With so many events in Phoenix this month, we’ve put together a selection of our favorite picks! We hope you enjoy the great things to hear in Phoenix this February.
What would classical music look like if it were performed by acrobats? This February 19 to 21, you can find out at Cirque de la Symphonie, a new production formed to bring the magic of cirque to the music hall. With aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen performing 40 feet above the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, this show has been described as “nothing short of breathtaking” and “a treat for eyes and ears.”
In the Phoenix Symphony’s Parties of Note series, Sunday February 21 brings Contemporary Colonial at Paradise Valley. Set in a colonial home facing the Camelback Mountain and Piestawa Peak, this recital features the Brahms Horn Trio with Adrienne Finet (second violin) and Cassie Walck (associate principal horn and piano) on the homeowners’ Steinway piano, followed by a dinner.
On February 26, at 6, 7, and 8pm, the Phoenix Symphony performs a 30-minute sampler of the upcoming 2016-17 season. This multimedia event includes videos projected over music by Beethoven, Cerrone, Barber, and Bernstein, as well as a meet-and-greet with Symphony musicians and food and drink from local food trucks.
We’ll think of you every step of the way, Whitney! On February 27, Broadway sensation Rashidra Scott performs selections from the Whitney Houston songbook, with the Phoenix Symphony.
For more information on show times and tickets, visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble is an award-winning not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate the art of storytelling and inspire the love of language through groundbreaking presentations of new and classic works performed by a repertory company of artists, and through theatre arts-in-education programs for youth.
In the month of February, the PTE presents three shows in rotation: The Gambler, based on a story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and directed by Karen Lordi Kirkham; Creditors, by August Strindberg and directed by Kevin Confoy; and Filibusted by Al Pagano.
The Gambler explores a gambler’s addiction, class struggles in the 19th century, and a simple twist of fate. On the other side is Creditors, a story of suspicion, revenge, and former debts paid. Meanwhile, Filibusted makes its world premiere this season with the PTE, and right in time for election season. Pagano has curated a selection of the verbatim recorded writings, musings, and comments of US Presidential candidates, which he will perform alongside actress Amy Loughead.
For more information on tickets and show times, visit www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org.
This Valentine’s Weekend, catch the UrbanAZ R&B Music Fest, a two-day event at the Celebrity Theatre. Performers include Keith Sweat, Pleasure P, J Holiday, Bobby V, and Silk. Tickets are available for February 13 and 14.
The following weekend, catch the 2016 Next Women of Country Tour, with Brandy Clark and special guests Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson.
For tickets and other events at the Celebrity Theatre, visit www.celebritytheatre.com.