Nativity Church kicks off nine-concert series with ‘Art of Dance’

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity, 22405 N. Miller Road in Scottsdale, kicks off its 2015-16 season with “The Art of Dance,” 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26.

The season features nine concerts of diverse music and musicians. Most concerts are at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and preceded by a tea and followed by a reception where concert-goers can mingle and get to know the musicians.

Bartholomew Faire presents a holiday program 4 p.m. Dec. 19.

Bartholomew Faire presents a holiday program 4 p.m. Dec. 19.

Season passes, offering a savings over individual concert ticket purchases, are available. Passes, tickets and more information are available at ArtsAtNativity.org and at the door.

The concerts are presented by 3rd Ave. Arts, a nonprofit organization that is committed to making quality arts programming accessible, enriching the fabric of our communities.

The 2015-16 season:

The Art of Dance, Saturday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.

It’s hard to imagine dance without music. And although it’s easy to imagine music without dance, dance has played an important role in influencing and structuring many compositions throughout ages.

Come and join us in exploration of pieces from the classical repertoire based on dance forms, performed by mezzo-soprano Suzanne Rovani, violinist Daga Suchon Hobbs, and pianist and organist Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler.

Classical Afghan Music, Saturday, Oct. 10, 4 p.m.

Qais Essar is an international artist, composer, producer, and experienced live performer who carries on the traditional legacy of classical Afghan instrumentation.

Essar aims to bring the 3,000-year-old string instrument, rabab, into the 21st century while replacing negative views of Afghan culture with something beautiful.

Jacob Adler, solo piano, Sunday, Nov. 22, 4 p.m.

Jacob Adler presents an intimate piano concert featuring some of the most profound music composed by J.S. Bach, Alexander Scriabin, and Ferrucio Busoni.

All proceeds go to benefit Maggie’s Place, a community that provides houses of hospitality for pregnant and parenting women in need who are living in the greater Phoenix area.

Bartholomew Faire, Saturday, Dec. 19, 4 p.m. 

Bartholomew Faire is the Valley’s most eclectic “early music” group. They’ll perform yuletide music from various European traditions through the centuries: mudejar-styled Cantigas de Santa María, late Middle English Carols with Landini cadences, French Noels culled from pavans and gaillardes, Celtic-infused melodies from the Playford Dancing Master, and familiar tunes from the Piae Cantiones.

A chorus of voices join Bartholomew Faire’s medieval and renaissance instruments, bringing back the antique sounds of Yuletide celebrations.

From Classics to Folk, Saturday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m. 

Phoenix Symphony violinist Levon Zarasian and his accompanist Peter Gharibian bring the classics of the piano and violin repertoire, as well as some of their favorite folk music from their home country, Armenia.

From Robert to Clara: Songs of Clandestine Correspondence, Saturday, Feb. 20, 4 p.m. 

One of the greatest yet rarely told love stories, the musical and marital partnership of Robert and Clara Schumann is manifested in their exquisite and significant contributions to the genre of German lieder.

Soprano Dori Scholer presents works by both composers paired with readings from the passionate and poetic letters exchanged during their courtship and marriage.

Byrd and Sweelinck, Saturday, March 12, 4 p.m. 

Come and be moved by the music of William Byrd (1539–1623) and Jan Pietesrzoon Sweelinck (1562–1621).

Guy Whatley performs solo harpsichord and organ works of Byrd and Sweelinck, who were the most famed composers in their respective countries of England and the Netherlands in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Although they were mostly known as choral composers, their remarkable keyboard music had a profound influence on future generations.

Desert Sun Brass Quintet, Saturday, April 9, 4 p.m. 

The Desert Sun Brass Quintet offers exciting performances, programming music spanning genres from renaissance to classical, broadway, and jazz. This program will provide entertainment for music lovers of every age, and display the group’s versatility in many styles of music.

Holly Pyle and House of Stairs, Saturday, May 21, 4 p.m. 

House of Stairs, featuring Holly Pyle, vocals; Garrison Jones, keys; Shea Marshall, bass clarinet, sax and synth; Stephen Avalos, drums, is a jazz-based collective that draws from funk, soul and pop influences to create a distinct progressive soundscape. The group explores interactions between harmony, meter and lyrics that are both compelling and imaginative.

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