Kasser family pushes challenge grant to $700,000 for Arizona Theatre Company

Kasser family pushes challenge grant to $700,000 for Arizona Theatre Company

By SoAzNewsX With more than $525,000 already contributed by Arizona Theatre Company donors, ATC supporters Mike and Beth Kasser have increased their challenge grant to $700,000 to help kick off ATC’s 50th anniversary season. Deadline for donations, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar, is 5 p.m. on June 30. Contributions can be made online www.arizonatheatre.org or by […]

Arizona budget includes $1.5m for Arizona Commision on the Arts’ grants & programs

Arizona budget includes $1.5m for Arizona Commision on the Arts’ grants & programs

By SoAzNewsX The $9.6 billion state budget for fiscal year 2016-17 approved by the Arizona Legislature yesterday includes a $1.5 million one-year allocation for the Arizona Commission the Arts to use for grants and programs to nonprofit arts and culture organizations statewide. The budget for the current year did not include any funding for the Commission […]

SASO closes season with musical jokes, frenzy, hallucinations

SASO closes season with musical jokes, frenzy, hallucinations

By SoAzNewsX The final concert of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season on May 7 and 8 features Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, Barber’s Violin Concerto  with Australian-born soloist Emily Sun and Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique. Music Director Linus Lerner conducts. He and Sun previously performed the Barber concerto with the Garland Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Barber […]

Arizona Opera Company names new director

Arizona Opera Company names new director

By SoAzNewsX The Arizona Opera Board of Directors has announced the appointment of its new President and General Director, Joseph Specter. Currently the General Director for Austin Opera, Specter successfully led the $3.8 million company through a significant era of growth, overseeing a 30% increase in its annual operating budget while maintaining complete fiscal solvency. […]

R.I.P. Papa Wemba: Congolese music king & ‘monument of Africa’

R.I.P. Papa Wemba: Congolese music king & ‘monument of Africa’

Papa Wemba, a musician, actor and fashion icon who collaborated with Stevie Wonder, achieved fame and fandom far beyond the reaches of his native Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The musician—born Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba in 1949 in Lubefu in the then-Belgian Congo—died aged 66 after collapsing on stage during a concert in Abidjan, Ivory […]

Registration for Arizona Theatre Company Summer Programs for high school students now open

Registration for Arizona Theatre Company Summer Programs for high school students now open

By SoAzNewsX High School students have the opportunity to get first-hand advanced experience with theatre professionals in voice, movement, acting, classical styles, dance and backstage skills during Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage Program, June 27 to July 29. Students in the program will spend the first three weeks at the University of Arizona School […]

Judy Collins to perform one night only with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Judy Collins to perform one night only with Tucson Symphony Orchestra

By SoAzNewsX Judy Collins will perform hits from her illustrious 50-year career with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time in more than two decades one night only, Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall. Collins will perform her signature hits including “Both Sides Now,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Chelsea […]

2016 Illuminate Film Festival 3rd annual event coming to Sedona

2016 Illuminate Film Festival 3rd annual event coming to Sedona

By SoAzNewsX The 2016 Illuminate Film Festival, which takes place June 1 – 5 in Sedona announced today the official line up of films for the 3rd annual event. The only film festival of its kind, the Illuminate Film Festival offers a collection of over 20 feature length and short films from around the world, […]

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