Celebrate The Season
In A Musical Way
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
April 26, 2018 — In 1958, Hal and Timona Pittman started the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix. At that time, the small study group focused on music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
The group then became known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, a name that lasted almost 20 years. Today, those singers are known as the Phoenix Chorale and are regarded as one of North America’s best choral ensembles.
Made up of trained singers, 28-voice chorus has built a solid reputation through live performances across the United States and in Canada, heard on radio stations around the world.
In 2004, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to record for the United Kingdom’s Chandos Records and since then, they’ve won three Grammy awards. Their most recent album is Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil.
This month, April 27 through 29, the Chorale is presenting Sing of Spring. This “bouquet” will feature works by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams. Peter Rutenberg, founding music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella, will serve as the guest conductor. The Chorale will perform at three different locations, and showtimes vary. Admission ranges from $15 to $35. To learn more or purchase, visit https://www.phoenixchorale.org/concerts
April 27 to May 11
An English fairy tale first published in 1734, Jack and the Beanstalk is now on stage through May 11 at the Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Some dates are are sold out, so visit this site for details and ticket prices: http://azbroadway.org/event/jack-and-the-beanstalk/
Saturday, April 28
Hawaii’s storied art form of hula dancing will take center stage during Halau O Kekuhi at the Arizona State University Gammage. Admission starts at $20; get more details by checking out https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/halau-o-kekuhi
May 3 to 6
Legendary choreographer George Balanchine is the subject of All Balanchine 2018, running through May 6 at Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. The production will feature three of his ballets: Prodigal Son, Symphony in Three Movements and La Sonnambua. For more information and ticket prices, visit http://balletaz.org/performance/all-balanchine-2018/
Friday, May 4
Based on the 2005 blockbuster animation film, Madagascar Jr. will be staged through May 13 at Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Admission is $17. Get more details at https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/madagascar/
What happens when a politician speaks from his heart? Find out by seeing the stage production Church & State at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. The play runs through May 19; ticket prices range from $11 to $27.50. For showtimes, visit http://herbergertheater.org/calendar/church-state/
Inspired by the 1973 sci-fi animated film of the same name, the art display Fantastic Planet an installation of six inflatable humanoid figures by Australian artist Amanda Parer. The work will be displayed through May 13 at the Mesa Arts Center and several other locations in the region. To learn more, check out https://www.mesaartscenter.com/fantasticplanet
Saturday, May 5
Two titanic composers are being saluted in the Tchaikovsky & Mozart Chamber Music Festival, today and May 6 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. The Phoenix Symphony, along with violinist Steven Moeckel, will perform. Tickets start at $68.50. For more details, check out http://www.mim.org/events/mim-phoenix-symphony-present-tchaikovsky-mozart-concert-series-2/2018-05-05/
Sunday, May 6
Karl Marx isn’t normally known as a humorous historical figure. However, he’s now the subject of National Theatre Live: Young Marx being simulcast at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Admission is $15 or $18. For more details on this production, visit http://www.phxart.org/event/92be44b8-394d-dff1-208d-be4a8b1fc5f6
Wednesday, May 9
British guitarist Adrian Legg has won raves since the mid 1970s. He’ll be performing with acclaimed instrumentalist David Lindley at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission is $38.50. Learn more by visiting https://mim.org/events/adrian-legg-and-david-lindley/
Thursday, May 10
Rockabilly band Voodoo Swing will play the Rhythm Room, 1019 Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission to this 8 p.m. show is free. Get more details by checking out https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1686014-voodoo-swing-phoenix/
If the two greatest rock bands to ever exist are in a room together, there’s bound to be fireworks. Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Showdown feature tribute bands -- Abbey Road and Satisfaction -- recreating the legendary artists’ hits. Admission is $35 or $55; learn more at https://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/beatles-vs-stones-musical-showdown/
Dietary Restructure A family man decides to get a consultation from a nutritionist. But when he realizes that losing weight will mean cutting out food items like cheddar fries, he obfuscates: all in good taste, of course.