The Met: Live In HD returns to theaters Saturday

The Metropolitan Opera's Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Met: Live in HD series returns to movie theaters for a fifth season this fall. The critically-acclaimed series will be transmitted live, in high definition, to nearly 550 movie theaters and performing arts centers in the United States, including AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.

This season will feature 12 live and 12 encore presentations from October to June. Each live performance will take place on Saturdays, beginning Oct. 9. Tickets are available at the box office and online at

The 2010/11 planned schedule is as follows (the live performance date is first, followed by the encore presentation date in parentheses): Oct. 9 (Oct. 27), Das Rheingold; Oct. 23 (Nov. 10), Boris Godunov; Nov. 13 (Dec. 1), Don Pasquale; Dec. 11 (Jan. 5), Don Carlo; Jan. 8 (Jan. 26), La Fanciulla Del West; Feb. 12 (March 2), Nixon In China; Feb. 26 (March 16), Iphigénie En Tauride; March 19 (April 6), Lucia Di Lammermoor; April 9 (April 27), Le Comte Ory; April 23 (May 11), Capriccio; April 30 (May 18), Il Trovatore; and May 14 (June 1), Die Walküre.

For the schedule and tickets, visit For details on the operas, visit

Combat veterans 4TROOPS to perform at MAC

4TROOPS are United States combat veterans. While overseas, music played a crucial and very personal role in their lives. They would sing at everything from large military events to more intimate settings, where they would jam in their bunk after a long day in the field and try to recall a slice of home. They also used their voices at somber occasions like memorial services, where they would sing to remember those who had been lost. 4TROOPS now come together for a singular purpose - to sing on behalf of all troops, to honor their sacrifices and to create awareness for their needs.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. Tickets - $26 and $36 - are available by calling the box office at (480) 644-6500 or visiting

Their self-titled CD consists of well-known positive pop and country songs and some new songs. The songs take on a special meaning in the context that they are performed by these four combat heroes.

An important element to the 4TROOPS project is giving back to organizations that support U.S. soldiers and veterans. Sony Music will donate 50 cents from each sale of the 4TROOPS album in the United States to organizations that support veterans and their families. This donation will be split equally among The American Legion, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) and the USO.


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