Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Experience Classical Music Inside Out!

Classical Music Inside Out enables members of the audience to become fully immersed in the performance of magnificent music which is interpreted by master musicians themselves. During each performance the musicians will interact and share their passion for music, give informal insights, and significantly deepen the listening experience. These intimate and non-traditional performances will illuminate many outstanding works of classical music, the artistic process and the musician’s journey of exploring and inhabiting the vessels provided by the composer. 

The Mesa Arts Center is honored to have in guidance for this series, special guest Artistic Director Zuill Bailey. Bailey is a master at getting audiences inside the music, providing insight into its technical challenges, historical context, and emotional colors. These are just a few of the reasons we asked him to not only curate the series, but to facilitate in pre-show conversations with our Classical Series artists.


The introduction to our series begins in October with the superb Bach Goldberg Variations:The Art of Transcription. Goldberg Variations have become an iconic monument to Western Music. This performance will feature the marvelous Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Scott Rawls, and Zuill Bailey.

In February, we will explore the music of Astor Piazzolla and Nuevo Tango with Quint Quintet. Featuring the energetic Argentine musicians JP Jofre, Pedro Giraudo, Claudio Ragazzi and Octavio Brunetti, who are led by the four-time GRAMMY® nominee Philippe Quint. 

Founded in 1946 at The Julliard School in New York, the incomparable Julliard String Quartet is the first ensemble in the United States to play all six Bartok quartets, and they have honorably carried the United States and The Julliard School banners worldwide.   Devoted master teachers, the members of the Juilliard Quartet offer classes and open rehearsals when on tour.

The finale of our fabulous series is the hilarious performance of Igudesman and Joo: And Now Mozart. This duo has received over 40 million hits on YouTube for their unique blending of comedy with classical music and pop culture. Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-Ki Joo are taking the world by storm. 

Don’t miss out on any of these brilliant performances and the unique experience, be sure to show your love for classical music with season tickets to Classical Music Inside Out! Season ticket holders receive a 15% discount to each of the four performances and a Classical Music Inside Out wine glass at a pre-show wine and cheese reception.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jazz from A to Z: Be a part of our ensemble with Jazz Season Tickets!

Savings are not just for extreme couponers. Season ticket holders at Mesa Arts Center get generous discounts, insider experiences and special gifts, all while enjoying the highest quality entertainment. 

In this year’s Jazz from A to Z season you can hit the world’s best jazz spots without leaving the Phoenix-metro area! Start with the Arizona premiere of Wynton Marsalis’ “Swing Symphony” performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and The Phoenix Symphony in the stunning Ikeda Theater.

Then, soak up some Cuban sound and culture when Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club brings their Adios Tour to Mesa Arts Center. You will undoubtedly be singing and dancing in your seat as if you are in the streets of Havana when these internationally renowned musicians close out their storied journey as ambassadors for the music of Cuba.

Making his Valley debut in February, 2014 Grammy winner for Best Vocal Jazz Album Gregory Porter will perform his jazz and genre-crossing vocals as he has with jazz and music royalty like Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock and Van Morrison.

Closing out the season will be the unique cinematic and musical experience ofThe Triplets of Belleville, featuring Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville with composer Benoit Charest. With an eight-piece orchestra playing, singing, dancing and performing live sound effects in sync to the Oscar-nominated animation feature The Triplets of Belleville, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a cafĂ© in Paris.

All this plus a Jazz from A to Z tote bag and the opportunity to enjoy a special themed cocktail prior to each show. We saved a seat just for you. Visit the website to learn more and get your season tickets!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

“Today, We Celebrate Our Independence Day!”

Mesa Arts Center is closed 4th of July. The hardworking MAC staff will be spending time with family and friends poolside sipping ice cold lemonade and watching fireworks. To help everyone get in the spirit of the holiday we’ve complied a playlist featuring classic oldies and newer song favorites that is sure to leave you feeling patriotic.

Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner
Don Mclean - American Pie
Lenny Kravitz - American Woman

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - This Land Is Your Land
James Brown - Living in America
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
The Beach Boys - Surfin’ USA

Carrie Underwood - All-American Girl
Creedence Clear Water - Fortunate Son
Miley Cyrus - Party in the U.S.A.

Lee Greenwood - God Bless the USA
Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag
Musical Little Johnny Jones - The Yankee Doodle Boy

Kanye West & Jay Z - Made in America
Neil Diamond - America

Katy Perry - Firework

So whether you are checking out Arizona Celebration of Freedom at the Mesa Convention Center or have the most patriotic television theme song stuck in your head on repeat (Thanks for that America’s Funniest Home Videos), We hope you have a Happy Fourth!

Friday, June 26, 2015

It might be hot outside but don’t sweat it!

As temperatures rise remember to stay hydrated, wear light breathable clothing, apply sunscreen often and refresh in the artic blast of relief that is sweet-sweet air conditioning.
Here are 5 places you can visit to keep cool around Mesa this summer:

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Part of the Mesa Arts Center, the MCAM features contemporary art from emerging artist. Chill out while viewing aquatic images from artist William Barnhart’s Seattle Series or spend an afternoon pondering over other current exhibits that include: Patched by artist Kaori Takamura, and Vantage Point, an embroidery installation, by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. Hurry! The museum will be closed starting August 17th but will reopen during the new season kickoff on September 11th.

Cost: Free
Location: 1 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201
Hours: Tu, W, F, Sat: 10AM - 5PM, Th: 10AM - 8PM, Sun: Noon - 5PM


I.D.E.A Museum
It might be too hot to build a snowman, but Anna and Elsa would definitely approve of the Once Upon a Time exhibit at the I.D.E.A. Museum. Going on now until September 13th, you can become part of the story as you explore folktales and folklore through activities such as testing your knowledge of fairytale origins, exploring the Greek mythological “family tree”, and creating your very own castle.  
Cost: Free for members and those under 1. $8.00 for everyone else.
Location: 150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa, AZ 85201
Hours: Tu - Sat: 9AM - 4PM, Sunday: Noon - 4PM
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange

You might already be there trading in your unwanted old and used goodies but did you know that Bookmans also holds a variety of events for all ages throughout the summer? From Sing, Sign, Play, Saturday Morning Storytime, crafting, book signings and musical guest, you are sure to find a way to beat the heat wave in style.

Bonus: You can help your furry four-legged friends out too! Bookmans is dog friendly as long as your pooch is on a leash.

Cost: Free
Location: 1056 S. Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 85210
Hours: Daily: 9AM - 10PM

Cinemark Mesa 16
Relish an ice-cold beverage as you kick your feet up in one of Cinemark’s luxury loungers. You’ll feel like you are right at home while soaking up the celluloid rays watching the newest blockbuster or a restored classic. Be sure to check out Discount Tuesdays where movies are only $5.50 all day long and their summer movie club for the kiddos and young at heart.
Cost: Under $10
Location: 1051 N. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85201
Hours: Varies
Website: www.cinemark.com


Snickerdoodle, funfetti, and double chocolate cookies, Oh my! With 8 different kinds of cookies and 10+ ice cream flavors to choose from, your ice cream sandwich dreams are just one sweet trip to Slickables away. Best known for their customizable $2 ice cream sandwiches, Slickables offers green juices, smoothies and sundae options to enjoy as well.

Cost: Under $5.00
Location: 142 W Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Hours: Sun - Thur: 11AM - 9PM, Fri & Sat: 11AM - 10PM
Website: www.slickables.com

By Christina Haase

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Five Stars For Sesame Street Live!

Because it was my family’s first time seeing the performance of Sesame Street Live we were not sure what to expect at the Sunday afternoon matinee. While we definitely thought we would see some singing and dancing, we were very surprised by how interactive this show was! It was really awesome to see the cast leaving the stage to dance down the aisles and get up close and personal. The songs and dances were very much geared towards the age group in the audience. Songs like “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “The Wheels on the Bus” and the alphabet song sent my 3 year old over the moon with joy!

On top of that, the Mesa Arts Center was a very comfortable setting. Parking was very easy, crowds were not shoulder to shoulder, vendors were not on the over-load, and the Will Call line was very quick-moving. The staff was all very friendly and knowledgeable and there was not one bad seat in the theater! Having never been to Mesa Arts Center this one time experience will have me looking into more shows to come enjoy!

By Christa Devault of Macaroni Kid, West Mesa