Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts releases season guide

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts has released its new 45-page 2015–16 season guide, showcasing a star-studded lineup of music, dance, theater, comedy, film and more.

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“This season we celebrate a number of milestones: the 40th anniversary of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the 30th anniversary of Scottsdale Public Art, SMoCA’s “Sweet 16” and the 15th Scottsdale International Film Festival,” remarked Neale Perl, president and CEO of the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council.

“It’s going to be an extraordinary year for the arts in Scottsdale, and we invite everyone to be part of it.”

Sponsored by InEight, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 40th-anniversary season will kick off in October with performances by Canadian guitarist Jesse Cook on Oct. 8, comedian Margaret Cho on Oct. 17 and Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdes on Oct. 23.

Valdes’ concert marks the official anniversary of the center, which opened to the public exactly 40 years ago to the day. Guests will be treated to a special red-carpet experience when they arrive for the performance.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ 2015–16 Discovery Series exploring the arts of the United Kingdom and Ireland will showcase acclaimed London-based dance troupes Akram Khan Company on Nov. 3 and BalletBoyz on Feb. 19, Scottish actor Alan Cumming on Nov. 7, London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Jan. 16 and the National Theatre of Scotland’s hit play The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart on April 19–24. All are appearing for the first time on the Center’s stage.

Other performers making their Scottsdale debuts are Australia’s The TEN Tenors on Dec. 10–11, actress Jane Lynch on Jan. 23, jazz sensation The Hot Sardines on Feb. 10, the legendary Joan Collins on Feb. 13, R&B icon Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds on March 18 and actress Ana Gasteyer on March 26.

Returning favorites include singer-songwriters Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt on Nov. 6; virtuoso pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet on Nov. 15, Emanuel Ax on Jan. 24 and Angela Hewitt on March 20; actor Martin Short on Dec. 5 as part of the annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala; dance troupes Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Feb. 5–6 and Pilobolus on March 4–5; entertainer Michael Feinstein on Feb. 27; Latin jazz stars Arturo Sandoval and Poncho Sanchez on April 2; Broadway’s Tommy Tune on April 2; and best-selling author David Sedaris on April 30.

Tickets for the Center’s 2015–16 season are on sale through or 480-499-TKTS (8587). Member, group and package discounts are available.

The 2015–16 season guide also features highlights from the entire Scottsdale Cultural Council, including exhibitions, special events and programs of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art, as well as the Scottsdale International Film Festival on Nov. 5–9.

Scottsdale Cultural Council members and past ticket buyers will be mailed the season guide, which also may be viewed or downloaded through the Center’s website or picked up at the box office. To request a free mailed copy, email

The nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council is contracted by the City of Scottsdale, Ariz., to manage Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art.

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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