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Steven Spielberg Joins John 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, 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.

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Their first film together was The Sugarland Express, and the partnership has continued over the years with such iconic films as Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, 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.

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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.

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Nominations announced for Governor’s Arts Awards

Sixty-two nominations from 18 Arizona communities were submitted in six categories for the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards for individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.  The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominees, by category, and their hometowns are:

Artist: Lee Berger, Phoenix; Charles Bruffy, Phoenix; Daniel Buckely, Tucson; Michael Christie, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Phoenix; Barbara Dahlstedt, Glendale;  Maria Isabel Delgado, Chandler; Shawn Franks, Phoenix; Deb Gessner, Mayer; Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix; Bruce Marion, Chandler; Fredric Myers, Apache Junction; Monica Saldana, Goodyear; Mike Vax, Dewey; Jim Waid, Tucson.

Arts in Education – Individual: Annica Benning, Scottsdale; Kathryn Blake, Phoenix; Dennis Bourret, Tucson; Simon Donovan, Tucson; Patti Hannon, Phoenix; Marion Kirk Jones, Phoenix; Sherry Koopot, Paradise Valley; Barbara Nueske Perez, Gilbert; Charles St. Clair, Glendale; Joshua Thye, Phoenix.

Arts In Education – Organization: Arizona Dance Education Organization, Phoenix; Copperstar Repertory Company, Chandler; The Glendale Arts Council, Glendale; Lovena Ohl Foundation, Scottsdale; Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Flagstaff; OpendanceAZ, Phoenix; Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix; The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix; Sonoran Glass School, Tucson; UAPresents, Tucson; West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Surprise.

Business: BMO Harris Bank, Phoenix; LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler; Southwest Ambulance, Mesa.

Community: Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix; Contemporary Forum, Phoenix; Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff;
James E. Garcia, Phoenix; KXCI Community Radio, Tucson; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Release the Fear, Phoenix; Scottsdale International Film Festival, Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, Phoenix; Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson; Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix.

Individual: Marco Albaran, Tempe; James K. Ballinger, Phoenix; Richard A. Bowers, Phoenix; Ted G. Decker, Phoenix; Faith Hibbs-Clark, Phoenix; Kaitlyn Mackay, Glendale;
Constance W. McMillin, Sun City; Nichole Newman-Colter, Litchfield; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Rebecca Taylor, Yuma.

Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

The eighth annual Shelley Award also will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.  The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Ticket prices are $135 for members of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and $150 for nonmembers.  Sponsorships are available.
For information and to make reservations go to www.governorsartsawards.org.

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Nominations announced for Governor's Arts Awards

Sixty-two nominations from 18 Arizona communities were submitted in six categories for the 32nd annual Governor’s Arts Awards for individuals and businesses who have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture statewide.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, March 6, at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.  The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor.

Since 1981, 152 artists, individuals, arts and cultural organizations, educators and businesses have received Governor’s Arts Awards

Nominees, by category, and their hometowns are:

Artist: Lee Berger, Phoenix; Charles Bruffy, Phoenix; Daniel Buckely, Tucson; Michael Christie, Phoenix; Bobb Cooper, Phoenix; Barbara Dahlstedt, Glendale;  Maria Isabel Delgado, Chandler; Shawn Franks, Phoenix; Deb Gessner, Mayer; Kristine Kollasch, Phoenix; Bruce Marion, Chandler; Fredric Myers, Apache Junction; Monica Saldana, Goodyear; Mike Vax, Dewey; Jim Waid, Tucson.

Arts in Education – Individual: Annica Benning, Scottsdale; Kathryn Blake, Phoenix; Dennis Bourret, Tucson; Simon Donovan, Tucson; Patti Hannon, Phoenix; Marion Kirk Jones, Phoenix; Sherry Koopot, Paradise Valley; Barbara Nueske Perez, Gilbert; Charles St. Clair, Glendale; Joshua Thye, Phoenix.

Arts In Education – Organization: Arizona Dance Education Organization, Phoenix; Copperstar Repertory Company, Chandler; The Glendale Arts Council, Glendale; Lovena Ohl Foundation, Scottsdale; Marshall Magnet Elementary School, Flagstaff; OpendanceAZ, Phoenix; Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix; The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix; Sonoran Glass School, Tucson; UAPresents, Tucson; West Valley Conservatory of Ballet, Surprise.

Business: BMO Harris Bank, Phoenix; LDVinci Art Studio, Chandler; Southwest Ambulance, Mesa.

Community: Alwun House Foundation, Phoenix; Contemporary Forum, Phoenix; Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, Wickenburg; Flagstaff Cultural Partners, Flagstaff;
James E. Garcia, Phoenix; KXCI Community Radio, Tucson; Mesa Arts Center, Mesa; Release the Fear, Phoenix; Scottsdale International Film Festival, Scottsdale; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Foundation, Phoenix; Warehouse Arts Management Organization, Tucson; Young Arts Arizona Ltd., Phoenix.

Individual: Marco Albaran, Tempe; James K. Ballinger, Phoenix; Richard A. Bowers, Phoenix; Ted G. Decker, Phoenix; Faith Hibbs-Clark, Phoenix; Kaitlyn Mackay, Glendale;
Constance W. McMillin, Sun City; Nichole Newman-Colter, Litchfield; Hope Ozer, Paradise Valley; Rebecca Taylor, Yuma.

Honorees will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

The eighth annual Shelley Award also will be presented to an Arizona individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.  The award is named for Shelley Cohn, who spent more than 25 years as executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Ticket prices are $135 for members of Arizona Citizens for the Arts and $150 for nonmembers.  Sponsorships are available.
For information and to make reservations go to www.governorsartsawards.org.

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Desert Ridge Marketplace Events For November & December

Mark your calendars! Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix has many events planned for this holiday season:

Super Saturday Turkey Drive

When: Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Albertson’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: Help St. Mary’s Food Bank provide thousands of families with a real holiday meal by donating a frozen turkey. Everyone who donates a frozen turkey can enter to win prizes from Desert Ridge Marketplace.

Holiday Ice Skating at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: Black Friday Weekend: Friday through Sunday, November 23, 24 and 25; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., FREE event
Where: Near AMC Theatre
What: Skip the Black Friday crowds and come enjoy some holiday family fun on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. near the AMC Theatre for some free holiday ice skating! The skates are free as well. All skaters must be at least 5 years old.

First Snow Fall with Radio Disney at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: Monday, November, 19, 5 – 8 p.m., FREE event
Where: AMC Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: Come watch Desert Ridge Marketplace transform into a winter wonderland at the First Snow Fall with Radio Disney. Bring the family out for fun and entertainment with Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Crew and enjoy four shows throughout the night. This will be a spectacular holiday experience unlike any other!

Salvation Army Angel Tree

When: Friday, November 23 – Saturday, December 22
Where: Dave & Buster’s at Desert Ridge Marketplace
What: The Christmas Angel Program provides new toys and clothing to children who otherwise would not have gifts to open during the holidays. The gifts contain tags with the name, age, clothing size, and toy requests of an underprivileged child. An annual program offered by the Salvation Army, Arizona’s Family 3TV and Mix 96.9, the Christmas Angel Program runs from Friday, November 23, through Saturday, December 23.

Snow What Fun Nightly Snowfalls at Desert Ridge Marketplace

When: November 19 – December 24, 7 p.m. & 8 p.m., FREE event
Where: AMC Fountains
What: It will snow each night between November 19 through December 24 (except for Thanksgiving) promptly at 7 & 8pm within The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Out of thin air, flakes of fluffy white show will float down from the sky, transforming the AMC Fountain and Fireplace into a snow globe.

United Blood Services Blood Drive

When: Monday, November 26, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Near Dave & Busters
What: Give a life-saving performance by donating blood Nov. 26, and you’ll receive a voucher for one complimentary ticket to a concert, courtesy of the Phoenix Symphony! But that’s not all; all November blood donors will be automatically entered into a raffle to win 50,000 Marriott Rewards Points, courtesy of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge. Use your points at more than 3,600 hotels in 70 countries or for great name-brand merchandise in the Marriott Reward Store. The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the most difficult times of the year to meet patient blood needs, so find the hero in you. Give blood this holiday season. Potential donors must be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 16 years old. Additional height/weight restrictions apply for donors ages 16–22. For donor eligibility questions, call (480) 675-5497. To schedule your preferred donation time, visit BloodHero.com.

Snow Day with 98.7 The Peak

When: Sat. Dec 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Sandbar parking lot, off Tatum Blvd.
What: Whether you’re a kid or just want to feel like one for the day, grab your mittens and head over to Snow Day with The Peak in the Sandbar parking lot, located just off of Tatum Blvd. If you can’t make it to the snow for the holidays, we will bring it to you! With more than 35 tons of snow to play in, and holiday crafts, cookies and milk, Mrs. Claus and live music, there is something for everyone!

Story Time with PBS Channel 8

When: December 5, 12 & 19, 5 – 7 p.m.
Where: District Stage
What: Bring the kids out to get in the holiday spirit and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies from California Pizza Kitchen, story-time readings of holiday classics, dancing and exercises by The Little Gym and special guest characters presented by PBS Channel 8. Remember to get here early to grab a seat! Catch Clifford the Big Red Dog on Wednesday, December 5 from 5-7 p.m., Arthur on Wednesday, December 12 from 5-7 p.m. and Curious George on Wednesday, December 19 from 5-7 p.m.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
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