Al Jarreau, Joshua Bell, the Dukes of Dixieland, and Run Boy Run are among the many artists scheduled to appear at this year’s Arizona Musicfest, set to take place at various venues in North Scottsdale and vicinity over a six week period beginning Jan. 29 and running through March 11. Performances will take place at Troon Country Club and various churches (Highlands, Pinnacle Presbyterian, and La Casa de Cristo) in Scottsdale and the Musical Instrument Museum in adjacent Phoenix. Here’s a list of the shows:
Jan. 29 - Brass Transit: The Music of Chicago – Highlands Church
This big eight-piece band will perform the songs of Chicago including smash hits like “Saturday in the Park” and “Hard Habit to Break.”
Jan. 31 – Virtuosity from the Start: Young Musician Concert – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
Like the show’s title indicates, here’s your chance to see stars in the making. Performers will include Anna Han, a pianist that previously won a Musicfest scholarship who’s currently studying at Julliard.
Feb. 1 – Sinatra & More featuring Tony DeSare – Highlands Church
His eyes are brown but DeSare performs a set of material associated with Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, that’s been wowing fans and drawing rave reviews from the New York Times.
Feb. 3 – Peter & Will Anderson Quartet – Troon Country Club
Peter and Will are devotees of some of the all-time greatest jazz players like John Coltrane, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker and on this night their sax and clarinet work will, pun intended, blow you away.
Feb. 5 – Al Jarreau – Highlands Church
This beloved R&B legend is this year’s Musicfest featured artist and even though he has a huge repertoire to choose from he’ll likely bring back memories for many with a rendition of his “Moonlighting Theme” from the “Moonlighting” TV show.
Feb. 8 – Run Boy Run – Highlands Church
This bluegrass band has made waves nationally but Arizona can claim them as their very own.
Feb. 12 – You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of Carole King and James Taylor – Highlands Church
Kirsti Manna and Jonathan Birchfield will perform hits associated with King and Taylor including “Fire & Rain” and “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”
Feb. 13 – Kruger Brothers – Musical Instrument Museum
The guys play a mix of bluegrass, folk, classical, and country and their sound is adored so much that they’ve sold out their show. Fear not, as a matinee 3 pm show has been added.
Feb. 16 – Bob Moody & Friends – Troon Country Club
This will be a cabaret-style show where the singer is joined by Metropolitan Opera star Elizabeth Bishop.
Feb. 18 – Calidore String Quartet – Musical Instrument Museum
This chamber music ensemble will be making their first appearance at Musicfest where they’ll be spotlighting works by Debussy, Jadin and Webern.
Feb. 23 – Mozart’s 25th and Mahler’s “Titan” – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church
These works will be performed by the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, featuring players from the Chicago and Dallas Symphonies, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and more.
Feb. 25 – Joshua Bell with the Festival Orchestra – La Casa de Cristo Church
If you aren’t currently holding tickets to see this violin virtuoso you may be out of luck as this show is sold out. There is however a waiting list that you can get on by calling 480.488.0806.
Feb. 26 – Esteban with the Festival Orchestra – Highlands Church
This guitar wiz and longtime Arizona favorite will play a set of symphonic music to open his show and then close it with a vibrant set of flamenco music.
Feb. 28 – Carmina Burana – La Casa de Cristo Church
Orff’s masterpiece will be performed by the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra and Chorus with guest soloists and a children’s choir. Also on the program are works by Strauss.
March 3 – Dukes of Dixieland – Highlands Church
Take a musical journey to New Orleans for a set that’ll include favorites like “Down by the Riverside” and “Basin Street Blues.”
March 6 – The Broadway Tenors – Highlands Church
John Cudia, Lewis Cleale, and Kyle Dean Massey will show off their velvet vocals on tunes from “Jersey Boys,” “West Side Story,” “South Pacific” and lots of other Broadway favorites.
March 11 – The Australian Bee Gees – Highlands Church
“You Should Be Dancin’”! And you just might be as these Aussies perform a tribute to the Bee Gees that features hits from throughout the legendary band’s career.
For more information and ticket availability go here.