Cultural Park's Opening Marks Coming of Age
Everyone in Sedona
will be there. And a good chunk of Scottsdale's cultural elite.
And you'll see every tourist who knows his Bach from his Beethoven.
Everyone in Northern Arizona that can rustle up a coupla' twenties
will be there.
Sedona Cultural Park blasts off with its inaugural concert on
Friday, May 26th, it clearly marks a coming of age for the performing
arts in Sedona, the Verde Valley. . . all of Northern Arizona.
First the Symphony, then Emmylou, Shakespeare Sedona . . . I'm
This is not to say
that there are not already many fine performing arts organizations
in the area; rather that the opening of the Cultural Park represents
how far we have come.
The Phoenix Symphony
appears at the Friday night opening Gala. Conductors Hermann Michael
and Robert Moody will blow you away. There are several “special
guests' slated to appear. Broadway superstar Patti Lupone will
be in the audience along with dozens of other marquee names. The
symphony will also perform on Saturday the 27th and Sunday the
28th giving the opportunity for more than 15,000 people to be
a part of the Cultural Park's debut over the three days.
The next big event
at the Cultural Park is a performance by the incomparable Emmylou
Harris on June 10th. Harris, truly a modern innovator, has released
25 albums, and received eight Grammy Awards. In 1999, she was
the recipient of Billboard’s Century Award, which is dedicated
to acknowledging the uncommon excellence of an artist's still
unfolding body of work.
Harris is followed
by the first theatrical event at the Cultural Park - the Shakespeare
Sedona production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the
Forum. Shakespeare Sedona has presented stellar work, rivaling
big city summer festivals, and continuing to draw marquee names
to act, direct, and stage its shows. Tickets for the Phoenix Symphony,
Emmylou Harris or the upcoming Third Annual Shakespeare Sedona
Festival can be had by calling Sedona Cultural Park at 1-800-780-ARTS
More in-depth coverage
of these events can be found all over this issue of The Red Rock
The Actors Repertory
Theatre of Sedona returns, May 24th, with its season opener The
This is ARTS' second
season under Artistic Director Mark Raddatz, who has a visionary
eye with regard to his company. The rest of the season includes
How The West Was Fun (an original melodrama by Michael Peach,
a terrificly funny local talent), and the Arizona premiere of
Sailing To Byzantium ,by Sandra Deer.
The Amorous Flea opens
on the 24th of May and runs Wednesday - Saturday thru June 24th,
at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village - one of the most delightful
venues for professional theatre imaginable. [For more details,
check out The Red Rock Review's preview on page 7. ]
a Taste of Sedona
The Fifth Annual Mid
Day Rotary Sedona Taste takes place on June 11th at Los Abrigados
Resort And Spa's creek side venue from 5-8pm. This benefit for
the Boys And Girls Club is a must for any great food lover.
Gourmet food, fine
wine and beautiful background ambiance. Past Restaurants have
included Enchantment, L'Auberge, Joey Bistro, Hillside Shugrue's,
Steaks n' Sticks and Casa Rincon. In addition to other beverages,
fine wine, beer, and coffees will also be served.
There will be a silent
Auction which will feature rare wines, dinners at local restaurants,
tickets to sporting events, trips, artwork by well known local
artists and more. Tickets, which must be purchased in advance,
are available at the Los Abrigados concierge desk, Rycus Corners,
Bashas' in West Sedona and the Boys And Girls Club.
Lunch at the Plaza
Once again Sammy Davis
is set to take the stage at noon on May 19th in the Lunch at the
Plaza free concert series. The food vendor for this event will
be Orchards Bar and Grill at L’Auberge De Sedona. If you haven't
yet been to a Lunch at the Plaza event, this would be a good time
to start. Davis has performed in every country in the world except
Australia. He packs the dance floor with such regularity that
if you could look him up in Websters Dictionary you would find
that the word Sammy Davis and Dance Floor are synonymous.
The final concert in
this season's series will take place on June 24th. There is a
western theme set and the Blazin' M Cowboys guarantee to provide
foot stompin' entertainment. The Lunch At The Plaza free concert
series takes place from noon to 1pm at the Sedona City Hall Plaza
on Roadrunner Drive.