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What is your definition of Jazz?

So what is Jazz? I can ask 100 different people that same question and get 100 different answers. Since everyone has their own definition of what Jazz is (and since I am not a Jazz guru), I wanted to discover what kind of Jazz fan I would be. After a little research, it turns out that I listen to Jazz or Jazz influenced music a lot more than I thought I did.

Being a 80s/90s kid, I was heavily into Pop, House, R&B and Hip-Hop. So I was surprised to see that some of the artists I listened to were Jazz artists or had some Jazz influence in their music. From Jamiroquai to A Tribe Called Quest, I listened to some kind of Jazz on a daily basis, Jamiroquai being “Acid Jazz” and A Tribe Called Quest known for their unique approach to rap music using “Jazz infused sound scapes”. Let’s not forget Kenny G! He was heavily on rotation in the 80s. As I got older and started art school, I started listening to other kinds of music to help with my creative process and it so happened to be Jazz! You can find Coltrane, Stan Getz and Ella Fitzgerald on my playlist.
Working at the Chandler Center for the Arts has given me the opportunity to see many different artists that I would not normally have been exposed to including the Pat Metheny Unity Group who will be here this Sunday, February 23 at 7pm. Pat Metheny is a 20 time Grammy Award winner and has performedMethenyUnityGroup with many diverse artists such as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock and David Bowie. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.
In 2013, for the first time in 30 years, Metheny recorded with a band that highlighted tenor saxophone for the album “Unity Band,” which won him his most recent Grammy. In the album, Chris Potter is on the sax and bass clarinet with longtime collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums and Ben Williams on bass. Antonio Sanchez is a powerhouse to watch; he is a three time Grammy Award winner and is one of the most in-demand drummers on the international jazz scene and Ben Williams crosses easily between straight-ahead funk and gospel influenced jazz. Metheny also added a fifth musician to the group, Giulio Carmassi. He is a Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, Arranger and Film Composer with more than 1,000,000 views on YouTube. Together they are a Jazz force known as the Pat Metheny Unity Group.
So whether you’re a Jazz Guru or a Jazz Newbie like me, you definitely won’t want to miss this super talented group. I can’t wait to see them!

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2013-2014 Season On Sale!

      The time has finally come.  Chandler Center of the Arts 2013-2014 season is here! There are a variety of spectacular acts from The Moscow Festival Ballet, the classic bands like The Bee Gees and Queen, comedians like Yakov Smirnoff, fabulous singers like Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix and Debbie Reynolds, to the Zoppe Italian Family Circus. Come enjoy these shows and be apart of the fun and excitement of the Chandler community.

     Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see wonderful performances from all different genres, cultures, and backgrounds.

Jive Talkin’ Recreate & Present The Bee Gees
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 7:30pm
Accompanied by a live String Section, the Bee Gees Greatest Hits are brought incredibly back to life!

Michael A. Pollack presents Blood, Sweat & Tears
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
Major hit singles “You Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”.

PRESENTED BY STEENA MURRAY
ZOPPE, An Italian Family Circus
December 26-Janaury 5, 2014
A one-ring circus featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers and equestrian showmanship.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:30pm
Dick Van Dyke will walk (and sing) us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business!

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp “The Sunset Years”
Starring Wyatt Earp and Terry Earp
Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 3pm
The play follows the sometimes turbulent times of the couple’s 47-year life together.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30pm
Odette yearns for freedom as she awaits Prince Siegfried’s declaration of love and her release from a swan’s body.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
Jeanne is a master story teller! In her down-home Southern drawl, she turns her personal experiences into funny stories that leave her audiences in stitches!

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 7:30pm
A blend of Country, Classical, Gospel and Broadway filled with humor and cowboy charm!

River City Brass, “American Heroes”
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 3pm
RCB has a powerful repertoire of music from classical, pops, jazz and marches.   

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 7pm
2013 Grammy Award Winners for Best Instrumental Jazz Album!

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
An evening of nostalgic music and memories.

One Night Of Queen
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Gary Mullen brings Freddie Mercury back to life with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions”.

Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Yakov Smirnoff
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 7:30pm

The funny Russian-American philosopher brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States.  “What A Country!”

SIRO-A
Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30pm
Often described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, Siro-A perfectly fuse modern technology with mime, breath-taking optical illusions, movement and comedy all set to a pulsating electro beat.

Bella Gaia
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:30pm
Combines high fidelity imagery of the Earth from space, data, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!


2014 Classic Series Announcement

We are pleased to announce the 2014 Classic Series line up.  The Series includes all five shows and the same seats for each show (ticket details here).

Series ON SALE Schedule:

  • Renewals: Now Thru April 8, 2013
  • Member Pre-Sales: Now Thru May 4, 2013
  • ON SALE Without Membership: Monday, May 6, 2013

Single Tickets ON SALE:

  • Members: Monday, May 13, 2013
  • General Public: Tuesday, June 4, 2013

2014 Classic Series

AVAILABLE AT THE BOX OFFICE ONLY

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014  at 7:30pm

The Vantastix is the result of a chance meeting at a Malibu coffee shop. The group that started “just for fun” has built up an impressive and enjoyable repertoire. Of course, once word got out that Dick was singing with a vocal group, the offers began pouring in.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Back by Popular Demand!
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:30pm
You may have seen this Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker being interviewed by CBS correspondent Morley Safer on “60 Minutes”… or watched one of the six humor DVDs she has produced in the last twelve years…or heard her daily on Sirius/XM Radio’s Family Comedy Channels…or seen her YouTube clips that have had more than 13.5 million hits. But only if you’ve seen Jeanne in person at one of the thousands of speeches she has given over the past 48 years can you really appreciate why she stands at the top of her profession.

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 7:30pm

Over 100 Million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Gospel, Classical and Broadway to the stage. With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm, The Texas Tenors have traveled the globe performing more than 450 concerts in the last three years.

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 • 7:30pm

The legendary star of more than thirty motion pictures including “Singin’ in the Rain” and most recently, “One For The Money”, two Broadway shows, two series, as well as dozens of television appearances will take center stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts for an evening of nostalgic music and memories.

Yakov Smirnoff
Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Saturday, March 15, 2014 • 7:30pm

Yakov Smirnoff is on the road, taking a break from his very own theatre in Branson, Missouri. The funny philosopher takes us on a comedic journey and brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States. As Yakov says, “Only In America can a Russian and a Japanese own a theater in the middle of the Ozarks!.” His comedy focuses on the dynamics between men and women, the happiness that can be found inside oneself, and a celebration of the spirit of life. He shares a vision of the world where laughter truly is the best medicine. Yakov’s prescription for healthy living includes explosive laughter backed up with the best of human compassion. During this inspiring show filled with patriotism and love of family, Yakov delivers humor for the heart over and over again! As Yakov says, “What A Country”, you’ll be cheering for the red, white & blue and saying, “What A Show!”


Weekend Sampler

What’s in store this weekend at the Arts Center? Here’s a quick sample of the great events and shows you can expect to enjoy if you come out:

The fun beings Saturday morning at 10am.  Warm up those vocal cords for the final audition for Great American Talent Search Chandler Idol. This is your chance to expose your hidden vocal talent and perhaps win cash and prizes totally over $25,000. Don’t forget to register here!

Later in the evening, come together for a night devoted to the Beatles’ album Abbey Road. Classic Albums Live will perform hits such as, “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. Sample the concert now:

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Sunday’s show will drive you to your feet with Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular! The music, beats, dancing and atmosphere will transport you to the world of Irish dancing. Taste the excitement now:

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If any (or all) of these events are calling your name, get your tickets here. We’d love to have you join in on the fun!


Viva Mr. Las Vegas

Mr. Las Vegas will be here this Saturday, February 9 (snag your tickets here). Before we roll out the red carpet for this incredibly talented man,  let’s learn more about who he is.

A quick google search will lend us a few facts about Wayne Newton. For starters, did you know Mr. Newton’s birth name was Carson Wayne Newton? His grassroots take us back to Virginia where his musical journey began. By the age of six Newton was learning the piano, guitar, and steel guitar. When the family moved to Ohio, Newton began singing in local clubs, theaters, and fairs with his older brother.  In 1952, Wayne’s severe asthma forced the family to move to Phoenix, AZ (hooray Arizona – local plug).

In the spring of 1958, toward the end of Wayne’s junior year in high school, a Las Vegas booking agent saw a local TV show, Lew King Rangers Show, on which the two Newton brothers were performing. The agent took them back to Las Vegas for an audition. The brothers were originally signed for a two week gig, however they performed for five years, doing six shows a day. By 1963, Wayne Newton was a solo act. Wayne’s break into the glamorous world of Las Vegas lead to wild success in the music industry and turned him into an icon of Las Vegas

Fun fact time:
– His signature song is “Danke Schoen”, which he nearly missed out on recording
– He’s an inductee to the Gaming Hall of Fame
– Wayne Newton has acted in 35 different movies and tv series
– Wayne has appeared in over 90 movies and tv shows as himself
– He was a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”

Come out and see Mr. Las Vegas as he graces our stage with years of talent!

Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Newton, http://mentalfloss.com/article/23668/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-wayne-newton, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0628611/


Quick Sneak Peek

The weekend is almost upon us. What are your weekend plans? We hope you will join us here at the Arts Center.

Here is a quick glimpse at what to expect if you come to the CCA. Tonight at 7:30pm there is a Chandler Symphony Orchestra concert. The greatest news…the concert is free.  We think it is a wonderful way to spend your Friday evening. Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat at one of our Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurants.

Then on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7pm the Golden Dragons will take the stage. With breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty the acrobats will leave you speechless. Sample a taste of the show here:

 

Whatever your weekend might hold, we hope it is amazing. See you soon!


February is Fantastic

February is just around the corner. The month is full of celebration, love and of course great shows. Before we know it, Valentine’s day will be here. So now is the time to pre-plan how you will celebrate this month. How about a fantastic show at the Arts Center? Yes, we think it is a brilliant idea as well.

The first weekend in February kicks off with death defying stunts, twisting contortionists. precision stunts and jaw dropping acts. The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. This show is sure to be filled with traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Purchase tickets here.

The following weekend, on February 9, Mr. Las Vegas (Wayne Newton) will entertain our audience. Wayne has performed live, at last count, to more than 30 million people. He has epitomized the talent, glamor and energy that are Las Vegas. He is a master at showmanship. He sizes up audiences as he goes, tailoring shows to fit their moods, until he’s given them their money’s worth. The songs change and the show gets re-worked, but Wayne’s basic approach is the same. Wayne says, “I know what it means to save your money to go see someone perform, and I’ll work as hard as I have to, to try and make sure they enjoy it.” Purchase tickets here.

Prepare your abs for some laughing as we approach the 15th of February. The Southern 6’2” Hall of Fame speaker, Jeanne Robertson, will tickle your funny bone.  Jeanne is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking  to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. She believes that this humor attitude can be developed and improved, and she outlines how to do so while captivating audiences with funny, original stories. Purchase tickets here.

The following day, February 16, the Pushcart Players take the stage an all-new production of “Happily Ever After… A Cinderella Tale.” It is known to most of us as “Cinderella,” but they’ve named it “Happily Ever After…A Cinderella Tale.” It seems that we are never too old, nor do we ever grow tired of hearing this beloved story. Perhaps it is because it’s about overcoming adversity…about dreaming dreams and about goodness, generosity and compassion. And, perhaps because it’s also about things that can help us learn and grow, such as the unbecoming nature of bully behavior; the importance of making good choices and being responsible for the choices we make. Whatever the reasons, audiences love the music, the magic and the funny, beautiful and zany characters in our story. It’s a wondrous journey from long, long ago – to happily ever after.  Purchase tickets here.

As we jump into the next weekend, don’t let those abs go soft.  Emmy Award winning comedienne, Vicki Lawrence, and Mama will be here. Vicki is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation as a part of the now-legendary cast of the Carol Burnett Show. Ms. Lawrence will take the stage first. “We have designed a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life.” When “Mama” takes the stage next, Ms. Lawrence says, “I think people will get a kick out of the things “Mama” has an opinion about. Where “Mama” is concerned, expect the unexpected. There’s really nothing she can’t do,” she says. Purchase tickets here.

And to finish off the month we will celebrate with a day full of food. February 26 is Eat Your Art Out Chandler.  This is a community event that brings together Chandler restaurants, arts patrons and corporate sponsors for one day to show their support for the arts in Chandler. Funds from Eat Your Art Out Chandler support various programs at the Center including headline entertainment, the Free Summer Concert Series and the Connecting Kidz programs. Restaurants help by donating a percentage of their proceeds to the Chandler Center for the Arts on that day. You help by eating at one or more of the participating restaurants.

So pull out your calendar and “pencil” us in. February is bound to be a great month.


Spend Your Weekend With Us!

This week has been in the fast lane. Can you believe it’s almost the weekend? Neither can we, but boy are we excited. This weekend we have some great events in store for you.

First, on Saturday we will welcome Cesar Millan to our stage. Cesar will share his secrets on how to transform dogs and their owners for the better. Fans and dog lovers alike will be inspired by the simplicity of “Cesar’s Way” as he reveals that the secret to happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions starts with transforming ourselves.

The following day, Sunday, prepare to be swept back in time to the Wild West. The great Wyatt Earp will share the story of  “The Doc Holliday.”  This is the story of the West’s most famous dentist. The setting is in a Denver Colorado jail cell, where Bat Masterson and Governor Frederick W. Pitkin have put Doc in protective custody for a few hours. This is after Doc and the Earps have left Arizona for Colorado. Unfortunately, for Doc, a few hours have turned into a few days. To say the least, Doc is not very happy about this. Out of boredom and frustration, Doc begins bantering with the other prisoners. You, the audience, are the other prisoners. Throughout the play you will hear the story of the man who went from, as Doc likes to put it, ‘from one who heals to one who keals’ (kills). Purchase your tickets here.

And since we are beyond excited for the following weekend, below is a quick peek at the Golden Dragon Acrobats coming to the Arts Center on February 2. The Golden Dragon Acrobats bring the best of a 2,500 year old tradition into the 21st century with stunning feats of acrobatic ability. Your jaw will drop. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.


There is Hope

“I believe the most beautiful child of struggle is art.”
– Paul Williams, Composer, Lyricist, Producer

The long, hard road of struggle and trial briefly touches on the roots of our weekend performers, New Directions Veterans Choir. The choir is compromised of inspiring stories of hope and determination.  Each choir member carries his and her own personal saga of triumph. But as a whole, the group shares the common foundation of music and hope.

George Hill, choir founder and director, was homeless for 12 years, living in and around MacArthur Park. The power of music and the New Directions program united Hill with similar struggling veterans. This group eventually grew into a soulful cappella choir, New Directions Veterans Choir. The Choir is comprised primarily of men and women who have served proudly in the United States Military. Following their service to our country, they became homeless. New Directions gave them hope and direction.

The choir got their “big break” on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and since then has been featured on the NBC Nightly News and E! Entertainment Television. They have performed at over 100 venues and events. In doing so, they continue to spread their message of hope and redemption to other vets who struggle today.

Join us on Friday, January 18 at 8 pm as we witness the power of music, hope and inspiration at the New Directions Veterans Choir performance. Purchase tickets here.


Calling All Dog Lovers

Cesar Millan is coming in 13 days! Over here at the Arts Center we can barely contain our excitement to welcome Cesar to our stage. Any dog lover that might be out there can completely understand our excitement. If you aren’t familiar with the hit series “Dog Whisperer” or his new show “Leader of the Pack”, here is a little bit about Cesar.*

Cesar Millan came to the US when he was 21. Millan spoke no English and lived on the streets for two months. He soon became a dog groomer and walker. This lead to his reputation for the ability to work with aggressive dogs.

In 1994, Cesar met Jada Pinkett, then a sitcom actress. She became one of his clients and biggest supporters. When Millan told her of his ambitions to be on television she told him he needed to learn English first. Pinkett was kind enough to pay for his English tutor for the year.

After a profile of Millan ran in the Los Angeles Times, he was approached by several production companies to develop a TV show. This lead to the launch of the well known TV series, “Dog Whisper.”  The show was just the beginning of his incredible journey opening up doors to books, the Dog Psychology Center (DPC), The Millan Foundation, etc.

With this short glimpse into the life of Cesar hopefully you can see why we are excited to learn more about him and obtain some tips and tricks for our own dogs. Although this show is sold out we have a few $500 sponsorship spaces left. This sponsorship includes:

  • Two VIP tickets and Meet-N-Greet with Cesar Millan
  • Name Listed In All CCA 2012-2013 Playbills
  • Name Listed on CCA Website
  • Quarter-Page Ad In (1) Playbill*

Call our box office today to reserve your space (480) 782-2680!

*All background information was pulled from http://www.cesarsway.com/askcesar/aboutcesar