Nutcracker Angel Night

Thanks to generous donations from Angel Night sponsors, underprivileged children and their families will have the chance to enjoy a performance of The Nutcracker at Symphony Hall Dec. 11.

Each season, Ballet Arizona offers a special showing of The Nutcracker, called Angel Night. The cost to sponsor a child at Angel Night is $30. Gifts can be made online at

For more information about education and community outreach programs, contact Paris Wilcox at (602) 343-6517, e-mail or visit


Valley Youth Theatre's 20th anniversary season

Remaining shows in Valley Youth Theatre's anniversary season include: A Winnie The Pooh Christmas Tail, Dec. 5 to 23; A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jan. 23 to Feb. 8; Seussical The Musical, March 6 to 22; and Geppetto and Son, By Stephen Schwartz, An Arizona Premiere, May 1 to 17.

For ticket information, visit and download a form or call (602) 253-8188, ext. 309.


Broadway season at ASU Gammage

Remaining shows in Arizona State University Gammage's 2008-09 M&I Bank Broadway Across America - Arizona season include Spring Awakening, Dec. 9 to 14; Disney's The Lion King, Jan. 2 to Feb. 8; Frost/Nixon starring Stacy Keach, March 31 to April 5; and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, June 16 to 21.

M&I Bank Broadway Across America - Arizona special engagements during the 2008-09 season include Rent, March 17 to 22, 2009; Cats, April 7 to 12; Stomp, May 5 to 10; and Wicked, July 1 to 26.

For more information or tickets, visit the box office,, Ticketmaster locations, or call (480) 784-4444.


Sonoran Desert Chorale announces upcoming season

Marking its 15th anniversary season, the Sonoran Desert Chorale's 2008-09 season celebrates to a focus of "Peace, Love and Charity."

Performances: Peace on Earth, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, FUMC, and 3 p.m. Dec. 14, CBC; A Mosaic of Sacred Song, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, FUMC, and 3 p.m. March 1, CBC; and Peace, Love and Charity, 7:30 p.m. May 2, FUMC, and 3 p.m. May 3, CBC.

Tickets, $50 for adult packages and $40 for student and senior packages, are available by calling (480) 305-4538. Single tickets, $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, may be purchased by calling (602) 765-1554. Tickets will also be available 30 minutes prior to the concert at the door.

Visit for more information.


Music Maker offers free workshops to benefit Phoenix Rescue Mission

Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills will provide free drop-off winter wonderland workshops for children ages 4 to 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Registration is required early due to limited space and popularity. All participants are asked to bring canned food or a toy for the Phoenix Rescue Mission.

The workshops will feature a fun, interactive Kindermusik lesson, craft and snack all around a winter wonderland theme. The workshops are designed for both boys and girls.

Music Maker Workshops is located at 3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2.

To reserve a spot, call the studio at (480) 706-1224 or visit


Chandler Symphony Orchestra performances

Following is the 2008-09 season schedule for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra (formerly the San Marcos Symphony). All performances will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 205 N. Arizona Ave., except the Dec. 7 shows, which will take place at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road. Performances will begin at 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 7, 8 p.m. Feb. 6, 3 p.m. March 29 and 3 p.m. May 10.

All of the concerts are free. Donations are accepted to help defray operating costs.

For information, call the box office at (480) 782-2680.


Phoenix Symphony offerings

The 2008-09 season for The Phoenix Symphony includes the Classics, Pops and Family series, as well as the inaugural Target World Music Festival and superstar performers such as Joshua Bell, Lang Lang and Doc Severinsen.

Season highlights include Handel's Messiah (Dec. 10 to 21), Doc Severinsen - El Ritmo de la Vida (Jan. 30 to Feb. 1), Stravinsky: The Firebird (Feb. 19 to 21), Mahler: Symphony No. 4 (April 9 and 11), Carmina Burana (April 23 and 25), A Salute to Rodgers & Hammerstein (May 15 to 17) and Joshua Bell in Concert (May 23). The season also offers a number of unique offerings such as puppeteer Basil Twist performing in Stravinsky: Petrushka (Nov. 6 to 8), the audience-favorite Bugs Bunny on Broadway (Jan. 3 and 4) and the energetic string trio Time for Three performing on Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (April 2 to 4).

More information is available online at, and a free concert guide detailing the season is available by calling the box office at (602) 495-1999.


Phoenix Chorale

Offerings for the 2008-09 50th anniversary Phoenix Chorale season begin with a concert entitled "Retro: Then & Now," featuring music from the first public performances of the Phoenix Chorale in 1958. In honor of the 50th anniversary, artistic director Charles Bruffy has programmed music from the Chorale's five-decade history throughout the season. 

On the schedule: "Home for the Holidays" (Dec. 18 to 21), 50th Anniversary Gala, "Sing to Love" (Feb. 14), "With the Kansas City Chorale" (Feb. 21, 22, and March 1), Festival of the Male Voice, "Boys to Men VI" (Feb. 28) and "Amazing Grace" (April 25, 26, and May 3).

A new ticketing program is available for anyone 25 and under to attend any Phoenix Chorale concert for free. These seats are available starting 10 minutes before each performance and are subject to availability.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (602) 253-2224.


Phoenix Boys Choir concert series

The Phoenix Boys Choir's performances for the upcoming season include:

- Carols From Around The World - celebrate the holidays with traditional American holiday music and carols from countries around the world. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, American Lutheran Church of Sun City, 17200 Del Webb Blvd.; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Ikeda Theater; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Orpheum Theater, 203 W. Adams St.; and 5 p.m. Dec. 21, Chaparral Christian Church, 6451 E. Shea Blvd.

- 60th Anniversary Concert - features a commissioned piece by James DeMars with an appearance by R. Carlos Nakai, performing the traditional Native American flute. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, Chaparral Christian Church.

- When You Wish Upon A Star Spring Pops Concert - take a trip through the magical world of Disney and hear songs from your favorite childhood movies. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, Mesa Arts Center.

For more information, visit


Live Met Opera series returns

The new series features live transmissions of five new productions, including one Met premiere. Each live performance will be followed by an evening encore presentation the second Wednesday after the live performance.

Locally, this season's Met Opera series will be showing at AMC Ahwatukee 24, 4915 E. Ray Road.

The remaining schedule is as follows: Dec. 20, Thaïs - Jan. 7, encore presentation; Jan. 10, La Rondine - Jan. 21, encore presentation: Jan. 24, Orfeo Ed Euridice - Feb. 4, encore presentation; Feb. 7, Lucia di Lammermoor - Feb. 18, encore presentation: March 7, Madama Butterfly - March 18, encore presentation; March 21, La Sonnambula - April 1, encore presentation; and May 9, La Cenerentola - May 20, encore presentation.

For details on the operas, visit the Met's Web site at For ticket information, visit


Jewish Film Festival focuses on sophisticated audiences

The 2009 East Valley Jewish Film Festival offers cinematic gems featuring sports, history, Holocaust themes and current worldwide forces.

The following films will be screened at the Pollack Tempe Cinemas, 1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe: Sunday, Jan. 18, The Counterfeiters, 3 and 6:30 p.m., speaker is Rabbi Irwin Wiener; Sunday, Jan. 25, Nowhere In Africa, 3 and 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 8, Constantine's Sword, 3 and 6:30 p.m., speaker is Rabbi Bonnie Koppell; and Sunday, Feb. 15, The Little Traitor, 3 p.m. only.

Tickets for a single film are $9 each; four-film packages are $32.

For more information, call (480) 802-9391.


ASU Art Museum upcoming exhibitions and events

The Arizona State University Art Museum, located at Tenth Street and Mill Avenue in Tempe, continues to present contemporary art with exhibitions in all media by regional and international, emerging and established artists.

Upcoming schedule:

- Dec. 4 through 7, Video Project Space: Aqua Art Miami, Wynwood.

- Through Jan. 4, The Other Mainstream II: Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley Weithorn.

- Jan. 24 through April 26, Breathing is Free: 12,756.3 - The First 1,500, New Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba. Artist performance: Jan. 20 to 30. Artist performance reception: Feb. 20, 7 to 9 p.m.

- Through Jan. 25, ASU Herberger College School of Art Faculty Exhibition.

- Through Jan. 25, Nadia Hironaka: The Late Show.

- Feb. 14 through May 16, Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser. Reception: Feb. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday Conversations in the Gallery: Feb. 20, 11 a.m., local artist Kurt Weiser.

- Feb. 17 through July 26, Social Studies: Project 4. Artist in residence. Reception: Feb. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. 

- Through Feb. 28, Midstream: New Ceramics from the Heartland.

- March 21 through May 30, NCECA Clay National, 43rd Annual NCECA Conference, April 8 to 11, Ceramic Interface: From Dawn to Digital.

- March 28 through May 31, Potters on Paper: Selections from the Collection. Reception: April 9, 5 to 7 p.m.

- April 2009, 13th Annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival. Date to be announced, check website for details

- May 16 through Aug. 30, 10th Annual Summer Family Exhibition, Food: Feasts for the Eyes from the Permanent Collection. Family Fun Day: July 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger College of the Arts at Arizona State University. Entry is free. Hours are 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. Tuesday during the academic year, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (480) 965-2787 or visit the museum online at


String orchestra musicians needed

An East Valley String Orchestra is forming. There are no auditions.

For more information, call Linda at (480) 895-5150.


Desert Chordsmen ready for the asking

The Desert Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus of Sun Lakes has two quartets - Twilight Time and The Four-Gone-Conclusions - both of which are available to sing for your organization. Also, men looking for a special Valentine treat may request a quartet to sing for your special lady.

Currently, 25 men are in the chorus singing tenor, lead (the melody), baritone and bass. Men that enjoy singing are invited to join. On Monday evenings, between 6:30 and 9 p.m., the Desert Chordsmen gather at the Sun Lakes Health Center (southeast corner of Alma School and Riggs roads) to sing close (four-part) harmony.

For more information on having the chorus sing at your event, call Ron Young at (480) 895-3462 or Milt Eitreim at (480) 895-2668. To learn more about joining the chorus, give Norm Noble a call at (480) 802-3130.


Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre shows

The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, located at 5247 E. Brown Road in Mesa, will offer the following performances this season: Holly Jolly Christmas, Nov. 20 to Dec. 25; The Best Little Whorehose in Texas, Dec. 31 to Feb. 14, 2009; Singin' in the Rain, Feb. 19 to April 11; Ring of Fire, April 16 to May 30; High School Musical, June 4 to Aug. 1; and Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical, Aug. 6 to Sept. 26.

For more information, call (480) 325-6700 or visit


Childsplay productions

Childsplay, Arizona's professional theatre company for young audiences, has announced its 2008-09 Season at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Childsplay is offering eight productions for the public through June 2009 that includes one world premiere, two old favorites, three regional premieres, three musicals and seven page-to-stage adaptations.

The season will include: The Velveteen Rabbit, through Dec. 21; Busytown, Jan. 18 preview at 4 p.m., runs Jan. 24 to Feb. 21, 2009; Rock, Paper, Scissors, Feb. 28 preview at 1 p.m., runs Feb. 28 to March 8; Ferdinand the Bull, March 14 preview at 1 p.m., runs March 14 to April 5; The Neverending Story, April 19 preview at 4 p.m., runs April 25 to May 17; and Peter and the Wolf, May 31 preview at 4 p.m., runs June 6 to 21.

For information, visit or call (480) 350-2822.


Kerr Cultural Center's Rhythms of Life Series

Arizona State University's Kerr Cultural Center will host its upcoming Rhythms of Life Series starting Saturday, Jan. 3, with Beloved Brahms starring Edward Herrmann as Eduard Hanslik. The series continues Friday, Feb. 6, with the world premiere of Love Letters: From Beethoven To Bernstein starring four-time Best Actress Emmy Award-winner Michael Learned. Friday, March 6, will feature A Beautiful Deception: from Impressionism to Surrealism. The series concludes Friday, April 3, with The Clark-Schuldmann Duo and All That Jazz.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. at 6110 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Reserved tickets are $20 and $21, and general seating is $17. Student, senior, group and series rates are available.

For more information, call (480) 596-2660 or visit


Kerr Cultural Center's Chamber Music Series starts Sunday

Arizona State University's Kerr Cultural Center will continue its upcoming Chamber Music Series Feb. 8 with Music of the Southwest - featuring Arpeggio and Friends and concludes March 29 with Night in Vienna - featuring The Four Seasons Orchestra.

Performances begin at 3 p.m. at 6110 N. Scottsdale Road. Reserved tickets are $18 and $19, and general seating is $15. Student, senior, group and series rates are available.

For more information, call (480) 596-2660 or visit


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