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Unlimited Arts Nov. 8 To 22: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday Is Honored, While Rocker Twenty-One Pilots Are Coming To Phoenix


By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Nov. 8, 2018 — This year marks the 100th birthday of the late American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. The Massachusetts native was one of the first American conductors to receive worldwide acclaim.

He’s also known as one of the most “prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history,” according to critic Donal Henehan.

He conducted concerts with most of the world's leading orchestras. His legacy includes music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Town, On the Waterfront his Mass, three symphonies and other works.

A Harvard University graduate, Bernstein served as director of the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1969. (His official debut was in 1943.) Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music, starting in 1954 and continuing until his death in 1990.

Bernstein was also an author, lecturer and pianist. Bernstein’s lengthy list of honors includes the Kennedy Center award and 11 Emmys.

Fans of his work can enjoy Late Night with Leonard Bernstein, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix.

Narrated by his daughter Jamie Bernstein, the multimedia cabaret is an intimate look at the composer’s career with music on two pianos, selections with soprano Amy Burton, and rare audio clips and footage of Bernstein.

Admission to the 7 p.m. show starts at $48.50. To learn more, visit

Another Bernstein composition, Mass, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Arizona State University Gammage, Tempe. Jeffrey Meyer will conduct, while Jubilant Sykes will handle baritone duties. Admission starts at $7.50. For other info, visit

Friday, Nov. 9

Since their debut album in 2013, Twenty One Pilots has been taking the music world by storm with hits like Ride. Now in support of their new album Trench, the Grammy-winning duo will play Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Showtime is at 7 p.m. For ticket prices or more info, visit

Saturday, Nov. 10

The Arizona Humane Society Benefit Show will take place at 7 p.m. at Pub Rock Live, 8005 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix. Five Arizona bands, including After The Calm and Fairy Bones, will perform. Tickets are $10; the show is open to ages 16 and up. For more information, check out

Wednesday, Nov. 14

The discussion “Women in Fashion: More Than Just Pretty Faces” will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Booth Moore, style and fashion news director at the Hollywood Reporter, will talk about the women who got Fashion Week off the ground. Lunch is included, but a ticket is required. For ticket prices or other details, go to

Elf, the musical, will run through Dec. 30 at the Phoenix Theatre, 1825 N. Central Ave. Ticket prices range from $41 to $91. For showtimes or other info, visit

Thursday, Nov. 15

The one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, a tribute to the beloved American writer and columnist, will run through Dec. 2 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. Bombeck was also a Paradise Valley resident from 1971 until her death in 1996. For showtimes and ticket prices, go to

Two performances of Bach in the Community are set for today at the Mesa Main Public Library and East Valley Adult Resources. Featuring Grammy award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, these performances are free to the public. To learn more, go to

Friday, Nov. 16

The drama Inherit The Wind, based on the historic Scopes monkey trial, will run at the Theatre Artists Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Road, Scottsdale. Tickets start at $15; for showtimes or other details, visit Get info at this link

Singer Billie Eilish will play the Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Finneas will serve as the opening act. For more details, check out

Saturday, Nov. 17

Blues/Latin music band StringShot — comprised of veteran musicians from North and South America — will perform at 7:30 p.m. at the at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $43.50. To learn more, go to

Sunday, Nov. 18

The Phoenix Youth Symphony Fall All-Ensembles will be held at 3 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams, Phoenix. Admission is $13 or $4 for students. Learn more at

Wednesday, Nov. 21

Western swing band Big Sandy & His Fly Riots will perform at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Southwest Musical Arts Foundation is sponsoring this Thanksgiving Eve party. Second Hand Sam & His Country Gentlemen are the opening act. Admission ranges from $12 to $15; for more details, go to

Saturday, Nov. 23

It must be the holidays: The musical Miracle on 34th Street — based on the classic film — will run through Dec. 29 at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Admission (which includes dinner) is $86.99. To buy tickets or learn more, check out

The Phoenix Symphony is performing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert through Nov. 25 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit

Monday, Nov. 25

Rural Route Film Festival Shorts Program will begin at 1 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. Films topics range from UFOs to the slow food movement. A single ticket is $12. For more details, go to

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