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2006-2007 Season
Theater 4301 is located in the Galleria Corporate Centre on the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, one block east of Scottsdale Road. Free parking is available in the Galleria Corporate Centre parking garage.
ONGOING PERFORMANCES

Late Nite Catechism
By Vicki Quade & Maripat Donovan
Ongoing; call for dates and times
Stage 2, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $36
The longest-running play in the Valley is still in a class by itself! Audience members are the students in catechism class, and Patti Hannon is "Sister" in this hilarious interactive comedy. You better be on your best behavior, or else Sister is likely to put you in the corner-on stage! Every performance is unique and will appeal to all, regardless of one's faith.

Late Nite Catechism II: Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty
By Maripat Donovan
Ongoing; call for dates and times
Stage 2, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $36
That's right, the fun continues in Sister's second catechism class! You don't need to graduate from the first class to enjoy this one; Sister will give extra attention to her slower students. Sister has felt banners, a filmstrip, handouts, historical facts and hysterical insights to explain every nun's goal: getting into heaven and bringing along as many of the faithful as possible. Using a special version of Chutes and Ladders to demonstrate her point, Sister tells us where we've gone wrong, and no one is excused from her firm belief that "sometimes we feel guilty because we are guilty."

OCTOBER 2006

2006-07 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Vladimir Feltsman
October 15, 2006; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $22
Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists—from legendary performers to emerging talents—for intimate, Sunday-evening recitals in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Vladimir Feltsman is one of the most creative and interesting musicians of our time. Feltsman's vast repertoire includes music from Baroque to 20th-century composers. He has recorded works of J.S. Bach; Beethoven's last five piano sonatas; solo piano works of Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and Messiaen; as well as concerti by Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. Born in Moscow, Feltsman became a U.S. citizen in 1995 and now resides in New York.
Presented by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance

October 20, 2006; Friday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $38
Dressed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional instruments, the Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing.
Presented with support from Leslie Dashew and Jack Salisbury.

Free public programs: From October 17 - 22, the public will be able to watch the monks create a mandala in the atrium of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This intricately designed, ceremonial work of art is made from colored sand and symbolizes the transitory nature of life. Additional free programs are as follows:
October 17, 2006, Tuesday @ noon - Ceremony marking the start of the mandala's creation. Atrium.
October 18, 2006, Wednesday @ noon - "The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach" - Lecture exploring the fundamental connection between body and mind and ancient approaches to healing through meditation, mantras and visualizations. Stage 2.
October 19, 2006, Thursday @ noon - "Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living" - Lecture exploring how to quiet the mind and establish an inner basis of clarity and well-being through meditation. Stage 2.
October 22, 2006, Sunday @ 2 p.m. - Closing ceremony to disperse the mandala. Atrium.

Joan Baez


October 21, 2006; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $62
It has been said that some artists live in history—and the lives of other artists are history. Joan Baez rose to prominence as a folk singer and political activist during the 1960s. From the very beginning of her musical career, she has never sought to draw lines between real-world, real-time events and her own artistic vision. More than four decades after the release of her first recordings, she has never meant more to fans across the globe, she has never shown more vitality and passion in her concerts and records and she has never been more comfortable in her own skin. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is honored to welcome back this legendary musician for a special one-night engagement.
Presented by Beverly and Steve Flaks.

David Sedaris

October 25, 2006; Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $47
David Sedaris' sardonic wit and incisive social criticism have made him one of public radio's most popular and humorous commentators. With great skill, Sedaris slices through euphemisms and political correctness, proving that he is a true master of satire. Everywhere he performs Sedaris delights his audience with his irreverent style and unique sense of humor. In addition to his commentaries on Morning Edition, Sedaris is the author of the best sellers Barrel Fever, Naked, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim and Me Talk Pretty One Day.
Presented by Arlene and Michael Lanes.

L. A. Theatre Works: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial by Herman Wouk
Starring Eric Stoltz and David Selby (cast subject to change)
Susan Albert Loewenberg, producing director
October 29, 2006; Sunday @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $58
This radio play is based on Herman Wouk's Pulitzer prize-winning book The Caine Mutiny, a fictitious account of the USS Caine, a minesweeper patrolling the dangerous waters of the Pacific during World War II. After the ship's volatile captain nearly sinks the vessel during a typhoon, the Caine's officers take action to relieve him of duty. Wouk's masterful story was unprecedented in its harsh look at the "my country right or wrong" standard of military life. The story brilliantly dramatizes the conflicts within the primary characters, showing us the uncertainty in war and the fine line between sanity and insanity.


NOVEMBER 2006

Kate Clinton 25th Anniversary Tour

November 2, 2006; Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer, whose repertoire is as fresh as the morning newspaper. She has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Wal-Martization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time. Clinton's 25th anniversary tour promises to be both historical AND hysterical.

Gil Shaham, Yefim Bronfman and Truls MŅrk

November 3, 2006; Friday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $62
This promises to be a remarkable evening with three of the world's most gifted virtuosi performing on one stage. Violinist Gil Shaham is internationally recognized by audiences and critics as one of today's most engaging classical artists. Yefim Bronfman's commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide. Cellist Truls MŅrk's reputation as a musician of fierce intensity and grace has been built on performances throughout the world. Together the trio has thrilled audiences in Detroit, Chicago and New York during their recent U.S. tour.
Presented with support from Sara and David Lieberman.

Peter Cincotti

November 4, 2006; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
Peter Cincotti, the 22-year-old singer, pianist, composer and arranger, became one of the hottest sensations to hit the scene in 2003 when his self-titled, critically acclaimed debut CD hit the top of the Billboard charts. In 2004, Concord Records released Cincotti's second CD On The Moon, which showcased his unique and undeniably infectious twist on classic songs such as I Love Paris, St. Louis Blues and Some Kind of Wonderful, as well as his own arrangements like On The Moon and I'd Rather Be With You. Critics across the country gave the album rave reviews, and The New York Times declared Cincotti "one of the most promising of singer-pianists of the next generation." Ever since, Cincotti has been thrilling audiences around the world. This concert marks his debut at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

2006-07 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Eduardus Halim
November 5, 2006; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $22
Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists—from legendary performers to emerging talents—for intimate, Sunday-evening recitals in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Eduardus Halim is recognized for the originality and maturity of his interpretations, and he is a living example of cultural interaction at its best. He was born in Indonesia and learned the violin and the piano in his early years. Halim refined his skills as an artist in New York, where he became a U.S. citizen. He performs a large repertoire drawn mostly from the European masterpieces. Halim's distinctive approach to the piano is matched by his charismatic personality; he has gained widespread recognition and has been profiled by The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Piano Quarterly and Clavier. Halim was the last student of Vladimir Horowitz.
Presented by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Robert Dubac's Intellect

November 8 - 19, 2006
Wednesday and Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinee @ 2 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $38
Creator of the world-wide phenomenon The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron, comedian Robert Dubac proved that humor between the sexes is understood in any language. Now he's back with his latest stage show, New Adventures! Robert Dubac's Intellect, which is part sequel, part theater and part stand-up comedy. Dubac strives to raise our collective humor bar with a solo performance that is as hysterical as it is profound. With a shrug of his shoulders or a crook of his neck, he seamlessly transforms himself into a series of hillarious characters, from the pig-headed chauvinist "The Colonel" to the metrosexual "Bobbi." Dubac plumbs the depths of the male condition and never fails to find the laughs.

*This performance includes an exclusive Ignite event on Friday, November 10, 2006. Ignite is an auxiliary club that inspires young audience members in their 20s and 30s to experience the events at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and to ignite a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. Log on to www.ignitearts.org for more details and to sign up for a free Ignite membership.

MOMIX

Opus Cactus, November 11, 2006; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Lunar Sea, November 12, 2006; Sunday @ 3 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Artistic Director Moses Pendleton and his dance company MOMIX are renowned for conjuring surrealistic images using props, light, shadow, humor and the human body. Inspired by the giant saguaro cactus of the Southwest, Opus Cactus never appears more at home than right here than in Arizona. Tumbleweeds tumble, lizards leap and rattlesnakes slither as desert landscapes dance to life. MOMIX will also present the Scottsdale premiere of its latest creation, Lunar Sea, a "black-and-white" ballet that creates a netherworld where dancers express the purest and most classical lines unbound by the laws of gravity. This enthralling work is presented under black light with projections and angel-like puppets designed by Michael Curry.

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations

Beethoven: Sunnyside Up
November 14, 2006; Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Single ticket price: $38
American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. In 2006-07, he returns to Scottsdale for his 27th season of Keyboard Conversations® exploring the theme of "Four Great Romantics!" In this unique "concert with commentary" series, Siegel discusses the music with the audience before each performance. His charming wit, eloquent insights and virtuoso performance will delight newcomers to classical music and seasoned aficionados alike. Beethoven: Sunnyside Up features some of Beethoven's most upbeat, light-hearted works.

Universe of Dreams
featuring Ensemble Galilei and Neal Conan
November 17, 2006; Friday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
A transporting musical, visual and celestial experience, this multi-media performance combines the Celtic sounds of Ensemble Galilei and the voice of Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan with breathtaking images from the Hubble Space Telescope projected on stage.
Presented by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation.

Sonny Rollins

November 19, 2006; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $65
A 2002 Grammy Award-winner, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins enters his seventh decade as a musician in resplendent form, still evoking the joy of discovery in his listeners and still searching for a new challenge. Rollins began to develop his mastery of the sax under the mentorship of Thelonious Monk. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Rollins worked with a who's who of the period, including Monk, Art Blakey, Bud Powell and Miles Davis, and he was recognized as one of the most promising, spontaneous and creative tenor sax players on the jazz scene.
Presented with support from Alice and David Olsan.

Capitol Steps

November 24 - 25, 2006; Friday @ 8 p.m.; Saturday @ 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $47
Outrageously funny and sharply insightful, the Capitol Steps have charmed audiences on both sides of the aisle with their unique brand of political humor set to popular music. While the troupe is renowned for poking fun at occupants of the White House, no one is safe from their satirical barbs, from Democrats to Republicans and from Congress to the Supreme Court. Depending on the scandal of the day, the Capitol Steps will perform selections from their current repertoire.

Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold

By Maripat Donovan
November 30 - December 31, 2006
Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Sunday matinee @ 2 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $38
Tired of The Nutcracker? Sick of A Christmas Carol? Bored with Handel's Messiah? Look no further! Sister is comin' to town! It's CSI goes to Bethlehem as Sister hunts under manger and over camel humps in her never-ending search for the Magi's gold. As she points out in her hilarious opening, "we know where the myrrh went and how the frankincense was used, but who's the culprit who made off with the gold coins and left Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus in that lousy stable without any chance to upgrade to a suite?" In the midst of her search, Sister gives the class a history lesson about the origin of nativity sets, provides a line-by-line analysis of favorite Christmas carols, directs a living nativity and offers up the best of seasonal customs. Sister's Christmas Catechism is bound to become a holiday classic!

DECEMBER 2006

Fired! Tales of Jobs Gone Bad

Created and curated by Annabelle Gurwitch
Hosted by Annabelle Gurwitch and/or Sandra Tsing Loh
December 2, 2006; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $44
In show business, you rarely hear the real story about why someone has been replaced. There are all sorts of code words: "departed for medical reasons," "scheduling conflicts" or the old standard, "artistic differences." You don't always hear the words "you're fired." Instead, you're "let go," "written out," "killed off" or "your series is cancelled." However you spin it, you're out of a job. Fired! is an evening of candid, outrageous and hysterical stories about actors and writers who have all been fired Hollywood-style at one time or another. Rejection has never been this funny!
Presented by Scottsdale Republic.

Windham Hill's Winter Solstice

December 30, 2006; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
The Windham Hill® recording label is synonymous with the best of today's jazz, new age and pop instrumentals. An annual holiday tradition, Windham Hill's® Winter Solstice tour brings some of the label's most celebrated recording artists to Scottsdale. This year's tour includes guitarist Dave Cullen, Liz Story on piano, Samite performing on African instruments and Will Ackerman, guitarist, composer and carpenter!
Presented by Scottsdale Republic.

JANUARY 2007

Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance

January 12 - 13, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Brenda Angiel is a groundbreaking Argentine choreographer who has taken modern dance into a new dimension—above the stage—that literally gives the audience a new perspective on movement. Tethered to bungee cords and steel cables, Angiel's dancers bounce, glide and fly in space, giving the audience the sensation that they are flying along with them.
*This performance includes an exclusive Ignite event on Friday, January 12, 2007. Ignite is an auxiliary club that inspires young audience members in their 20s and 30s to experience the events at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and to ignite a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. Log on to www.ignitearts.org for more details and to sign up for a free Ignite membership.

Otis Taylor

January 14, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
With Blues singer Otis Taylor, it's best to expect the unexpected. While his music, an amalgamation of roots-styles in their rawest form, discusses heavyweight issues like murder, homelessness, tyranny and injustice, his personal style is lighthearted. Part of Taylor's appeal is his contrasting character traits. It is exactly this element of surprise that makes him one of the most compelling artists to emerge in recent years.
Presented with support from Beth and Sanford Hoffman.

The Four Freshmen and the new Gene Krupa Orchestra

January 20, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
The Four Freshmen are, in the opinion of many, the greatest jazz vocal group of all time. The ensemble has been entertaining audiences with its unique vocal harmonies since 1948. Now in their 22nd incarnation, The Four Freshmen continue to perform classics like Day By Day and Blue World as well as new arrangements. They join the legendary Gene Krupa Orchestra with conductor Michael Berkowitz on stage for a swinging evening of big band hits.
Presented with support from Cheryl and Robert Carr.

2006-07 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series
Joyce Yang

January 21, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $22
Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists—from legendary performers to emerging talents—for intimate, Sunday-evening recitals in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
In 2005, at 19 years of age, Joyce Yang won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as its youngest entrant. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yang received her first piano lessons at age 4 from her aunt, and by age 10 she had entered the Korean National Conservatory. Yang then came to the United States and began studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky at the Juilliard School. She has appeared with some of the nation's top orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.
Presented by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. Foundation.

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations

Schumann: Musical Love Letters
January 23, 2007; Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Single ticket price: $38
American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. In 2006-07, he returns to Scottsdale for his 27th season of Keyboard Conversations® exploring the theme of "Four Great Romantics!" In this unique "concert with commentary" series, Siegel discusses the music with the audience before each performance. His charming wit, eloquent insights and virtuoso performance will delight newcomers to classical music and seasoned aficionados alike. Schumann: Musical Love Letters features romantic piano works inspired by the composer's love life!

The Market Theatre, Johannesburg
The Island by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona

January 27, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $44
Set in apartheid South Africa and inspired by actual events, The Island focuses on the lives of two political prisoners incarcerated on notorious Robben Island prison, as they prepare to do a two-person performance of Sophocles' Antigone for other inmates and the prison staff. The play explores the bonds and tensions between cellmates Winston and John as they labor in the stone quarry by day and rehearse Antigone by night, culminating in the actual performance when the theater audience for The Island becomes the prison audience for Antigone.

Close Encounters With Music: Schumann and His Circle

Featuring Jane Alexander and Yehuda Hanani (cello)
January 27, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $25
Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. The series, now in its sixth season in Scottsdale, brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. The 2006-07 season features four wonderful concerts.
Three pillars of German Romanticism come together in Schumann and His Circle, a program of innovative and unusual genres. Mendelssohn's stunning Piano Trio in D minor sizzles with energy and exults with beauty. Schumann is represented by three rarely performed Melodramas, with actress Jane Alexander declaiming the poetry of Shelley and others.
Close Encounters With Music is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation. Accommodations for artists graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.

FEBRUARY 2007

Olympia Dukakis in The Rose Project

February 2 - 3, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $58
Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis portrays an unforgettable 80-year old Jewish woman from a tiny shtetl in Ukraine. Rose takes the audience on her journey through a war-torn Warsaw to the West Bank, to the borscht belts of post-war Atlantic City and modern Miami Beach. This remarkable play by Martin Sherman is not only a sharply drawn portrait of a feisty survivor, but also a moving and timely remembrance of the extraordinary events that shaped the last century.
Presented with support from Sara and David Lieberman.

Urban Bush Women

February 10, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Founded by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women is a dance ensemble that engages a diverse audience by producing bold and life-affirming work based on women's experiences, African-American history and cultural influences of the African Diaspora. To celebrate the Urban Bush Women's 20th anniversary, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to present a retrospective of this troupe's work for two exciting evenings.

2006-07 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Jean-Philippe Collard
February 11, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $22
Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists—from legendary performers to emerging talents—for intimate, Sunday-evening recitals in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Although pianist Jean-Philippe Collard's name is as French as his birthplace, Mareuil-sur-Ay, Champagne, his repertoire knows no geographical boundaries. In addition to his complete mastery of French concerto literature, his interpretations of works by Bartók, Brahms, Gershwin, Haydn, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Strauss and Tchaikovsky have met with great acclaim. Collard has appeared as a soloist with many of the world's greatest orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras and the San Francisco, Vienna and Boston symphony orchestras.
Presented by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations

Schubert: On Wings Of Song
February 13, 2007; Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Single ticket price: $38
American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. In 2006-07, he returns to Scottsdale for his 27th season of Keyboard Conversations® exploring the theme of "Four Great Romantics!" In this unique "concert with commentary" series, Siegel discusses the music with the audience before each performance. His charming wit, eloquent insights and virtuoso performance will delight newcomers to classical music and seasoned aficionados alike. Schubert: On Wings Of Song offers a feast of beautiful melodies by one of music's most lyrical composers.

Close Encounters With Music: A Beethoven Journey

Featuring Walter Ponce (piano) and Yehuda Hanani (cello)
February 17, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.v Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $25
Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. The series, now in its sixth season in Scottsdale, brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. The 2006-07 season features four wonderful concerts.
A Beethoven Journey is a selective traversal of Beethoven's works for cello and piano revealing their intimacy, majesty and ever-present power with titan pianist Walter Ponce joining cellist Yehuda Hanani in a masterful partnership.
Close Encounters With Music is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation. Accommodations for artists graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

February 18, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
Since its founding in 1977, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band has boldly forged the tradition of New Orleans jazz with the modern influences of bebop, funk, R&B and pop, creating a new standard by which all other New Orleans groups, brass band or otherwise, are measured. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. A bridge between the past and the present, it has revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world.
Presented with support from Marriott Scottsdale Old Town.

Philip Glass

February 21, 2007; Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $47
Philip Glass is unquestionably among the most innovative and influential composers of the 20th century. His orchestral works, operas, film scores and dance compositions are among the earliest and most successful global experiments of their kind. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is honored to bring Glass' 70th birthday celebration tour to the Valley. This very special performance will feature the composer leading the Philip Glass Ensemble in a retrospective of his distinguished and diverse body of work, which includes the film score to Koyaanisqatsi and the opera Einstein on the Beach.
Presented with support from Clara Lovett and Benjamin Brown.

Urban Tap: Bay Mo Dilo (Give Me Water)

February 23 - 24, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $36
Founded in 1993 by tap dance innovator Tamango, Urban Tap is a revolutionary dance company that fuses together an exhilarating mix of cultural traditions from around the world, from tap and hip-hop to Brazilian capoeira. The group is best known for its high-energy performances and distinctive improvisational style. Urban Tap will perform its latest work, Bay Mo Dilo (Give Me Water), which explores the rhythms and sounds of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Haiti, Jamaica and France.
Presented by Scottsdale Republic.
*This performance includes an exclusive Ignite event on Friday, February 23, 2007. Ignite is an auxiliary club that inspires young audience members in their 20s and 30s to experience the events at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and to ignite a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. Log on to www.ignitearts.org for more details and to sign up for a free Ignite membership.

Chava Alberstein

February 25, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $38
Chava Alberstein is one of Israel's most accomplished and popular singers, having released more than 50 recordings since the late 1960s, many of them now gold or platinum. Alberstein's growth as an artist mirrors Israel's development as a country. She sees herself as much as a singer of the world as she is a singer of her beloved Israel. The bittersweet tension between the national and the universal is evident in her music, from tender love songs to defiant ballads about peace and oppression.

MARCH 2007
Noche Flamenca

March 2 - 3, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Born of passion and desire, Noche Flamenca was founded in Madrid in 1993 by Artistic Director Martin Santangelo and his wife Soledad Barrio. Since its beginning, Noche Flamenca's goal has been to maintain the essence, purity and integrity of one of the world's most complex and mysterious art forms. All aspects of flamenco—dance, song and music—are interrelated and given equal weight in Noche Flamenca, creating a true communal spirit within the company, which is the very heart and soul of flamenco.

The Baseball Plays

By Michelle Carter, Anne Galjour, Gary Leon Hill, Naomi Iizuka, Arthur Kopit, Howard Korder, Wendy MacLeod, Eric Overmeyer and Brian Thorstenson
Directed by David Dower
March 6 - 11, 2007
Tuesday - Thursday and Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday matinees @ 2 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $38
The Baseball Plays features nine short works from established playwrights, including five works from the original run of the show and four world-premiere pieces. Directed by Z Space Studio Artistic Director David Dower, The Baseball Plays is about the mythic power of America's favorite pastime. These plays use baseball as a prism to distill what makes us American, what makes us human and what makes us fans.
Presented in conjunction with the Western Presenters Commissioning Initiative. Originally developed at The Z Space Studio, San Francisco, California.

Elaine Stritch At Liberty

March 9 - 10, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $65
For two evenings, Elaine Stritch will present her triumphant Broadway show Elaine Stritch At Liberty, which earned her both a Tony and an Emmy. Elaine Stritch At Liberty is a behind-the-scenes look at the legend herself, filled with rich stories about her life in theater and the highs and lows of her great career, from standing ovations to alcoholism and relationships gone bad. Stritch also tells a few hilarious tales about her friends Marlon Brando, Rock Hudson, Richard Burton, Noel Coward, Ethel Merman and Vivien Leigh, to name a few. Of course she will also sing a few Broadway classics, including The Ladies Who Lunch, There's No Business Like Show Business and I'm Still Here.
Presented with support from Alice and David Olsan.

Emanuel Ax

March 14, 2007; Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $62
Pianist Emanuel Ax is renowned for his poetic temperament and unsurpassed virtuosity, as well as the exceptional breadth of his performing activity. Each season his distinguished career includes appearances with major symphony orchestras worldwide, recitals in the most celebrated concert halls, a variety of chamber music collaborations and the commissioning and performance of new music. This evening will offer a rare opportunity to see Ax perform in the intimate Virginia G. Piper Theater.
Presented with support from Laura and Dayton Grafman and Linda and Alan Englander.

Glenn Miller Orchestra

March 17, 2007; Saturday @ 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
Although the legendary Glenn Miller disappeared in a single-engine plane on his way to perform in Paris more than 60 years ago, his music is more popular than ever. Formed in 1956, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of the most sought-after big bands in the world today, performing Miller's hits such as In the Mood, Chattanooga Choo Choo and more.

Take 6

March 18, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
The a capella ensemble Take 6 is so universally admired in the music industry that it has been voted "Favorite Jazz Vocal Group" by Downbeat magazine's readers' poll for nine consecutive years. Mixing the sounds of gospel, jazz and R&B, Take 6 has won numerous Grammy Awards and has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Al Jarreau and Wynton Marsalis, to name a few. Despite its extraordinary success, the group remains committed to its devotional roots and to using music as a ministry.

Jeffrey Siegel's Keyboard Conversations

Liszt: The Devil Made Me Do It!
March 20, 2007; Tuesday @ 7:30 p. m.
Single ticket price: $38
American pianist Jeffrey Siegel has been a soloist with the world's great orchestras. In 2006-07, he returns to Scottsdale for his 27th season of Keyboard Conversations® exploring the theme of "Four Great Romantics!" In this unique "concert with commentary" series, Siegel discusses the music with the audience before each performance. His charming wit, eloquent insights and virtuoso performance will delight newcomers to classical music and seasoned aficionados alike. Liszt: The Devil Made Me Do It! features music of transcendental virtuosity and hair-raising excitement!

The Actor's Gang: George Orwell's 1984

Directed by Tim Robbins
Script from Orwell's novel by Michael Gene Sullivan
March 23 - 24, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $44
Tim Robbins' The Actor's Gang brings to life George Orwell's masterpiece 1984. The story revolves around the nightmarish existence of a man named Winston Smith who lives in a brutal, totalitarian state that controls every detail of its citizens' bleak lives. It is a world where opinions cannot be expressed freely, where leaders are not held accountable for their deceptions and where perpetual war is waged against an unseen enemy. It is a world where ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery and war is peace, which "Big Brother" and the "Thought Police" root out nonconformity of any kind. Written as a protest against government-sanctioned oppression of the individual, 1984 has become one of the most influential novels of the 20th century and its lessons are just as relevant today.
*This performance includes an exclusive Ignite event on Friday, March 23, 2007. Ignite is an auxiliary club that inspires young audience members in their 20s and 30s to experience the events at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and to ignite a life-long appreciation for the performing arts. Log on to www.ignitearts.org for more details and to sign up for a free Ignite membership.

Close Encounters With Music: Patrons and Proteges

Featuring the Aviv Quartet and Yehuda Hanani (cello)
March 24, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $25
Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. The series, now in its sixth season in Scottsdale, brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. The 2006-07 season features four wonderful concerts.
Saluting the beneficent powers that spur on creativity, Patrons and Protégés features the Aviv Quartet as well as Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, Debussy's celestial String Quartet and a newly commissioned work for accordion and cello.
Close Encounters With Music is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation. Accommodations for artists graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.

2006-07 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Roberto Plano
March 25, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $22
Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists—from legendary performers to emerging talents—for intimate, Sunday-evening recitals in the Virginia G. Piper Theater.
A finalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Competition, Roberto Plano is fast becoming known to audiences. Plano's other achievements include the first prize at the 2001 Cleveland International Piano Competition and the third prize at the 2003 Honens International Piano Competition in Canada. He has appeared throughout North America at Alice Tully Hall in New York City's Lincoln Center and Severance Hall in Cleveland and performances with the Akron, Calgary and Spokane symphony orchestras. Plano also regularly performs in Europe.
Presented by The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust with support from Marilyn and Charles Thompson.

Inti-Illimani

March 29, 2007; Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $38
Rooted in traditional Latin American music and playing on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, Inti-Illimani's compositions are a treasure for the human spirit. Their smooth synthesis of instrumentals and vocals captures sacred places, carnivals, daily lives, loves and pains that weave an extraordinary cultural mural. Inti-Illimani is South America's ambassador of human expression. Their unique sound—forged with passion and poetry—is a mantra for peace in the world and within each of us.
Presented with support from Clara Lovett and Benjamin Brown.

Dianne Reeves

March 30, 2007; Friday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Dianne Reeves is one of the pre-eminent jazz vocalists in the world today. Reeves' singing draws upon a world of influences; she is tied to a powerful storytelling instinct and her virtuosity and improvisational gifts are singularly breathtaking. Reeves has captured a huge following and tremendous critical acclaim throughout the world. Recently Reeves appeared and performed in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, the Academy Award-nominated film that chronicles Edward R. Murrow's confrontation with Senator Joseph McCarthy. The soundtrack recording of Good Night, and Good Luck earned Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal Grammy in 2006.
Presented with support from Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Old Town.

APRIL 2007

Sarah Chang

April 1, 2007; Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $58
Violinist Sarah Chang is recognized throughout the world as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted performers. A true prodigy, she has matured into a young artist whose musical insight, technical virtuosity and emotional range continue to astonish. Chang has collaborated with major orchestras including the New York, Berlin and Vienna philharmonics, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras and the Chicago and Boston symphonies. She has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Yo-Yo Ma and the late Isaac Stern.
Presented by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal: Minus One

April 6 - 7, 2007; Friday and Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $47
Considered by many to be Canada's premier dance company, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal will perform Minus One, an evening-length work by the renowned Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, one of the world's most influential contemporary dance creators. With dancers who can sing, with bodies that have soul and minds that give voice to even the subtlest of thought, Minus One is an emotionally charged piece that blends playful discovery and audacious exploration. Delirious, quirky and disconcerting, the piece is known to leave audiences lighthearted.
Presented with support from Suzanne T. and Irving D. Karpas Jr. Foundation.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company: CRWDSPCR

April 10, 2007; Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Praised by The New York Times as "Cunningham at his best," CRWDSPCR was choreographed using a computer program and premiered at the American Dance Festival in 1993. Stripped of vowels, its title is a whimsical play on the words "crowd spacer" or "crowds pacer." This colorful, exuberant piece features a cast of 13 dancers with costumes and lighting designed by artist Mark Lancaster and a Blues-inspired score by John King honoring the late composer John Cage.
Presented with support from Betty Hum and Alan Yudell.

Close Encounters With Music:
Schubert and Dvo_ak - the Contour of Melody
Featuring Yehuda Hanani (cello), Lydia Artymiw (piano) and Catherine Cho (violin)
April 14, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m.
Theater 4301, Galleria Corporate Centre
Single ticket price: $25
Close Encounters With Music stands at the intersection of music, art and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite and lively commentary from Artistic Director Yehuda Hanani puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich the concert experience. The series, now in its sixth season in Scottsdale, brings together sublime chamber music, distinguished performers and musical commentary, all in the intimate setting of Theater 4301. The 2006-07 season features four wonderful concerts.
If melody is the narrative of music, what makes it moving and memorable? Schubert and Dvorák - the Contour of Melody features two of the most enduring favorites in the chamber music canon: Schubert's B-flat Trio and Dvo_ák's E-Minor Trio No. 4 (Dumky), which share a richness of melodically inspired moments that play to the hard-wired human attraction to beauty of line.
Close Encounters With Music is underwritten by The Richard and Deborah Felder Foundation. Accommodations for artists graciously provided by The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.

Soweto Gospel Choir
April 16, 2007; Monday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $40
An international musical phenomenon, the Soweto Gospel Choir shares its heartfelt and inspirational message of love, joy and hope with audiences around the world. Following the extraordinary success of its two American tours, the group is returning to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts for this special one-night engagement. In addition to traditional African gospel, the Soweto Gospel Choir's exuberant repertoire includes renditions of Amazing Grace, Paradise Road and Oh Happy Day.

TAIKOPROJECT: (re)generation

April 21 - 22, 2007; Saturday @ 8 p.m., Sunday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $38
Founded in 2000, TAIKOPROJECT is an ensemble of America's premier emerging taiko drummers. The group's work balances the traditions and rich history of Japanese taiko with a contemporary edge. Its latest creative effort, (re)generation, is a state-of-the-art theatrical production that blends taiko with storytelling, spoken word, music, hip-hop choreography, video multi-media and dance. TAIKOPROJECT is endorsed by the Asano Taiko Company, Ltd., one of Japan's oldest and most prestigious taiko drum-makers established in 1609, whose drums are used by only the world's top taiko groups.

Arlo Guthrie
April 28, 2007; Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Single ticket price: $36
As the son of legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie grew up surrounded by some of the most important musicians of the era. Drawn to the music that was shaping the world in the 1960s, he developed his own folk style, becoming a distinctive, expressive voice in a crowded field of singer-songwriters. His career exploded in 1967 with the release of Alice's Restaurant, followed by classic hits such as Coming Into Los Angeles, a favorite at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and his distinctive rendition of Steve Goodman's City of New Orleans. The family legacy will continue in Scottsdale when Guthrie performs in the amphitheater with his family band that includes his son, daughter and son-in-law.


MAY 2007

Marian McPartland

May 2, 2007; Wednesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Single ticket price: $42
The remarkable breadth and manner of Marian McPartland's accomplishments are, in all likelihood, unmatched in the history of jazz. McPartland, a pianist and composer, has delighted audiences around the world for more than 65 years. To millions of radio listeners, she is also the lively host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, the popular Peabody Award-winning public radio program, which has aired for more than 25 years.

Will Shortz Puzzle Master
May 8, 2007; Tuesday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Enigmatologist Will Shortz is the only academically accredited puzzle master in the world. He designed his own major program at Indiana University, which in 1974 led to his one-of-a-kind degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles. Shortz has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987, crossword editor of The New York Times, editor of Games magazine for 15 years and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Shortz will engage the audience with a variety of mind-boggling puzzles; bring your crossword skills with you for this entertaining evening.

CompaĖía Nacional de Danza 2

May 10, 2007; Thursday @ 7:30 p.m.
Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Single ticket price: $42
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present its first performance by a Spanish contemporary dance company. Known as CND2, CompaĖía Nacional de Danza 2 was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Nacho Duato, one of the most acclaimed choreographers in Europe, to train young dancers, most in their late teens, for Spain's national dance company. Since then, CND2 has captivated audiences around the globe with its dazzling repertoire that combines the technical rigor of classical ballet with the daring, fast-paced and spirited movements of modern dance.
Presented with support from Karen and John Voris.

Tito Puente Jr.

May 12, 2007; Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Single ticket price: $36
Son of the internationally renowned timbales artist, Tito Puente, Tito Puente Jr. was born and raised in New York City, feeling the rhythms of the music before he could walk or talk. Puente's heart is rooted deeply in the musical soul of his father. His arrangements are influenced by the rhythms of Mexico, South America and the Caribbean and add a modern edge to the sensuous music of the Latin tradition.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

May 18, 2007; Friday @ 7:30 p.m.
Amphitheater, Scottsdale Civic Center Mall
Single ticket price: $36
The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music for over 60 years, ever since the first version of the group formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. Today, founding members Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter and George Scott are joined by more recent arrivals Joey Williams, Ricky McKinnie, Bobby Butler and Tracy Pierce on a mission to expand the audience for traditional soul-gospel singing while incorporating contemporary songs and innovative arrangements into their hallowed style.
Presented by Scottsdale Republic.

ACCESSIBILITY The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts offers performance accommodations to enhance the arts experience for audience members with disabilities, including: wheelchair seating, assisted listening headsets, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, live audio description, and open captioning for select performances. Visit our website www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or contact the box office at 480-994-ARTS (TDD: 480-874-4694) for further details. Please inquire about services when ordering tickets. ASL interpretation and live audio description require two weeks advance notice.