Monday, October 20, 2014

The Next Mozart?

When you envision the typical life of a 13-year-old girl, your mind probably doesn't jump to piano super talent and composer. But that is in fact what Emily Bear is; a musical phenomenon.

By the age of eight Emily Bear had composed more than 350 pieces. At age 5, Emily made her concert debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, playing a 40-minute solo comprised of classical pieces, jazz standards, and her own compositions. She was invited to perform at the White House at age 6. Her orchestral debut came at age 7, playing Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23, K488 and by age 8, she was playing concerts abroad in Italy and China. At the age of 9 she played at Carnegie Hall with a 110-piece orchestra, a 220-voice choir, and R&B soloists.

That’s more than most musicians can accomplish in a lifetime!

“She’s the most delightful human being I’ve ever met in my life,” says Quincy Jones, Emily’s mentor and manager. “And her music is the same way. I am at once astounded and inspired by the enormous talent that Emily embodies.  With the ability to seamlessly move from Classical to Jazz and Be-bop, she shows as much musical prowess as pianists/composers twice her age, and I am thrilled to be working with her. She’s astounding, man ... she’s astounding. She plays like she’s 40 years old. She is the complete 360-degree package, and there are no limits to the musical heights she can reach.”

Don’t miss this truly amazing young musician when she performs with cellist Zuill Bailey on October 30, kicking off Mesa Arts Center’s 2014-15 Classical Series. Check out a few of her television appearances…she has been featured on The EllenDeGeneres Show six times!

By Kayla Dorvel

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mesa Arts Center is Nominated in AZ Central’s Best of 2014!

Mesa Arts Center has been nominated in three categories of AZ Central’s Best of 2014!

You can vote for us in the following categories:
Best Place to See Art
Best Performing Arts Theatre
Best Place to Watch a Concert

We are also excited to share that TheStore at Mesa Arts Center has been nominated in the category “Best Place to Find Arizona Made Gifts.”

How can you vote? First, go to this site & find the categories in which we are nominated. Then click “VOTE” next to Mesa Arts Center. You will be asked to register with your email address. You can vote once a day. Go ahead and tell your family and friends vote too!

Voting ends on October 26th so there isn't much time left!

If you are a fan of Mesa Arts Center, show your love and give us your vote!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ghoulish Gifts and Devilish Delights

                                              Painting By: Melody Smith
Ghoulish gifts and devilish delights await you at TheStore at Mesa Arts Center! 
Members of the MAC Artists Co-op have created special themed artwork in conjunction with the Dia de Los Muertos Festival at the MAC on October 25-26.
                                                                     Jewelry By: John Finkey
Perhaps best known is co-op member Melody Smith whose colorful paintings evoke the images of stylized skulls that are most closely associated with this celebration. Co-op artists LaDonna Adair (ceramics), John Finkey (jewelry), Kyllan Maney (painting), and Genie Swanstrom (ceramics) have also offered special merchandise designed for El Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween celebrations.
                                           Painting By: Melody Smith

Come visit TheStore at Mesa Arts Center to see what spooky surprises our co-op members have for you!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host


If you are a fan of storytelling or dance, get ready for Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host which combines storytelling and dance for a hilarious and poignant show at Mesa Arts Center. This show is an incredible hybrid of the two art forms, developed by Ira Glass with dancers and choreographers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass.

Ira Glass is the host of the well-known radio show This American Life. Heard across the United States, on over 500 public radio stations, Glass transmits stories that touch the hearts and minds of listeners everywhere. Now Ira Glass is taking storytelling to the stage in this performance show, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.

The show involves three acts; act one is about the job of being a performer, act two is about falling in love and what it means to stay in love, and act three is about how nothing lasts forever.

Audiences will combine Glass’s words and the dancers’ movement to immerse themselves in stories. Two artistic mediums, one all speech and one all movement, come together in an unforgettable way. “What makes it work is a shared sensibility,” Glass says. “As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

This is a can’t miss performance! Get your tickets and more information, here.

By Katie Selph

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Q & A with National Geographic Explorer Steve Winter

1. What is the single most important piece of (non-essential) gear for you to have in the field, and why?
In the past, my most important piece of non-essential gear was a satellite phoneand it still is if I am in a remote enough area. Now that our world is blanketed by cell coverage, I get a local cell phone and I call home once or twice a day wherever I am.

2. What’s your favorite snack to take in the field? (Does your subject matter or environment ever limit your food choices?)
Now I am on a Whole Foods honey granola kick - I love it!

3. Complete this sentence: When I started working with National Geographic, I never thought I would be ....
A wildlife photojournalist. I didn’t photograph an animal until I was 34 years old. Now I photograph big cats!

4. What is the most breathtaking view you’ve enjoyed while in the field? In your response, tell us where it is and why you ended up there.
Everywhere I work is breathtaking!! The night sky is amazing from Wyoming to the Himalayas. Standing in a jungle and just listening to the symphony of the birds and other creatures while working on Yasuni in Ecuador for National Geographic magazine was special. I really love forests and their sounds throughout the world.

5. What is the most treacherous terrain/environment or unpredictable situation you have encountered?
This happens all the time. Snow leopard terrain is steep and at a high altitude so you have certain challenges. Working with wild animals can be a bit dangerous and you need to work with local people that know the area and animals. You need to have a very high level of trust in their abilities, as your life is in their hands. Getting charged by rhinos was the scariest situation I’ve been in while in the field. Unpredictable animal behavior is the worst. You simply cannot be prepared and you just always have to be prepared for that - like the boy scout motto!  I’m an Eagle Scout.

6. What is the most important piece of advice for aspiring photographers?
Learn how to tell a visual story. You don’t need to travel anywhere to do this. Find a story in your own town or neighborhood or someone in your family! Learn how to tell a story in the still image with 12 photos and then learn the basics of video and sound. Bringing your world to the world is the key.