Mesa Arts Center has a delightful array of artists and theater to entertain and inspire you this October.
Here is a schedule of some of the great evenings coming up for Valley audiences in Mesa's gorgeous and cultural heart, the Mesa Arts Center.
Sheena Easton, Friday, October 1, 8 PM in the Piper Repertory Theater.
Top eighties pop icon and multi-Grammy award winner Sheena Easton performs an intimate concert, highlighting hits from her thirty year career span. The Scottish singer is the only artist to have Top 5 hits on Billboard’s five major charts and her platinum and gold records have experienced major success in the US, UK, and Asia. This will be a personal concert, stripped down from the massiveness of her arena tours.
Bombay Bellywood Tuesday, October 5, 7:30 PM in the Ikeda Theater.
Earning an unrivalled reputation as an expert dance troupe, the Bellydance Superstars continue to push the boundaries. They have taken an ancient art form and turned it into a mega show to compete head-on with the likes of Riverdance and Stomp. This acclaimed group infuses a collection of energetic Indian dance styles into their traditional mix of Bellydance.
4TROOPS Saturday, October 9, 8 PM in the Ikeda Theater.
4TROOPS are four United States combat veterans who served on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan. They first made a name for themselves while in the military, singing pop and country songs for soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. 4TROOPS now come together for a singular purpose: to sing on behalf of all troops. Their impressive vocals will make you proud to be an American.
Class 6 Theatre presents the musical The last Five Years October 13 to October 24 in the Farnsworth Studio.
When words aren't enough, you sing. Well, maybe you don't. But Cathy and Jamie do. Listen to them sing their story from beginning to end to beginning, in Jason Robert Brown's fabulously inventive, award winning musical! Class 6 Theatre will feature a live band, and the complete score of their hilarious, heart-breaking journey, by one of the most brilliant composers of this generation.
Nikki Yanofsky Thursday, October 14, 7:30 PM in the Piper Repertory Theater.
Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News, says of Yanofsky, “She has a golden road ahead… going to be a major star.” At the tender age of 16, Montreal-born songstress Nikki Yanofsky has already headlined international jazz festivals, played Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, toured with award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch, performed with the legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and her single "I Believe," the official song for the 2010 Winter Olympics, shot to number one on the Canadian charts.
Eric Bibb with Dave Riley and Bob Corritore, Friday, October 15, 7:30 PM in the Piper Repertory Theater.
A performance by modern blues maestro Eric Bibb is an enriching experience, musically and spiritually. His music, like his personality, is intimate, assured, and passionate drawing listeners into the moment more as participants than spectators. Special guests include the Valley?s own local blues icon Bob Corritore, owner of the famous Blues and Roots concert club, The Rhythm Room.
Vince Gill Tuesday, October 19, 7:30 PM in the Ikeda Theater.
Country Music Hall of Fame star and 19-time Grammy winner, Vince Gill, returns to his favorite concert venue in the Valley. Vince Gill?s sound is the epitome of country music, and the outstanding acoustics of Mesa Arts Center?s Ikeda Theater transforms the renowned music star?s repertoire into an intimate and unique performance.
Mesa Encore Theatre presents Bye Bye Birdie October 22 to October 31 in the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse.
Tony Award winner for Best Musical by Michael Stewart (book), Charles Strouse (music) and Lee Adams (lyrics), Bye Bye Birdie is one of the most captivating musical shows of our time! It is a satire done with fond affection, and tells the story of a rock 'n' roll singer who is about to be inducted into the army. The Telephone Hour, What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy, A Lot of Livin' to Do, Kids, Rosie and Spanish Rose are musical theater classics. This is the tops in imagination and good old-fashioned fun.
Ravi Shankar Saturday, October 23, 8 PM in the Ikeda Theater.
Named the “Godfather of World Music” by George Harrison, Ravi Shankar?s talent has earned him high praise and his genius and talent has been compared to that of Mozart. Legendary virtuoso sitarist, composer, teacher, and writer Shankar is India?s most esteemed musical ambassador and a singular phenomenon whose artistry crosses cultural and musical boundaries.
In addition to the performance, there will be a celebration of Indian traditions throughout Mesa Arts Center's campus before the show.
Perlman and Bailey present Chopin, Liszt and Friends, Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 PM in the Piper Repertory Theater.
On stage, pianist Navah Perlman and cellist Zuill Bailey's energetic and passionate performances have earned widespread critical acclaim. Perlman and Bailey's concert will include a repertoire of Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and more.
Eugenia León Saturday, October 30, 8 PM in the Ikeda Theater.
Born in Mexico City, Eugenia León is considered to be the best singer in her country. Her story is a long sequence of surprises, great concerts, shows, hard work, and discipline, which have made her shows something that people remember as cultural gems. She is a new singer with every performance. Her special quality of boldness and her ability to transform contribute to the greatness of her voice.
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