Holiday stars shine at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the season in December with a variety of family-friendly holiday entertainment – from classical guitar to the toe-tapping rhythms of mariachi.

The Spanish guitar master Angel Romero will share the stage with the Aeolus Quartet on Friday, Dec. 12, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The Spanish guitar master Angel Romero will share the stage with the Aeolus Quartet on Friday, Dec. 12, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

On Friday, Dec. 12, the “Spanish maestro of the guitar,” Angel Romero will share the stage with the Aeolus Quartet, one of the finest young string ensembles performing today, in a program of classical and holiday favorites by Vivaldi, Boccherini, Schubert and more.

One of the most sought-after musicians of his generation, Mr. Romero was knighted and presented with Spain’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of Isabel la Catolica, for his musical accomplishments.

The program begins 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $29.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, the hit comedy “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” will return by popular demand for a week-long engagement.

The show stars Patti Hannon as Sister, the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun, who teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus?

Patti Hannon will star in the hit, one-nun holiday show "Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold," Dec. 16–21, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Patti Hannon will star in the hit, one-nun holiday show “Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold,” Dec. 16–21, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Using the latest forensic technology and her uncanny ability to detect guilt, Sister creates an unforgettable living Nativity with her students to expose the culprit. Part of the popular “Late Nite Catechism” comedies, each performance of “Sister’s Christmas Catechism” is unique and will appeal to people of all ages and faiths.

Tickets begin at $39.

Finally, on Friday, Dec. 19, Jose Hernandez and his Platinum-selling Sol de Mexico will perform “A Merri-Achi Christmas,” showcasing a night of treasured holiday favorites and selections from the mariachi songbook.

The group has broken countless barriers in mariachi music, becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy Award. A graceful blend of classical, pop, jazz, swing and Broadway tunes, Mr. Hernandez’ organic, irreverent renditions have become instant classics.

A proud fifth generation mariachi musician, Maestro Jose Hernandez and his Platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de Mexico will perform "A Merri-Achi Christmas" on Friday, Dec. 19. (Photo credit: Mariachi Sol de Mexico)

A proud fifth generation mariachi musician, Maestro Jose Hernandez and his Platinum-selling Mariachi Sol de Mexico will perform “A Merri-Achi Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 19. (Photo credit: Mariachi Sol de Mexico)

Tickets for all performances are available at www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or through (480) 499-TKTS (8587).

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale. Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available at the Old Town Parking Corral at East Second Street and Brown Avenue and at the Civic Center Library parking garage located on Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street.

 

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