JANUARY 15, 2014

Arizona Musicfest 2014

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Arizona Musicfest 2014, which runs from January 30 – March 1, presents top artists of Classical, Chamber, Jazz, Rock n’ Roll and Pop in fourteen extraordinary concerts at venues in Scottsdale, Carefree and Phoenix.

Opening night is The Festival Fanfare with The Music of ABBA with ARRIVAL From Sweden, the best ABBA since … ABBA! An exciting Festival lineup of artists follows, beginning with legendary Judy Collins performing live.

music of ABBA
Jazz aficionados will be in heaven when The Jeff Hamilton Trio grooves and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet ‘shares the love’ of the great Dave Brubeck. Highlighting the Brubeck Brothers performance will be stories, archival videos and musical remembrances in a celebration of their father’s life and legacy.

Chamber music is well represented by the vibrant young Bryant Park Quartet, piano virtuoso Jonathan Biss, and an organ concert by Spoleto Festival favorite James Jones and 2012 National Competition for Organ Improvisation “Audience Favorite” Patrick Scott.

A combination of chamber and popular music, Bob Moody & Friends, is a cabaret-style showcase of the many musical talents of Artistic Director Robert Moody, his musician friends and guest artists.

At the heart of the festival is the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra conducted by Robert Moody, performing in four blockbuster concerts of Festival Orchestra Week (February 18 through 23). Highlights are thrilling works of orchestral grandeur, including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, Holst’s The Planets, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with charismatic piano soloist Conrad Tao.

Ticket prices for Arizona Musicfest 2014 concerts range from $23 to $65.

A limited number of student tickets are available (K – 12) $5 for selected guest artists and FREE for Arizona Musicfest Orchestra concerts. A ticketed adult must accompany students under the age of 16. Tickets for college students (current school ID required) are $10 for selected guest artists and Arizona Musicfest Orchestra concerts.

NEW this year: Individual reserved seating at ALL venues! For tickets and information call the Box Office at 480 840-0457 or visit www.azmusicfest.org.

January 30: The Music of ABBA (above)
February 3: Judy Collins – The Legend – LIVE!
February 7: A Celebration of Dave Brubeck with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
February 9: Bryant Park Quartet: Beethoven, Mozart & de Lassus
February 11: Pianist Jonathan Biss in concert: Beethoven, Chopin & Brahms
February 13: The Jeff Hamilton Trio: Paragon of Groove
February 15: Bob Moody & Friends
February 16: Organ Masterworks & More
February 18: A British Orchestral Odyssey featuring Holst’s The Planets
February 20: Symphonic Russian Sketches featuring Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
February 21: Ukulele Phenom Jake Shimabukuro with the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra
February 23: A German Requiem: Brahms’ Monumental Choral Masterpiece
February 27: The Very Best of John Denver starring Mike Eldred
March 1: 50s Dance Party: A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper