Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 RESCUER
NileTheater
3/25-3/25/2014
Rescuer was formed as a result of years of close friendship and a common vision. Vocalist JP Marra and drummer Chris Krause went to grade school together; after touring and performing with several other acts, they teamed up with fellow Tampa Bay musicians Danny Quinlan (guitar), Evan Miller (bass), and Michael Gorgen (guitar). The 5 piece had met while attending local shows and after forming Rescuer, wasted no time making a name for themselves in their hometown. Pooling their collective influences from bands like Envy, Modern Life Is War, and City of Caterpillar, Rescuer has formed their own brand of hardcore that feels not just fresh, but truly ambitious. They will release their Rise Records debut "With Time Comes The Comfort" later this year.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 WILLIAM CLOSE & THE EARTH HARP COLL
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
3/28-3/28/2014
William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over one hundred new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument "The Earth Harp", the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Developed by Close in 1999, the body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater, concert hall, architecture, or landscape into the instrument. The giant long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves. The players runs their hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones. The reason it is titled the Earth Harp is due to the fact that the first time it was installed, the strings ran from one side of a valley 1000 feet across to the other side, turning the Earth / landscape into a giant harp. Some of Close's other instruments include, The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar, the Wing Harp, and The Drumbrella to name a few.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 WILLIAM CLOSE & THE EARTH HARP COLLECTIVE
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
3/28-3/28/2014
William Close is an installation artist and musician who has developed over one hundred new types of musical instruments. He is the inventor of the majestic stringed instrument "The Earth Harp", the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Developed by Close in 1999, the body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater, concert hall, architecture, or landscape into the instrument. The giant long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves. The players runs their hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones. The reason it is titled the Earth Harp is due to the fact that the first time it was installed, the strings ran from one side of a valley 1000 feet across to the other side, turning the Earth / landscape into a giant harp. Some of Close's other instruments include, The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar, the Wing Harp, and The Drumbrella to name a few. William Close is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Earth Harp Collective, a team of extremely talented Musicians, Dancers / Aerialists and Artists. The group works with Close's unique designs to create music based stage shows that push the envelope of the musical experience. He has inspired millions with his unique musical works. William recently finished third on the television show "America's got Talent", wining rave reviews from audience and judges alike. William's work has transformed concepts of musical instruments and musical performance. His open-minded cutting edge thinking continues to create new designs in music, musical concepts, and shows. William studied sculpture and sound design at the Art Institute of Chicago. His unique combination of sculpture, music and installation art blossomed into a new genre of music making designs. His installations and performances have been experienced throughout the world - the Earth Harp strings have stretched to the top of the Seattle Space needle, to temples in Vietnam, in the famous Grand Theater of Macau, The Coliseum in Rome, amazing architecture in Hong Kong and India, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln center in the United States just to name a few. William's work explores the connection between architecture and music. Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote "architecture is frozen music", Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument. He has developed two Symphonic / musical houses working with architects to build the musical instruments into the architecture. The Houses are truly musical instruments.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 BEAUTY IN SIGHT AND SOUND
Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theater
3/29-3/29/2014
The Mayor of Mesa, the Honorable Scott Smith, joins the Symphony of the Southwest and the Youth Symphony of the Southwest in a side by side block buster season closer which includes Colas Breugnon Overture, Tubby the Tuba, The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade presented with visual images.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 OKLAHOMA!
Hale Theatre Arizona
2/13-3/29/2014
Set in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys compete with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love. Issues of class are confronted between the farmers and the cowmen in the still-developing, rugged landscape of a state in its infancy. The characters struggle to find hope, love and the fulfillment of "the American Dream" in this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 FOOTLOOSE
TUHSD/ Mountain Pointe High School
3/27-3/29/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 KISS ME KATE
Arizona Broadway Theatre
2/28-3/30/2014
Kiss Me, Kate is classic Cole Porter and considered one of Broadway's greatest treasures! Fireworks ensue on-stage and off between Fred Graham and his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi as they star in a musical version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Originally choreographed by Broadway Legend Bob Fosse, this 1949 TONY Award winner is bursting with hits that include " I Hate Men," "Another Op'nin', Another Show" and "So In Love." Audiences will want to "brush up" on their Shakespeare as the Arizona Broadway Theatre presents an all-new production of this beloved classic!
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Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 3/23/2014 THE LAST 5 YEARS
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
3/21-5/25/2014
The Last Five Years is a musical written by Jason Robert Brown. It premiered at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2001 and was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002
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