75.00 (plus tax & service fee)
  • Or, $44.50 per person additional (double occupancy, $89 per suite) add an optional Dinner Theater Overnight Hotel Package at the Viscount Suite Hotel 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., which includes a deluxe two-room suite for the evening and a full breakfast New Year’s Day

2744 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 624-0172

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The Phoenix Symphony, Larry Fitzgerald

Phoenix Symphony Invites Larry Fitzgerald To Conduct On Opening Night [PHOTOS]

Upon fall’s arrival, one may hear the sound of beautiful music grace the Downtown Phoenix area as temperatures begin to simmer down. Where is it coming from you might ask? At the Phoenix Symphony, of course, as it prepares to open its doors again to the public. And if you decide to venture out to Symphony Hall this Thursday night, September 20, for its season opening, you may be in for a real treat. Arizona Cardinal wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will conduct the “Star Spangled Banner” with the Phoenix Symphony.

Fitzgerald had a chance to rehearse with the symphony early Tuesday morning, proving to all that he does indeed know how to keep a beat. He ran through the National Anthem two times before speaking about how important the event was to him.

“It truly is an honor to be here,” Fitzgerald says. “This is something really special for me because I’ve never done anything like this before. I feel honored and humbled to be here.

“It is so special to be an American because of the freedoms that we have, and I never thought I would get an opportunity to do something like this.”

At the rehearsal, Fitzgerald seemed to command the Symphony with ease and grace; however, he said he has never expected conducting to be harder than football and offered advice for any others who may be thinking of following his footsteps.

“This orchestra is very well-conducted, and I feel that this is tougher than football,” Fitzgerald says. “Three things that I learned from this experience is first, don’t drop the baton. Second, be natural, be confident and be poised. Third, is just have a good time.”

After Fitzgerald finishes his conducting duties Thursday, guests will have the opportunity to see Sarah Hicks conduct Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, with encore performances for Friday and Saturday evening.

Larry Fitzgerald rehearsing with the Phoenix Symphony:

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If you would like to attend a show at the Phoenix Symphony, below is a small list of events. For a more detailed schedule with listed times, please visit phoenixsymphony.org.

September 20-22: Opening Night! Sarah Hicks Conducts Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
September 28-30: Wicked Divas
October 18-20: Tito Munoz Conducts Ravel’s Piano Concerto
October 26: Savor the Symphony
October 26-28: The Texas Tenors
October 27: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
November 8-10: Ignat Solzhenistyn Conducts Stravinsky’s Petrushka
November 23: Michael Christie Conducts Bernstein and Stravinsky
November 23-24: Michael Christie Conducts Carmina Burana
November 30: Joseph Young Conducts Holiday Pops

Top 5 Arizona Theatres (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Arizona Theatres (Spring-Summer 2012)

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

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

5247 E. Brown Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85205
The theatre opened in October 2001 and is soon to be entering its 11th Season. The theatre seats 500 and is known as “Mesa’s Most Entertaining Destination.” Centrally located, the theatre is just minutes away from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe. All the music for the Broadway-type shows is performed live. The orchestra ranges in size from 8 to 20 pieces, depending on the production.

Phoenix Symphony

One North 1st St., #200,
AZ 85004
The Phoenix Symphony offers an extraordinary array of musical experiences, from pop concerts to exhilarating selections of classical masterpieces that give the full symphonic treatment to music you love.

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually.

ASU Gammage

1200 S. Forest Ave.,
Tempe, AZ 85281
You don’t have to be in New York to enjoy great performances. ASU Gammage, considered by many to be the crowning jewel of ASU’s Tempe campus, is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s last designs.

Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts

480-499-TKTS (8587)
7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Presenting dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

Phoenix Symphony Contest

Contest Allows Fans To Become Stars With The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony announces a video contest asking fans to record and send in their own renditions of Rat Pack classics and be entered to win a full evening of prizes to coincide with the Symphony’s Saturday, April 28, 2012 performance of The Rat Pack!.

Contestants submit videos via email between Tuesday April 3, 2012 through Friday April 20, 2012. The winner will be determined on the overall quality and creativity of the entry. The winner will be treated to an exciting evening out in downtown Phoenix that will begin with dinner for two at the elegant 1130 The Restaurant before making their way to Symphony Hall. Upon arrival the winner and their guest will be invited backstage to meet the three Broadway stars portraying Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. and The Phoenix Symphony’s Resident Conductor Joseph Young.

The Phoenix Symphony’s The Rat Pack! performances features Broadway stage veterans Sal Viviano, Nat Chandler and Eric Jordan as they recreate the music and charisma of the Rat Pack’s famous Sands Hotel performance.  Resident Conductor Joseph Young will lead the Symphony as they perform the Rat Pack’s famous hits.

In addition to the Grand Prize Winner, any individual who submits a video will automatically receive one free ticket to the Friday, April 27, 2012 performance of The Rat Pack!.

Videos must be either (1) attached to an email addressed to publicrelations@phoenixsymphony.org in .mov, .mp4, .mpg, or .wmv formats or (2) uploaded to YouTube and the entrant must provide the URL link to the video’s page. Included in the email must be the entrant’s full name, age, phone number and e-mail address.

Part of the APS Pops Series: The Rat Pack! will be held at Mesa Arts Center on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and at Symphony Hall on April 27 at 8 p.m., April 28 at 8 p.m. and April 29 at 2 p.m.