Arts at the Rocks kicks-off its second season

SCOTTSDALE – The Arts at the Rocks Concert Series season at Desert Hills Presbyterian Church (DHPC) will be kicking off its first event on September 15. 

The upcoming season will present a wide variety of free art events at DHPC, which sits beneath the Carefree Boulders, at the corner of Scottsdale Road and the Carefree Highway.

Mark your calendars for the first event on September 15, at 2 p.m., presenting an “Organ Dedication Concert featuring Dan Miller,” who is an internationally renowned organist. He will show off the new, state-of-the-art, Rodgers Infinity 361 digital and pipe combination organ. 

Miller has spent the last 20 years at Rodgers Instruments as their artist and tonal professional.  He has a master’s in music, with a concentration in organ performance.  He is well-known for his numerous works composing and arranging, of which some selections have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Pipedreams.” 

In addition to the concert, Dan will hold a workshop on September 14, from 10 a.m. to noon for those who would like to experience his expertise and directly interact with him about his technical virtuosity, career and accomplishments.

Arts at the Rocks’ October event presents a Juilliard graduate and world-renowned concert pianist, Sam Rotman, who will thrill the audience with an all-Beethoven concert. The concert commemorates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, which occurs in 2020. 

Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven, performing over 3,000 concerts in the United States and 60 other countries. 

You don’t want to miss the mellifluous sounds of Mr. Rotman’s expert classical performance.  Come experience the thrill of watching a world-class artist perform on October 13, at 4 p.m. followed by cookies and coffee. 

Pictured: The Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, which will be kicking off its second season of Arts at the Rocks on September 15, which features a variety of free art events.
(Photo courtesy of DHPC)

Additionally, reserve your ticket to attend Mr. Rotman’s session, “Meet the Artist – Advice and Encouragement for Young Musicians from a Juilliard Graduate.”  The class will focus on the importance of musical study, the way to prepare for a career in music, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask Rotman questions directly. 

The session will be from 2:30 p.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., giving attendees the opportunity to stay for his concert.  Music teachers—reserve seats for your students because this is a rare opportunity. 

While performing concerts of classical music around the world, Mr. Rotman has shared his personal testimony with thousands of people, and he will give his Christian testimony during the concert.

These are just the first two events this season.  Next, you can look forward to:  Mark Cordes, a valley resident and nationally touring comedian; beloved Valley Chamber Choral with lessons in carols; and Grammy Award winning gospel quartet, The Blackwood Brothers. 

“We invite you to join us as a volunteer and participate in the selection to add to the variety of our events.  Please consider being an active volunteer or an usher, greeter or helper at one of our events.  We would love to have you,” said Darla Gilchrist, DHPC’s Elder of Music and Arts, who organized these events.

Gilchrist added: “All events are free, and everyone is welcome.  Come and enjoy the beauty of music and arts and please bring a friend or a neighbor.  There’s room for everyone.”

With a rich 50-year history, DHPC hopes residents will participate in some of the many events occurring at this breathtaking geological formation site, and looks forward to getting to know the community.

Arts at the Rocks is part of the Music and Arts Ministry at DHPC and is possible through the generous donations of members and the community, as well as support from DHPC staff.

Visit the church website at or call DHPC’s Office Manager, Beth, with questions at 480-488-3384.  DHPC’s new brochure will be available soon, email    for a digital copy.