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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 3:50 pm | Updated: 12:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

No matter your taste, the coming Valley arts season is sure to offer something to satisfy. Venues all over town are set to burst with a wide array of theater, dance and music offerings throughout fall, winter and early spring.

No matter your taste, the coming Valley arts season is sure to offer something to satisfy. Venues all over town are set to burst with a wide array of theater, dance and music offerings throughout fall, winter and early spring.

Reality TV childcare mavens can’t hold a candle to the original supernanny, Mary Poppins. The British governess’ story is coming Feb. 11-28 to ASU Gammage. The musical “Mary Poppins” blends the best of the classic stories by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film starring Julie Andrews, and it features favorite songs like “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

>>Sneak peek at the arts

What: Get an early look at arts season in the Valley with mini performances by a variety of theater and dance groups at the Get Out Performing Arts Expo.

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St.

Cost: Free

Information: (480) 644-6500

Smash hit “The Phantom of the Opera” is back at ASU Gammage, along with other big-ticket-sellers “Mary Poppins” and “Legally Blonde,” as well as the critically acclaimed Tony Award-winner for best play “August: Osage County.” A play based on one of the most popular books of the last decade, Kahled Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner” is premiering at Herberger Theater Center, and the Phoenix Symphony will give a concert featuring Oscar Award-winning music from some of cinema’s most memorable films. Performance heavyweights John Cleese, Martin Short, Jason Alexander, Garrison Keillor, David Sedaris and Kristin Chenoweth will appear in separate shows at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

On the southeast side of town, the choices are just as diverse. Country music icon Ronnie Milsap will perform new material and some of his 40 No. 1 hits at Chandler Center for the Arts, and a stage version of the 1980s-themed Adam Sandler flick “The Wedding Singer” is at both Mesa Arts Center and Queen Creek Center for the Performing Arts.

Add to that plenty of Shakespeare (including the not-to-be-missed and previously sold-out Southwest Shakespeare Company production “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr [abridged]” at Mesa Arts Center), ballet, opera, children’s theatre and winter holiday performances.

For a full account of what’s on stage where this season, check out the listings on the following pages and at www.evtrib.com.

If you’re still not sure where to allocate your arts-and-culture time and money, consider stopping in at the Get Out Performing Arts Expo, where many of the groups on these pages will give free, mini performances from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Mesa Arts Center. It’s an easy, noncommittal way to stick a toe into the theater-going world and see what strikes your fancy.

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THEATER

SPECIAL EVENTS

GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM

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

Broadway Across America

Sept. 22-27: “Legally Blonde”

Dec. 8-13: “Little House on the Prairie”

Jan. 5-10: “August: Osage County”

Feb. 11-28: “Mary Poppins”

March 9-14: “Avenue Q”

April 20-25: “The 39 Steps”

June 15-20: “In the Heights”

Special Engagements   

Oct. 28-Nov. 22: “The Phantom of the Opera”   

Dec. 29-Jan. 3: “Annie”

April 6-11: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Gammage Beyond

Sept. 18: “Nora Chipaumire”

Jan. 30: “Kristina Wong: Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

March 27: “Keo Woolford: I Land”

MESA ARTS CENTER

Fifth season of performing arts events at Arizona’s largest arts center. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

Nov. 4-22: “Church Basement Ladies,” Piper Repertory Theater

Dec. 8-13: “Dixies’ Tupperware Party,” Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse

Feb. 6: Hal Holbrook in “Mark Twain Tonight!” Ikeda Theater

 

THEATER LEAGUE 

Missouri-based productions at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater and the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Info: (800) 776-7469 or theaterleague.com.

At Mesa Arts Center:

Nov. 10-11: “The Wedding Singer”

Feb. 2-3: “Riverdance”

March 2-3: “The Drowsy Chaperone”

April 20-21: “Rain”

At Orpheum Theatre:

Nov. 12-15: “The Wedding Singer”

Jan. 26-31: “Riverdance”

Feb. 23-28: “The Drowsy Chaperone”

April 22-25: “Rain”

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Info: (480) 994-2787 or scottsdalearts.org.

Ongoing: “Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part”; “Late Nite Catechism”

Dec. 1-27: “Sister’s Christmas Catechism”

PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Community college and home for Arizona Jewish Theatre Company (see professional theater listings). Info: (602) 787-7738 or pvc.maricopa.edu/~finearts.

Oct. 9-18: “The Laramie Project”

Nov. 19-22: “Prelude to a Kiss”

Dec. 12: “Paradise on Broadway: A Musical Review”

Jan. 31: “Teen Improvisational Theatre Festival”

April 16-25: “Romeo and Juliet”

May 8: “Paradise on Broadway: A Musical Review”

June 18-27: “The Music Man”

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Chandler’s 18-year-old center for family-friendly touring shows and local arts groups. Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.

Feb. 27: “In the Mood” at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

March 10-14: “Now That She’s Gone,” written and performed by Ellen Snortland

March 23-28: “Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding”

April 24: “The Last, The Very Last Butterfly”

HERBERGER THEATER CENTER

Downtown Phoenix theater complex serves as home for Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company’s Valley productions, a lunchtime theater series and occasional special engagements. Info: (602) 254-7399 or herbergertheater.org.

Oct. 27-Nov. 5: “Why is my glass half empty, when my plate is too full?”

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: “The Screwtape Letters”

Nov. 10-19: “Lucky in Love”

KERR CULTURAL CENTER

Center, owned by ASU, with small productions and several classical and jazz shows. Info: (480) 596-2660 or asukerr.com.

Oct. 18: “Day of the Dead: A Storytelling Celebration”

Feb. 6: “Together Forever”

March 11-13: “Cool Like That”

QUEEN CREEK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Queen Creek venue with touring shows and local productions. Info: (480) 987-5964 or qcpac.com.

Nov. 9: “The Wedding Singer”

Dec. 2: “Runt of the Litter”

Feb. 13: “Food Fight” The Musical

March 3: “BYU Young Ambassadors”

HIGLEY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Located at Higley High School, this center hosts both student and touring acts. Info: (480) 279-7190 or husd.org.

Nov. 21: “Cinderella”

April 17: “Hotel Saguaro”

Oct. 2-10: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

Oct. 21: “Of Mice and Men”

Jan. 8-23: “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”

PROFESSIONAL ACTORS THEATRE

Performances at the Herberger Theater Center. Info: (602) 252-8497 or actorstheatrephx.org.

Sept. 11-27: “Triple Espresso”

Oct. 23-Nov. 8: “Boom”

Dec. 12-24: “A Christmas Carol”

Jan. 22-Feb. 7: “Shipwrecked!”

March 5-21: “Secret Order”

April 23-May 9: “No Child”

ARIZONA JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY

Jewish-centric shows performed at the Paradise Valley Community College Center for the Performing Arts. Info: (602) 264-0402 or azjewishtheatre.org.

Nov. 7-22: “Fools”

Jan. 10-25: “The Kosher Cheerleader”

March 6-21: “The Immigrant”

A new adaptation of “The Kite Runner,” the international best-seller by Khaled Hosseini, makes its Arizona debut Oct. 8-25 at Herberger Theater Center. The Arizona Theatre Company production is based closely on the book about Amir and Hassan, two Afghan boys coming of age in the same household but in two starkly different worlds.

ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY

Performances at Herberger Theater Center. Info: (602) 256-6995 or arizonatheatre.org.

Oct. 8-25: “The Kite Runner”

Nov. 12-Dec. 6: “George Is Dead”

Dec. 30-Jan. 17: “Ain’t Misbehavin’”

Feb. 18-March 7: [title of show]

March 25-April 11: “The Glass Menagerie”

April 29-May 16: “Close, But No Saguaro”

BLACK THEATRE TROUPE

Performances at Playhouse on the Park. Info: (602) 254-2121 or blacktheatretroupe.org.

Oct. 1-11: “Steal Away”

Dec. 3-13: “Three Sistahs”

Jan. 14-24: “Fathers and Other Strangers”

Feb. 18-28: “A Lesson Before Dying”

April 22-May 2: “One Mo’ Time”

PHOENIX THEATRE

Performances at Phoenix Theatre. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phxtheatre.org.

Sept. 4-20: “3 Redneck Tenors”

Sept. 16-Oct. 11: “Curtains”

Nov. 11-Dec. 6: “The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

Nov. 29-Dec. 5: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Late Night

Jan. 6-24: “Glorious”

Feb. 17-March 14: “The Light in the Piazza”

April 7-25: “All the More to Love”

May 19-June 13: “Always Patsy Cline”

SOUTHWEST SHAKESPEARE COMPANY

Performances at Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater. Info: (480) 644-6500 or swshakespeare.org.

Sept. 17-Oct. 3: “The Comedy of Errors”

Nov. 28-Dec. 19: “The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)”

Jan. 7-23: “Julius Caesar”

March 4-20: “Blithe Spirit”

April 22-May 8: “Richard III” 

ARIZONA WOMEN'S THEATRE COMPANY

Info: (480) 607-7107 or azwtc.org.

Plays and dates TBA.

THEATRE ARTISTS STUDIO

Info: (602) 765-0120 or www.theatreartistsstudio.org

Sept. 4-13: “Philosophical Musings of a Suburban Dwelling”

Oct. 2-18: “Accomplice”

Nov. 27-Dec. 19: “Father Christmas & the Snow Queen”

Jan. 22-Feb. 7: “Medea’s Ghost”

March 5-21: “Honour”

April 22-May 2: “Words for Music — The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley”

May 13-23: “New Summer Shorts 2010”

ARTIST’S THEATRE PROJECT

Info: (602) 435-9915 or artiststheatreproject.org.

Plays and dates TBA. 

CENTRAL COMMUNITY THEATRE

Performances at Central United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Info: (602) 357-3247 or cctstage.org.

Sept. 18-Oct. 4: “Rebel Without a Cause”

Nov. 7: “A Night on Broadway — A Cabaret”

March 20-April 5: “Love Letters”

May 7-23: “Jesus Christ Superstar”

CHYRO VOICES THEATRE

Performances at Chyro Arts Venue. Info: (480) 258-2329 or chyro.org.

Now-Sept. 11: “Talk Radio”

Jan. 28-Feb. 13: “American Buffalo”

April 22-May 8: “Portrait of Dora”

June 3-19: “Orange Flower Water”

CITRUS VALLEY PLAYHOUSE

Info: citrusvalley.org.

Plays and dates TBA.

DESERT FOOTHILLS THEATER

Performances at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Cave Creek. Info: (480) 488-1981 or desertfoothillstheater.com.

Nov. 11-22: “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

Nov. 11-22: “Love Letters”

Jan. 21-Feb. 7: “Unnecessary Farce”

DESERT ROSE THEATRE

Info: desertrosetheatre.com.

Shows and dates TBA.

FOUNTAIN HILLS COMMUNITY THEATER

Info: (480) 837-9661 or fountainhillstheater.com.

Sept. 18-Oct. 4: “The Sound of Music”

Oct. 30-Nov. 15: “The Mousetrap”

Jan. 15–31: “My Fair Lady”

Feb. 26-March 14: “Our Town”

April 9-25: “You Can’t Take It With You”

May 14-30: “Midsummer Dreamin’”

GILBERT FINE ARTS ASSOCIATION

Performances at Mesquite High School in Gilbert. Info: (480) 505-6205 or gfaa.org

Plays and dates TBA.

GREAT ARIZONA PUPPET THEATER

Playhouse runs mainly children’s puppet shows (see children’s listings) but also occasional, adults-only “Puppet Slam” shows. Info: (602) 262-2050 or azpuppets.org.

Nov. 6-7, Jan. 1-2, Feb. 5-6, March 5-6, May 7-8, June 4-5: “Puppet Slam”

HALE CENTRE THEATRE

Info: (480) 497-1181 or haletheatrearizona.com.

Now-Oct. 10: “She Loves Me”

Oct. 15-Nov. 28: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”

Dec. 2-23: “A Christmas Carol”

Dec. 31-Feb. 13: “Beau Jest”

Feb. 18-April 3: “Guys and Dolls”

April 8-May 22: “Born Yesterday”

May 27-July 10: “Forever Plaid”

July 16-Aug. 28: “Annie Get Your Gun”

Sept. 3-Oct. 16: “The Foreigner”

Oct. 22-Nov. 27: “The Happiest Millionaire”

Dec. 1-Dec.23: “A Christmas Carol”

ITHEATRE COLLABORATIVE

Performances at Herberger Theater Center unless otherwise noted. Info: (602) 347-1071 or itheatrecollaborative.org

Sept. 11-26: “A Bad Friend”

Dec. 10-21: “Holiday Cabaret With Jeff Kennedy”

March 12-27: “Indivisible”

April 30-May 15: “The Play About the Baby”

MESA ENCORE THEATRE

Performances at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaencoretheatre.com.

Sept. 10-20: “Leading Ladies”

Sept. 14-15: “Men of MET”

Nov. 13-22: “Rent”

Feb. 5-21: “I Love You. You’re Perfect. Now Change.”

April 9-25: “Forbidden Broadway”

June 4-13: “Once on This Island”

NEARLY NAKED THEATRE

Performances at Phoenix Theatre’s Little Theatre. Info: (602) 274-2432 or nearlynakedtheatre.org.

Nov. 14-Dec. 5: “The Little Dog Laughed”

Dec. 11-20: “Times Square Angel”

Jan. 23-Feb. 13: “Fuddy Meers”

March 6-27: “Phaedre”

June 12-July 3: “Evil Dead: The Musical”

SCOTTSDALE DESERT STAGES THEATRE

Info: (480) 483-1664 or desertstages.com.

Oct. 9-Nov. 1: “Ragtime”

Jan. 8-31: “Oklahoma”

April 9-May 2: “Tommy”

July 9-Aug. 1: “The Wedding Singer”

Actor’s Cafe

Now-Oct. 11: “The Fantastiks”

Nov. 6-Jan. 10: “Arsenic & Old Lace”

Feb. 5-April 11: “Zanna, Don’t!”

May 7-July 11: “Agnes of God”

STRAY CAT THEATRE

Performances at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 E. Sixth St. Info: (480) 820-8022 or straycattheatre.org.

Sept. 25-Oct. 10: “Blackbird”

Dec. 4-19: “Speech & Debate”

Feb. 12-27: “The Play About the Naked Guy”

April 16-May 8: “12th Night of the Living Dead”

SPACE 55 THEATRE ENSEMBLE

Info: (602) 663-4032 or space55.org.

Shows and dates TBA.

TEATRO BRAVO

Info: (602) 258-1800 or teatrobravo.org.

Oct. 2-18: “Mother Lolita”

February: “Lloronas”

May: “Manzi: Cesar Chavez in Arizona”

TEMPE LITTLE THEATRE

Performances at Tempe Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 350-8388 or tempelittletheatre.org.

Sept 18-Oct. 4: “Two By Two”

Nov. 20-Dec. 6: “Sylvia”

March 19-April 4: “Sweet Charity”

June 4-20: “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” 

THEATRE IN MY BASEMENT

Info: timb.org.

Plays and dates TBA.

THEATER WORKS

Performances at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. (623) 815-7930 or theaterworks.org.

Now-Sept. 13: “Camelot”

Oct. 16-Nov. 1: “Sly Fox”

Dec. 4-20: “Miracle on 34th Street”

Jan. 22-Feb. 7: “All My Sons”

March 12-28: “Johnny Guitar”

April 9-25: “A Shot in the Dark”

Black Box Theater

Oct. 8-31: “Night of the Living Dead”

Theater Works and Algonquin Theater

Nov. 6-22: “The Smell of the Kill”

Feb. 12-28: “Kennedy”

April 23-May 9: “The Foreigner”

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE

Various venues. Info: (480) 965-6447 or herbergercollege.asu.edu.

Oct. 2-18: “Tragedy: a tragedy”

Nov. 6-22: “Bone Portraits”

Dec. 2-6: “Am:I”

Feb. 26-March 12: “These Shining Lives”

April 16-May 2: “The Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes”

CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Performances at Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343 or webport.cgc.maricopa.edu/published/a/rt/arts

Oct. 22-25: “Dear Brutus”

Dec. 3-5: “A Christmas Carol”

March 5-13: Spring Musical

MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE MUSIC AND THEATRE DEPARTMENT

Performances at MCC’s Theatre Outback. Info: (480) 461-7170 or mc.maricopa.edu/dept/d55/thp.

Oct. 8-11: “The Overcoat”

Dec. 3-6: “Blood Wedding”

Feb. 25-28: “The Great White Hope”

April 29-May 2: “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday”

ARIZONA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Info: (928) 443-9220 or azshakes.com.

Now-Oct. 25: Touring Arizona performing “Much Ado About Nothing”

SHAKESPEARE SEDONA

Info: (602) 356-3047 or shakespearesedona.com.

Plays and dates TBA. 

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DINNER THEATER

ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE

Info: (623) 776-8400 or azbroadwaytheatre.com.

Oct. 2-Nov. 15: “Anything Goes”

Nov. 27-Dec. 27: “A Christmas Carol”

Jan. 8-Feb. 21: “Gypsy”

Feb. 26-April 11: “Cats”

April 23-May 30: “Phantom”

June 11-25: “Footloose”

Aug. 6-Sept. 19: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”

Aug. 13-Sept. 26: “Lend Me a Tenor”

BROADWAY PALM DINNER THEATRE

Info: (480) 325-6700 or broadwaypalmwest.com.

Oct. 8-Nov. 21: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

Nov. 28-Jan. 2: “Meet Me in St. Louis”

Jan. 7-Feb. 20: “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”

Feb. 25-April 10: “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

April 15-May 22: “Nunsense”

May 27-July 3: “I Love a Piano”

July 8-Aug. 21: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

COPPERSTATE DINNER THEATER

Info: (602) 279-3129 or copperstatedinnertheaters.com.

Plays and dates TBA.

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CHILDREN'S THEATER

AHWATUKEE CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Info: (480) 705-9319 or azact.org.

Plays and dates TBA.

ARIZONA JEWISH THEATRE COMPANY YOUTH THEATRE

Info: (602) 264-0402 or azjewishtheatre.org/youth.html

Plays and dates TBA.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY’S ASU GAMMAGE PERFORMANCES FOR STUDENTS

Info: (480) 965-5062 or asugammage.com.

Sept 10: “Contra-Tiempo”

Oct. 15: JazzReach

BROADWAY PALM CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Info: (480) 325-6700 or broadwaypalmwest.com.

Dec. 4-29: “Frosty the Snowman: A Magical Adventure”

March 9-April 9: “The Little Mermaid”           

June 4-July 2: “Charlotte’s Web”

CHILDSPLAY

Performances at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 350-8119 or childsplayaz.org.

Sept 26.-Oct. 11: “Honus and Me”

Oct. 31-Nov. 15: “Androcles and the Lion”

Nov. 21-Dec. 27: “Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!”

Jan. 30-March 13: “Peter and the Wolf”

April 10-18: “Tomato Plant Girl”

May 1-23: “The Big Friendly Giant”

COOKIE COMPANY

Performances at Phoenix Theatre’s Little Theatre. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phxtheatre.org.

Oct. 24-Nov.1: “Cinderella Confidential”

Jan. 22-31: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”

April 9-18: “Dulce”

CYT PHOENIX (Christian Youth Theater)

Part of the largest youth theater organization in the country. Classes and performances in various valley locations. Info: (480) 778-1616 or www.cytphoenix.org

Nov 13-21: "Narnia" (musical) - at Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for Arts, Phoenix

Feb 26-28: "Disney's Beauty and The Beast" - Mesa Arts Center, Mesa

May 14-23: "Seussical" - Mesa Arts Center

EAST VALLEY CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Performances at Mesa Arts Center’s Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse. Info: (480) 756-3828 or evct.org.

Oct. 1-18: “The Jungle Book”

Feb. 5–22: “The Goats Gruff”

June 17-27: “The Enchantment of Beauty & the Beast”

FOUNTAIN HILLS YOUTH THEATER

Info: (480) 837-9661 or fountainhillstheater.com.

Aug. 28–Sept. 13: “Captain Preston & the Pirate Scourge”

Oct. 9–25: “WhoWhatWhenWhyHow!”

Dec. 4-20: “The Nutcracker”

Feb. 5–21: “Cinderella”

March 19–April 4: “You Don’t Have to Take It!”

April 10-11: “Bully”

GECKO TEATRO

Children’s theater branch of Desert Foothills Theater. Info: (480) 488-1981 or desertfoothillstheater.com.

Nov. 12-21: “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

More plays and dates TBA.

GREAT ARIZONA PUPPET THEATER

Info: (602) 262-2050 or azpuppets.org.

Now-Sept. 13: “Baby Bear Goes to School”

Sept. 16-Oct. 4: “Jack and the Beanstalk"

Oct. 7-Nov. 1: “Little Bunny’s Halloween”

Nov. 4-8: “Matriyoshka’s Long Journey”

Nov. 11-29: “The Little Red Hen”

Dec. 2-24: “The Elves & The Shoemaker”

Dec. 26-Jan. 31: “Cinderella”

Feb. 3-7: “Jack and the Beanstalk and Other Tales”

Feb. 10-28: “Hotel Saguaro”

March 3-14: “The Monkey & The Pirate”

March 17-April 4: “The Three Little Kittens”

April 7-25: “Rapunzel”

April 28-May 2: “Canyon Condor”

May 5-9: “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf”

May 12-June 6: “The Three Billy Goats Gruff”

QUEEN CREEK PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Info: (480) 987-5964 or qcpac.com.

Nov. 21: “Willy Wonka”

Dec. 12: “A Whoville Christmas”

Feb. 27: “Into the Woods”

SCOTTSDALE DESERT STAGES THEATRE

Info: (480) 483-1664 or desertstages.com.

Now-Sept. 20: “The Ugly Duckling”

Nov. 20-Dec. 20: “The Snow Queen”

Feb. 19-March 21: “Peter Pan”

May 22-June 20: “Aladdin”

STAGEWORKS

Performances at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

Oct. 30-Nov.8: “Puss in Boots and Other Cat Tales”

Jan. 28-Feb. 7: “Captain Louie”

March 5-14: “Cows Don’t Fly and Other Known Facts”

STARLIGHT COMMUNITY THEATER

Performances at Boulder Creek Performing Arts Center. Info: (623) 566-7991 or starlightcommunitytheater.org.

Oct. 30-Nov. 7: “Cinderella”

Feb. 5-14: “USO Show”

May 28-June 6: “Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, Jr.”

VALLEY YOUTH THEATRE

Performances at Valley Youth Theatre except where noted. Info: (602) 253-8188 or vyt.com.

Sept. 11-27: “Peter Pan” at Herberger Theater Center

Oct. 16-Nov. 1: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (Musical)

Dec. 4-23: “A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail”

Jan. 29-Feb. 14: “13” at Herberger Theater Center

March 19-April 4: “The Hobbit”

May 7-23: “Willy Wonka”

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DANCE

SPECIAL EVENTS

GAMMAGE AUDITORIUM

Info: (480) 965-3434 or asugammage.com

Sept. 18: Nora Chipaumire

March 27: Keo Woolford: “I Land”

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 985-0423 or chandlercenter.org

April 17: Yu Wei — The Dance Collection

MESA ARTS CENTER

Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com

The most successful tap show in stage history is kicking off fall performing arts season Sept. 25 at Mesa Arts Center. “Tap Dogs,” the show that features a cast of industrial workmen in a gritty reinvention of tap dance, blends elements of theater, light shows and rock concerts for a contemporary take on an old-fashioned art form.

Sept. 25: “Tap Dogs,” Ikeda Theater

Feb. 11: Les Ballets Trockaderos de Monte Carlo

Feb. 19: Tao

March 10: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS

Info: (480) 994-2787 or scottsdaleperformingarts.com

Oct. 30: Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble

Nov. 18-19: Paul Taylor Dance Company

Dec. 5: The Golden Dragon Acrobats

Jan. 21-22: Best of Momix

Feb. 13: Shen Wei Dance Arts

March 19-20: Martha Graham Dance Company

April 9-10: Ballet Hispanico Company

ASU SCHOOL OF DANCE

Info: (480) 965-6536 or herberger.asu.edu

Nov. 20-22: Emerging Artists at the Nelson Fine Arts Center Dance Lab 122

Dec. 4-5: Emerging Artists Resite at the Pie Factory in Phoenix

Feb. 19-21: Transition Projects at Dance Studio Theater

March 5-7: The Dance Annual at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse

CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Performances at the Performing Arts Center. Info: (480) 732-7343

Nov. 20-21: Faculty Dance Showcase 

Dec. 11-12: Student Dance Showcase

April 16-17: Faculty Dance Showcase

May 7-8: Student Dance Showcase

MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Performances at Theatre Outback. Info: (480) 461-7170 or mc.maricopa.edu/dept/d37/dance

Nov. 5-6: Fall 2009 Formal Dance Performance

March 25-26: Spring 2010 Formal Dance Performance

PARADISE VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Performances at the Center for the Performing Arts. Info: (602) 787-7738 or paradisevalley.edu/cpa

Dec. 4-5: Fall Dance Collection

April 30-May 1: Spring Dance Collection

SCOTTSDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Info: (480) 423-6612 or scottsdalecc.edu/dance

Dec. 4-5: “Muscle Memory Implications”

Dec. 9: Fall Informal Performance

Dec. 11: Fall Openstage Performance

April 30-May 1: “My Mind, My Body”

May 5: Spring Informal Performance

May 7: Spring Openstage Performance

PROFESSIONAL BALLET

A prince, a princess, a love that transcends an evil sorcerer’s curse: It’s the irresistible alchemy of “Swan Lake,” one of the most beloved romantic ballets of all time. Ballet Arizona opens its season with the production Nov. 5-8 at Symphony Hall, accompanied live by the Phoenix Symphony, which will perform the show’s famous and memorable Tchaikovsky score.

BALLET ARIZONA

Performances at Phoenix’s Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted. Info: (602) 381-1096 or balletaz.org

Sept. 25: “Ballet Under the Stars” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Nov. 5-8: “Swan Lake”

Dec. 11-27: “The Nutcracker”

Feb. 11-14: “The Sleeping Beauty”

March 26-28: “Classic Innovations”

May 14-16: Ib Andersen’s “Play”

June 11-13: “Balanchine Classics”

OTHER BALLET

BALLET ETUDES

Performances at various venues. Info: balletetudes.net.

Sept. 11: Mesa Arts Center Affiliate Open House

TBA: The Nutcracker Sweet Tea at Wright House Reception Hall in Mesa

Nov. 27-Dec. 13: “The Nutcracker” at Mesa Arts Center

March 5-7: “Cinderella” at Mesa Arts Center

NOVABALLET

Info: (602) 955-8383 or novaballet.com

Oct. 16-17: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet

More shows and dates TBA

COMMUNITY

DESERT DANCE THEATRE

Performances at Tempe Center for the Arts unless otherwise noted. Info: (480) 962-4584 or desertdancetheatre.com

Oct. 8-10: Arizona Dance Festival 2009

Oct. 15-18: Center Dance Ensemble’s Fateful Loves of Hamlet at Herberger Theater

Feb. 11-12: Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts

April 2: Phoenix First Friday, Phoenix Art Museum

April: Celebration of Dance

May 21-23: Desert Dance Theatre Final Season Performance

SCORPIUS DANCE THEATRE

Performances at Phoenix Theatre’s Little Theatre unless otherwise noted. Info: (602) 258-9511 or scorpiusdance.com

Oct. 21-Nov. 7: A Vampire Tale 6

April 28-May 8: Catwalk

CONDER/DANCE

Performances at various venues. Info: (480) 570-3263 or conderdance.com

Oct. 2: “Dance in the Garden” at Phoenix Art Museum, First Friday

Oct. 9-10: Arizona Dance Festival at Tempe Center for the Arts

Dec. 11-12: Breaking Ground 2009: Choreographers’ Showcase at Tempe Center for the Arts - Studio

Feb. 5-6: Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival at Paradise Valley Community College Performing Arts Center

April 3: “Dances in Black And White” at Tempe Center for the Arts

May 8: “Dance on Camera” at Tempe Center for the Arts

ARIZONA LITURGICAL DANCE GROUP

Info: (480) 215-1916 or azdance.org

Dec. 6: Christmas Dance Concert at Paradise Valley Community College Performing Arts Center

Dec. 7, Jan. 8: Christmas Dance Concert at Tempe Center for the Arts

Jan. 10: Christmas Dance Concert at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

April 10-11: “Intimate / Two-Squared” at Paradise Valley Community College Performing Arts Center

May 1: “Collections” at Tempe Center for the Arts

May 2: “Collections” at Paradise Valley Community College Performing Arts Center

May 15-16: “Celebration Dance Concert” at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center

LUDWIG DANCE THEATRE

Info:(480) 966-3391 or aludwigdance.org

April 22-25: A Ludwig Dance Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts

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CLASSICAL MUSIC, OPERA and CHORAL

CLASSICAL MUSIC AND JAZZ

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.

Jan. 10: Rhythms of Life “Pardon My English” Gershwin by Ira

Feb. 14: Rhythms of Life “Love Letters: From Beethoven to Bernstein”

April 11: Rhythms of Life “Copland and Me”

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Info: (480) 994-2787 or scottsdalearts.org.

Dec. 4: Yo-Yo Ma

Jan 23: Afiara String Quartet

Feb. 5: Leila Josefowicz and John Novacek

Feb. 10: Di Wu

April 24-25: Alexander String Quartet with guests

Keyboard Conversations (“Concerts With Commentary”

with Pianist Jeffrey Siegel)

Dec. 1: “Chopin for Lovers”

Jan 12: “Chopin the Patriot”

Feb. 23: “Chopin the Storyteller”

March 23: “Chopin and the Future”

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Oct. 25: Haochen Zhang

Jan. 17: André-Michel Schub

Feb. 21: Ralph Votapek

March 7: Jon Nakamatsu

Jazz

Dec. 12: Kenny Barron Trio

Jan. 30: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall

Feb. 19: Al Di Meola

March 11: Generations Band with Jimmy Cobb and Jimmy Heath

March 27: Joe Lovano and UsFive

April 30: Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis and Roland Guerin

TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 350-2822 or tca.ticketforce.com.

Orchestra

Oct. 11: Jill Osborne and Friends Chamber Music Recital

Dec. 9: Sustainable Symphony Presents “Russian Masters”

Jazz

Sept. 25: Bob Corritore

Oct. 31: Nicholas Payton & the TCA All Stars

Nov. 19: Rosana Eckert

Dec. 19: Dennis Rowland Holiday Jazz

KERR CULTURAL CENTER

Info: (480) 596-2660 or asukerr.com.

Oct. 29: Quetzal Guerrero

Dec. 10: Robin Spielberg

Jan. 29: Gary Stroutsos

Feb. 21: Young Sounds of Arizona

Rhythms of Life Series

Jan. 22: “To Lenny, With Love”

Feb. 19: “A Chopin Cornucopia”

March 26: “A Rare Pattern”

Jazz in Az

Oct. 7: Charles Lewis & Friends    

Nov. 4: Fred Forney: “The Soul of Jazz”   

Dec. 2: “Santa Baby”: A Judy Roberts Christmas    

Jan. 6: Dennis Rowland With Extreme Decibel Big Band    

Feb. 7: Marion Meadows Celebrates Black History Month    

March 3-4: The Jazz Divas: Nancy Gee, Margo Reed, Sherry Roberson & Delphine Cortez  April 7: Greg Fishman Celebrates Stan Getz    

May 5: Joe Garcia & Friends

Sunday at Kerr

Dec. 13: “Nostalgia at Its Best”

Jan. 10: 52nd Street Jazz Band

March 14: The Original Wildcat Jass Band

Widely considered one of the pre-eminent violin virtuosos of the 20th century, Itzhak Perlman returns to the Mesa Arts Center on Jan. 20.

MESA ARTS CENTER

Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

Oct. 20: Bela Fleck, Zakir Husaain and Edgar Meyer

Jan. 20: Itzhak Perlman

March 9: Moscow State Radio Symphony

Jazz

Oct. 3: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis

EAST VALLEY SYMPHONIES SYMPHONY OF THE SOUTHWEST

Performances at Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater unless otherwise noted. Info: (480) 827-2143 or symphonyofthesouthwest.org.

Oct. 17: Gala benefit concert featuring Scott MacIntyre

Nov. 21: Music Explorer — A Concert for Kids

Dec. 19: An Afternoon of Christmas Delights

Feb. 8-9: Peter & The Wolf

March 27: Space and Science Concert

May 8: From Paris ... With Love

MUSICA NOVA

Performances at Scottsdale Center for the Arts unless noted. Info: (480) 585-4767 or musicanovaaz.org.

Musica Nova Orchestra

Nov. 8: “The Great Completion”

Jan. 10: “The Winds of Change”

April 11: “Forbidden Music VII: Soviet Persecutions”

Evenings With Musicanova at Windgate Ranch

Nov. 6: “Bruckner Brass”

Jan. 8: “Flute Antics”

April 9: “Cellos and Russians”

Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra

Oct. 17: “Mozart in Focus”

Feb. 20: “The High Baroque”

April 17: “Classical Transitions”

FINE ARTS STRING ORCHESTRA

Info: (480) 585-4167 or musicanovaaz.org.

Oct. 25: “Arrangements in Historical Perspective”

March 7: “On the Edge of Change”

May 16: “Diverting Music”

CHANDLER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Performances at Desert Vista High School. Info: (480) 899-3447 or chandlersymphony.org.

Oct. 11: Free concert

Nov. 5: Free concert

Feb. 7: Free concert

March 21: Free concert

May 2: Free concert

 

TEMPE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

All performances at the Tempe Center for the Arts Theater unless otherwise noted. Info: www.tempe.gov/arts/events/tso/default.htm.

Oct. 12: Opening Concert

Nov. 30: Holiday Concert at McClintock High School

Feb. 22: Winter Concert

April 19: Final Concert

TEMPE SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE

Performances at the Tempe Center for the Arts theater. Info: (480) 831-7655 or tswe.org.

Nov. 8: “That Others May Live”

March 8: “Contemporary Classics”

March 9: TSWE High School Band Festival

April 12: “British Band Classics”

SCOTTSDALE SYMPHONY

Info: (480) 945-8071 or scotsymph.org.

Dates and venues TBA.

PHOENIX SYMPHONIES

PHOENIX SYMPHONY

Performances at the Phoenix Symphony Hall unless otherwise noted. Info: (602) 495-1999 or phoenixsymphony.org.

Oct. 1-2: Adventures in Music

June 15: College Club Card   

Jan. 2: Patti LuPone: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda ... Played That Part

Feb. 24-25: Our Arizona!

May 4-5: Cultural Kaleidoscope!   

Feb. 7: Side by Side with the Phoenix Youth Symphony

Classic Series

Sept. 11-13: Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Sept. 24-25: Alondra de la Parra   

Oct. 15-17: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

Nov. 12-14: “Nixon in China”   

Nov. 15: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony

Nov. 27-28: Mozart & Strauss   

Feb. 5-6: Gershwin Piano Concerto   

Feb. 18-21: Prokofiev: Peter & the Wolf   

March 4-6: Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 3   

March 18, 20-21: Mozart’s Requiem   

April 2-3: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto   

April 2: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony   

April 8: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7

April 9: Beethoven Festival

April 10-11: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8   

April 30-May 1: American Masters

May 15-16: Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto

May 20-23: Great Opera Choruses

World Music Festival

Jan. 14-16: Master Peter’s Puppet Show “The Escapades of Don Quixote”   

Jan. 15: Jake Shimabukuro   

Jan. 17: African Children’s Choir   

Jan. 22-23: Vivaldi/Piazzolla: Eight Seasons at Orpheum Theatre

Jan. 24: Argentine Tango! at Mesa Arts Center

Feb. 27: Band of the Irish Guards

Specials

Dec. 6, 16-19: Handel’s Messiah

Dec. 11-12: Baroque Christmas

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve   

Dec. 5: Holiday Pops

May 12: Gustavo Dudamel and The L.A. Philharmonic

Family

Sept. 19: Vivaldi’s “Ring of Mystery”

Oct. 31: Trick or Treat Halloween with the Symphony

Jan. 9: The Magic of Music

Pops

Oct. 9-11: Piano Men II   

Sept. 19-20: Oscar® Night!

Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Simply Sinatra   

Dec. 4-6: Holiday Pops

Dec. 2-4: Holiday Express!   

Jan. 8-10: Marvin Hamlisch

Feb. 25-26, 28: Salute to the Tonys®

March 26-28: Symphonic Star Wars

May 7-9: Disco Days & Boogie Nights

May 28-29: Patriotic Pops   

June 4-5: Rocky Mountain High, A Tribute to John Denver

Favorites Across the Valley

Dec. 20: Handel’s Messiah at Mesa Arts Center   

Sept. 27: Alondra de la Parra at Mesa Arts Center   

Oct. 18: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony at Mesa Arts Center

Oct. 29: Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony at Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Nov. 29: Mozart & Strauss at Mesa Arts Center

Feb. 4: Gershwin Piano Concerto at Scottsdale Center for the Arts

April 1: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at Scottsdale Center for the Arts

April 29: American Masters at Scottsdale Center for the Arts

May 13: Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto at Scottsdale Center for the Arts

METROPOLITAN YOUTH SYMPHONY

Performances at the Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theatre unless otherwise noted. Info: (480) 456-9501 or azmys.org.

Nov. 3: Concert

Feb. 24: Concert

Dec. 3: Concert at Mesa Hilton Hotel

April 27: Concert

PHOENIX YOUTH SYMPHONY

Performances at various venues. Info: (602) 277-7013 or phoenixyouthsymphony.org.

Consult Web site for performance schedule.

WEST VALLEY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Performance venues vary. Info: (623) 536-2791 or aztec.asu.edu/wvyo/.

Dec. 17: Concert at Sunflower Resort

March 12: Concert at Paradise RV Resort

March 21: Concert at Desert Palms Presbyterian Church in Sun City

May 10: Spring Concert

COLLEGE CLASSICAL CONCERTS ASU HERBERGER COLLEGE

Performances held at various venues. Info: (480) 965-6447 or herbergercollege.asu.edu.

Faculty Recitals

Performances held at Katzin Concert Hall unless noted.

Sept. 13: Premieres and Legends! at Katzin Concert Hall

Sept. 27: Jana Starling at Katzin Concert Hall

Oct. 10: Faculty Chamber Music Ensemble

Oct. 18: Martin Schuring, Oboe

Oct. 28: Danwen Jiang with Guest Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Violins

Oct. 30: Caio Pagano, Piano

Orchestra

Sept. 11-12: ASU Symphonic Chorale and Phoenix Symphony present “On the Transmigration of the Souls”

Sept. 21: ASU Chamber Orchestra — Children’s Concerts at Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

Sept. 25: Sustainable Symphony at Katzin Concert Hall

Sept 30: ASU Symphony Orchestra presents A Celebration of Unity and Design at ASU Gammage

Oct. 5: ASU Sinfonietta presents “Orchestral Favorites!” at ASU Gammage

Oct. 15: Chamber Music Showcase Recital at Katzin Concert Hall

Oct. 17: ASU Symphony Orchestra presents “A Dedicatory Concert”

Oct. 22: The Artist’s Journey with faculty artist Carole FitzPatrick at Tempe Center for the Arts

Nov. 12: ASU Baroque Chamber Ensemble and Early Music Choral Ensemble present “Monumental Merriment” at Katzin Concert Hall

Nov. 13: String Chamber Music Culmination Concert at Katzin Concert Hall

Nov. 20: ASU Symphony Orchestra presents “The Organ Is King” at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

Dec. 1: ASU Sinfonietta presents “A Russian Winter” at ASU Gammage

Dec. 6: ASU Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union’s Holiday Concert at ASU Gammage

Band

Sept. 17: ASU Bands presents “A Whole New Mind” at ASU Gammage

Oct. 11: ASU Bands presents “Symphonies of Winds” at Katzin Concert Hall

Nov. 1: “Transcendence: Music for Chorus and Winds” at Chaparral Christian Church

Dec. 3: ASU Marching and Wind Bands present “Pass in Review” at ASU Gammage

Dec. 4: ASU Pan Devils Steelband at Katzin Concert Hall

Dec. 5: ASU Contemporary Percussion Ensemble at Katzin Concert Hall

Dec. 6: ASU African Drum Ensemble at Katzin Concert Hall

Miscellaneous Concerts/Guest Artists

Performances held at Katzin Concert Hall unless noted.

Sept. 22: Friends of TCA presents “Performance With a View” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Sept. 25: José Miguel Moreno, Guitar/Renaissance Lute at Organ Hall

Oct. 1: Hillary Herndon, Viola 

Oct. 8: Michael Lorimer, Guitar

Oct. 9: Arizona Contemporary Music Ensembles (ACME)

Oct. 26: “CLARA” a Tribute in Song to Clara Schumann at Organ Hall

Oct. 27: Rhonda Taylor, Saxophone

Nov. 5: St. Lawrence String Quartet

Nov. 9: ASU Mariachi and Mariachi Diablos del Sol

Nov. 16: Student Piano Ensemble

Dec. 3: Studio E411 Viola Recital, Students of Nancy Buck at Recital Hall

Dec. 3: Arizona Contemporary Music Ensembles (ACME)

Dec. 13: 7th Annual Organ Christmas Concert at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Feb. 16: Studio E217 Voice Recital, Students of Anne Kopta at Tempe Center for the Arts

Jazz Concerts

Sept. 14: Jazz Faculty Recital at Recital Hall

Oct. 10: ASU Vocal Jazz Ensemble presents “Straight, No Chaser” at Recital Hall

Oct. 12: ASU Student Jazz Combos at Recital Hall

Oct. 19: ASU Latin Jazz Band at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Oct. 20: ASU Student Jazz Combos at Tempe Center for the Arts

Oct. 20-21: ASU Concert Jazz and Jazz Repertory Bands at Kerr Cultural Center

Nov. 17: Percussion Jazz Ensemble at Katzin Concert Hall

Nov. 24: ASU Concert Jazz Band at Kerr Cultural Center

Nov. 30: ASU Latin Jazz Band at Katzin Concert Hall

Dec. 1: ASU Jazz Repertory Band at Kerr Cultural Center

April 8: ASU Wind Ensemble and Concert Jazz Band present “Absolute Fusion” at Tempe Center for the Arts

Choral Concerts

Oct. 17: ASU Symphonic Chorale presents “Serenade to Music”

Oct. 24: “A Kaleidoscope of Sounds” at Camelback Bible Church

Nov. 17: Performance with a View featuring Carole FitzPatrick, Robert Barefield and Andrew Campbell at Architecture Environmental Design Library

Dec. 7: ASU Combined Choirs Holiday Concert at Camelback Bible Church

April 25: Opera and Operetta Extravaganza with Carole FitzPatrick, Robert Barefield and Russell Ryan at Katzin Concert Hall

Classical Guitar Series

Performances held at Katzin Concert Hall

Oct. 8: Michael Lorimer

Nov. 21: Rafael Aguirre

Jan. 26: Gabriel Bianco

March 5: Carlos Perez

March 24: Solo Duo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela)

Organ Concerts

Performances held at Organ Hall.

Oct. 11: The 3 Great B’s of Improvisation

Nov. 1: Bach and Mendelssohn

Dec. 13: 7th Annual Organ Christmas Concert

Feb. 21: Beauty and Bravura

March 7: The Organ in concerto

April 11: Frescobaldi-Bach: Catholic and Lutheran Approaches to the Organ

Lyric Opera Theatre

All performances at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre

Oct. 2-10: “Turn of the Screw”

Nov. 19-Dec. 5: “Sweeney Todd”

Jan. 29-Feb. 7: “25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

March 4-7: “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella)

April 15-24: “Rocky Horror Show”

OPERA

Richard Strauss’ opera "Salome" based on Oscar Wilde’s play about the New Testament seductress is one of five productions this season from Arizona Opera Nov. 20-22 at Phoenix Symphony Hall.

ARIZONA OPERA

The state’s largest opera company, performing in Tucson and Phoenix’s Symphony Hall. Info: (602) 266-7464 or azopera.com.

Oct. 23-25: “Cosi fan tutte”

Nov. 20-22: “Salome”

Jan. 29-31: “La Boheme”

March 12-14: “A Concert of Signature Arias”

April 23-25: “The Barber of Seville”

PHOENIX OPERA

Valley opera company (formerly Phoenix Metropolitan Opera) returns for its third season. Performances at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. Info: (866) 673-7248 or phoenixopera.org.

Nov. 6, 8: “Carmen”

Feb. 12, 14: “Madama Butterfly”

CHORUS AND CHORALE CANTEMUS CHOIR

Performances at Trinity Cathedral. Info: (602) 254-7126 or cantemusaz.org.

Oct. 10: “The Romantic Heart”

Dec. 11: “A Christmas Carol”

Jan. 30: A Brass and Choir Spectacular

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.

Sept. 11: The Lamplighters Chorus and Quartet

ORPHEUS MALE CHOIR

Performances at various venues. Info: (602) 271-9396 or orpheus.org.

Dates and venues TBA.

PHOENIX CHORALE

Performances at various venues. Info: (602) 253-2224 or bachchoir.org.

Dates and venues TBA.

PHOENIX BOYS CHOIR

Performances at various venues Info: (602) 264-5328 or boyschoir.org.

Dates and venues TBA.

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OTHER EVENTS

MESA ARTS CENTER

Info: (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.

Oct. 13: Lisa Williams Messages from Beyond

Oct. 15: Paula Poundstone

Oct. 23-24: Mesa Storytelling Festival

Oct. 28: Himalayan Quest

Oct. 31-Nov.1: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Nov. 5: Jo Dee Messina

Nov. 7: William Joseph

Nov. 12: Playing For Change

Dec. 2: Polar Obsession

Dec. 4: Imagination Movers Live in Concert

Dec. 5: Leahy Family Christmas, Ikeda Theater

Dec. 6: Welk Stars “Christmas Reunion” Concert, Ikeda Theater

Dec. 9: Sara Evans, Ikeda Theater

Dec. 12: American Stars in Concert For the Holidays

Dec. 12-13: Holiday Art and Music Festival

Dec. 22: Dave Koz and Friends

Jan. 27: Hunting Dinosaurs

March 17: Army Ants and Flying Frogs

TEMPE CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 350-2822 or tca.ticketforce.com.

Sept. 12: Friends of TCA Gala featuring David Spade 

Oct. 15: Mahnah Club: “The Heart of Fashion”  

Oct. 24: Comic Pain Relief 

Charo, the longtime Las Vegas headliner and “The Love Boat” veteran extraordinaire, brings her New Age flamenco pop guitar music to Higley Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 13

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Info: (480) 782-2680 or chandlercenter.org.

Sept. 19: Michael Sicoly

Oct. 17: Bo Bice at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Dec. 26-Jan. 3: Zoppé Italian Family Circus

Jan. 30: Asleep at the Wheel at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 6: Red Grammer

Feb. 13: Charo at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 19: Destino

Feb. 20: Todd Oliver & Friends: Dogs Gone Wild Tour at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

Feb. 28: Magician Richard Steele

March 6: Ronnie Millsap at Higley Center for the Performing Arts

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Info: (480) 994-2787 or scottsdalearts.org.

An Oct. 24 concert by Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth will mark the grand opening of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts' newly remodeled Virginia G. Piper Theater.

Oct. 4: Dine Out with the Chefs: A Celebration of the Culinary Arts

Oct. 24: ARTrageous Featuring Kristin Chenoweth

Oct. 27, Nov. 17, Dec. 14, Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 16, April 27, May 11: Talk Cinema

Nov. 7: Rufus Wainwright

Nov. 13-15: Scottsdale Latin Jazz Festival

Nov. 13: Ximena Sariñana

Nov. 14: Arturo Sandoval

Nov. 14: Tiempo Libre

Nov. 15: Claudia Villela Group

Nov. 20-21: An Evening with John Cleese

Nov. 27-28: Capitol Steps

Dec. 19: Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice: Night Sky Essays

Jan. 9: Jason Alexander as Donny Clay at Celebrity Theatre

Jan. 15: Jesse Cook

Jan. 23: Afiara String Quartet

Jan. 28: Garrison Keillor at Celebrity Theatre

Feb. 6: The RFK Project

Feb. 11-12: Orville Schell

Feb. 20: Michael Feinstein at Celebrity Theatre

Feb. 26: Christine Ebersole

Feb. 27: Glenn Miller Orchestra

March 5-6: Martin Short

April 22: Baaba Maal

May 1: David Sedaris

WEST VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL

Info: (623) 935-6384 or westvalleyarts.org.

Shows and dates TBA.

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