Shows for the Public
Our 2013-14 Season!
Southwest Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker
Friday, December 20, 2013 at 7:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm
Don’t miss the excitement and energy the Southwest Youth Ballet brings to this holiday classic. Now in its seventh year, find out what audiences describe as wonderful and delightful. The music of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra enhances the audience’s experience through the full, rich sound each musician brings. Yen-Li Chen, Artistic Director.
C. Daniel Boling - A storyteller's ear for detail and a balladeer's turn of phrase
Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 3:00pm
Daniel Boling is a songwriter with a storyteller's ear for detail and a
balladeer's turn of phrase. His songs are inhabited by interesting
characters drawn from Daniel's life, family and friends: the vagabond
running off with a tiny circus to tour the West; an aging Viet Nam
veteran looking back with surprise at his departed youth; a young
rancher inheriting his grandfather's nearly worn out rangeland and
hoping he can hold on and live up to the family legacy; a passenger on
Flight 93 calling his wife to say goodbye; and morons with a death wish
proving Darwin's theory of evolution! His finger-picked guitar and
banjitar support a good, clear tenor voice that evokes his characters'
Songwriting honors include:
*1st Place Songwriter - Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival 2012
*Winner - Love Songs - Walnut Valley Festival 2010
*Winner - Feeling Blue Songs - Walnut Valley Festival 2010
1st Place Songwriter, Woody Guthrie Folk Festival 2007 - Okemah, OK
*Winner - Songs for Children, Walnut Valley Festival 2005 - Winfield, KS
*Alternate Winner - Love Songs, Walnut Valley Festival 2005
*Daniel’s song WELCOME HOME has been chosen as the Festival Theme Song for the
Albuquerque Folk Festival - Albuquerque, NM
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone - 24 Gold Records
Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
with Special Opening Performance by Melanie
Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer, who has
audiences nearly all his life. He was born in Manchester, England and at the age of fifteen, Peter achieved international fame as “Herman”, lead singer of the legendary pop band Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits include: “I’m Into Something Good”, “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter”, “I’m Henry VIII, I Am”, “Silhouettes”, “Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat”, “Wonderful World”, “Just A Little Bit
Better”, “There’s A Kind of Hush”, “A Must To Avoid”, “Listen People”, “No Milk Today” “The End of the World” “Leaning On A Lamp Post”, and “Dandy”. Ultimately, Herman’s Hermits sold over fifty-two million recordings. In all, fourteen singles and seven albums went gold. As “Herman”, the photogenic Noone graced the cover of nearly every international publication including Time Magazine. He performed on hundreds of television shows and appeared with such luminaries as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and Danny Kaye. Accompanied by his band, Herman’s Hermits, Noone currently performs over 200 concerts a year. He consistently plays to sold-out venues and his admirers span the generations. Today’s teen girls scream just as passionately as their mothers did back in 1965, prompting
VH1 to select Noone as their viewer’s choice for the “Sexiest Artist of the Year”. There is no doubt that Peter Noone’s extraordinary talent, disarming wit, handsome features and compelling stage presence will continue to delight fans of all ages, for a long, long time to come.
The Carlos Nakai Trio - R. Carlos Nakai, Will Clipman, William Eaton
Friday, January 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
R. Carlos Nakai: Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute. He began his musical studies on the trumpet. His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it. As an artist, he is an adventurer and risk taker, always giving his musical imagination free rein. Nakai is also an iconoclastic traditionalist who views his cultural heritage not only as a source and inspiration, but also a dynamic continuum of natural change, growth, and adaptation subject to the artist’s expressive needs. He has sold over four million albums in the course of his career. Nakai has received 8 Grammy® nominations.
Will Clipman: Will Clipman began playing his father's drums and his mother's piano at the age of three. He played his first professional gig at fourteen, and has since then has mastered a pan-global palette of over one hundred percussion instruments in addition to the traditional drumset. Will is a six-time GRAMMY® Nominee, a three-time Native American Music Award Winner, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Winner, a New Age Reporter Music Award Winner.
William Eaton: In late 1978, he frequently played in the moonlight near Arcosanti, Paolo Soleri’s experimental community in Central Arizona. Interested people collected to listen to these sessions. Eaton's awareness of the acoustic properties of various spaces led him to stage impromptu concerts in a variety of improbable locations. Handwritten signs promoted events at the Arizona Sand and Gravel Building, the Central Arizona Project Siphon Tunnel at Granite Reef Dam, and the Monroe Street Civic Building, culminating in 1980 with the Sunset Moonrise Concert on South Mountain, the beginning of his formal performance career. For the following 22 years, Eaton has explored the ways people can be brought to interact with music.
The Alley Cats - Doo Wop Was Never This Much Fun!
Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00pm
universal humor, and unbelievable a cappella energy = The Alley Cats
THE ALLEY CATS began at Fullerton College in California, and landed their first professional gig at Disneyland's "Blast to the Past." Soon after, they appeared on TV, radio shows, corporate events, Performing Arts Centers, fairs, festivals, schools, and even a USO show aboard the John C. Stennis aircraft carrier welcoming home the troops from Iraq. Currently, the CATS are the opening act for Jay Leno in Las Vegas.
Millennial Music Presents - An EVMCO Chamber Concert - An Evening with Brahms
Friday, January 31, 2014 at 7:30pm
Featuring soloists Brandon Stewart, Jennifer Rhodes, Camille Phillips, Nathan Jasinski, and Martha Sharpe in a concert featuring the music of Johannes Brahms.
John Michael Montgomery - 15 #1 Hits - 18 Million Albums Sold!
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
John Michael Montgomery has turned an uncanny ability to relate to fans into one of country music's most storied careers. Behind the string of hit records, the roomful of awards and the critical and fan accolades that have defined his phenomenal success lies a connection that goes beyond his undeniable talent and his proven knack for picking hits. Since the days when "Life's A Dance" turned him from an unknown artist into a national star, John Michael’s rich baritone has carried that most important of assets--believability. Few artists in any genre sing with more heart than this handsome Kentucky-born artist.
Ken Waldman - Alaska's Fiddling Poet
Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 3:00pm
Ken Waldman has drawn on his 25 years in Alaska to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that
combine into a performance uniquely his. A former college professor, Waldman has had published six full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a children's book, and has released nine CDs that mix old-time Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. Since 1995 he’s toured full-time, performing at some of the nation’s leading universities, festivals, arts centers, and clubs. His most recent books are the memoir, Are You Famous? (Catalyst Book Press, 2008), which chronicles Waldman’s adventures on tour throughout the United States, and D is for Dog Team (Nomadic Press, 2009), a sequence of Alaska-set acrostic poems for young readers. Nashville Scene has called the memoir, “a travel guide for aspiring free spirits.” The University of Alaska Press, which distributes the children’s book, says D is for Dog Team is destined to “be a fireside treasure for the whole family.” Among Waldman’s CDs are two for children, Fiddling Poets on Parade (2005) and D is for Dog Team (2009), which goes with the children’s book of the same title. On all CDs, Waldman is joined by a number of ace accompanists. Of particular note is the double CD, All Originals, All Traditionals (2006): one CD contains Waldman originals with a five-piece string band; the other CD contains Waldman and friends playing traditional tunes to Alaska-set poems, and includes a ten-minute treatment of Waldman’s 1996 plane crash near Nome. Though he still performs solo on occasion, Waldman teams with other musicians when he headlines such venues as Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, The Ark in Ann Arbor, The Millennium Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., or else for concert series and festivals. Recently, he’s begun bringing a whole troupe of musicians for performing arts series shows. He is also a popular visiting artist in classrooms. Using both his fiddle and a repertoire of proven writing exercises, he has led workshops in over 200 schools in 31 states nationwide, and has been a guest writer at over 80 colleges and universities, including University of Tennessee, University of Alabama Birmingham, Knox College, SUNY Brockport, and San Diego State University.
The Gentleman Doc Holliday
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Arizona History on stage! The Gentleman Doc Holliday was written by Terry Earp in collaboration with Karen-Holliday Tanner who is the closest living relative of Doc Holliday and author of the book Doc Holliday - "A Family Portrait" on which the play is primarily based. Therefore, what you will hear in this play is truly the real story. This is the of the story of the West's most famous dentist and his journey from, as Doc puts it, "one who heals to one who keals." The setting is in a Denver, Colorado jail cell where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. Unfortunately for Doc, a few hours turned into a few days. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. He is angry with the jailor who is ignoring his needs. You, the audience, are the other prisoners.
Gilbert Folk Festival 2014 - Two Great Headliners - 4 Stages in Downtown Gilbert
Take Me Home - The Music of John Denver starring Jim Currywith Special Guests Cottonwood Stone and Steve Bodinet
The untimely death of John Denver in 1997 was a tragedy that was felt the world over. Such a void in the musical world left John's ardent fans demanding that his music survive. CBS television responded by producing a made for TV movie: "Take Me Home: the John Denver Story," in which Jim Curry's voice was selected as the voice of John Denver. Jim Curry has now created the ultimate tribute experience, emerging as the top performer of John Denver's music today. Often performing with John Denver's former band members, Jim Curry's tribute is the first and only full-length John Denver tribute to headline in Las Vegas and has been celebrated nationally and internationally.
with Special Guest
and an appearance by
the Higley High School Choir with Mr. Yarrow
A Peter Yarrow performance, today, in a concert hall, school auditorium, synagogue or church, festival or benefit, does more than assure a memorable evening of music, camaraderie and “Puff’s special magic” for everyone, young and old alike. Peter’s music and songs resonate with a history that he and his musical compatriots, Mary and Paul, not only helped to write, but one that has changed and inspired millions to continue to keep on keepin’ on, hold firm to principle, and not be deterred in the face of adversity. His performances create an environment in which a sense of reassuring commonality is shared at a time when society is deeply concerned for its welfare and its future.
In the wake of Mary’s passing, Peter has properly asked himself, “How can we make sure the legacy of Peter, Paul & Mary endures?” Partly, the trio’s continued presence is assured simply because people’s lives have been touched and, in meaningful ways, shaped by the trio’s music. Remarkably, four generations of children have now grown up loving and listening to PP&M.
In answer to his question, Peter Yarrow, with great love and conviction, has assigned to himself a special role in “carrying on” Mary Travers’ and the trio’s tradition. Although folk music has been largely side-barred for decades, Peter’s recent groundbreaking successes might change that. His million-selling illustrated children’s book and CD of “Puff, The Magic Dragon” has provided him with a new platform, and created a new path, whereby folk music might occupy the limelight once again. Few, if any, other folk singer/activists have, in recent years, sold a million copies of a CD, or anything else for that matter?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 8:00pm
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have helped shape his long career, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music industry. To date, Black has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, a benchmark in any artist’s career. An astounding one-third of these songs eligible for major single release also achieved hit song status at Country radio, while more than 20 million of his albums have been sold worldwide. While it’s well-known that Black is an accomplished singer and guitarist, people may be surprised to learn that he is also proficient on drums and harmonica.
Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of Country music history, and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. The 1989 debut of his critically acclaimed fan favorite, the Triple Platinum Killin’ Time, marked a shift in the industry, with a return to the more traditional sounds of the genre. CMT lists this album as one of the 100 Greatest Albums in Country Music.
Building Bridges Family Concert with Tom Chapin
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00pm
In a career that spans five decades, 23 albums and three GRAMMY awards, multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in films, television and radio. As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In the former role, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. In the latter, he continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse. The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating." Parents magazine stated, "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin."
One Great Night of Folk Music
Joe Bethancourt, Jim Pipkin, Linda Bilque
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
This show returns for an encore performance for the fifth year in a row. It features Arizona music legend Joe Bethancourt, a master of the banjo and just about any other stringed instrument you can name. He is joined by the ever popular Jim Pipkin as well as Linda Bilque. You will be singing along by the time the evening concludes when all three performers take the stage for the finale.
Red Molly - " Crystalline Vocals and Caramel Harmonies"
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
If one word describes the new Red Molly CD, Light in the Sky, that word is joyous. Once again, with the "tick-tight arrangements, crystalline vocals and caramel harmonies" that the Boston Globe praised, Red Molly creates an album with gorgeous a cappella ballads, bluegrass-tinged folk and a touch of jazzy western swing, all done up in Red Molly's trademark three-part harmonies, signature dobro licks and inventive arrangements. The title sets the theme for the 14 tracks: optimism, joy, and excitement for the future.
Red Molly knows about optimism and joy. The band's fans, referred to as "RedHeads", have always responded to the sense that the band is a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That's exactly how it felt in 2004 when Laurie MacAllister (guitar, banjo, bass), Abbie Gardner (dobro, guitar) and Carolann Solebello (guitar, bass) sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favorite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly and spent the next seven years on the road.
From the start, the trio got attention with their lively, engaging stage performances. They moved quickly from NYC coffeehouses to the festival circuit in less than two years, winning notices for their performances at Merlefest, the Philadephia Folk Festival, and NPR's Mountain Stage. Between knocking out audiences from coast to coast, the trio found time to record three albums: Never Been to Vegas in 2006; 2008's Love and Other Tragedies, which spent ten weeks in the Top 15 on the Americana Chart, and 2010's James which logged four months in the Top 40 on the Americana Chart, peaking at #4, and landing at #23 in the year's Top 100.
Melanie - A Woodstock Icon and the Voice of an Era
Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 7:00pm
Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant
onstage at Woodstock, has been putting the pieces in order. Pieces
of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by
the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her
musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about
what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once
with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song… and nobody
does this better than Melanie. Others learned this that night at
Woodstock, where as a New York kid barely known outside of the
coffeehouse circuit in Greenwich Village, she sang her song "Beautiful
People" and inspired the first panorama of candles and cigarette
lighters ever raised at a concert event. That, in turn, moved the young
singer to write "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain"), which sold more than
one million copies in 1970 and prompted Billboard, Cashbox, Melody
Maker, Record World, and Bravo to anoint her as female vocalist of the
year. Her single "Brand New Key," an infectious romp about freedom and
roller skates, topped the charts in 1971.
Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle - A Childsplay Production
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10:30am and 1:30pm
When a stray dog appears on the doorstop, it’s love at first sight for 6-year-old Cory, and the last straw for Grandma Autumn. Life hasn’t been easy lately for either of these two, facing absent parents and lost homes. But in a delightfully surprising story filled with humor and heart, Super Cowgirl and Mighty Miracle reminds us love makes almost anything possible, even in hard times.
Ricky Nelson Remembered - starring Ricky's Identical Twin Sons
Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:00pm
“RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED” is a unique multi media entertainment event featuring the live music of Ricky Nelson’s hit songs (including “Hello Mary Lou”, “Travelin’ Man”, “Garden Party”) performed by Ricky’s own twin sons Matthew & Gunnar and includes never before seen big screen video footage of the NELSON family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson.
Acoustic Eidolon - Experience the Double Neck Guitjo and Cello
Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 3:00pm
Fate has a magical way of bringing people together. Take the case of Joe and Hannah, aka Acoustic Eidolon. In 1995, Hannah, a studio cellist, received a call to play on a Boulder ensemble’s record. Hannah listened in amazement as directions to the recording studio told her to turn on a small road near her home, and then turn down her own street past her house! Little did Hannah know that across the street and three houses away lived Joe, the greatest double-neck guitjo player in the world (OK, the only double-neck guitjo player in the world). A few years after they met, Joe and Hannah both found themselves between full-time musical engagements. Joe called Hannah, saying he’d always wanted to hear the cello and the guitjo together. He had a feeling the harp-like sound of the guitjo, combined with the warmth of Hannah’s cello, would be beautiful together. So on a snowy day in February 1998, they got together to play for the first time. What happened next was magic. Captivated by the music they created together, Joe and Hannah immediately agreed to clear out their schedules, start rehearsing full-time, and form what would become Acoustic Eidolon. But, fate wasn’t finished with Hannah and Joe. What started as a musical/business partnership and friendship blossomed into their marriage on October 14, 2001. Hannah and Joe (and sons Zach and Alex) became a family. Joe and Hannah joke that this was a marriage of convenience since they were already together all the time anyway! But, anyone watching them perform can feel the love that draws them together. Their love for one another, and their passion for life, speaks through their music.
LUMA - “The theatrical equivalent of the aurora borealis"
Friday, March 28, 2014 at 8:00pm
LUMA is a state of the art, cutting edge show that uses the dark as a canvas and light as the brush. All of us have a memory of playing with flashlights under the covers or a sparkler in the backyard. Humans’ fascination with light is universal. With over fifteen years of technical research and development behind it, LUMA has pioneered this new genre of performance art by combining rhythmic gymnastics, juggling, magic, puppetry, physics, dance and experimental methods with hi-tech self-illuminated objects.
Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand
Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 7:00pm
LeeLee Robert - "Cowgirl Jazz"
Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 3:00pm
LeeLee Robert grew up in Arizona where three-part harmony with her brother and twin sister became her favorite child’s play. She wrote her first song at 14 and started her professional career at 16 years old performing in the coffee houses of the 60’s. Over the next three decades she worked her way up to singing with a 13-piece orchestra at the renowned Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and performing worldwide. Lee is best known for her style she calls "Cowgirl Jazz." where she combines the subtle colors and textures of jazz and blues with the storytelling strengths of traditional western music. She is a high-energy performer who inspires her audiences as she entertains with her originals as well as “old favorites.” She recently released her 6th CD entitled, “Western Stars,” that placed #l8 on the Top 30 Cowboy/Western Albums.
Dreamweaver Productions Presents the 40th Anniversary Production
June 23, 2014 thru July 12th, 2014
Dreamweaver Productions presents the 40th Anniversary professional production of the family-friendly smash hit musical "SATURDAY'S WARRIOR," written by Doug Stewart and Lex de Azevedo, and produced through special licensing arrangements with Omega Productions.
This production of "Saturday's Warrior" is being directed by none other than Norlan Jacobs, the director of the original legendary Utah Production, who promises that this show emulates all the heart of the original, while presenting it even Bigger, More Beautiful, and Better than ever.
For the first time since its beginning, this "SATURDAY'S WARRIOR" is being accompanied by a full live orchestra, as well as reintroducing the live choir, which further enhances the musical richness of this production, even surpassing that of the original record-setting Utah Production.
Many delightful theatrics and technologies are being incorporated into this production in helping to make your "Warrior" evening an even more exciting and aesthetically charming experience. Also, it’s the first professional production of "Saturday's Warrior" to ever be staged in Arizona, casting the best talent available from our own local community.DON'T MISS OUT on seeing this GALA EVENT during its LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! Tell your family and friends that by popular demand it's finally back, and is destined to capture the hearts of the newest generations of "Saturday's Warrior" fans. You’ll leave the theatre feeling so good, you’ll want to come back again and again. BE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW, WHILE THEY LAST!!