Arizona Musicfest Launches First-Ever Fall Fest, Oct. 28-Nov. 7
To Kick off 26th Season, Schedule Grows to 23 Concerts
Melissa Manchester; Cantus; The Midtown Men, Broadway’s Original Cast of Jersey Boys; Chris Botti; Manhattan Transfer; Midori; Mavis Staples; Patti Austin Among Headliners at Various Venues
Arizona Musicfest kicks off its second quarter century presenting wide-ranging musical artists with the first-ever Fall Fest, a four-concert schedule featuring Melissa Manchester, Musicfest competition and scholarship winners, two of America’s hottest bluegrass bands and The Midtown Men: The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey’s Boys, from Oct. 28-Nov. 7 in Scottsdale.
The 26th annual Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival opens Jan. 27 with Grammy Award-winning trumpet sensation Chris Botti and runs through March 10 when Decades of Divas: From Billie and Aretha to Celine and Barbra closes the season.In between, among the special guests are legendary multiple Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer, vocal powerhouse Cantus, world renowned classical violinist Midori, Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples and Grammy winner Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra celebrating Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday.The Festival Orchestra is under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody.
The inaugural Fall Fest “reflects our commitment to our growing and engaged patron base to expand both our schedule and concerts by major artists and Arizona’s incredible young talent,” said Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan.During the past three years under Naplan’s direction Arizona Musicfest attendance has grown from just under 7,000 in 2013 to nearly 16,000 in 2016.
The Fall Fest Schedule includes:
• Prolific American singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. Tickets: $34 to $76.
• The Young Musicians Fall Concert, featuring the best young musical talent in Arizona, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets: $20.
• Bluegrass Duet: Featuring The Lonely Heartstring Band and Mipso, two of the genre’s hottest bands, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Tickets: $35, $59.
• The Midtown Men: The Original Cast of Broadway’s Jersey Boys, featuring Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Tony nominee J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $34 to $76.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.azmusicfest.org or at the venues.
The Arizona Musicfest Winter Festival’s classical, jazz, bluegrass, Broadway, pop, folk and rock-and-roll tribute-band concerts include:
• Chris Botti (Festival Headliner), Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $34 to $82.
• Young Musicians Winter Concert, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum.Tickets: $20.
• Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $24 to $67.
• Nicole Pesce (Arizona Spotlight Artist), Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Tickets: $52.
• The Manhattan Transfer, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $34-$76.
• Cantus, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Musical Instrument Museum.Tickets: $49 and $59.
• A Band Called Honalee: The ‘60s of Peter, Paul and Mary, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $24-$67.
• Kruger Brothers bluegrass trio & Kontras Quartet classical string ensemble, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24-$67.
• A Broadway Romance, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $24 to $67.
• Bob Moody & Friends with Broadway’s Telly Leung, Feb. 16 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Fairway House at Grayhawk.Tickets: $59.
• Festival Orchestra Chamber Players: Bach, Mozart & Stravinsky, Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church.Tickets: $47 and $67.
• Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto and Saint Saens’ “Organ” Symphony, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Road.Tickets: $24-$76.
• Midori (Featured Artist) with The Festival Orchestra, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at La Casa de Cristo Church.Tickets: $45 to $100.
• Ella at 100: The Centennial Celebration featuring Patti Austin with The Festival Orchestra, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $24 to $76.
• “Italian” Symphony & Opera: Pagliacci in Concert Featuring Stars of the Metropolitan Opera, Feb. 26 at 3 p.m. at La Casa de Cristo Church.Tickets: $24 to $76.
• We’ve Only Just Begun: The Carpenters Remembered, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $24 to $67.
• Mavis Staples (Musicfest Legend), March 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Highlands Church.Tickets: $34 to $76.
For more information, visit www.azmusicfest.org or call (480) 840-0457.
About Arizona Musicfest:
Founded in 1991, Arizona Musicfest, a non-profit arts organization based in North Scottsdale, produces an annual concert festival as well as important music education and youth performance opportunities for children throughout the Greater Phoenix area. With a commitment to presenting world-class artists in accessible and convenient locations, each season the Festival showcases the acclaimed Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody featuring players from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and other top US orchestras. The Festival Orchestra is in residency for one week during the annual Festival.
Arizona Musicfest’s extensive music education and youth performance programs touch approximately 6,000 children each year. Along with the organization’s many in-school programs presented free of charge to five local school districts, over the last three years, Arizona Musicfest has also provided over $30,000 in free instruments to area schools and has contributed over $50,000 in college scholarships to local Valley teens pursuing collegiate degrees in music performance.
Arizona Musicfest’s five Young Musician Competitions (piano, voice, solo instruments, chamber ensembles and composers) and the related Young Musician Performance Series annually attract some of the brightest young stars from throughout the Valley.For more information, visit www.azmusicfest.org.