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Debbie Cotton - 50 Most Influential Women in AZ Business

Debbie Cotton – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Debbie CottonInterim director, Phoenix Convention Center

Cotton oversees daily operations of the Phoenix Convention Center, Executive Conference Center, Orpheum Theatre, Symphony Hall and five parking garages. She manages a staff of 240 employees, a budget of $47.5 million, and is the city’s chief representative to the state’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Surprising fact: “I have a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing science from Western Illinois University and began my career working for Xerox Corporation.”

Biggest challenge: “Stepping up to manage the Phoenix Convention Center in the midst of a global economic crisis that greatly impacted the hospitality industry. Not only did I have to deal with the effects of the economic crisis, but I had to quickly learn about an industry that was new to me.”

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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.

Phoenix Orchestra Does More Than Deliver Music, 2011

Pangean Orchestra Does More Than Deliver Music

The Pangean Orchestra, based in Phoenix, opened just a year ago and has established an orchestra with people, instruments and sounds from all over the world. In fact,this is the first orchestra of its kind.

The unique thing about this group of 29 performers is they don’t play the typical instruments. Their music comes from different sounds of the bass guitar, sarode, woodwinds, horn, kaval, oud, doumbek, ukulele and more.

“I knew I needed a certain amount of winds, plucked strings, percussion and bowed strings,” says Colin O’Donohoe, director of the Pangean Orchestra. “My idea is that with a world orchestra, the actual instrument is interchangeable as long as we have enough of each type to create the sound we need.”

The plan of this group is to tie cultures together through music. Creating a new genre that will impact those that listen to it by adding bits and pieces of new and old to craft a completely unique sound.

“The idea came from me; I’ve spent the last 10-plus years working with ethnic groups of different types,” says O’Donohoe. “I founded and lead the New Moon Orchestra in Pittsburgh which was a Chinese ensemble. I’ve worked with African, Brazilian, Latin, Turkish, Arabic and other groups. After a while I thought, ‘What if…’ and that’s where the Pangean Orchestra was born.”

The orchestra opened on April 11, 2010 at Symphony Hall with an inaugural concert.

“The musicians were recruited by me,” says O’Donohoe. “Through diligent searching over the past two years I’ve been able to find several highly talented musicians in Phoenix. I asked them to join the group and most of them jumped at the chance to work with other talented professionals from all different backgrounds.”

O’Donohoe says the Pangean Orchestra explores the different cultures through music, expanding the learning of sound, native instruments and unity. As they travel around the country performing, the significance isn’t only the music but the ties of the people of different backgrounds.

“The main idea is a platform where people from all over the world are welcome,” says O’Donohoe. “I want to create an orchestra that shows the harmony of what is possible when the world shares one stage performs together.”

Visit the Pangean Orchestra’s website to listen to a few of their tracks or to purchase its mp3 track — 100 percent of the proceeds go to The Red Cross Japan.