Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts recently announced its season filled with performances featuring celebrated artists, local creatives, fan favorites and new discoveries.
The Center's 2020–21 season, according to a press release, is an opportunity for its patrons to reconnect to and recover with the arts and its community. A full list of this season’s details and safety measures can be found at ScottsdaleArts.org.
Local artists will have the spotlight on them in the virtual music series Summer Streams for patrons to enjoy from their devices, according to the release, describing the expansion of the Jazz Lounge series featuring Valley jazz musicians with special thematic projects.
Scottsdale Arts ONE Members can purchase single tickets for the below performances with general single tickets on sale Tuesday, June 30.
Schedule of performances (subject to change):
Summer Streams at 6 p.m.
• Nayo Jones Trio on Friday, June 26
• Geibral Elisha at on Wednesday, July 17
• Big Pete Pearson with Scotty Spenner on Friday, July 31
• Jaleo on Friday, Aug. 14
• Eloni Yawn on Aug. 28
A new virtual music series will feature some of the Valley’s “most beloved local artists performing intimate sets that attendees can enjoy from the comfort of their home on Facebook Live and YouTube,” the release said.
Series Sponsor: Avant Garde on 2nd Street, Scottsdale Arts Young Professionals
Sustainable Nation | Film Screening
• 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5
This hour-long film screening offers socially-distanced in-person look at bringing sustainable water to a thirsty planet.
Jazz Lounge: Jazz Con Alma
• 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26
Translated as Jazz with Soul or Jazz with Spirit, Jazz Con Alma mixes the creativity and integrity found at the heart of jazz with Latin rhythms and solid grooves. The ensemble consists of Beth Lederman (keyboards), Felix Sainz (bass, vocals), Emerson Laffey (drums) and Joe Garcia (percussion).
• 8 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17
Julia Chacón Flamenco Theatre unites national and international flamenco dancers and musicians, presenting shows at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Theater on set Saturdays in October.
Arizona Storytellers Project
• 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6
The Storytellers Project is a nationwide series of live storytelling nights for anyone, from neighbors to notables, to get on stage and share a true, first-person story with their community.
Flamenco por la Familia
• 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18
This event invites all ages to experience and learn the art of flamenco. Families can enjoy a 60-minute short-story flamenco performance.
Signature Sponsor: US Bank
• 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25,
Join Valley favorites MusicaNova Orchestra in an afternoon celebration of classical music.
Broadway Fright Night
• 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30
“Broadway Fright Night” is a celebration of songs from Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals with supernatural, horror and sci-fi themes.
• 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8
Experience the first Concert under the Stars of the season with R&B and gospel powerhouse Mavis Staples.
Jazz Lounge: A Life Filled with (Stevie) Wonder
• 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13,
A moving tribute to a modern legend with Jazz musicians from across the Valley including Beth Lederman, Steven Powell and Sandra Bassett.
• 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14
Known for his fast and complex finger work, Jake Shimabukuro is a ukulele virtuoso, whose music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk and flamenco.
Jazz Lounge: With a Song in My Heart, a Tribute to Doris Day
• 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15
Jan Sandwich and friends pay tribute to the late actress, singer and animal welfare activist.
• 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22
The Scottsdale Philharmonic performs classical music concerts to make classical music accessible to audiences of all ages.
The Capitol Steps
• 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27;
• 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28
Sharing songs and skits, the Washington D.C.-based political comedy troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues — from left to right — with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals, and more.
Jazz Lounge: Charles Lewis Quartet featuring Alice Tatum
• 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29
A Phoenix jazz reunion with Charles Lewis (piano) and Alice Tatum (vocals) teaming up with their old bandmates for an afternoon of old and new favorites. This lineup includes Tomlinson (drums) and Lloyd Moffitt (bass).
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
• 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1
Celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven with the beloved “Moonlight Sonata” and Sonata op. 110, written after deafness engulfed the legendary composer.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Holiday Swingin’ Party
• 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2
Put a swing in your holiday season when Big Bad Voodo Daddy’s holiday concert comes to Scottsdale.
Assisted Living: The MUSICAL, Dec. 16-Sunday, Dec. 20
• 2 p.m., Wednesday and Sunday
• 2 and 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday
From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st century seniors are partying like it’s 1969. Attendees will experience 18 different characters played by the show’s two actors in a75-minute, comedic, vaudeville-esque musical revue.
Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
• 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18
As a pianist and composer, Conrad Tao is at the forefront of a new generation of classical music.
Presenting Sponsor: The Dayton Fowler Grafman Endowment for Classical Music
Title Sponsor: Virginia G Piper Charitable Trust
Mariachi Sol de México de José Hernández Presents
A Merry-Achi Christmas
• 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19
The holiday performance with Maestro José Hernández and his platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de México returns to perform treasured holiday classics and favorites from the mariachi songbook.
Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet
• 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20
Pablo Ziegler Chamber Quartet, led by Grammy winning pianist, composer, and arranger Pablo Ziegler, performs pieces from the latest release “RADIOTANGO.”