Music, dance, theatre
. . . aah the red rocks
by Liz Warren
The sun set on a perfect early
summer evening May 25 as The Phoenix Symphony warmed up to
begin not just a stunning concert under the stars, but an
entire season of events at the Georgia Frontiere Performing
Arts Pavilion at Sedona Cultural Park.
year marks the second year The Symphony has made the trip
up from the heat of Phoenix to bring their unmatched classical
and pops sounds to Sedona and northern Arizona.
“One question we’ve been getting
from people is, why isn’t there something going on every single
weekend at the Cultural Park?” said Executive Director Dan
Schay. “The construction on Highway 89A and the City of Sedona’s
restrictions on our activities have certainly made an impact
on our season, but on the other hand, The Symphony doubled
their performance schedule, as did Jazz on the Rocks, and
Shakespeare Sedona is performing both of their shows with
As the widening of the highway
is completed, the community can expect more events at the
amphitheater - and the Park is always available for hiking
and picnics, free of charge.
Even with a limited schedule,
the Park has several events on the horizon for June and July.
First up, legendary jam band The String Cheese Incident comes
to the Pavilion on June 28.
Canyon Movement Company’s
Dancelebration 2001 takes to the amphitheater on June 29.
Featuring performances by visiting companies Gash/Voight Dance
Theatre of St. Louis, Human Nature of Jerome, Open Door Dance
Theatre of Boulder, Colorado, Printz Dance Project of Corte
Madera, California, Semaphor Danceworks of Phoenix, ZUZI Move
It Dance Company of Tucson and Canyon Movement Company, the
event is $15 for adults and $10 for students.
A free community Independence
Day celebration, Family Fun Fourth at the Park, is scheduled
to include music, fireworks and more on July 4. Another free
event, a performance by the 108th Army Band, is scheduled
for July 8 at 4:00 p.m. The Band recently performed for President
George W. Bush during his Memorial day visit to Arizona.
Beginning July 14, Shakespeare
Sedona presents Othello and All’s Well That Ends Well in repertory
with a special twist - the audience will join the actors on
the ample stage.
In August, New Age music originator
and Sedona favorite Chris Spheeris will perform with Anthony
Kicking off the fall events,
the Flagstaff Symphony Pops comes to the amphitheater on September
9. Sedona EcoFest II, promises another day-long extravaganza
of music and environmentally-conscious vendors and more.
The 20th anniversary edition
of Sedona Jazz on the Rocks is just around the corner. A Friday
night concert under the stars with Chuck Mangione marks the
beginning of the weekend’s events on September 21. The day-long
festival event, on Saturday, September 22, features Cyrus
Chestnut, Billy Mitchell with Barbara Morrison, Yellowjackets,
Doug MacLeod and the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Band.
The Park’s season concludes
on October 13 with a concert by R. Carlos Nakai and William
For additional information
on Park events, or to place a ticket order, please call 203-4849,
ext. 253. Information is also available on the Park’s web
If you are interested in volunteering
at Park events, please call Liz at 282-0747, ext. 221.