KBAQ Heart of the Arts

Southwest Shakespeare Company concludes their 20th Anniversary Season with an innovative take on a Midsummer Night's Dream: FairyWorlds! at the Desert Botanical Garden. K-Bach's Sterling Beeaff catches up with Producing Director Jared Sakren.
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Photo courtesy of Arizona Musicfest
Along with bringing a wealth of fine performances to the Valley each winter, the Arizona Musicfest also encourages local young artists to reach for the stars, with the annual Arizona Musicfest Scholarship program.
Just over a year ago Arizona Opera had a change in leadership and disclose significant financial problems. Since then companies around the world, San Diego, Indianapolis, even in Italy and London have made the news because of similar problems. Arizona Opera tackled the problem head on and has found strong community and business support largely because of it open policies and new leadership. K-Bach's Sterling Beeaff chats with executive director, Ryan Taylor.
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Music lovers, rejoice! A new choir has recently emerged on the Valley art scene: Inspirare Nova. The sixteen-voice choir is "dedicated to creating original choral works and presenting them in a visually engaging concert format. " Co-founding member and composer Tom Peterson, shares a few thoughts with K-Bach's Jane Hilton.
Soprano Renée Fleming made her very first appearance here in the Valley Wednesday at the Mesa Arts Center. A recital of works from “off the beaten path”—music by Cantaloube, Mozart, Strauss and Delibes. The program, "Guilty Pleasures" is also the title of the recording she released last fall. K-Bach's Sterling Beeaff catches up with the opera star.
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