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Channeling John Travolta

The Australian Bee Gees will be in Chandler on November 9, 2013. We are beyond excited. If you haven’t heard yet, prior to the show we are opening our doors early for a pre-show party. The pre-show will include delicious 70’s inspired drinks, a 70’s costume contest, and disco dancing with demonstrations by local dance studios. So gather your friends, dust off the go-go boots and get ready to boogie! It will be a night to remember.

In preparation for The Australian Bee Gees show we also decided we needed to channel our inner John Travolta. Naturally we have all been tapping our toes to Stayin’ Alive and trying to find out leisure suits. So we came up with our first episode of “channeling” John Travolta – check it out below!


6 Unlucky Theatre Superstitions

It’s Friday the 13th! In keeping with the superstitious day we have a special blog post devoted to some of the common theatre superstitions. Please feel free to comment with any others.

1. Ghostly Light – There should always be a light burning in an empty theater to ward off ghosts.
Ghost lightYou might find this odd, but we actually have a ghostly light on at all times at Chandler Center for the Arts. Although we might not be warding off any spirits per say, the light lends itself as a safety precaution. The theatre is extremely dark when all the lights go out and you never know what or who you might bump into. Spooky!

2. Wishing someone “Good Luck” – To wish someone ‘Good luck’ before a show is bad luck.
This common known superstition has been around for numerous years. Before any show starts, you will never hear the words “Good Luck.” Instead we always say “break a leg.”

3. Hauntings – Ghosts haunt theaters and should be given one night a week alone on the stage.
According to Listverse “To keep the ghosts of the theater subdued, there should be at least one night a week where the theater is empty, this night is traditionally a Monday night, conveniently giving actors a day off after weekend performances.” Our ghost, Dungee, (conveniently named by our Youth Advisory Council) may not necessarily need a night to himself on stage since he causes most of the mischief in the basement of the theatre, but we aren’t taking any chances.

4. Whistling – It is considered bad luck for an actor to whistle on or off stage.
Back in the day, original stage crews were hired from ships in port. Like on the ship, the crew used coded whistles to communicate scene changes. Actors who whistled would confuse them into changing the set or scenery.

5. The Last Line – Saying the last line of a play without an audience is considered bad luck.
Since the show is not really complete until performed for the first time, one should never say the last line of a play during dress rehearsal.To get around this, some production companies allow a limited number of people to attend the dress rehearsals.

6. The Scottish play (Macbeth) – Saying the word ‘Macbeth’ in a theater will result in extreme bad luck.
If you have ever performed a play on stage chances are you have heard this superstition. Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, is said to be cursed, so actors avoid saying its name. Outside a theatre and after a performance the play can be spoken of openly. However, if an actor speaks the name “Macbeth” in the theatre prior to a performance, he or she is required to leave the theatre building, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock to be allowed back in. Don’t mess around with this one…

Now whether you are a superstitious person or not, us theatre folk are not taking any chances. Happy Friday the 13th!


Weekend In Review: Last Free Concerts of Season

This weekend was filled with fun and excitement. We could not have asked for a better way to finish up our On The House free summer concerts.

In case you missed it, here is a quick review of the weekend:

On Friday, we welcomed ¡FlaMÉXico! to our stage.  Before the doors opened to the stage, Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, one of the featured 14th Annual Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival performers, filled the lobby with incredible dances.

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¡FlaMÉXico! then took the audience by surprise with their foot-tapping music and fantastic footwork. To say the least the evening was impresionante!

Saturday evening was yet another free summer concert. We had the wonderful opportunity to hear the musical beats of six up and coming bands/vocalists. It was a great youth showcase!

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No Longer Together

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Carly Paige

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Eclipses for Eyes

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Run 2 Cover

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West Hills Brothers

[Not pictured: Molly Kigin]

A big thank you to all those who came out this season for our On The House free summer concert series. We hope you will join us for another concert or event this upcoming season! Chandler Center for the Arts upcoming 2013-2014 shows found here.


Put The FlaMEXico Band Back Together

Our On The House concert series takes a Mexican/Spanish turn this Friday, August 23, with a  foot tapping performance by ¡FlaMÉXico! at 7:30pm.

Before the show begins, don’t miss your chance to win 2 FREE tickets to one of our upcoming 2013-2014 season shows. Yes, we’ve done it again…all you have to do is Put The ¡FlaMÉXico! Band “back together” before 7:30pm.  Here’s how it’s done:

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Step 1: On Friday, August 23, 2013, collect all 5 band member cards from the following Downtown Chandler locations (one block south of the Center on Boston Street):
– Di Sciacca Glassware
– Sibley’s West
– Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
– Paletas Betty
– Shoe Thrill

Liza, Patron of the Arts

Step 2: Find Liza, our Patron of the Arts mascot, somewhere at Chandler Center for the Arts and take a picture with her. Post to Instagram (if you have an acct).
*Hint: She will be “adopting” a seat.*

Step 3: Show all 5 band member cards and your picture with Liza to the person at the promo table to be entered into our drawing*

Participants will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to one of the following shows:
– The Australian Bee Gees Show
– Michael A. Pollack presents Blood Sweat & Tears
– Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus
– Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
– One Night of Queen
– SIRO-A

We’ll see you tomorrow!

*All steps must be completed to be entered into the drawing.

Plugged In: Run 2 Cover

What do you get when you blend together Rock, Metal, Punk & Pop? A group called Run 2 Cover. Run 2 Cover is one of our six acts being featured during Saturday’s Plugged-In performance. The band members of Run 2 Cover sat down with us for an interview and here’s what we discovered.

In late 2010, Christian and Brandon Iverson (brothers) and their neighborhood friend, Colin Shaw, formed Run 2 Cover. Christian is lead vocalist and bassist (and older brother). Brandon, the younger brother, can be found on the drums. And Colin is the sole guitarist for the band. The three band members may look “punk”, but don’t let that fool you. Each band members is kind, genuine, and excited to be on this musical journey.

All three of the boys have grown up with music as their main focus. Starting at the age of 12, Colin began playing the electric guitar and Christian started playing the bass guitar. Brandon began piano lessons when he was 5 years old and later took an interest in drums at age 11. The boys have worked hard creating their sound, songs, and vibe. None of the boys attend public school so they have more time to devote to the band and music.

When we asked them where they practiced we were not surprised when they told us they practice at home. Although, not the garage, the band fills the Iverson’s home with their loud Rock music. We naturally had to ask if the neighbor’s ever complained of noise. The three chuckled and responded with a resounding “Yes!”

The band has encountered minor challenges along the way. There are times when the band will bump heads, but the next day they have moved on and are ready to get back to work. When asked if they have had their “big break” yet, all three said no. They continue to work hard to gain more exposure for the band and have even toyed with the idea of changing the band name. Although they haven’t had their “big break,” the quality of the band is well on its’ way to making it big.

Run 2 Cover recently launched their  EP (Extened Play) “Turn the Page” on iTunes this month. Preview the songs here. The band is definitely one to watch live in concert and one to watch as they journey to making it “big.”

We are looking forward to welcoming Run 2 Cover to our stage this Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm for our On The House free summer concert “Plugged In.” No tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


“Plugged In” And Ready To Rock

We hope by now you have heard the buzz about our On The House free summer concert, Plugged In. The concert hits the stage this Saturday, August 24, at 7:30pm. The evening is going to be filled with young talent from the Phoenix Valley. All of the artists have been prepping for this evening and we know it is an event you won’t want to miss.

Who is performing, you might ask? We have a break down just for you:

West Hills Brothers
Mix of Classic Rock, Pop & Alternative Rock
The West Hills Brothers are a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique style.

Carly Paige
Pop solo-vocalist
Carly is a 15-year-old singer songwriter singer/songwriter/guitar player. She LOVES and is INSPIRED by The Beatles, ELO, LEO, & The Jellyfish!

Run 2 Cover
Blending Rock, Metal, Punk & Pop
Run 2 Cover is comprised of three young, gifted, and relevant musicians. Run 2 Cover performs their original music as well as a wide spectrum of cover songs ranging from Bob Marley, Prince, Alice Cooper, Black Eyed Peas, Guns and Roses, Bruno Mars, Cee-Lo Green, Jimmy Eat World, Ozzy Osbourne, etc.


No Longer Together

Alternative Rock
No Longer Together is an Alternative Rock/Pop band from Scottsdale, Arizona. The group plays modern music – electric and acoustic, originals and covers.

Molly Kigin
Pop/Rock solo-vocalist
Molly is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter/ guitarist from Chandler, Arizona working on her first album.She has independently produced four singles in digital distribution: “Box,” “When Rain Falls,” “American Nightmare,” and “Breathing.”

Eclipses for Eyes
Alternative Rock
Alternative rock band based out of Tempe, Arizona! Here to create music with heart and passion.

This incredible event was inspired by our Youth Advisory Council. Council members engage in experiential 3-hour sessions from September – March that provide hands-on, real world leadership situations of a Performing Arts Center. We are currently accepting applications for our 2013-2014 council (candidates are 13-18 years of age). Application deadline is September 4, 2013 at 5pm. If you or someone you know would be a great fit please have them apply today!


Plugged In: Dynamic Duo

Inspired by the Center’s Youth Advisory Council“Plugged In” will feature six up and coming young musical acts in the Phoenix Metro area who will showcase their talent in Chandler on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm.

The West Hills Brothers are a unique duo of acoustic/electric guitars, vocals and percussion. Carson Smith is the lead vocals, guitar, and percussion. His twin brother Cole, plays acoustic and electric guitar and mandolin. The brothers are originally from West Hills, California but now live in Arizona and perform on a regular basis. Their music is a great mix of classic rock, pop, alternative and original tunes with their own unique style. We had to get the inside scoop on who these brothers are, check it out!

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: We have to ask, who is the oldest?

West Hill Brothers: We are actually twin brothers. Carson (the drummer) is 2 minutes older.

CCA: Does it make it easier or harder to work together since you are brothers?

West Hill Brothers: It makes it easier for us to work together because we know each other so well and we don’t have to go through the hassle of calling each other up to meet and rehearse and clear dates for shows etc.

CCA: How old were you when you discovered your musical talent?

West Hill Brothers:  We were about 6 years old when we first started to learn how to play and we formed our band about 3 years ago. We have grown up with music all of our lives. Our dad is a musician and first introduced us to playing music.

CCA: What instruments do you play?

West Hill Brothers: Carson plays drums, acoustic guitar, harmonica, and lead vocals. Cole plays the acoustic/electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and back-up vocals.

CCA: Has it always been your goal to be performing artists?

West Hill Brothers: We didn’t think about it too much when we were younger because we knew we just liked to play music together. We started out playing local open mic nights and coffee shops and began to love it. Now it’s great to have our calendar pretty booked playing some great gigs at some cool events.

CCA: Do you feel like you have gotten your “big break” yet?

West Hill Brothers: We understand its can be a slow process. We love the fact that we have been on local TV and in the newspaper etc. but national recognition would be great. In the meantime we look at is as becoming better musicians in the process.

CCA: Are there any musicians or bands who have inspired you?

West Hill Brothers: We share the same interests in bands and love listening to NeverShoutNever, Foster the People, Mergence, Band of Horses, the Avett Brothers, Jack Johnson, the Beatles, Local Natives, Dr. Dog, the Killers, Mumford & Sons, No doubt, Neil Young, Vampire Weekend, Weezer, and much more!

CCA: How do you balance school and the band?

West Hill Brothers: Our grades are really important and the fact that we are brothers really helps with rehearsal times etc. We like to hang out with our friends on nights that we aren’t performing and we really appreciate how are friends have supported us and come out to our shows.

CCA: What is your favorite genre of music?

West Hill Brothers: We like to listen to alternative-rock and we like classic rock too.

CCA: Do you hope to make music your life-long careers? Or do you have a different vision for your future careers?

West Hill Brothers: We definitely want to play and write as much music as possible throughout our lives. We both have other interests in the arts too, but music will always be apart of our lives.

CCA: If you could perform anywhere, where would it be?
West Hill Brothers:  We would love to play at a cool festival like Coachella, or Bonnaroo or someday sell-out at a stadium or concert hall somewhere!

CCA: Do you have any interesting stories since you started to perform publicly?

West Hill Brothers:  We don’t really have any crazy stories, but we have had some pretty interesting notes left in our tip jar.

CCA: What is one thing you want the Chandler Center for the Arts’ audience to know about you?

West Hill Brothers:  First, we really appreciate the opportunity that Chandler Center for the Arts has given us and second we just want everyone to hopefully love our music and style and see the big sound we get from just 2 people performing.

CCA: Any additional comments or information you might want to share with our audience?

West Hill Brothers: We hope to see you at the event and we will be releasing our new single “Walk in the Park” that we just recorded last week. We want to thank our friends and family for all their support.

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Come see this pair perform during our Plugged In concert on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pmNo tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/child, $10/adult, $15/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


Plugged In: Carly Paige

Inspired by the Center’s Youth Advisory Council, “Plugged In” will feature six up and coming young musical acts in the Phoenix Metro area who will showcase their talent in Chandler on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm.

One of the featured artists is Carly Paige, an incredible up and coming vocal soloist. Carly Paige is your fun loving teen who you can immediately call a friend. We instantly fell in love with her song “Too Good” (watch out Taylor Swift) and knew we want to learn more about her. Check out our interview with Carly Paige below:

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: How old were you when you discovered your vocal talent?

Carly Paige: My parents have told me that I’ve been singing since I was 3 or 4 years old. I really started to get into it at about age 10 when I got my first guitar.

CCA: Has it always been your goal to be a performing vocal artist?

Carly Paige: I have always wanted to be a singer/songwriter/guitar player. My Dad use to be in a band, and there were always guitars in the house. It just felt so natural to pick one up and start writing.

CCA: Who are your musical inspirations?

Carly Paige: I grew up listening to The Beatles, ELO, and the Jellyfish. When I listen to their music, it makes me want to grab my guitar and start writing.

CCA: What musical artist are you most often compared to?

Carly Paige: Many people compare me to Colbie Caillat, Taylor Swift, and Sheryl Crow.

CCA: What kind of music do you listen to today?

Carly Paige: I listen to a whole lot of everything. I’m a big fan of The Script, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, and of course The Beatles.

CCA: What embarrassing songs might we find on your MP3 player?

Carly Paige: I have a few songs from Disney movies on my iPod. I have “Part of Your World,” and “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid, and “One Jump Ahead” from Aladdin. *laughs*

CCA: Where would you most like to perform?

Carly Paige: I’d just like to play in front of a crazy large crowd. I’d love to play in a large, packed stadium or theatre.

CCA: Who would you most like to open for?

Carly Paige: I would love to open up for Paul McCartney. I just love him. I saw him in concert a few years ago, and he was so amazing!

CCA: If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

Carly Paige:  I honestly don’t have anything else that I’m interested in doing. Music is everything to me.

CCA: Do you have any hidden talents?

Carly Paige: I’m double jointed. I can bend my thumb all the way back. Does that count? *laughs*

CCA: Have you hit any roadblocks since you started singing?

Carly Paige: Occasionally I experience writer’s block, and few times, I’ve been sick for shows.

CCA: Since you are so young, do you have any advice for other aspiring youth musicians?

Carly Paige:  I think I would just say to keep trying, and do what you love because I believe that if you put your heart and hard work into what you love, you’ll be happy.

CCA: Anything else you might want to share with our audience?

Carly Paige:  I appreciate being given the opportunity to play at Chandler Center for the Arts, and I can’t wait to play for everyone!

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Don’t miss Carly Paige and our five other acts perform during “Plugged In” on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30pm. No tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


Put The Band Back Together

Do you like free? Be sure to join in on the free fun happening at Chandler Center for the Arts during the entire month of August.

Our FREE summer concert series, On The House, officially kicks of with a beat hopping performance by Bad Cactus Brass Band inside the Center this Friday, August 2 at 7:30pm.

Before the show begins, don’t miss your chance to win 2 FREE tickets to one of our upcoming 2013-2014 season shows. How, you might ask? All you have to do is Put The Bad Cactus Brass Band “back together” before 7:30pm. It might sound like a difficult task, but we have broken it down into two easy steps:

Step 1: On Friday, August 2, 2013, collect 5 of the 6 band member cards from the following Downtown Chandler locations (one block south of the Center on Boston Street):
Di Sciacca Glassware
Sibley’s West
Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill
Paletas Betty
Shoe Thrill

Step 2: Go to the CCA lobby promo table to collect the 6th band member card. Show all 6 band member cards to the person at the promo table to be entered into our drawing*

Participants will be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to one of the following shows:
The Australian Bee Gees Show
Michael A. Pollack presents Blood Sweat & Tears
Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus
Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
One Night of Queen
SIRO-A

We’ll see you on Friday!

*All steps must be completed to be entered into the drawing.

Ole! FlaMEXico!

The journey to find a genuine fusion of two distinct and profound musical styles is a daunting task for anyone. Can it be done? Do two separate arts have a common-ground musically that adequately represent the cultural integrity of each?

Enter Chris Burton Jácome, Flamenco guitarist and composer. Jácome felt a driving force to answer these questions.  He charged his project, ¡FlaMÉXico!, with finding, creating and celebrating the musical confluences of Spain’s Flamenco and México’s Mariachi.

Fast forward to today, ¡FlaMÉXico! has created an enthralling show featuring the melding of two beautiful arts and cultures.  During our FREE summer concert series on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pm, ¡FlaMÉXico! will present their findings in a way that will move you to your feet.

Out of pure curiosity as to why anyone would challenge themselves with such a large musical task, we interview  Jácome more about his musical journey. Here’s what we found out:

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: How old were you when you started your musical journey?

Chris Burton Jácome: I received my first guitar when I was 13. I started taking lessons right away and, according to my friends, I reached a pretty good skill level more quickly than they might have anticipated. I don’t really consider myself consciously deciding to pursue music though until I was in my late teens. I got more and more into music throughout my teenage years…started giving other high school kids guitar lessons when I was 16. I consider my “official” journey beginning when I decided to get a degree in music in college.

CCA: Do you play any other instruments other than the guitar?

Jácome: I am not musically fluent on any other instrument. I sing. I have composed some very basic piano music but the only instrument I play and can “speak my mind” on is guitar.

CCA: Your website mentioned the “fusion of two distinct and profound musical styles began as more of a whim.” Did you ever imagine this “whim” would bring you to where you are at today?

Jácome: Great question! Sometimes the ideas that just “come to you” are the best ideas! This “whim”  that I had a few years ago has already transformed into a very solid, real group. I’m somewhat perplexed as to how this is all working myself…but it is! I still consider this idea in its beginning stages but I am finding more and more artists who are willing to put in the time and energy to cross-train in two different artistic styles and the more artists I get on board the more I can develop the concept. I’m really excited to bring this project to Chandler Center for the Arts and the greater Chandler community. I’ve always believed that Flamenco is an art form that everyone can appreciate but now with the fusion of mariachi music this concert will be a real delight for anyone who has grown up here in the Southwest or has an affinity for Mexican and Spanish cultures.

CCA: Are there any musicians or bands who have inspired you?

Jácome: Generally, I find inspiration in all bands and all music. Specifically, Flamenco artists that inspire me include: Paco de Lucía, Tomatito, Inés Bacán, Moraíto, Manuela Carrasco, Ramón Montoya, Pedro Sierra, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Antonio Mairena, Fernanda de Utrera. In Mariachi…although not traditional, I’m biased because our cousins are married…Linda Ronstadt. As well as artists such as Vicente Fernández, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos and all of the mariachi artists that I’ve seen and heard in my life.

CCA: What can our patrons expect from the upcoming show?

Jácome: Rhythms that make you want to dance! Heart-wrenching songs that make you want to hear them again and again! Flamenco footwork that will blow your mind! And, of course, a group of highly skilled artists that love being the tour-guides into the music and dance of the cultures of Mexico and Spain.

CCA: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Jácome: Keep practicing, playing, studying, learning and developing. Find as many teachers as you can. Above all, define your goals with music because your destination will determine what route you take and how dedicated you must be to reach your destination. If your goal is to have fun, then by all means, have fun! Learning a musical instrument enriches your life and provides so many opportunities to create great relationships and communities. If your goal is to become a professional musician and earn your living from your music, well then, you might not have the luxury of music always being fun. Prepare yourself to sometimes call music, “work.”

CCA: Any additional comments?

Jácome: This is going to be a great evening! Flamenco and Mariachi are both art forms of the people and they are wonderful performance art forms because the more audience participation, the BETTER! Please come early to get a good seat and bring your gritos (mariachi yells) and your ¡Olé!’s (flamenco words of encouragement) because we’re going to have a night to remember!

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Come and enjoy the best of both worlds of ¡FlaMÉXico!, the musical reflection of two cultures forming a new vision on Friday, August 23 at 7:30pmNo tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


Jazzed Up for Dmitri Matheny Group

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician, Dmitri Matheny will perform at the Center during our FREE summer concert series on August 16th at 7:30pm. Completely fascinated by Dmitri’s history and his love of the unique flugelhorn instrument, we couldn’t help but interview him to learn more.

CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS (CCA): When did you start playing the flugelhorn?

DMITRI MATHENY: I started on piano at age 5, switched to trumpet at age 9, and began playing flugelhorn in my teens.

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Dmitri Matheny, age 17, playing trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy, Michigan

I credit my father and his hip record collection for kindling my childhood interest in music. There was great music on our turntable all the time, from Rachmaninoff to Ray Charles.

After awhile I started to notice that many of my favorite musicians — people like Miles Davis, Chet Baker and Art Farmer (who later became my teacher) — were trumpet and flugelhorn players.

I especially loved the flugel for its warm, lyrical sound.

CCA: How many instruments do you play?

MATHENY: As a composer, I’ve learned to play several instruments just a little, but the only instrument I play professionally is the flugelhorn. That’s my voice.

CCA: For our audience, who may not be familiar with this type of Jazz, what can they expect to experience at the concert?

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San Francisco vocalist, Clairdee

MATHENY: This is going to be a very special concert.

We’re featuring Clairdee, a wonderful vocalist from San Francisco who sings the Great American Songbook in the tradition of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.

Our concert will showcase the golden era of the American movie musical and the leading songwriters of Broadway.

The program will be a hit parade of American popular songs as seen and heard in some of the most beloved films and shows ever made. The very best of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, and more.

The audience will witness some exciting improvised solos, of course. They’ll tap their feet and feel the rhythm. But it’s the familiar melodies that will seduce and delight them.

CCA: We noted you have traveled to 19 countries. Do you have any fun “on the road” stories?

MATHENY: So many memories! In Azerbaijan, on the Caspian Sea, people spread caviar on their toast at breakfast like it’s no big deal. I brought home a peanut butter-sized jar of Beluga! Barbados is home to flying fish, spectacular sunsets and some of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen. The Netherlands is a tiny country (less than twice the size of New Jersey), but there are dozens upon dozens of music venues. Nearly every village has a beautiful theater or jazz club in which to perform.

CCA: As an advocate for jazz, what is the best way to keep jazz alive for our future generations?

MATHENY: For musicians, mentorship is key. Although formal jazz education is thriving at colleges and conservatories, there are many things about this art form that can only be learned one-on-one from a master musician.

For music lovers, nothing compares to the thrill of attending a live performance. Why stay home and watch amateurs audition on TV shows like American Idol, when you can go out and be entertained by seasoned professionals in your own community?

Keep supporting live music!

CCA: Anything else you may want our Chandler audience to know?

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Photo by Tom Kwas

MATHENY: As performing musicians, we make our living on the road, playing all kinds of venues, from intimate nightclubs to elegant recital halls to big, outdoor festivals.

The Chandler Center for the Arts rivals the best of these in terms of sound, sight-lines and ambience. The acoustics are stellar — every bit as good as they are at Carnegie Hall.

As a Chandler resident, I’m proud to have a theater of this caliber where I live, and I’m delighted to be performing there with such a terrific band.

This show offers residents and visitors to the area the opportunity to experience the Great American Songbook — live — in a world class concert hall, right here in the Valley of the Sun.

And you sure can’t beat the ticket price!

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See Dmitri Matheny Group featuring Clairdee live at Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:30pm.  No tickets required, the show is FREE. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family. Your financial support is appreciated.


Bad Cactus Brass Band – Nothing But Great!

Have you been to Chandler Center for the Arts? If not, now is your chance! All during the month of August, the Center will host four different FREE concerts under the On The House program. Each concert showcases a family-friendly performance that is sure to leave you wanting more. Gather your friends and family and experience a Chandler Center for the Arts performance “On The House.”

The free concert series kicks off on August 2, 2013 at 7:30pm with The Bad Cactus Brass Band. Coming out on the scene in 2009, this amazing group brings to life traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras inspired music in a fun and exciting fashion.

Although their name is Bad Cactus Brass Band, there is nothing bad about this group. *Their repertoire includes original dance music, funky street beats, traditional dixieland, gospel and swing, and pop songs reinterpreted with a brass band sound. Powered by tuba, drums, trumpets, saxophones, and trombones, the Bad Cactus Brass Band brings a Mardi Gras energy to street corners, festivals, parties, nightclubs, etc.

“They play loud, they play great… If you were to imagine how it might have sounded if Bix Biederbeck had been in a garage band in his Davenport days, it might have sounded like the Bad Cactus Brass Band.” Jim Phillips, Arizona Classic Jazz Society*

Sample their music below:

Come enjoy the different flavors of jazz and funky beats as this group triggers a joyful energy into the audience that will have everyone dancing till they cannot dance anymore!

No tickets required for this show. All seating is first come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm, and seating starts at 7pm. Suggested donations: $5/person, $10/family. Your financial support is appreciated. Learn more about our On The House FREE concert series here.

http://badcactusbrassband.com/

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!


Facing Stage Fright

Some people have phobias of sharks, spiders, or even heights. But one of the most common fears is being on stage, in front of an audience. If you happen have the fear of being on stage, not to worry. Even people you see on television and movies get stage fright. American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson, stated:

“When I went to Los Angeles right after high school, I got some acting jobs, and I never, ever wanted to be an actress! Public speaking and acting make me want to vomit. But I have never been nervous singing. When it comes to public speaking, I stumble on my words, sweat, and pull at my clothes.”*

So just in case your nerves start to kick in before your big debut, we have gathered a few tips to help you survive the heat of the lime light!

  1. Use your voice! Your voice is the most important tool because it projects to your listeners. If you use your voice at its maximum capacity, you will certainly grasp your audience’s attention.
  2. Be open! Do not close yourself off to the audience. They have invested time to see you on stage. It is increasingly difficult to hear someone who is facing the opposite direction.
  3. If you mess up the words, improv! The audience only knows what they see, so if you happen to stumble over words or skip a line just improvise and create you own lines. No one will ever suspect!
  4. Have confidence. Confidence is one of the essential pieces of presenting yourself to a crowd. Confidence is an effective way to keep people engaged in your performance. If you know you can do it, the audience will see confidence shining in your presence.

David Joseph Schwartz, a famous motivational writer and coach, once said: “Do what you fear and fear disappears.” Overcoming stage fright is not an overnight experience, but will benefit your on and off the stage.

Do you have any tips for those afraid of being on stage? Share below.

*http://readslove.com/5346-kelly-clarkson/45688-when-i-went-to-los-angeles-right-after-high-school-i-got-some-acting-jobs-and-i-never-ever-wanted-to-be-an-actress-public-speaking-and-acting-make-me-want-to-vomit-but-i-have-never-been-nervous-s.html

Improv – More Than Being Funny

Improv Intensive!

It isn’t all about being funny! It’s a learning experience!

Actress and Comedian, Kristen Wiig, from shows such as SNL and movies like Bridesmaids,  stated, “With improv, it’s a combination of listening and not trying to be funny.”

Improv is known throughout theatre for its use in comical performances. Although that statement is true, improv is much more. Improv is about responding to action and ideas quickly and cleverly on the spot. Improv emulates the idea of flow; which is about motivation, imagination and spontaneity. Flow is keeping the conversation alive, staying involved and knowing how to grasp a concept and create new ideas that help expand them.

This summer season, Chandler Center for the Art’s is offering our first ever Improv Intensive just for teens. This course will not only give teens the opportunity to learn how to present humor to an audience, but they will also gain the knowledge to improve their listening and responding skills to verbal and nonverbal cues. The material covered throughout the week will be a key factor in enhancing future experience in the academic and professional world.

Actor, Nathan Fillion, who has been in films such as Saving Private Ryan and also the voices for characters in Monsters University and the Halo video games said, “Improv as an actor makes you present in the moment. You listen, you’re attentive. You’re not acting so much as reacting, which is what you’re doing in life all the time.”

Come and join the fun with your fellow peers in enjoying the art of theatre and performance! Learn more about Improv Intensive here.


Interview with Shaping Sound’s Alexa Anderson

Alexa_Anderson_096Today we had the great privilege to interview Alexa Anderson, a cast member of  Shaping Sound. Not only is she incredibly talented, but she is also incredibly sweet! Her bubbly personality drew us in as she shared insight into her dance journey.

Chandler Center for the Arts [CCA]: We first have to ask you, since you are a native to the Chandler area, where did you go to high school?

Alexa Anderson: I went to school at Arizona School for the Arts and then I went to Hamilton High.

CCA: How does it feel to return back to Chandler with a National Touring group?

Alexa: It feels really good. I have so many friends and family coming to see the show. Most haven’t seen me dance live in years.

CCA: How did you get your start in dance?

Alexa: I was born premature. I had a brain hemorrhage which caused a right side weakness. My mom put me in dance to balance out the weakness. The dance classes were not easy. I worked really hard to overcome this weakness.

CCA: How did you get your break in the business?

Alexa: I moved to LA when I was 18. I worked a couple of gigs, but pretty much just rolled with the punches. I continued to go to auditions.

CCA: So there wasn’t really a “big break” moment?

Alexa: Not really. It is always a work in progress.

CCA: Did you ever imagine dance would be your career?

Alexa: I really didn’t until I was 16, well more like 17. I wanted to go to college and get a degree. But, then at age 17, I stepped back and realized I was training so hard in dance. I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t given dance a shot.

CCA: Why did you want to be a part of Shaping Sound?

Alexa: Teddy (Forance) is my favorite dancer. At age 15 I started working with Travis (Wall) and Nick (Lazzarini). It was just a natural thing to dance along side them.

CCA: Rumor has it everyone had to audition for Shaping Sound, even the friends. Was this the case for you?

Alexa: Yes. Everybody had to audition, even me. They had to be fair in how they chose the cast.

CCA: What is the best advice you would give an aspiring dancer?

Alexa: Seize every opportunity. It is scary to be a dancer. So take in everything you can.

CCA: Is the business side of dance what you expected?

Alexa: Dancing is a difficult lifestyle. You make your own schedule every day. Some days there may be nothing to do, whereas other days you have worked so hard you don’t even know how you are still standing. The key is finding a balance.

CCA: How would your life be different without dance?

Alexa: I always get asked this question and I don’t even know. Being a dancer has helped me become aware of my body. Dance is hard work, but it is my passion. Dance is something I get excited about everyday.

CCA: Some of our reader’s tweeted in and want to know what choreographers influence you?

Alexa: Travis (Wall), Teddy (Forance), Nick (Lazzarini) and Kyle (Robinson). Wade Robson certainly has – he is brilliant.

CCA: Another reader tweeted in, what was the best part about So You Think You Can Dance?

Alexa: I made a lot of lifetime friends during the show. The show allowed me to see what I was made of.  It pushed me to my limits.

CCA: Anything else you want to share with our readers?

Alexa: No, I do think so. We are excited to be coming out to Phoenix. We can’t wait for the show.

It was such a pleasure to speak with Alexa. We were astonished at the trials she overcame and her determination. Alexa is proof  that dreams are achievable through hard work and persistence.

Come see Alexa and the rest of the Shaping Sound crew perform here at Chandler Center for the Arts on June 7. You will be swept away on a visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion.

To learn more about Shaping Sound or to purchase tickets click here.


Dance Stars Coming To Chandler

Imagine our excitement when we learned top choreographers, Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson, are all coming to Chandler this June.  These top choreographers have joined forces to create “Shaping Sound.”  The performance combines music genres and dance styles resulting in a visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion. If you are not familiar with these names, not to worry. Today we are diving in to learn more about each of these choreographers and their dance history.

First, let’s meet Travis Wall. Right now Travis Wall is a hot name in the dance industry. Travis was the runner-up for the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance, and is currently a resident choreographer and judge for the national dance competition show. He has choreographed for Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. He has worked with Florence and the Machine, Chelsea Handler, Eminem, and Rihanna. Travis also choreographed the contemporary numbers for the feature film, Step Up Revolution.

Next, let us introduce to you Nick Lazzarini. His multifaceted dancing abilities have leveraged his career within the United States and abroad. Nick is the season one winner of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance, and has been featured in countless publications. He has performed with music sensations such as Adele on Dancing with the Stars, Kelly Clarkson at this year’s American Music Awards and Florence and the Machine at The MTV Video Music Awards.

The next dance super star joining the Shaping Sound team is Teddy Forance. He grew up surrounded by dance as the fourth generation to live in his family’s studio, the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Massachusetts.  By the age of 17 he took his career to a professional level. Teddy is well-known for his work on seasons two and three of the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance. He has also performed with award-winning artists including Lady Gaga on American Idol, Usher at the American Music Awards, Florence and the Machine at the MTV Video Music Awards, among others.

And lastly, but certainly not least, meet Kyle Robinson. Kyle began dancing when he was 11-years-old. By the time he was 18, he had already received the Gold Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). He went on to fine-tune his abilities by training at the Julliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  His hard work paid off, and he landed the role of Diesel in West Side Story’s first national tour. Continuing with this success, Kyle performed a special ballet piece on Dancing with the Stars this past season.

As you can see this team brings dance expertise, strength and a guarantee to reshape your vision of dance.

The excitement of this show doesn’t stop there! Before the dancers hit the stage, you have the incredible opportunity to warm up and learn choreography straight from these top names.  Shaping Sound will take dancers on a two-hour journey of their rigorous warm up and show first-hand what it’s like to get your body ready for this physically demanding show. The cast will then teach a combination pulled directly from the show choreography. Register here!

To learn more about Shaping Sound and the workshop please visit their website here.


Transend Through Water – Interview with Lisa Starry

We had the lucky privilege to speak with Lisa Starry the Artistic Director for Scorpius Dance Theatre and creator of their upcoming show, Dreaming In Water. The performance showcases water in an all inclusive sensory experience. All we can say is forget everything you thought you knew about modern dance, this show takes everything to a new level of excitement.

Scorpius Dance-1CHANDLER CENTER FOR THE ARTS (CCA): Where did the idea for Dreaming In Water come from?

LISA STARRY: This is a remastered production of my first original water-themed production “Water Dreams.” 12 years ago I put on an outdoor water safety show to create awareness. However, the show was put on during the summer and it was just too hot to enjoy. This inspired me to take the show indoors, which lead to a more artistic message.

Today’s show is centered around a little boy with a big imagination. He dreams of water and the creatures that exist within (such as fish and jellyfish). During the performance there will be short video clips featuring his underwater adventure.

CCA: How many lights does it take to create the water effect on stage?

STARRY: We will use all of the lights Chandler Center for the Arts uses, plus a dozen of our own intelligent lights. The intelligent lights create the illusion of water moving. We also use fabric to create the water effect.

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Photo by Rose Tores

CCA: How long does it take for the dancer to be strapped into the aerial apparatus?

STARRY: The Bungee apparatus we will use for the Jellyfish scene (featured in side photo) takes multiple bungee straps and double point harnesses. This requires a ladder to strap each dancer in. This also takes rope hooks to maneuver each dancer around the stage. It is time consuming.  Immediately after the first act, the aerial crew goes to work. By the end of intermission the dancers are ready to perform.

CCA: Do you have a favorite scene?

STARRY: I am happy with everything. I am most excited about presenting the aerial pieces. I am also excited for the mini pool scene. There is some humor incorporated to make the piece more fun. We also have some athletic pieces. These are incredible scenes and are great to see.

CCA: What form of dance can we expect to see?

STARRY: There is some contemporary modern dance, which includes a lot of techniques and some ballet. There is also the athletic pieces. To finish off the performance there is some Broadway-ish dancing. We bring in a piece that features Singing in the Rain.

Scorpius Dance-2CCA: Anything else a viewer might be interested in knowing?

STARRY: A limited number of people have seen the underwater footage – this is the big secret of the show. The dancers haven’t even seen the footage. They actually won’t see the footage until we have our dress rehearsal at Chandler Center for the Arts. It is a beautiful water section.

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This is the public’s opportunity to taste in the magic of Dreaming In Water and all the hard work they have put forth.  Dreaming in Water will premiere at Chandler Center for Arts this Saturday, April 13 at 8pm with new choreography by Lisa Starry, original underwater filming by Josh Kasselman, Music Composition by Kristopher Hill and Ryan Breen and lighting design by Mike Eddy. Get 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!”


Tie A Yellow Ribbon

Do you know who Tony Orlando is? For those who might fall in the category of a  “younger generation” you might be surprised you know a tune or two from Tony’s array of number one hits. Two of his most recognizable songs are Knock Three Times and Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. But how did this hit star reach stardom?

Orlando, was born on April 3, 1944 and raised in New York City. His musical career started in his youth when he formed a doo-wop group, The Five Gents. He began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You. He later rerouted his musical career to the nonperformance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records.

Tony was later coaxed into putting his voice on a demo record for a song titled Candida for his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell at Bell Records. The song was an instant hit and kept climbing the charts till it hit number one.

Orlando then recorded Knock Three Times. The song quickly became number one and became the top song of 1971, selling over six million copies worldwide.With his wild success, Orlando gave up his successful career at CBS Records and devoted his time to the performance of music. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree. The song was number one for the year and would later become Orlando’s theme song.

Orlando then set his sights on television which resulted in his highly rated weekly variety series on CBS. Breaking new ground, it was the first multi-ethnic variety show on television.The show, which ran four seasons (1974 – 1976), welcomed the biggest names in show business each week as Tony’s guests, including Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis.

To this day Orlando remains one of America’s best loved personalities. Tony brings to the stage a warmth and exhilarating energy that electrifies an audience. So whether you grew up listening to Tony or you find you can’t help but sing along to his hits, you will not want to miss his performance here at Chandler Center for the Arts on March 23 at 7:30pm. Purchase your tickets here!

Sources: http://www.tonyorlando.com/, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Orlando, http://bookstevechannel.blogspot.com/2012/04/tony-orlando-and-dawn.html


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!


Travel From “Abbey Road” To Ireland At These Great Shows

Musical beats draw us closer, setting us in motion on a rhythmic journey. Chandler Center for the Arts is your weekend destination for a musical exploration this March. From the enchanting beats of Classic Albums Live to the riveting pulse of Rhythm of the Dance you will be swept away on a voyage of entertainment.

The musical journey begins March 9 transporting audiences to the emerging era of rock n’ roll.  The wildly successful Beatles’ is the focal point of the evening as Classic Albums Live recreates the Beatles’ rock masterpiece,  “Abbey Road.” Founded in 2003 by Craig Martin, Classic Albums Live has become the ultimate destination for music lovers without all the gimmicky and cheesy impersonations. Relying solely on the music, the band has defined itself as a mainstay in performing art centers across North America.

During the concert, experience feature hits from the Beatles’ final album Abbey Road including “Come Together,” “Something,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and more. In addition to the note for note recreation of the album, Classic Albums Live will also highlight some of the Beatles’ greatest hits.  Come together for a great night to relive music that changed our history forever.

The following afternoon, March 10, the adventure continues as Rhythm of the Dance The Irish Dance Spectacular heralds a new era in Irish entertainment. The dance crew takes you on an epic journey through the ages, from ancient mythology to the travels of the Irish emigrants, from the rolling hills and stonewalls of Connemara all the way to the modern skyscrapers of New York. This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of Irish talent.

Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show blends the contemporary and the ancient. Rhythm of the Dance aspires to preserving the traditions of Irish step dancing and yet, presents it in the most modern format. The show features a live band, three tenors and some 22 dancers. Dan Schmal, Director of Arts Programming at Wisconsin, Lutheran College stated “We have had Irish dance shows before, but this one ranks at the top. All the dancers in the troupe were fantastic!” Experience for yourself the magical odyssey of Rhythm of the Dance.

Whether you seek rock n’ roll or enthralling dance, this weekend adventure of musical beats will transport you to a world of pulsating music and entertainment.


My Funny Valentine

Hunting for the perfect Valentine’s gift? Why not give the gift of laughter. We have a great line up of hilarious shows just around the corner.

Starting this weekend, Jeanne Robertson, the  humorist, takes the stage. Robertson 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. Purchase tickets here.

Next weekend, February 23, the infamous Vicki Lawrence and Mama hit the stage.  “We have designed a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life,” states Lawrence. Vicki and Mama both are ready to entertain with new material that will be sure to tickle your funny bone. Get your tickets here.

To top off the comedic voyage, you should probably leave the kids at home. Former Saturday Night Live stars, Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan and Tim Meadows will perform on Friday, March 1.  Be prepared for pure entertainment as each of these stars perform their stand-up comedy sketches.  This show is for mature audiences only – Show Content is Rated R. Purchase your tickets here.

With so many great shows, we are sure you will find something for your funny valentine.


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/