Arizona Musicfest kicks off its 25th anniversary season

Arizona Musicfest kicks off its 25th anniversary season this week with a six-week long series that includes such big-name performers as superstar violinist Joshua Bell, popular jazz singer Al Jarreau and famed guitarist Esteban.

Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau performs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Highlands Church.

Grammy Award winning jazz singer Al Jarreau performs 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Highlands Church.

The festival opens Jan. 29 and continues through March 11 with concerts held in North Scottsdale and Phoenix venues.

For 2016, Arizona Musicfest has added performances at La Casa de Cristo Church, due to its excellent acoustics and larger capacity to accommodate public demand.

The festival, which began in 1991 with just a small series of concerts, has grown into a significant annual event featuring 18 concerts. Arizona Musicfest features artists from a broad range of music genres, including Broadway, rock ‘n roll, and pop as well as jazz, classical and bluegrass.

Ticket “bundles” as well as individual tickets for Arizona Musicfest concerts can be purchased at www.azmusicfest.org or by calling 480-840-0457.

The 2016 lineup:

* Brass Transit performs the music of pop group, Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. Tickets are $24, $34, $51, $67.

* “Virtuosity from the Start: Young Musicians Concert,” 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. The performers include past Musicfest Competition and scholarship winners, including pianist Anna Han, 2014 winner currently studying at the Juilliard School. Tickets are $20.

Joshua Bell performs with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale.

Joshua Bell performs with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale.

* Sinatra & More,” featuring Tony DeSare, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Highlands Church. Tickets are $24, $34, $51, $67.

* Peter and Will Anderson Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at Troon Country Club, 25000 N. Windy Walk, Scottsdale. Tickets are $52.

* Al Jarreau, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Highlands Church. Called “the greatest jazz singer alive” by Time magazine, seven-time Grammy-award winner Al Jarreau makes his Arizona Musicfest debut in this concert. Tickets are $34, $44, $59, $75.
* Run Boy Run in Concert, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at Highlands Church. Favorites of “A Prairie Home Companion,” the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and one of the most talked about bands on the circuit, Run Boy Run comes to Arizona Musicfest for a feel-good-toe-tappin’ night of bluegrass. Tickets are $49.

* “You’ve Got a Friend: The Music of Carole King and James Taylor,” featuring Kristi Manna and Jonathan Birchfield, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24, $34, $51, $67.

* Kruger Brothers, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. One of the most innovative bands in American music, the versatile Kruger Brothers infuse classical, country, bluegrass and folk to create their highly progressive sound. Tickets: $40, $50.

* Bob Moody and Friends, 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Troon Country Club. Bob Moody is joined by his long-time friend and Metropolitan Opera star Elizabeth Bishop for a night of song. Tickets are $52.

* Calidore String Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Musical Instrument Museum. Tickets: $49 and $59.

* Mozart’s 25th and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony performed by the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. Tickets: $54, $70.

* Joshua Bell with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at La Casa de Cristo Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. Hailed as “the greatest American violinist today,” by The Boston Herald, superstar Joshua Bell astounds audiences in concert halls around the globe with his gorgeous sound and flawless technique.

Mr. Bell makes his Arizona Musicfest debut and headlines this year’s festival with Bruch’s immensely popular Violin Concerto, known for its glittering finale filled with technical fireworks. Tickets are $45, $60, $75 and $100.

* Esteban performs with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Highlands Church. Celebrity guitarist and Arizona treasure Esteban joins the Festival Orchestra for a special night of musical collaboration. Tickets: $24, $34, $54, $70.

* Carmina Burana and the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at La Casa de Cristo Church. Tickets: $24, $34, $54, $70.

* “Dancing with the Dukes,” featuring the Dukes of Dixieland, 7:30 p.m. March 3 at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24, $34, $51, $67.

* Broadway star Faith Prince performs “Have a Little a Faith,” 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Highlands Church. Faith Prince won a Tony Award as “Ms. Adelaide” in “Guys and Dolls” with Nathan Lane. Prince performs an evening of Broadway showstoppers and gems from her latest triumphs, all peppered with her quirky trademark humor. Tickets: $24, $34, $54, $70.

* Arizona Musicfest concludes with a program featuring The Australian Bee Gees celebrating the music of the Bee Gees, 7:30 p.m. March 11 at Highlands Church. Tickets: $24, $34, $51, $67.

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