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Arizona Musicfest kicks off winter festival

STAFF REPORT~ 2/2/2012

Arizona Musicfest 2012, featuring classical, Broadway, jazz and pop music performances debuts this Friday.
The month-long festival begins with the Greatest Hits of the '70s, as four Broadway performers sing the "feel good" songs of the era. Guest artists include Imani Winds, chamber music with a hip, sophisticated twist; Dan Levinson’s Palomar Quartet – plus The Anderson Twins - in a three clarinet salute to Benny Goodman’s small ensembles; piano soloist Andrew von Oeyen in recital; journeys in jazz with the Tamir Hendelman Trio; chanteuse Barbara Rosene serving up Love Songs by Candlelight; and From A to Z – Abba to Les Miz - Broadway’s Best.
Chris Brubeck the Artist-in-Residence this year, appears as a classical composer, performing as a member of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and sharing the spotlight in Bob Moody’s Cabaret.
At the heart of Arizona Musicfest 2012 is the Festival Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody. Over 60 musicians hand-chosen by Maestro Moody from the nation’s finest orchestras perform in four sensational concerts: Classical Passion, Maestro’s Mix, Brubeck Brothers Quartet in Concert, and The Verdi Requiem with the Arizona Musicfest Chorus (plus the UCLA Chorale totaling 200 voices) and guest soloists soprano Barbara Quintiliani, mezzo-soprano Beth Clayton, tenor Gaston Rivero, and bass-baritone Wayne Tigges.
“Live performances, where we all journey together, are profound, thrilling and rejuvenating,” Moody said. “We musicians feel it as we perform and you sense it in the concert hall. Nothing is more powerful.”
Ticket prices range from $35 to $90. Student tickets are $5 for selected guest artists and free for Festival Orchestra concerts. Special jazz pack and festival orchestra ticket packages are available. Complimentary valet parking is available at most locations.
Call 480-488-0806, toll free 866-488-0806 or visit azmusicfest.org for tickets and detailed concert information.    
Listed below is the full list of concerts:
What: Greatest Hits of the ‘70s 
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Where: North Scottsdale Christian, 28700 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale
Description: Starring Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore, Catherine Porter, Terita R. Redd and Darren Ritchie, accompanied by pianist Eugene Gwozdz (who has his own array of Broadway and touring “creds”). "Tapestry," "Fire and Rain," It's Too Late," "I'll Be There," "I Will Survive," "You're So Vain," "Imagine," Killing Me Softly," "Joy to the World," “The Way We Were,” “Your Song,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Desperado,” “Your Are the Sunshine of My Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and more hits.
Tickets: $42.50; Premium Seating $57.50; Student (K-College) $7.50