Arizona Musicfest's MUSIC ALIVE IN SUITE A-5 Continues Throughout the Year

Arizona Musicfest's MUSIC ALIVE IN SUITE A-5 Continues Throughout the YearArizona Musicfest's record-breaking 2016-17 concert season has ended, but its life-long learning series of dynamic music programs, Music Alive in Suite A-5, continues throughout the year.

All events are free in the Arizona Musicfest Community Room, 7518 E. Elbow Bend Road, Suite A-5 in Carefree. For information, visit www.azmusicfest.org or call (480) 488-0806.

Music Alive in Suite A-5 programs include:

• Music & Muffins, the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 10 a.m. Join music lovers to discover new music, learn in-depth about old favorites and share your own must-know pieces. A complete list of music for discussion is online at www.azmusicfest.org

• Lectures, featuring renowned music and education professionals:

• Tuesday, March 21, 3 p.m.: What Makes Music Romantic? Learn from Arizona Musicfest lecturer and program annotator Fran Rosenthal about what makes music - from Brahms to Frank Sinatra - romantic.

• Tuesday, March 28, 3 p.m.: Prelude, a lecture recital by pianist Elise Gillson featuring works by Chopin, Debussy and others with a discussion about the pianist's personal challenge of relearning the piano after developing arthritis as a young woman.

• Tuesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 18, 3 p.m.: Music on the US/Mexican Border, Parts 1 & 2, presented by Dr. AdriAna Martinez Figueroa. Learn about the music in these two countries, and how it can both unite and divide us.

• Tuesday, April 26, 3-4:30 p.m.: What is Music Therapy? Join Higher Octave Healing for a presentation about music therapy and an introductory session of "Health Rhythms," a group drumming experience providing stress relief and an increased sense of teamwork and productivity.

• Musicfest at the Movies

• March 15, 3 p.m.: Inside Llewyn Davis (2013, 1 hour, 44 minutes, rated R)

• April 9, 3 p.m.: In the Shadow of the Stars (1991, 1 hour 33 minutes) with a post-movie discussion facilitated by Arizona Musicfest Executive and Producing Director Allan Naplan.

• May 3, 2 p.m.: An overview of film scoring highlighting composers Max Steiner (nominated for 24 Academy Awards, winning in 1936, 1943, 1945; popular works include King Kong (1933), Gone With the Wind (1939), and Casablanca (1942); Bernard Herrmann (Oscar winner for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), composed scores for Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, Citizen Cane and others) and more. Screening of Psycho (1960, 1 hour 50 minutes, rated R).

• May 10, 2 p.m.: Discussion of different types of sound, the current landscape of film scoring and how techniques are changing today. Screening of The King's Speech (2010, 1 hour 58 minutes, rated R).

About Arizona Musicfest: Founded in 1991, Arizona Musicfest, a non-profit arts organization based in North Scottsdale, produces an annual concert festival as well as important music education and youth performance opportunities for children throughout the Greater Phoenix area. With a commitment to presenting world-class artists in accessible and convenient locations, each season the Festival showcases the acclaimed Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody featuring players from the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and other top US orchestras. The Festival Orchestra is in residency for one week during the annual Festival.

Arizona Musicfest's extensive music education and youth performance programs touch approximately 6,000 children each year. Along with the organization's many in-school programs presented free of charge to five local school districts, over the last three years, Arizona Musicfest has also provided over $30,000 in free instruments to area schools and has contributed over $50,000 in college scholarships to local Valley teens pursuing collegiate degrees in music performance.

Arizona Musicfest's five Young Musician Competitions (piano, voice, solo instruments, chamber ensembles and composers) and the related Young Musician Performance Series annually attract some of the brightest young stars from throughout the Valley. For more information, visit www.azmusicfest.org.


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