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There are a plethora of holiday performances to choose from this time of year, and one we’re marking on our calendar is “Celebration” at Mesa Arts Center.
Playing Argentine First Lady Eva Perón is the hardest role Caroline Bowman has ever had.
The world-renown classical crossover soprano famous for originating the role of Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera” performs in Phoenix.
Remember the timeless scene in “The Sound of Music” when the Von Trapp children put on a puppet show? Ever wish that you could witness those puppets in real life? Well you’re in luck, because the same marionettes are making their way to town.
Five years ago, the Mesa High School Marching Band started band camp with just 35 students. Multiple superior ratings, two state championship nods and a 50 student increase later, the band will embark on its first out-of-state trip to perform at the Holiday Bowl in December.
Black curtain. Carpeted floor. Nameless people filing in and out. Sounds creepy, but it’s actually just a blind audition for the Arizona Opera Orchestra; an audition that Highland High School graduate Michael Marks won earlier this year to become the youngest member in ensemble history. He is 19 years old.
Rebecca Hall is confidently stepping toward center stage.
They were 12 ordinary citizens who didn't oppose the death penalty. But unlike spectators outside the courthouse who followed the case like a daytime soap opera and jumped to demand Jodi Arias' execution, the jurors faced a decision that was wrenching and real, with implications that could haunt them forever.
Jurors who spent five months determining Jodi Arias’ fate couldn’t decide whether she should get life in prison or die for murdering her boyfriend, sending prosecutors back to the drawing board to rehash the shocking case of sex, lies and violence to another 12 people.
It’s not often art lovers get to see a work in progress let alone contribute to it, but Arizona Opera gives fans the opportunity to do just that this weekend when they present the first reading of “Riders of the Purple Sage” — an original opera based on Zane Grey’s western novel, set on the Arizona-Utah border.
The jury has rendered its verdict — Jodi Arias is guilty of first-degree murder — but the trial is far from finished.
Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the gruesome killing of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona after a four-month trial that captured headlines with lurid tales of sex, lies, religion and a salacious relationship that ended in a blood bath.
It has become a real-life soap opera watched by people around the world and dozens of fanatics who camp out on a Phoenix sidewalk in the middle of the night to get into the show. One seat even sold for $200.
As Jodi Arias' trial wraps up this week after four months of testimony, her fate rests in part on the testimony of expert witnesses who have offered up one clinical diagnosis after another for the small-town waitress and aspiring photographer from California to explain why she killed her lover five years ago.
Hard rocker Tom Keifer would be among the first to say that life doesn’t go as planned. The long-time musician, best known for his lead role in the band Cinderella, released his first solo album – ”The Way Life Goes” – April 30 after a 10-year process and a long struggle with partial vocal chord paralysis — the ruination of many music careers.
Trumpeter/bandleader Doc Severinsen can still hit the notes, and it's not something he ever takes for granted. He always warms up.
My Mom & Dad were born in 1921, married in 1943. They grew up during the Great Depression and lived through WWII. Tonight on PBS I watched “Celebration: Stephanie Blythe Meets Kate Smith” where an opera singer sang songs made famous by Kate Smith during the 30s-40s and WWII era. I only vaguely remember Kate Smith, but apparently she was more successful than about any other star of the time, and I remember my Mom loved Kate Smith. One of her iconic songs was:
Six months after fire destroyed Copperstar Repertory Company’s offices and scene and costume shops, the East Valley theater company is scheduled to host its first production of “Les Misérables School Edition.”
Shaquille O'Neal is one busy retiree.
I find it interesting the number of Arizona folks who are captivated and fascinated with sex crimes. It’s like they can’t get enough of it. I hear constant talk about the media-created, soap-opera-like atmosphere surrounding the Jodi Arias murder trial. People are fascinated with the sex talk and titillating tales of what Arias and Travis Alexander did before she admittedly murdered him.
As staff at the Mesa Arts Center began preparation for its second “Festival of Creativity,” MAC executive director Cindy Ornstein said the group was looking for something to pique their interests — a spark, of sorts.
Squonk Opera, from Pittsburgh, is a group of artists that performs opera and theater but also include modern music and audience participation. Squonk will be performing at spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity, March 13-17 at Mesa Arts Center [Mesa Arts Center photo]
‘Il Trovatore’ - Verdi’s opera set in medieval Spain tells the entangled love story of Leonora and Manrico, whose love is vehemently opposed by Count di Luna.
As a token of gratitude for his work as maestro of the Phoenix Symphony for the past eight years, the board of directors of the Phoenix Symphony is naming Michael Christie music director laureate.