Photo courtesy of Katharyn Havers
Pianist Awadagin Pratt will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. Pratt will play pieces by Beethoven, Haydn, Franck, and Liszt as part of Arizona Musicfest 2010. The series includes 13 shows in North Scottsdale and Carefree during a five week run.


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Arizona Musicfest kicks off five week run
Staff Report ~ 2/3/2010

Arizona Musicfest 2010 kicked off Monday with the first of 13 shows over a five week time frame, bringing international artists to venues in North Scottsdale and Carefree along with a performance in Sun City. The 19th annual event features Classical, Broadway and Jazz performances.
The lineup of music started Monday with Broadway Showstoppers, with four Broadway vocalists, performing numbers from The Color Purple, Rent, Ragtime, The Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Shrek The Musical, Les Miserables, Oklahoma, Cabaret, Legally Blonde and Jekyll & Hyde to name a few.
Up next is a piano performance by Awadagin Pratt, who will have a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. He will perform numbers by Beethoven, Haydn, Franck, and Liszt.
The music continues with Brazilian Jazz & The Girl From Ipanema! at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Scottsdale First Assembly Dream Center. The concert is a celebration of composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
For the third straight year Arizona Musicfest will include The Best of Quartetto Gelato at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottdale.
The group, featuring an accordian player, mandalin and violinist, a cellist and an oboist, play a variety of music including folk songs, arias, tangos, gypsy tunes and other classic pieces.
Arizona Musicfest has designated the show as a benefit for Haiti as a portion of the ticket sales will go to The American Red Cross/Haiti Relief Fund.
Representatives of The American Red Cross will be at the concert with information on how their efforts are efficiently and effectively helping Americans help Haitians during this crisis and will be able to take direct donations from audience members.
Ticket prices range from $35 to $40 throughout the series of shows. Premium Seating is available for an additional cost of $15 per ticket at selected venues. General admission student tickets (K-College) are free for All-Star Orchestra concerts; and $5 each for selected guest artists. All-Star Orchestra tickets are also free for active military and one guest. Complimentary valet parking is available at all venues. Special ticket packages are available. Call 480-488-0806, toll free (866) 488-0806 or visit azmusicfest.org for tickets and detailed information about the entire series of shows.