Bold, Direct, Unforgettable


Montreal-based circus The 7 Fingers brings Cuisine & Confessions to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in February. Image: Sophie LeClerc and Olivier-Tetreault

Montreal-based circus The 7 Fingers brings Cuisine & Confessions to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in February. Image: Sophie LeClerc and Olivier-Tetreault

The 2016-17 Performing Arts Season Is Here

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ Change is good. It forces one to adapt, which brings about resiliency – something that Arizona performing arts organizations are familiar with. As the performing arts season gets underway in the Valley, organizations are rising to the challenges of the times – and coming through brilliantly.

After nearly 30 years, the Scottsdale Cultural Council changed its name to Scottsdale Arts (www.scottsdalearts.org) to “engage more effectively with the public and the next generation of audiences.” Remarking on the changes, Scottsdale Arts president and CEO Neale Perl said, “Scottsdale Arts is bold and direct, and perfectly represents the fundamental mission of our organization – to provide our city’s residents and visitors with exceptional arts and educational experiences – now and into the future.”

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) is another organization meeting challenges and changing times head-on. After facing a potentially season-cancelling fundraising slump, donors across the state rallied, providing the funds needed for ATC to present its 50th Anniversary Season – something for everyone to celebrate.
“Next season will be a year-long celebration of a half-century of unforgettable theatre in Arizona,” said ATC artistic director David Ira Goldstein, announcing the season (www.arizonatheatre.org). “It will be an opportunity for the thousands of professional artists and staff, and the audiences of millions who have joined with us over that time, to take a deep bow. In putting together this Golden Anniversary season, we have tried to assemble an exceptionally ambitious season that reflects many of the strands of our diverse, wide-ranging and exciting history.”

With live music, theater and dance, the Valley’s performing arts organizations are ready to enrich, provoke, educate, inspire and, of course, entertain this season – don’t miss a moment. |CST

The CITYSunTimes 2016-17 Performing Arts Preview begins on page 68.

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