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Music

Arizona Opera

4600 N. 12th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-266-7464
www.azopera.com
Now in its 37th season, the Arizona Opera produces five lush grand opera performances a year throughout the state of Arizona and is one of only three companies in the United States to perform in two cities.

 

Phoenix Boys Choir

1131 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-264-5328
www.boyschoir.org
The internationally famous Phoenix Boys Choir sing from a songbook that includes English Choral, sacred, folk, and jazz music, as well as other audience favorites.

 

Phoenix Symphony

1 N. 1st St., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85004
 
602-495-1117
www.phoenixsymphony.org
Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s only full-time, professional orchestra, serving the citizens of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, central Arizona, and the southwestern United States. The 76-member symphony’s season runs from September to May, with classical, chamber orchestra and pops performances as well as youth outreach and community programs.

 

Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra

8524 E. Thomas Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-945-8071
www.scotsymph.org
This year marks the 34th season for the 60-member Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, known for its wide spectrum of symphony, pops, opera and musical productions. The Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra entertains Scottsdale and surrounding areas from November to June at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts.

 

Symphony of the Southwest

56 South Center Street
Mesa, Arizona 85210
480- 827-2143
www.symphonyofthesouthwest.org
Founded originally as the Sun Valley Orchestra in 1956 by music educators in the Mesa Public School system, the Symphony of the Southwest has grown to become one of the premier symphonic music groups in the Valley, and performs in a variety of venues as it serves the community of Mesa and surrounding areas.

 

Theatre

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Herberger Theater Center
222 E Monroe St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-253-6701
www.atphx.org
Actors Theatre of Phoenix is a professional theater company presenting contemporary theatre pieces with powerful themes, timely subjects and the occasional surprise to create meaningful social dialogue within the Phoenix community.

 

The Arizona Theatre Company

502 W. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ
602-256-6995
www.aztheatreco.org
Arizona’s premier leading professional resident company, the Arizona Theatre Company offers a wide range of productions from classic to contemporary, including Broadway hits. The company’s performance calendar runs from October to the end of May.

 

Black Theatre Troupe

512 West Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-258-8128
www.blacktheatretroupe.org
Since its grassroots beginnings in 1970 as a creative outlet for talented youth, the Black Theatre Troupe has grown to become a nationally recognized theatre troupe producing quality plays reflecting the African-American experience. The Black Theatre Troupe conducts educational workshops, outreach programs and produces quality plays, remaining true to its original mission to produce excellent performances while serving inner city neighborhoods, the Valley at large as well as communities throughout the State of Arizona.

 

Mesa Encore Theatre

1207 N. Country Club Drive
Mesa, AZ 85201

480-834-9500

www.mesaencoretheatre.com

Mesa Encore Theatre brings the fun and excitement of live theatre to Mesa’s arts scene, and is committed to contributing to the community’s cultural experience. Since 1937, the MET has brought together members of the community to act, sing, stage manage, work back stage or front of the house in a true celebration of the “can do” spirit that community theatre is all about.

 

Fountain Hills Theater

11445 N Saguaro Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ
480-837-966
www.fhct.org
The theater started 26 years ago as a fledgling group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers producing 2 to 3 shows per year and has grown to two full-time theaters with 6 main-stage shows, 4 youth theater shows, 1 holiday show, a full season of summer stock, daily theater workshops and the summer teen camp.
Twenty-six years and still growing! Please accept this as an invitation to join the fun.

 

Phoenix Theatre

100 E. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-254-2151
www.phoenixtheatre.com
The oldest, continuously operated community theatre in the United States, the Arizona Theatre Company has been producing comedies, dramas, musicals and children’s theatre since 1920. The Phoenix Theatre is considered an integral part of Arizona’s arts community, providing entertainment and educational opportunities to all ages. Major programs include Mainstage, a professional theatre for adult audiences, the Cookie Company, a theatre group for youth and families, and PT Connections, an off-site education and outreach program.

 

Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

22149 Ocotillo Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
480-987-5964
www.qcpac.com
The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center brings quality professional theatre to the community through education outreach and children’s theatre programs while nurturing and developing emerging talent. In addition to Queen Creek’s Main Theatre series, the company also presents a Family Theatre series and a Community Theatre series, and offers spring and summer theatre camps for children.

 

Stagebrush Theatre

7020 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-990-7405              
The Stagebrush Theatre is home to two theatre companies: the Scottsdale Community Players and the Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre. The Stagebrush has been the permanent home of the Scottsdale Community Theatre since it first opened its doors in 1951. The Greasepaint Scottsdale Youtheatre offers theatrical training to children between the ages of six to 18. Both programs provided a means for artists and audience members of all ages in the greater Scottsdale area to connect through productions, workshops and educational outreach programs.

 

Tempe Performing Arts Center / Tempe Little Theatre

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-350-8388
www.tempe.gov/TCA/
Located in downtown Tempe, the Tempe Little Theatre is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that has produced community theatre productions in the East Valley for more than 35 years. TLT offers a friendly, professional environment in which to learn more about theatre either on stage or behind the scenes. The company’s all-volunteer cast and crew are known for their high-quality productions that entertain and benefit the entire community.

 

Performance Venues

Chandler Center for the Arts

250 N. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225
480-782-2680
www.chandlercenter.org
Since 1989, the Chandler Center for the Arts has been committed to supporting artistic excellence with many artistic programs to challenge and entertain. The Chandler Center for the Arts is a turntable-divisible auditorium allowing for seating to be divided into three separate theaters: Main Stage, the 350-seat Little Theatre and the 250-seat Recital Hall. Shows include a variety of performing artists and entertainers, where for the past twenty years, audiences have been delighted with intimate performances of jazz, classical and other special music events.

 

Cricket Wireless Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85035
602-254-7599
Open year-round, the Cricket Wireless Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater with 8,000 seats under a pavilion roof, with room for 12,000 more on its expansive hillside. Large video screens broadcast the onstage action that features everything from Broadway musicals and concerts to dance and comedy.

 

Evelyn Smith Music Theater / Arizona State University at Tempe

40 E. Gammage Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85282
480-965-2856
www.music.asu.edu/facilities/smith.php
The Evelyn Smith Music Theater hosts the Lyric Opera Theater’s productions, plus recitals, chamber groups and other guest performances.

 

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium / Arizona State University in Tempe

1200 S Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-965-3434
www.asugammage.com
Designed by the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is considered by many to be the highlight of ASU’s Tempe campus. Wright designed the building to be as acoustically perfect as possible, ensuring that each of the seats in the 3,000 seat auditorium is a perfect one from which to enjoy a performance. The Gammage hosts many Broadway touring companies, as well as other performing arts groups throughout the year, and is the location for many university traditions and special graduation celebrations at the close of each semester. Constructed in 1964, the building is named for Dr. Grady Gammage, the legendary ASU president who led Arizona State College’s victorious campaign in the state legislature for a name change to Arizona State University in 1958.

 

Herberger Theater Center

222 E Monroe St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-254-7399
www.herbergertheater.org
The Herberger Theater Center is a premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate, established in 1989 to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as a performance venue and arts incubator, the Herberger Theater Center has contributed to the cultural and educational development of the Valley. Each year, approximately 175,000 patrons, including 30,000 school-aged children share the unique experience of live performing arts.
The Herberger Theater includes two separate theaters, Center Stage and Stage West. Center Stage has seating for 827, and is designed in such a way that no seat is farther than sixty-six feet from the stage. The 350-seat Stage West can be designed to accommodate theater-in-the-round, cabaret or traditional proscenium theater. Herberger Theater is home to the Arizona Theater Company, Ballet Arizona and Actors Theater of Phoenix and is often used as a performance space for touring productions.

 

Kerr Cultural Center / Arizona State University

6110 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
480-596-2660
www.asukerr.com
An adobe concert hall in Scottsdale, the Kerr Cultural Center hosts concerts, jazz festivals and a wide array of entertainment.

 

Lyceum Theatre in the Galvin Playhouse  / Arizona State University in Tempe

901 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-965-5337
www.asu.edu/tour/tempe/lyc.html
The Lyceum Theatre is home to the School of Theatre and Film’s second proscenium theatre performance space. and provides an intimate theater space perfect for hosting small professional and student productions.

 

Orpheum Theatre

203 West Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-257-4300
www.friendsoftheorpheumtheatre.org
The Orpheum Theatre has been restored to its former Art Deco glory as part of Phoenix’s downtown revitalization, and has played host to international ballet and regional theatrical productions.

 

Maricopa County Events Center / Arizona State University

19403 R.H. Johnson Blvd.
Sun City West, AZ 85375
623-975-1900
With 7,048 seats, the Maricopa County Events Center is the largest single-level theater in the country. The center hosts a variety of shows, including concerts, musical theater, celebrity performances and other cultural events.

 

Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

1326 W. McDowell Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-252-6771
The Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a 14,870 seat multi-purpose indoor arena facility featuring a unique, saddle-shaped roof, and is located on the grounds of the Arizona State Fair, and is frequently referred to by Phoenix residents as simply “The Coliseum.”

 

Wells Fargo Arena

600 E Veterans Way
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-965-3434
The Wells Fargo Arena is a multi-purpose facility with 14,198 seats. Originally known as the Arizona State University Activity Center, the facility was renamed after an $8 million refurbishing effort sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank and has hosted a variety of concerts and events.

 

Dance

Ballet Arizona

3645 E. Indian School Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-381-1096
www.balletaz.org
Ballet Arizona is one of Arizona’s largest performing arts companies, and boasts more than 250 students. The company’s repertoire includes classical ballet as well as new modern works featuring stunning choreography. Ballet Arizona’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker, draws thousands for its annual performance.

 

Southwest Arts & Entertainment

2248 East Christy Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85032
602-482-6410
Southwest Dance attracts diverse music and dance companies from around the world, bringing a wealth of world cultures to Arizona.

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