ASU Gammage

Arizona’s premier destination for touring Broadway productions. Info: (480) 965-3434 or

Oct. 8: AnDa Union

Feb. 3, 2012: Menahem Pressler with the ASU Chamber Orchestra

ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Music

Students, faculty and visiting artists perform in five concert halls across campus and at venues across Tempe and the Valley. Info: (480) 965-3371 or

Sept. 11: Sonoran Chamber Music Series: Damocles Trio

Sept. 12: Speak of the Devil(s): The Music of ASU’s Roshanne Etezady

Sept. 16: Diane Reich, soprano and Scott Holden, piano

Sept. 18: Faculty Artist Series: Spanning the Continents

Sept. 19: ASU Composition Studio Recital

Sept. 19: Picture Rachmaninoff

Sept. 20: Heidi Williams, piano

Sept. 20: Tempe Center for the Arts Performance with a View Series presents The Tetra String Quartet

Sept. 21: Church Windows

Sept. 22: Guitar Series: Berta Rojas, guitar

Sept 26: Trumpets from Around the World

Sept. 28: Musical Instrument Museum Musical Interlude Series presents John Ericson, horn

Sept. 29: Faculty Artist Series: Robert Hamilton, piano with Kate Hamilton, violin

Sept. 30-Oct. 9: Lyric Opera Theatre presents You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Sept. 30: Faculty Artist Series: Albie Micklich, bassoon & Friends

Oct. 3: Modern and Ancient Ayres

Oct. 9: Organ Series: When Worlds Collide: Music for Saxophone and Organ

Oct. 11: Big Band Blast Off!

Oct. 12: ASU Student Jazz Combos

Oct. 14: City Music

Oct. 14: Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

Oct. 14: Voices Raised in Song

Oct. 16: Faculty Artist Series: University Chamber Music 1

Oct. 16: New Music for Clarinet

Oct. 17: ASU Latin Jazz Band

Oct. 17: Studio 303 Voice Recital: Song Man, Stephen Foster

Oct. 17: Orchestral Masterworks: From Fairytales to Life’s Deepest Pondering

Oct. 18: Kerr Cultural Center Tuesday Morning Music and Tea presents Violin Studio E435

Oct. 19: Guitar Series: The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet

Oct 20-24: various concerts in honor of Franz Liszt’s 200th Birthday Celebration

Oct. 22: A Tribute to Ray Charles

Oct. 23: Organ Series: Reflections of Italy in Northern Europe

Oct. 24: Corde à vide Duo with Jubal Fulks, violin and Lorna Peters, harpsichord   

Oct. 25: Tempe Center for the Arts Performance With a View Series presents Voice Studio E217   

Oct. 26: Musical Instrument Museum Musical Interlude Series presents ChamberSax

Oct. 28: The Brentano String Quartet

Oct. 29: Romanenko-Yoshikawa Duo with Alexei Romanenko, cello and Christine Yoshikawa, piano

Oct. 30: Voices and Pipes

Nov. 2: ASU School of Music’s Marimba Maderas de Comitan (marimba band) presents A Latin Dance Pachanga

Nov. 5: Sixth annual Boys to Men Clinic and Concert

Nov. 6: Faculty Artist Series: Flute and Friends!

Nov. 7: ASU Composition Studio Recital

Nov. 8: International Accents

Nov. 9: Faculty Artist Series: Aspects of Beethoven 1

Nov. 10: Faculty Artist Series: Rhapsody, Romantic Music for Oboe and Piano

Nov. 10: Fa la la and the Fab Four

Nov. 12: Come, Ye Thankful People Come

Nov. 12: Faculty Artist Series: Aspects of Beethoven 2

Nov. 18: Guitar Series: Irina Kulikova, guitar

Nov. 18-Dec. 3: Lyric Opera Theatre presents Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Nov. 20: Sonoran Chamber Music Series: Arianna Quartet

Nov. 21: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Nov. 22: Tempe Center for the Arts Performance with a View Series presents Home for the Holidays

Nov. 22: ASU Percussion Jazz Ensemble

Nov. 28: ASU Latin Jazz Band

Nov. 29: ASU Jazz Repertory Band

Nov. 30: ASU Pan Devils Steel Band

Dec. 1: Winter Winds

Dec. 2: Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

Dec. 3: ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble

Dec. 4: ASU African Drum Ensemble

Dec. 4: A Festival of Seasons and Soloists

Dec. 5: A Holiday Festival of Choirs

Dec. 5: Big Band Night at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Dec. 6: Kerr Cultural Center Tuesday Morning Music & Tea presents the ASU Student Jazz Combos

Dec. 11: Faculty Artist Series: 9th Annual Organ Christmas Concert

Dec. 11: Organ Series: Ninth annual Organ Christmas Concert

Dec. 13: Tempe Center for the Arts Performance with a View Series presents SaXmas Morning

Jan. 8, 2012: A Celebration of the Fritts Organ

Jan. 20, 2012: Johannes Moller, guitar

Jan. 29, 2012: No Man Is An Island: Isolation and the Language of English Organ

Feb. 10, 2012: The Brentano String Quartet

Feb. 12, 2012: The Road to Bach

Feb. 17, 2012: Maximo Diego Pujol, guitar

March 1-4, 2012: Lyric Opera Theatre presents Ainadamar

March 4, 2012: Faculty Artist Series: Ganz Deutsch!

March 30, 2012: Dale Kavanagh, guitar

April 13, 2012: The Brentano String Quartet

April 13-22, 2012: Lyric Opera Theatre presents The Music Man

Arizona Opera

Founded in 1971, the company provides Phoenix and Tucson with operas of the highest quality. Dates listed below are for productions at Symphony Hall in Phoenix. Info: (602) 266.7464 or

Oct. 7-9: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Nov. 11-13: Faust

Jan. 27-29, 2012: Madama Butterfly

March 9-11, 2012: Aida

April 13-15, 2012: Orfeo de Euridice

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

Get dinner and a show in one stop; Broadway Palm offers a lunch or dinner buffet with your theater or concert experience, as well as show-only tickets. Info: (480) 325-6700 or

Oct. 10: AZ Diamond

Oct. 31: That Kool Band

Dec. 12 and 20: AZ Diamond presents a Neil Diamond Christmas

Dec. 19: That Kool Band presents A Kool Band Christmas

Feb. 20-12, 2012: The Gene Krupa Story

Dates TBA: The Magic of Manilow

Dates TBA: ABBA Fab: The Premier Abba Experience

Dates TBA: Piano Man: The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John


This longtime Valley choir headed by conductor Juan de Dios Hernandez performs at Trinity Cathedral in Phoenix. Info:

Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler’s top venue for peforming arts. Info: (480) 782-2680 or

Sept. 24: 12th annual Chandler Mariachi Festival

Sept. 30: Sugar Thieves

Oct. 9: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 22: The Official Blues Brothers Revue

Oct. 28: Gaelic Storm

Nov. 6: Órla Fallon

Nov. 12: Classic Albums Live performs Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

Jan. 7, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Jan. 27, 2012: Alpin Hong

Feb. 3, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 4, 2012: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis

Feb. 18, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

March 2, 2012: Los Lonely Boys

March 3, 2012: Ricky Nelson Remembered

March 4, 2012: Red Star Red Army Chorus and Dance Ensemble

March 13, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

March 31, 2012: Marty Stuart

April 18, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

May 6, 2012: Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts

Students present theatrical, musical and dance works in the on-campus Performing Arts Center and at other venues. Info: (480) 732-7343 or

Sept. 21: Paradise Winds Concert

Sept. 28-29: Choir Festival

Sept. 27: Vocal Majors’ Recital

Oct. 28-29: Choir Festival

Oct. 20: Choral Concert

Oct. 24: Jazz Night

Oct. 27: Community Chorus Concert

Nov. 1: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Concert Band Concert

Nov. 2: Vocal Majors’ Recital

Nov. 3: Instrumental Majors’ Recital

Nov. 21: Percussion Ensemble Concert

Dec. 4: Christmas Concert at Velda Rose United Methodist Church

Dec. 9: Student Actors’ Showcase

Dec. 9-10: Student Dance Showcase

Dec. 12: Winter Sampler

Dec. 13: Messiah Concert

Chandler Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Jack Herriman leads this group of volunteer musicians who provide live classical music to the public free of charge, unless otherwise noted. Performances are held at venues in Chandler, Gilbert and Sun Lakes. Info: (480) 899-3447 or

Oct. 9: Classical concert with violinist Jing Zeng

Nov. 13: Classical Mahler’s Anniversary concert with cellist Li Ma

Dec. 4: Holiday Concert

Dec. 16-17: CSO performs the music of Southwest Youth Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker Ballet

Jan. 7, 2012: Chamber Music

Feb. 3, 2012: Arizona Centennial Celebration Concert

Feb. 18, 2012: Chamber Orchestra

March 25, 2012: Youth Competition Winner concert

April 14, 2012: Chamber Music

May 6, 2012: Peter Rolland

Higley Center for the Performing Arts

This venue with a 1,235-seat concert hall and 186-seat Little Theater is on the campus of Gilbert’s Higley High School. Info: (480) 279-7194 or

Sept. 16: The Miracle of America: Birth of a Nation

Nov. 10: Josh Gracin

Nov. 18-19: Gilbert Folk Festival (at Gilbert Days) with Dolan Ellis and Marshall Trimble

Dec. 3: The Phoenix Children’s Chorus: Start the Season With a Song

Jan. 21, 2012: John Davidson

March 3, 2012: Tom Chapin: Building Bridges Family Concert

April 14, 2012: The Pangean Orchestra with conductor Colin O’Donohoe

Mesa Arts Center

Downtown’s shining arts campus hosts concerts, plays, touring productions, festivals, artists’ studios and educational programs. Info: (480) 644-6500 or

Sept. 13: The Weepies

Sept. 17: Return to Forever IV and Zappa Plays Zappa

Sept. 20: Dar Williams and Joan Osborne

Sept. 22: Deva Premal and Miten With Manose

Sept. 30: The Grascals

Oct. 2: Salt River Brass: Magical Musical Tour

Oct. 8: Choo-Choo Soul With Genevieve! (children’s)

Oct. 14: The Miles Davis Experience

Oct. 15: The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Oct. 16: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang

Oct. 23: An Evening With Vince Gill

Oct. 24: Celtic Thunder

Thursdays Oct. 27-Dec. 15: Fall Out to Lunch Concert Series

Nov. 5: Symphony of the Southwest: From Bach to Bartok

Nov. 6: Salt River Brass: American Salute

Nov. 12-13: Native American Song and Dance: Celebrating Canyon Records’ 60th Anniversary

Nov. 16-17: Blast!

Nov. 18: Ray Chen

Nov. 19: Leo Kottke

Dec. 10: Symphony of the Southwest: Holiday Celebration

Dec. 14: Dave Koz & Friends: Christmas Tour 2011

Dec. 17: Holiday Doo Wop Show

Dec. 18: Salt River Brass: Holiday Pops

Feb. 2, 2012: Jon Anderson

Thursdays Feb. 2-March 29, 2012: Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series

Feb. 12, 2012: Salt River Brass: All That Jazz

Feb. 14, 2012: Itzhak Perlman

Feb. 17, 2012: Lorna Luft: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Feb. 18, 2012: Jake Shimabukuro and Mac McAnally

Feb. 28, 2012: Jan Lisiecki

March 3, 2012: Symphony of the Southwest: Let Us Serenade You

March 10, 2012: David Benoit and Brian Culbertson

March 11, 2012: Salt River Brass: Midnight in Moscow

March 16, 2012: Taylor’s Irish Cabaret

March 31, 2012: Symphony of the Southwest Celebrates Arizona

April 22, 2012: Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott with the Assad Brothers

April 24, 2012: Paco de Lucia

April 29, 2012: Salt River Brass: All the World’s a Stage

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

This youth orchestra in its 29th season has more than 300 members in four 70- to 85-piece orchestras, plus a fiddler’s group. They perform at Mesa Arts Center and the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa hotel. Info: (480) 456-9501 or

Performance dates: Nov. 2, Dec. 1, Feb. 22, 2012, and May 1, 2012

Phoenix Symphony

Arizona’s professional orchestra, with roots going back to 1947, provides full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as at venues in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and central Arizona. Info: (602) 495-1999 or

Sept. 15-17: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Sept. 22 and 24: Stravinsky: Firebird Suite

Sept. 30 and Oct. 1: CALA Festival

Oct. 13-14: Mozart and More 2011-12 Special

Oct. 29: An Evening with Kenny Rogers

Nov. 3-4: Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

Nov. 17-19: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

Nov. 25-27: Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

Dec. 2-4: Holiday Pops

Dec. 3: Family Week, Holiday Celebration

Dec. 14-18: Handel’s Messiah

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Celebration

Jan. 6-8, 2012: Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Jan. 7, 2012: Family Week, Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Jan. 12-14, 2012: Dvorak: Cello Concerto

Jan. 19 and 21, 2012: Pictures at an Exhibition

Jan. 26-27, 2012: The Music of John Williams

Feb. 2-4, 2012: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazader

Feb. 16 and 18, 2012: Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

Feb. 24-26, 2012: Broadway Rocks!

March 1-3, 2012: Puccini and Mahler

March 16-18, 2012: Motown’s Greatest Hits

March 17, 2012: Family Week, Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham

March 22 and 24: Elgar: Enigma Variations

March 30-April 1, 2012: Rodgers and Hammerstein

April 19-21, 2012: Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

April 26-29, 2012: The Rat Pack

April 28, 2012: Family Week, Musical Fables

May 3, 2012: Rachmaninoff: Concert No. 1

May 4-5, 2012: Rachmaninoff: Concert No. 2

May 10, 2012: Rachmaninoff: Concert No. 3

May 12, 2012: Rachmaninoff: Concert No. 4

May 13, 2012: Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody

May 17-19, 2012: Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez

May 25-27, 2012: Cirque de la Symphonie

May 26, 2012: Family Week, Cirque de la Symphonie

June 1, 2012: College Club Card

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

A free-standing, contemporary 777-seat theatre on the campus of Queen Creek High School. Info: (480) 987-7469 or

Oct. 29: Savannah Jack

Feb. 29, 2012: Vocal Point

Salt River Brass

Director Patrick Sheridan leads this band of brass and percussion musicians that performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (602) 334-4556 or

Oct. 2: Magical Music Tour

Nov. 6: American Salute

Dec. 18: Holiday Pops

March 11, 2012: Midnight in Moscow

April 29, 2012: All the World’s a Stage

San Tan Chorale and Orchestra

These groups, along with the San Tan Players, are part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, a group launched in 2006 to provide performing arts opportunities for residents of the Southeast Valley. They put on concerts and musicals at venues throughout the East Valley. Info: (480) 297-7552 or

Nov. 12-13: And the Oscar Goes To: A Selection of Award-Winning Songs from the 1930s to Present Time

Feb. 25-26, 2012: Western Vistas: A Celebration of Arizona Statehood and the Western United States

May 5-6, 2012: Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale’s premiere performance arts venue. Info: (480) 994-2787 or

Oct. 15: Bebe Neuwirth: Stories With Piano

Oct. 29: Creole Choir of Cuba

Nov. 5: Sergio Mendes

Nov. 13: Pink Martini

Nov. 13: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Jeremy Denk

Nov. 19: Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen

Dec. 3: ARTrageous: An Evening on Broadway Starring Marvin Hamlisch, Linda Eder and J. Mark McVey

Dec. 6: Keyboard Conversations: Gershwin and Friends

Dec. 9: Anonymous 4: Anthology 25

Dec. 10: Go Tell It on the Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

Dec. 21: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party

Jan. 14, 2012: Underground Railroad: An Evening with Kathleen Battle

Jan. 17, 2012: Keyboard Conversations: A Beethoven Bonanza

Jan. 22, 2012: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Simone Dinnerstein

Jan. 25, 2012: San Francisco Grand Opera Cinema Series: Tosca

Jan. 27, 2012: An Evening of Songs and Stories with Tyne Daly

Feb. 2, 2012: Close Encounters With Music: Lisztomania!

Feb. 9, 2012: Metropolitan Klezmer

Feb. 11, 2012: Duke Ellington Orchestra

Feb. 14, 2012: Keyboard Conversations: From Heart to Art: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt

Feb. 18, 2012: Tao: The Way of the Drum

Feb. 24, 2012: Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Feb. 25, 2012: Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra featuring Garrick Ohlsson

March 3, 2012: Patty LuPone: The Gypsy in My Soul

March 8, 2012: Close Encounters With Music: Grand Piano Quartets: Brahms and Schumann

March 10, 2012: Bruce Hornsby

March 13, 2012: Russian Rapture: Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky

March 18, 2012: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Yefim Bronfman

March 23, 2012: Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard

March 28, 2012: San Francisco Grand Opera Cinema Series: Lucia di Lammermoor

March 31, 2012: Jane Krakowski

April 15, 2012: Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Bryan Wallick

May 5, 2012: Dianne Reeves

Sonoran Desert Chorale

The group performs Saturdays at First United Methodist Church in Mesa and Sundays at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. Info: (480) 305-4538 or

Oct. 8-9: Passages of Love and Life

Dec. 11-12: Passages of Joy! Noel!

March 10-11, 2012: Passages of the Spirit

May 5-6, 2012: Passages to Far Horizons


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Maestro Cal Stewart Kellog leads thIS 55-year-old East Valley symphonic group in classical and pops concerts at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 827-2143 or

Nov. 5: From Bach to Bartok

Dec. 10: Holiday Celebration

March 3, 2012: Let Us Serenade You

March 31: Symphony of the Southwest Celebrates Arizona

Tempe Center for the Arts

The gleaming lakeside venue hosts concerts, plays, lectures, dance productions, inimate musical jam sessions and public events. Info: (480) 350-2822 or

Sept. 11: Sonoran Chamber Music: Damocles Trio

Wednesdays through November: Walk-in Wednesdays with Walt Richardson

Sept. 20: Performance with a View: Tetra String Quartet

Sept. 24: Tyler Fiore benefit concert

Sept. 24: Lakeshore Jazz Series: Bob Ravenscroft Trio

Oct. 17: Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Oct. 22: Lakeshore Jazz Series: ASU Concert Jazz Orchestra’s Big Band Tribute to Ray Charles

Oct. 25: Performance with a View: Studio E217 Voice Recital

Oct. 30: Phoenix Youth Symphony Fall Concert

Nov. 2: Arizona Wind Symphony: A Latin American Fantasy, Music of Fire, Emotion & Excitement

Nov. 6: Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble: A Salute to Our Veterans

Nov. 16: Songwriters Showcase VI with Jesse Valenzuela

Nov. 18: Lakeshore Jazz Series: Kathy Kosins with Tamir Hendelman

Nov. 20: Sonoran Chamber Music: Arianna Quartet

Dec. 5: Tempe Symphony Orchestra: holiday concert

Dec. 23: Lakeshore Jazz Series: The Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday Tour

Jan. 11, 2012: Arizona Wind Symphony

Feb. 12, 2012: Sonoran Chamber Music: Clarinet Trio: Russell Harlow, Thomas Landschoot, Robert Moeling

Feb. 13, 2012: Tempe Symphony Orchestra

Feb. 27, 2012: Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble: A Young Person’s Guide to the Wind Ensemble

Feb. 28, 2012: Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble annual High School Band Festival

March 1, 2012: Arizona Wind Symphony

March 11, 2012: Sonoran Chamber Music: Piano Trio: Stephanie Chase, Thomas Landschoot, Doris Stevenson

April 4, 2012: Tempe Symphonic Wind Ensemble: Movies & More

April 9: Tempe Symphony Orchestra

April 11, 2012: Arizona Wind Symphony

April 15, 2012: Sonoran Chamber Music: Cello Recital: Thomas Landschoot, Martin Katz

April 20, 2011: Arizona Wind Symphony

Additional music venues

Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion

This Phoenix venue, formerly known as Cricket Pavilion, hosts national acts such as Lil Wayne, Def Leppard and Santana. Info: (602) 254-7200 or

Celebrity Theatre

An intimate theatre-in-the-round, Phoenix’s Celebrity hosts artists from Lindsey Buckingham and Wynonna to Chris Isaak and Bone Thugs & Harmony. Info: (602) 267-1600

Comerica Theatre

Artists from Ke$ha, ZZ Top and Incubus play this Phoenix concert hall formerly known as the Dodge Theatre. Info: (602) 379-2888 or

Grand Canyon University Arena

This 5,000 seat facility in Phoenix, set to open Sept. 23, will play host to national touring concerts. It’s already landed Lady Antebellum for Nov. 17. Info: (602) 639-8880 or Arena

Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and Carrie Underwood are among the acts to play this Glendale arena, which is also home to the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team. Info: (623) 772-3800 or

Marquee Theatre

This cozy Tempe theater is known for its eclectic mix of concerts from performers such as Colbie Caillat, Cinderella, Hank Williams III, The Airborne Toxic Event and Cake. Info: (480) 829-0707 or

Mesa Amphitheatre

This old-fashioned venue with a tiered lawn has been called big enough for great acts, yet intimate enough for to afford a great view of the stage. It’s also been voted best place to see a concert in local media polls. Info: (480) 644-2560 or

U.S. Airways Center

The home of the Phoenix Suns basketball team doubles as a concert arena for acts such as Britney Spears, the Foo Fighters and even the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Info: (602) 379-7800 or

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