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Arizona Musicfest 2015 schedule announced

Staff Report~ 9/10/2014

PHOENIX – Arizona Musicfest is announcing performances for announces Arizona Musicfest 2015 (Jan. 29 - March 5, 2015). Featuring top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock and roll, country, bluegrass, and pop, the 2015 Festival will offer fourteen extraordinary concerts at venues in Scottsdale and Phoenix. For tickets, call (480) 840-0457 or visit www.azmusicfest.org.

Arizona Musicfest 2015 Festival highlights:

Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles 
Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. 
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Hotel California, one of the most popular tribute acts on the scene today, performs The Eagles’ megahits as a group, as well as band members’ solo titles.

Feelin' Groovy – The Era of Simon & Garfunkel 
Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m. 
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Charismatic performer Jim Witter performs hits from Simon and Garfunkel.

The Duke Ellington Orchestra 
Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. 
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
The Duke Ellington Orchestra follows Ellington’s rich legacy of jazz standards and continues to thrill as the band is discovered anew with each generation. 

New York Polyphony 
Feb. 8, 3 p.m.
Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
New York Polyphony is regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world. Geoffrey Williams, countertenor; Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor; Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; and Craig Phillips, bass, apply a distinctively modern touch to a repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary compositions.

Mike Kocour Quintet 
Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m. 
Troon Country Club, 25000 North Windy Walk Drive
Mike Kocour has performed around the world with artists and ensembles as varied as Dizzy Gillespie and the Chicago Symphony.

Steep Canyon Rangers 
Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. 
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road
Nimble instrumental agility, tight vocal harmonies, and inventive songwriting have made Steep Canyon Rangers an audience favorite. The band won a GRAMMY Award in 2013 for their album Nobody Knows You.

Pianist Orli Shaham
Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Temple Chai, 4645 East Marilyn Road
 Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists, with prodigious skills and interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire.

Bob Moody & Friends 
Featuring Simply Three 
Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
 Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway
Multi-talented Robert Moody, Arizona Musicfest Artistic Director, hosts and performs in this unique cabaret-style evening featuring a variety of outstanding guest artists with a wide range of musical styles.

Rosanne Cash
Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
GRAMMY Award winner Rosanne Cash performs songs from her new hit recording, The River & The Thread, plus other favorites.
  
Scheherazade and Mozart 
Arizona Musicfest Orchestra 
Conducted by Robert Moody 
Featuring Ricardo Morales, clarinet
Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road
Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is a technicolor tour-de- force of intense orchestral colors and a captivating story inspired by The Arabian Nights. Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is a work of absolute genius that exquisitely displays the tone, range and agility of the clarinet, especially in the hands of featured soloist Ricardo Morales.  

Beethoven, Bach & The Blue Danube
Arizona Musicfest Orchestra 
Conducted by Robert Moody
Featuring Orion Weiss, piano
Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m.  
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road
Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto will be performed by one of the season's most sought-after soloists, Orion Weiss. Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in E-flat Major, also featured, is richly and imaginatively scored. Lastly, Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz is well-loved for its familiar signature melody. 

Storm Large, Lead Singer of Pink Martini 
The Crazy Arc of Love
 Arizona Musicfest Orchestra 
Conducted by Robert Moody
Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
Pink Martini's lead singer Storm Large joins Robert Moody and the full Arizona Musicfest Orchestra for an unforgettable night.
  
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 & Janáček Glagolitic Mass
Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Chorus, and Soloists 
Conducted by Robert Moody
Dr. Rebecca Lord, Chorus Master
March 1, 3 p.m.
Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road
One of Tchaikovsky's greatest works, the dramatic masterpiece Symphony No. 4 is the blockbuster anchor of this thrilling concert featuring the extraordinary talents of the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

The Bronx Wanderers
March 5, 7:30 p.m.
Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
The Bronx Wanderers turn back time with heartfelt authentic and original renditions of chart-topping songs of the 50s, 60s, and 70s.