Political Bites: Southeast Valley Arts

What can be done to strengthen the Southeast Valley’s performing arts scene?

First, start booking quality, relevant shows in the performing arts centers.  It’s okay to step outside the family friendly box on occasion.   Second,  there is still a need for smaller venues to allow local artists to take root.  Third, get out and support the arts, you might be surprised what you find.

Background, if needed: http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2010/07/02/20100702mesa-theaters-arts.html

Best Orchestra Deal in Town?

Recently I had gone looking to step out of my norm.  I had seen a commercial while watching TV with my wife announcing that the Trans Siberian Orchestra was on tour.  We both lit up and were interested in going.  They will be at Jobing.com Arena on December 6th, but a nose bleed is $50 and a quality ticket is $70.  While we still might end up going, we wondered what other options were closer to home.

I found the Chandler Symphony Orchestra and it just so happens that they have a performance coming up Sunday November 15th at 3:00pm located at Desert Vista High School (16440 S 32nd St – Phoenix, Arizona).   The Chandler Center for the Arts is undergoing a $6.7 million dollar renovation and that is their normal home.  The thing that floors me.  The price of admission is FREE.  That’s right, FREE.  Of course, it’s only polite to give them a donation, but it’s not mandatory.  I’m considering taking the entire family down at that price and checking it out.  Would love to have some others join.  Interested in music and looking for a way to spend your Sunday afternoon?

It is great to see a community committed to investing in the future of the arts even in an economically challenging time.  In fact, the Chandler Chamber even is supporting the effort.

Chamber Music Concert Series

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra begins an annual series of Chamber Music Concerts at the Chandler Center for the Arts this season. This series is built around themes and is designed to reach out to new audiences and to share types of music that do not ordinarily get experienced in a full symphony orchestra concert. Chamber music has a smaller, more intimate and, frequently, more “personal” sound. The first season’s “theme” recognizes the diversity we value in Chandler, in all of Arizona and in the world of classical music. We are hoping that this series will attract new listeners who will come back for more and who take an active interest in the work of the Chandler Symphony and in the work of classical artists everywhere. The music will feature winds, strings, percussion, voice and piano; all the sound sources that make up the beauty -and the diversity that classical music and its creators rely upon.

• October 2,2009 – 7:30PM “Hebrew Themes and Variations”
• January 8, 2010 – 7:30PM “Black Voices -African American Classical Connections”
• February 5,2010 – 7:30PM “Eastern Perspectives -The Music of Chinese and Asian Composers”
• April 9, 2010 – 7:30PM “Her Story -The Emergence of Women Composers”
• May 7, 2010 – 7:30PM “Sounds from the Southwest-Mexican and latin American Composers”

Like all of our full symphonic concerts, the Chamber Music Concert Series is offered free of admission.