MIM Celebrates 5 years

2015-03-30 | ImagesAZ | Music

Writer Tom Scanlon     If ears could talk, they would say, “We heart MIM!”   Ears, of course, are neglected in our eye-centric society. At the checkout line, there are no magazine covers touting the “10 sexiest male voices alive.” Mammoth television screens provide amazing pictures, but the sound? Horrible.   Then there are all those grandiose museums, from the Louvre to the Museum of Modern Art: a visual feast, but an auditory famine. What do they sound like? Squeaking shoes, clearing throats and whispered phrases such as, “I don’t get it, but I love the frame.”   So it is that ears around Phoenix give a standing ovation, of sorts, to the Musical Instrument Museum. Time flies when you’re making music, and MIM turns 5 years old this month.   The Phoenix museum, just outside North Scottsdale, threw open its doors five Aprils ago, and the Valley has never been the same — in a good way. Ears have been almost unconsciously drawn to it, like monarch butterflies to... More

Time Out for the Arts: Pipe Organ Exploration

2015-03-22 | ImagesAZ | Music

Join Brent Hylton for an up close and personal tour of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s custom-designed pipe organ, which features 3,364 pipes and 50 stops. 11:15 a.m. Free. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, More

NVSO Presents “The Planets”

2015-03-14 | ImagesAZ | Music

The North Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the seven-movement suite of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” amongst a multimedia backdrop of stunning planetary photos by NASA. 7 p.m. $5. North Canyon High School, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, More

Pinnacle Concert Series

2015-03-13 | ImagesAZ | Music

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s concert series continues in March with The Hyltons & Friends on March 13 and the West Valley Symphony on March 21. Check website for times and ticket prices. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, More

Tetra String Quartet

2015-03-08 | ImagesAZ | Music

The Tetra String Quartet performs their chamber music as part of the Living Music Performance Series. 3 p.m. $25. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, More

Evan Shinners a variation of classical piano

2015-03-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

He’s not quite a guitar-smashing rock star, yet miles from your stereotypical classical music performer. No wonder Time Out New York called him “a bona fide Bach star.”   Though catchy, that’s a bit simplistic. Evan Shinners is one complex artist, bringing everything from Rimbaud energy to a “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” casual genius to the symphony hall. He has been known to play two pianos at once, mixing his own compositions in with Beethoven and Bach and drawing in younger audiences with his mad performance style.   Yet there is a method to his madness, as this 28-year-old — somewhere between a wunderkind and seasoned professional — is not only wildly entertaining, but also seriously talented. As The New York Times raved after witnessing his contribution to a multi-disciplinary Museum of Modern Art piece, “Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt.”   Shinners, a native of Denver who attended the Juilliard School, will play... More

Phoenix Opera’s Southwest Vocal Competition Final Concert

2015-02-08 | ImagesAZ | Music

The 10 finalists from Phoenix Opera’s first-ever vocal competition perform under the baton of maestro John Massaro for a first place prize of $5,000. Check website for ticket prices. 7 p.m. Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St., 866-673-7248, ... More

ProMusica Arizona Presents “Around the World in 80 Minutes”

2015-02-08 | ImagesAZ | Music

Create your own international musical experience from a selection of mini-concerts featuring an exciting mix of music from around the globe. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. $25, adults; $15, students. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., 623-326-5172, More

Master Class on Four-Hand Piano Presented by Transcontinental Duo

2015-02-06 | ImagesAZ | Music

Professors Jan Thompson and Elaine Greenfield present an energetic approach to piano literature and piano performance practices for intermediate and advanced piano students and piano instructors. 4:30 p.m. $5. Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480-488-2081, More

Kiwanis Concert Series: “Sinatra and Friends” Starring Robbie Howard

2014-10-25 | ImagesAZ | Music

Las Vegas headliner Robbie Howard as Frank Sinatra brilliantly delivers the music, comedy and memories of the Rat Pack with all the smoothness of "Old Blue Eyes" himself. 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. $30 per person. Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, 101 Easy St., 480-488-7169, ... More

Live at the Quarter

2014-10-02 | ImagesAZ | Music

Favorite Valley bands Apple, The Senators, Rock Lobster and more entertain shoppers at Scottsdale Quarter’s Quad every Saturday night in this free concert series. 5-7 p.m. Scottsdale Quarter, 15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., More

Friday, May 6 :: Music in May

2011-04-30 | ImagesAZ | Music

Friday, May 6: The Rave is a Phoenix-based variety rock band that has played just about everywhere in the state of Arizona, including the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Formed by Joe Bass in 1986 from the popular Beatles-tribute band, Apple, The Rave’s extensive song selections and the quality of their performances are sure to get guests up on their feet and dancing.     Amphitheater Anthem Community Park Anthem, Arizona Exit 229, Anthem Way east to the intersection of Gavilan Peak & Anthem Way More
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