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Fall arts preview

Each August it gets harder to choose “highlights”   from the sumptuous constellation of arts-related events available throughout the Valley in the fall. There is not only a large number of choices, but so many that represent the highest standards of excellence in the visual and performing arts. And, the bounty is not restricted to downtown Phoenix – Chandler, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, Fountain Hills and other neighboring towns contribute to the feast. The Preview mainly intends to reflect the sheer heterogeneity of events on offer, and to draw attention to family-friendly and wallet-friendy activities, as well as those that feature aspects of the rich array of Latino arts and culture.

Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology 

Mortuary doll

Mortuary doll

City Life: Experiencing the World of Teotihuacan, October 11, 2013, through May 16, 2014.

This exhibition focuses on the daily life of ordinary people at Teotihuacan – the civilization that long predated the Aztecs in Central Mexico. Visitors will experience the sights and sounds of Teotihuacan, along with original archaeological artifacts borrowed from major museums across the country and ceramic replicas created by students at Mesa Community College. School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building at the ASU Tempe campus; 480-965-6224; asuma.asu.edu

Georgia O’Keeffe, Church Steeple, 1930, oil on canvas. Gift of The Burnett Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe, Church Steeple, 1930, oil on canvas. Gift of The Burnett Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Heard Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land, September 28, 2013, through March 3, 2014. A travelling exhibit organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe., N.M., with Hopi katsina dolls (katsina tithu) curated by the Heard. The show includes O’Keeffe’s depictions of katsina dolls and a selection of O’Keeffe’s New Mexican landscapes. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602-252-8840; heard.org

Phoenix Art Museum

Tamayo: Master Printmaker, September 21, 2013, through January 12, 2014. Tamayo’s works are assembled from the collections of Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum and private collections across the Valley. The exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of Friends of Mexican Art (FOMA) and is sponsored by the Milena and Tony Astorga Family Foundation. 1625 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix; 602-257-1222; phxart.org

Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center (ALAC)

Dream Season, by AztecSmurf, is on view through August 31, 2013. The exhibit features acrylic paintings depicting dream-like images in which the Mexican-born artist tries to capture the essence of culture, beauty, mystery and heartache.

147 E. Adams St., Phoenix; 602-254-9817; alacaz.org

Phoenix Symphony

Chinese-born pianist, Lang Lang, performs with the Phoenix Symphony on October 24, 2013

Chinese-born pianist, Lang Lang, performs with the Phoenix Symphony on October 24, 2013

The Phoenix Symphony knows how to keep up with the times. Just take a look at their season and special engagement schedules.  There’s something for everyone in the Classics, Pops and Family Series.

The season kicks off with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, op. 125, Choral (The Ode to Joy, do we need to say more?) Andrew Grams will conduct and the orchestra is joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. September 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix.

Special engagements include: John Williams and Steven Spielberg, a special concert to benefit the Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs. Williams will conduct selections from some of his most popular scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jaws, E.T., Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and more. Spielberg will discuss his 40-year collaboration with Williams with film clips projected on a giant screen. Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall; tickets start at $250.

Lang Lang Performs Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The New York Times has named the Chinese-born pianist the “hottest artist on the classical music planet.” Symphony Hall, October 24, 7:30 p.m. with JoAnn Falletta conducting.

Indigo Girls, the Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, perform live with the Symphony on October 11 and 12 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. On October 25, The Midtown Men (the four original stars from the cast of Jersey Boys) join the Symphony to perform hits from the 1960’s: Motown, The Four Seasons, The Beatles, The Beach Boys y más, at Symphony Hall.

The eclectic Pops Series includes Symphony Idol (September 27 through 29 at Symphony Hall) featuring top contestants from recent seasons of American Idol, and the Family Series includes Halloween at Hogwarts: Featuring the Music of Harry Potter, October 20, 2:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall.

For tickets and complete season information, call the box office at 602-495-1999, or visit phoenixsymphony.org

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This Article appears on the August 2013 issue of LPM under Features

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