Following a record-breaking 2014 festival that realized a 42 percent increase in ticket sales, Arizona Musicfest 2015 kicks off Jan. 29 and continues through March 5 with 14 concerts that feature top artists of classical, chamber, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass and pop at venues throughout North Scottsdale and Phoenix.
GRAMMY Award winner Rosanne Cash — daughter of country legend Johnny Cash — will serve as the festival headliner and perform in concert Feb. 20.
The lineup for this year’s festival, considered by many as “America’s Premier Winter Music Festival,” begins 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 with “A Salute to the Eagles” featuring Hotel California at Highland Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale.
Hotel California faithfully reproduces the sound of the Eagles’ classic studio recordings. Tickets start at $23.
Other concerts include:
- “Feelin’ Groovy: The Era of Simon & Garfunkel,” featuring Jim Witter, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Highlands Church in Scottsdale. Tickets begin at $23.
- New York Polyphony, regarded as one of the finest vocal chamber ensembles in the world, performs 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at the Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Tickets start at $47.50.
- Mike Kocour Quintet, featuring popular jazz pianist Mike Kocour, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk Drive, Scottsdale.
- Steep Canyon Rangers, a respected bluegrass ensemble best know for backing up comedian/banjo player Stever Martin, perform 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Tickets begin at $49.
- Pianist Orli Shaham performs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Temple Chai, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix. Tickets start at $34.
- Bob Moody & Friends featuring Simply Three perform 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Fairway House at Grayhawk, 8620 E. Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale. Bob Moody is the Arizona Musicfest artistic director and the cabaret-style program features a variety of guest artists. Tickets are $49.
- Rosanne Cash, a 12-time GRAMMY nominee, performs songs from her new album, “The River & The Thread,” 7:30 p.m. Ms. Cash has followed in the footsteps of her legendary father, Johnny Cash, by extending the country genre to appeal to an even-wider and appreciative audience. She has scored 11 No. 1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two Gold Records, plus 2014 Americana Music Association award nominations for Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Song of the Year. Tickets start at $33.
Arizona Musicfest will also present its “Festival Orchestra Week” in February, featuring players from some of the nation’s best-known orchestras:
- “Scheherazade and Mozart” will be performed by the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale. Tickets begin at $49.
- “Beethoven, Bach & The Blue Danube” is the theme 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Tickets start at $49.
- Storm Large, the lead singer of Pink Martini, performs with the Musicfest Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at Highlands Church. Tickets start at $23.
- “Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 and Janáček Glagolitic Mass,” 3 p.m. March 1 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Tickets start at $49.
- The Bronx Wanderers conclude the festival with a program of 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s music, 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Highlands Church. Tickets start at $23.
Visit www.azmusicfest.org for additional information.
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