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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.

When the 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 breathless.

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 or 203-4TIX.

More in-depth coverage of these events can be found all over this issue of The Red Rock Review.

A.R.T.S. Returns

The Actors Repertory Theatre of Sedona returns, May 24th, with its season opener The Amorous Flea.

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. ]

Get 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.

More 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.


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