2018 Fall Arts Preview Performances

2018 Fall arts Preview Performances

Artists abound around the Valley this season

By Heather Copfer

This fall arts season presents wide ranges of artistic talent throughout the Valley of the Sun. TV star Charles Shaughnessy (Days of Our Lives) plays Scrooge in a Scottsdale Musical Theater production, while Penn and Teller appear at the Mesa Arts Center this coming October.

Lineups continue to grow and build but listed here is a sneak peek of what art-loving audiences can look forward to starting this month.

Arizona Musicfest

The Arizona Musicfest fall season features talented artists like Grammy Award winner Wynonna Judd, and those who pay tribute to such musicians. To kick off the 28th season, Kenny Metcalf and Patrick Farrell will perform a Billy Joel and Elton John tribute concert in November. For more information, call 480-422-8449 or visit azmusicfest.org. All shows at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Billy Joel 2 Elton John:

A Tribute Concert

November 2

Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale

The Bronx Wanderers

November 8

Highlands Church

Anderson & Roe Piano Duo

November 13

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale

Wynonna & The Big Noise

November 17

Highlands Church

Young Musicians Fall Concert

2 p.m. November 18

Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix

The Ten Tenors: Home for the


December 3

Highlands Church

Arizona Opera

Founded in 1971, the Arizona Opera has produced fully staged operas and concerts throughout Arizona. The opera is among a handful of U.S. companies that regularly perform in more than one city. Season performances take place at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, Phoenix, and Tucson Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue. For tickets, visit azopera.org.

Maria De Buenos Aires

7:30 p.m. September 28 and September 29; 2 p.m. September 30

Phoenix Herberger Theater Center

7:30 p.m. October 6; 2 p.m. October 7

Tucson Temple of Music and Art

Charlie Parker’s Yardbird

7:30 p.m. November 9 and November 10; 2 p.m. November 11

Phoenix Herberger Theater Center

7:30 p.m. November 17; 2 p.m. November 18

Tucson Temple of Music and Art

Arizona Broadway Theatre

ABT approaches its 14th season with numerous mainstage shows, a concert series and its new Encore Series. The theater provides a full dining experience prior to each show with select ticket purchases. Performances take place at 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For tickets, call 623-776-8400 or visit the website at azbroadway.org. Shows at various times, unless otherwise noted.

The Everly Brothers Experience

5:30 p.m. September 10

Forbidden Broadway

Various times September 20 to September 23

Calendar Girl: A Tribute to

Neil Sedaka

5:30 p.m. September 24

Late Night Catechism

Various times, September 25 to September 30

Men are from Mars, Women are

from Venus – Live!

Various times, September 27 to September 30

Girl’s Night Out

Various times, October 4 to October 7

Titanic the Musical

Various times, October 12 to November 10

Cash & Lewis: A Tribute to

Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis

5:30 p.m. October 15

Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience!

5:30 p.m. October 29

Paperback Writer: A Tribute to

the Beatles

5:30 p.m. November 5

Miracle on 34th Street

Various times, November 23 to December 29

A Glenn Miller Christmas

5:30 p.m. December 3

Charlie Brown Christmas

10 a.m. December 8, December 15, December 22,

In the Christmas Mood

5:30 p.m. December 17

New Year’s Eve with December ’63:

A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the

Four Seasons

7:30 p.m. December 31

Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company displays homegrown productions ranging from musicals to new works to contemporary plays. The ATC has the largest seasonal subscriber base in the state’s performing arts scene and is the only resident U.S. company based in two cities – Phoenix and Tucson.

Tucson performances stage at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Avenue, 520-622-2823. Phoenix shows are held at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe Street, 602-256-6995. For more information, visit arizonatheatre.org.

Native Gardens

Various times, October 4 to

October 21

Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Various times, November 15 – December 2

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage brings the best of Broadway as well as an array of artists from around the world. This season will introduce a waitress and Evan Hansen to Phoenix audiences. Shows are staged at ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe. For more information, call 480-965-3434 or 480-965-5062, or visit asugammage.com. All shows start at various times.

Ronald K. Brown Evidence

September 29


October 2 to October 7

Barber Shop Chronicles

October 13

Anda Union

October 27

On Your Feet!

November 6 to November 11

Dear Evan Hansen

November 27 to December 2

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

December 27

Ballet Arizona

Arizona’s nationally recognized ballet kicks off its fall season next month at Orpheum Theatre showcasing works by Ib Andersen, Justin Peck and more. Season tickets are on sale. For more information, visit balletaz.org. All shows are at various times.

New Moves

September 27 to September 30

Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams Street, Phoenix

The Sleeping Beauty

October 25 to October 28

Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street, Phoenix

The Nutcracker

December 13 to December 24

Symphony Hall

North Valley Symphony


North Valley Symphony Orchestra is set on bringing a spectacular concert experience at an affordable price. To kick off its seventh season, the NVSO’s October performance features eerie musical selections inspired by movies such as Psycho, Night at Bald Mountain and Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

For tickets, visit northvalleysymphony.org or call 623-980-4628.

Fall Fright Night

7 p.m. October 20

North Canyon High School Auditorium,

1700 E. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix

Winter Wonderland

December 15

Location TBA

Phoenix Theatre

Every year, Phoenix Theatre showcases nearly 500 performances on multiple stages. PT is celebrating its 98th season with shows from Avenue Q to the infamous West Side Story. The theater is located at 100 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. For tickets, visit phoenixtheatre.com. All shows have various times.

Avenue Q

Through September 29

West Side Story

September 5 to October 14

Fun Home

October 10 to December 2

Elf: The Musical

November 14 to December 30

Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler Center for the Arts kicks off its 29th season with America’s Got Talent star and winner of NBC’s Phenomenon, magician Mike Super, on September 22.

New this season is Chandler Center for the Arts’ “Pick 5” shows package; patrons can create their own season package by selecting five or more shows from the season and save $6 per ticket. Chandler Center has also developed a new membership program in which donors to the center receive a wide array of benefits.

Tickets, memberships and show details are available through the center’s box office at 480-782-2680 and at chandlercenter.org.

The Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler. All shows at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Illusionist Mike Super

7 p.m. September 22

Macy Gray

7 p.m. September 23

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. September 29

Get the Led Out: The American

Led Zeppelin

October 4

Mariachi Folklorico Festival

7 p.m. October 6

Boney James

October 11

Don Felder

7 p.m. October 14

Lucia Micarelli

October 20

Run Boy Run

October 27

Travis Tritt

November 2

Lea DeLaria

November 9

Sons of Serendip

December 14

Raul Midón

November 17

Drumline Live Holiday Spectacular

December 21

Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus

Various times December 26 – January 6

Phoenix Symphony

Each season, the Phoenix Symphony offers a variety of classics and pops concerts in downtown Phoenix and throughout the state. For more information, visit phoenixsymphony.org or call 602-495-1999.

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

7:30 p.m. September 14 and September 15; 2 p.m. September 16

Sinatra and Friends

7:30 p.m. September 21 and September 22; 2 p.m. September 23

Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky

7:30 p.m. September 28 and 29

Titanic Scores: The Music of James Horner

7:30 p.m. October 5 and October 6; 2 p.m. October 7

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Rachel Barton Pine

7:30 p.m. October 12 and October 13; 2 p.m. October 14

Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas™

Various times, October 19 to October 21

Hotel California: Music of the Eagles

7:30 p.m. October 27

Elgar’s Enigma Variations

7:30 p.m. November 2 and November 3

The Second City Guide to the Symphony

7:30 p.m. November 9 and November 10; 2 p.m. November 11

Dvorák’s New World Symphony, No. 9

7:30 p.m. November 16 and November 17; 2 p.m. November 18

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert

Various times, November 23 to November 25

Holiday Pops

Various times, November 30 to December 2

Cirque Holiday Spectacular

7:30 p.m. December 7 and December 8; 2 p.m. December 8 and December 9

Handel’s Messiah

Various times, December 12 to December 16

Symphony & Chill: The Music of the Flat Screen

7:30 p.m. December 28 and December 29; 2 p.m. December 30

New Year’s Eve Celebration

7 p.m. December 31

Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is hosting more than 50 diverse artists from around the world this fall season. The shows are held at the MIM’s 300-seat, acoustically noteworthy venue at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. For more information and ticket purchases, call 480-471-8690 or visit mim.org.

The Dawg Trio Featuring David Grisman, Danny Barnes and Sam Grisman

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. September 1

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, with Kenny White

7 p.m. September 11 and September 12

Red Molly

7:30 p.m. September 14

Juana Molina

7:30 p.m. September 15

Carbon Leaf

7 p.m. September 17

Mwenso and the Shakes

7 p.m. September 18

Tower of Power

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. September 19 and September 20

Margaret Glaspy

7:30 p.m. September 21

Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

7:30 p.m. September 22

Robben Ford

7 p.m. September 23

Loudon Wainwright III

7 p.m. September 24

Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. September 25 and September 26

Harold López-Nussa

7:30 p.m. September 27

Kandace Springs

7:30 p.m. September 28

Carmela y Màs Presents “Salsariachi”

7:30 p.m. September 29

Marc Broussard

7 p.m. September 30

The Lone Bellow

7 p.m. October 1 and October 2

Cyrus Chestnut Trio with Buster Williams and Lenny White

7 p.m. October 3

Front Country

7:30 p.m. October 4

Fatoumata Diawara

7:30 p.m. October 5

The California Guitar Trio and the Montreal Guitar Trio

6 p.m. and 8 p.m. October 6

Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa

7 p.m. October 7

Michael Miles – From Senegal to Seeger

7:30 p.m. October 13

Paris Chansons

7 p.m. October 14

Billy Strings

7:30 p.m. October 19

John Scofield’s Combo 66 featuring Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer and Bill Stewart

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. October 20


7 p.m. October 21


7 p.m. October 22

Jesse Colin Young

7 p.m. October 23

Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson with Moanalani Beamer

7 p.m. October 24

The Steel Wheels

7:30 p.m. October 25

Peter Asher and Jeremy Clyde

7:30 p.m. October 26; 8 p.m. October 28

DHOAD Gypsies of Rajasthan

7:30 p.m. October 27

MusicaNova Orchestra: An Armistice without a Peace

3 p.m. October 28

Karrin Allyson

7 p.m. October 30

Kathy Mattea

7 p.m. October 31 and November 1

Compania Flamenca Eduardo Guerrero

7:30 p.m. November 2

Donna the Buffalo

7 p.m. November 4

Late Night with Leonard Bernstein: A Multimedia Cabaret with Jamie Bernstein

7 p.m. November 13


7:30 p.m. November 17

MIM and Arizona Musicfest Present the Young Musicians Fall Concert

2 p.m. November 18

Jane Monheit

7 p.m. November 25

A Special Holiday Concert with Gypsy Soul

7:30 p.m. December 1

Mike Stern

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 6

Over the Rhine

7:30 p.m. December 8


7 p.m. December 9

The Steve Gadd Band

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 13 and 14

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice featuring Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Alex De Grassi with special guest Todd Boston

4 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 15

Irish Christmas in America

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 16; 7 p.m. December 17

The Manhattan Transfer

7 p.m. and 9 p.m. December 21 and 22

Jim Brickman

3 p.m. and 7 p.m. December 29 and 30; 7 p.m. December 31

Mesa Arts Center

This season Mesa Arts Center has a diverse and fun lineup of events, from the National Geographic Live speaker series to the Emmy-winning duo Penn and Teller. Performances are held at the Mesa Arts Center’s venues, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa. Tickets are available at the box office at 480-644-6500 or online at mesaartscenter.com. All shows at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Peter Frampton

September 4

Australian Pink Floyd

September 19

Gabriel Royal

September 21

Luma: Art in Darkness

2 p.m. September 23

John Oates and The Good Road Band

September 26

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis’ Spaces, featuring Lil Buck and Jared Grimes

October 4

Penn and Teller

8 p.m. October 5

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure

Various times, October 11 to October 13

Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez

8 p.m. October 13

I’m With Her

October 14

Ikeda Theater

Serial Killers Live on Stage

October 14

National Geographic Live

Ami Vitale: Rhinos, Rickshaws, and Revolutions

October 17

Callas in Concert – The Hologram Tour

8 p.m. October 20

ASU Symphony Orchestra Music & Film: Frankenstein

3 p.m. October 21

Whose Live Anyway?

8 p.m. November 2

National Geographic Live

Dan Buettner And David Mclain: The Search for Longevity

November 14

Rodney Crowell

November 14

Awadagin Pratt

November 15

Snap Judgment

8 p.m. November 16

Celtic Thunder X Tour

November 20

A Magical Cirque Christmas

November 25

Emerson String Quartet

November 28

Trey Anastasio

December 3

Puddles Pity Party

December 7

Holiday Pops

December 9

Handel’s Messiah

December 13

OK Go: The Live Video Tour

8 p.m. December 14

Dave Koz & Friends Christmas 2018

8 p.m. December 15

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914

December 18

Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera Live in Stereo

December 21

Straight No Chaser

December 27

Home Free

8 p.m. December 31

ProMusica Arizona and Orchestra

PMAZ was founded 16 years ago and has since performed more than 150 times in front of more than 125,000 people. Supported by the Arizona Commission of the Arts, the nonprofit has two performances this fall. For more information, visit pmaz.org or call 623-326-5172.

Broadway, Beatles and Blues

7:30 p.m. November 3

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 39808 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway, Anthem

3 p.m. November 4

American Lutheran Church, 17200 N. Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City

It’s Christmas!

7:30 p.m. December 7

American Lutheran Church

4 p.m. December 8

Cross of Christ Lutheran Church

4 p.m. December 9

All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N. Seventh Street, Phoenix

Tempe Center for the Arts

TCA’s fall season features Grammy Award-winning musicians, TV legends and an array of theater and musical performances. This year the theater partnered with resident art companies like Scottsdale Musical Theater Company and The Bridge Initiative: Women in Theatre. The venue is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. For tickets, call 480-350-2822 or visit tempecenterforthearts.com.

Annie Moses Band

7:30 p.m. September 22

Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN)

7:30 p.m. October 20

Changüí Majadero

7:30 p.m. October 27

Dinner at Five

7:30 p.m. November 3

Dailey & Vincent

7:30 p.m. November 17

A Christmas Carol

Various times, December 6 to 23

The Revolutionists

Various times, December 7 to 15

Phoenix Chorale

This 28-voice chorus has been called one of North America’s finest choral ensembles, with eight Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins. The PC kicks off its 60th season with Desert and Rivers, a concert led by guest director Jenny Wong and inspired by Arizona’s vast desert. For more information, visit phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224 for tickets.

Desert and Rivers

7:30 p.m. September 28

The Church of the Epiphany, 2222 S. Price Road, Tempe

7:30 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix

3 p.m. September 30

Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley

Mid-Century Modern

7:30 p.m. October 26

American Lutheran Church, 17200 Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City

7:30 p.m. October 27

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

3 p.m. October 28

Camelback Bible Church

A Chorale Christmas

7:30 p.m. December 14

American Lutheran Church

7:30 p.m. December 15

Trinity Episcopal Church

3 p.m. December 16

La Casa de Cristo, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale

7:30 p.m. December 17

Camelback Bible Church

7:30 p.m. December 18

Brophy Chapel, 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts features a series of dance, music, theater and comedy this fall. Artists include members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and Grammy Award winners like Graham Nash. Performances take place at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-499-8587 or visit scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

8 p.m. September 7

Pat Roberts and the Heymakers

8:30 p.m. September 7

Hot Tuna

7:30 p.m. September 8


8 p.m. September 14

AJ Odneal

8:30 p.m. September 14

Vinyl Station

8 p.m. September 21

The Gaines Brothers

8:30 p.m. September 21

Marmalade Skies, A Musical Tribute to the Beatles

8 p.m. September 28

Moonlight Magic

8:30 p.m. September 28

Al Di Meola with Jordan Rudess

7:30 p.m. September 30

The Fats Waller Musical Show

Various times, October 11 to October 27

David Bromberg Quintet with special guest John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

7:30 p.m. October 12

Mandy Harvey with special guest Lelea

7:30 p.m. October 13

Graham Nash

7:30 p.m. October 15

Vicki Lawrence and Mama:

A Two-Woman Show

8 p.m. October 27

Yekwon Sunwoo

3 p.m. October 28

Martha Graham Dance Company

8 p.m. November 10

David Finckel and Wu Han

3 p.m. November 11

Jessie Mueller

8 p.m. November 17

Big Band Night

7:30 p.m. November 19

The Capitol Steps

8 p.m. November 23; 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. November 24

Matthew Morrison

December 1

Sister’s Christmas Catechism

Various times, December 7 to 16

Dianne Reeves

8 p.m. December 8

Scottsdale Philharmonic

4 p.m. December 9

Alan Cumming

7:30 p.m. December 10

Sutton Foster

8 p.m. December 14

A Merry-Achi Christmas

7 p.m. December 15

Rob Kapilow

3 p.m. December 16

Southwest Shakespeare Company

Southwest Shakespeare Company begins its 25th season with Pericles, a show filled with pirates, evil queens and shipwrecks. This season, titled Better Strangers!, explores stories of humanity, love and laughter while searching for the answer to the question, “How can we be better to one another?”

Performances take place at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St, Mesa, and Taliesin West, 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, Scottsdale. Visit swshakespeare.org for more details.

Pericles, The Prince of Tyre

Various times, October 26 to November 10

Mesa Arts Center


Various times, October 26 to November 10

Mesa Arts Center

Julius Caesar

7:30 p.m. November 16 and December 14

Taliesin West

The Holiday Show

7:30 p.m. November 30 and December 1

6 p.m. December 2

Taliesin West