Pinnacle Concert Series announces its 18th season

Pinnacle Concert Series founding music director Brent Hylton retired at the end of July, and while it was hoped that Pinnacle Presbyterian Church would continue presenting the Pinnacle Concert Series, no one knew for sure until now.

The Pinnacle Concert Series will continue, with the leadership and support of the Pinnacle Concert Series Board: Michael Lauck, chair; Marilyn Braun; Beverly Everist; Sharon Hansen, interim Music Director, Pinnacle Presbyterian Church; Rod Houston; Brent Hylton, consultant; Chip King; Marti King; Jim MacAllen; Donna Mobley; Laurie Porter; and Eileen Tellefson.

The Pinnacle Concert Series will be at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road in Scottsdale. Ticket prices range from free to $49, according to a press release.

For tickets or information visit or call 480-303-2474.

The 2016-17 season is to be:

Phantom Night (submitted photo)

Phantom Night (submitted photo)

  • Phanton Night: 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28

The whole family is invited to an evening of classic Halloween music. You’ll be treated to selections from The Phantom of the Opera, performed by Adrienne Goglia and Andrew Peck, as well as other deliciously spooky songs performed by Valerie Perkins and Mark Leal. The Phantom of the Organ will make a special appearance playing all those great scary tunes on the Richards, Fowkes, Inc. organ, and a spectacular array of carved pumpkins will help to set just the right mood.

  • Mill Avenue Chamber Players: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 18

Formed in 2007, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players is a professional chamber music ensemble based in Phoenix.  With a woodwind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon) as the core ensemble, the group often collaborates with other musicians to offer a wide range of programming. Embarking on its ninth season, the Mill Ave Chamber Players seek to strengthen communities by presenting quality chamber music performances across the Valley. The group also performs regularly for a number of schools and holds an annual summer chamber music camp.  Their first album “Mill Ave Chamber Players” was released in 2014.

  • Celebration of Christmas: 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4

One of the most beloved concerts of the season, Celebration of Christmas offers a wonderfully varied program of inspirational and joyous holiday music. Already a favorite tradition among many, this event features music to usher in the Christmas spirit.  Join the Pinnacle Chancel Choir, Pinnacle Pealers and special instrumental guests as they combine forces to create a magical experience!

  • Handel’s Messiah: 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11

Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The acclaimed and popular “Hallelujah” chorus highlights this classical favorite. Music Director Tito Muñoz and The Phoenix Symphony return to present the full-length version of Messiah, joined by The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists.

Tickets are available only through The Phoenix Symphony box office, 602-495-1999, l-800-776-9080 or online at

  •  Piano Man: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 20

The music of Billy Joel and Elton John comes to life in this multimedia tribute starring the voice and piano of British entertainer Terry Davies, backed by an extraordinary nine-piece band. You’ll be singing, dancing, laughing and crying as you experience the sights, sounds and amazing musical journeys of Billy and Elton’s careers. Their incredible catalogue of classic hits includes Piano Man, New York State of Mind, Rocket Man and Candle in the Wind as well as many more. This promises to be an evening to remember!

  • The 3 International Tenors: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27

The 3 International Tenors is a tribute to some of the finest music in the world and features show-stopping performances that pay homage to the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Enrico Caruso and others. Included in the concert are stirring renditions of many of the most memorable songs ever written, such as Time to Say Goodbye, Ave Maria, and Nessun Dorma. These three musicians come from extremely diverse backgrounds to sing music from opera, musical theater and pop opera in a most entertaining way.

  • Concordia Choir: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 4

The Concordia Choir of Moorhead, Minn., continues to affirm its reputation as one of America’s finest a cappella choirs. Since 1920, the 72-voice choir has performed in nearly every major hall in the United States, including Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center, as well as taking numerous international tours. A 2010 performance and recording session with the Grammy Award-winning King’s Singers and multiple performances on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion radio show highlight the Choir’s world-class quality. Their incredible blend and unmatched musicality promise an evening of choral music at its finest.

The Four Freshmen (submitted photo)

The Four Freshmen (submitted photo)

  • The Four Freshman: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 10

Singing with a harmony uniquely their own, The Four Freshmen have been entertaining listeners worldwide for 65 years.  Their tight-knit sound inspired The Beach Boys, The Mamas & The Papas and Frankie Valli, among others.  While paying tribute to such classic Freshmen favorites as Day by Day and Blue World, the current group also continues to deliver new arrangements such as The Girl from Impanema and Stompin’ at the Savoy that have become audience favorites. The faces may have changed through the years, but the integrity of their time-honored sound and the energy of the performers make this a concert not to be missed.

  •  Mark Hayes with Stephanie Ann Ball: 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 24

Award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor Mark Hayes has published over 1,000 works, including music for voice, piano, orchestra, jazz combos, instrumental ensembles and choirs. He has conducted his works at Carnegie Hall and received awards recognizing his exemplary leadership in Christian music.  While much of his music is sacred, he has also received awards for arranging and orchestrating the music for Civil War Voices at the 2010 Midtown International Theater Festival in New York. In this concert of his works, Hayes will be joined by soprano Stephanie Ann Ball who is swiftly taking her place in the world of classical music. Combining her warm, strong lyric voice with the jazz-influenced piano music of Hayes will offer a rare treat to all who come.

  • The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 7

The Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee is unlike any other concert as it takes audience participation to a new level.  Live voting in real time via cell phones will direct Henry Hicklebee to different countries on his worldwide journey to find his family’s roots. Both the plot development and the music performed by the chorus and orchestra are dependent upon what the audience chooses, making every performance a unique experience.  Since its founding in 2003, ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra has become a leader in bringing live music to audiences in the greater Phoenix area. With almost 100 singers and instrumentalists ranging in age from late teens to mid-80s, the group has performed for a wide range of audiences across the Valley.

  • Jonathan Ryan: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 21

Jonathan Ryan is a multi-prize-winning organist. Lauded for his strong communicative skills in a variety of styles, exceptional use of the instrument’s capabilities, and bold programming, he has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists. With a repertoire spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, he has performed at celebrated venues, festivals, and conventions throughout North America and Europe. His performance at Pinnacle will be of J.S. Bach’s Clavierubung III, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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