Widely available cultural events are just one of the magnificent aspects of living in Scottsdale, and the upcoming events of this fall are no exception. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has some brilliant offerings this theater season that should simply not be missed.
Whether you are interested in music, passion, comedy, or drama, this season’s shows will satisfy your theatrical appetite. Jazz, Broadway, classical, and world music genres are all part of the delightful schedule of performances. Some stunners that should be on your list this season include:
Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra (Friday, November 2nd, 8 p.m.)
Winner of nine Grammy Awards, pianist Eddie Palmieri has over 50 years to his credit as orchestra bandleader, specializing in salsa and Latin jazz. This show, featuring vocalist Herman Olivera, promises to be a scorching, sultry salsa experience.You will wonder how you were transported from living in Scottsdale to steamy Latin America without going through the airport!
Grand Opera Cinema Series: Giacomo Puccini’s Il Trittico (Wednesday November 7th, 7 p.m.)
Il Trittico is comprised of three one-act operas. Il Tabarro (The Cloak) is a dark chronicle of an ill-fated love triangle in Paris. Suor Angelica (Sister Angelica) details the life of a young woman exiled to a convent for an illegitimate pregnancy, Gianni Schicchi tells the story of a conniving family’s corrupt efforts to take over their dying relative’s assets. These three tales will make you shiver, shudder, and sigh.
Michael Feinstein (Saturday November 10th, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
Nominated five times for Grammy Awards, this true entertainer has a love affair with the Gershwins and performs magical representations of popular songs. He is a singer, a pianist, and a revivalist who has done multiple songbook projects in his gifted musical career. Beginning in 2013, Feinstein will be the new lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops.
Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold (December 18th-23rd, various times)
Who stole the gold that the three wise men gave Baby Jesus? This is the mystery to solve when Sister, played marvelously by Patti Hannon, consults her “students” for help. Each show is slightly different due to audience interaction and will have you rolling in the aisles. This is the show’s fifth anniversary at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and it has been one of the most popular since its arrival. Expect the unexpected, and be prepared for laughs.
Living in Scottsdale places you in close proximity to tremendous culture, art, and life experiences. This season’s line-up at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is a fantastic way to enjoy the drama and exhilaration of brilliant theater in your own community.