TEN Tenors headline Scottsdale center’s holiday lineup

Australia’s premier classical-crossover group, The TEN Tenors, will perform Home for the Holidays, their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10–11. (Photo by Opus 3 Artists)

Australia’s premier classical-crossover group, The TEN Tenors, will perform Home for the Holidays, their unique selection of traditional and contemporary seasonal favorites, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10–11. (Photo by Opus 3 Artists)

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present Australia’s premier classical-crossover group, The TEN Tenors, on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 10 and 11.

Celebrated for their colorful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists.

Making their Scottsdale debut, The TEN Tenors will perform Home for the Holidays, a unique selection of traditional and new seasonal favorites, including soaring versions of “Joy to the World,” “White Christmas,” “Amazing Grace” and “Winter Wonderland,” among many others, stated a press release.

In addition to The TEN Tenors, the Center’s December lineup is filled with family-friendly holiday entertainment ranging from classical piano masterpieces to mariachi and big band standards.

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel will open his 37th season of Keyboard Conversations in Scottsdale with Music of Joyous Celebration. Honoring the 40th anniversary of the Center, Mr. Siegel’s program will include uplifting music of Bach, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Liszt and others, along with his insightful commentary from the stage.

The 2015 ARTrageous Benefit Gala on Saturday, Dec. 5, will feature the talents of Tony and Emmy Award winner Martin Short.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Martin Short will headline the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala on Saturday, Dec. 5. (Photo by William Morris Endeavor, LLC)

Tony and Emmy Award winner Martin Short will headline the Scottsdale Cultural Council’s annual ARTrageous Benefit Gala on Saturday, Dec. 5. (Photo by William Morris Endeavor, LLC)

Since his breakout season on Saturday Night Live almost 30 years ago, Mr. Short has won rave reviews for his many roles on television, film and the stage. An energetic combination of songs, videos, bits and sketches, this musical evening of comedy showcases everything that Mr. Short does best, bringing together many of the characters who made him famous.

Internationally recognized for its signature brand of electroluminescent artistry and poignant storytelling, New Orleans’ Lightwire Theater will perform A Very Electric Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6.

This captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love is a wonderful opportunity to bring families together to enjoy timeless Christmas classics, including songs from some of today’s most popular artists.

Starring Patti Hannon, the hit comedy Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold will return by popular demand for a limited engagement, Dec. 11-20. A sequel to the popular Late Nite Catechism comedies, the show finds the tart-tongued, ruler-wielding nun Sister in an unusually jolly mood as she teaches her students the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever.

Led by Maestro Jose Hernandez, the platinum-selling Sol de Mexico will perform A Merri-Achi Christmas, a night of treasured holiday favorites and selections from the mariachi songbook, on Friday, Dec. 18.

A proud fifth generation mariachi musician, Maestro Hernandez and Sol de Mexico have broken countless barriers in mariachi music, becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy Award, the release stated.

One of the greatest big bands in history, the legendary Count Basie Orchestra will perform swinging songs of the season during two concerts on Saturday, Dec. 19. Now under the leadership of trumpeter Scotty Barnhart and featuring vocalist Carmen Bradford, the band is a dynamic mix of new and longtime members, including several handpicked by Basie himself.

Tickets for all events are available through www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org or 480-499-8587.

Patti Hannon will star in the hit, one-nun holiday show Sister’s Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold, Dec. 11–20. (Photo by 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. 11–20. (Photo by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts)

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