As part of our 2015-16 Performing Arts Season Preview, CST highlighted the following performing arts organizations and venues.
Mesa Arts Center
Located in the heart of Downtown Mesa, the Center’s mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible and relevant. The annual season kickoff festival, held September 11, will take on the atmosphere of a Latin street party this year, with Los Lonely Boys, lessons in Latin social dance from Ballet Hispanico and five new exhibitions in Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, including two showcasing works from Cheech Marin’s collection. Enjoy great food, amazing lowriders and artist demonstrations on the Shadow Walk; this feast-for-the-senses festival will satisfy art cravings in every way.
Musical Instrument Museum
MIM brings world-class performers to the Valley while celebrating music as a sustaining human gift that enriches world culture by collecting, preserving and exhibiting a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. Save the dates of November 7-8 for MIMFest 2015. Enjoy two days of music from around the world by award-winning performers, delicious food and fun activities for children of all ages. Tickets are on sale to the public beginning September 3.
The Phoenix Symphony
Maestro Tito Muñoz debuts his second season as music director with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Join Maestro Muñoz in this grand program as he leads over 200 musicians, including The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class soloists, in Beethoven’s final and most celebrated masterpiece, featuring the famous “Ode to Joy” chorus, September 18 and 19 at 7:30pm at Symphony Hall in Downtown Phoenix.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a star-studded 2015-16 season of music, dance, theater, comedy, film and more. Among the many highlights are performances by BalletBoyz, Margaret Cho, Joan Collins, Alan Cumming, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Ana Gasteyer, The Hot Sardines, Jane Lynch, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Ten Tenors, all of whom will be making their Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts debuts, alongside returning favorites such as Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt, Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez, Martin Short and Tommy Tune.
See pages 70-71 of the September 2015 issue of CITYSunTimes for the 2015-16 Performing Arts Preview.