KBAQ Heart of the Arts

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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Lots of concerts this weekend, including a special program presented by The Sonoran Desert Chorale: The Requiem for the Fallen---a concert honoring the heroes of this nation who have given "the last full measure of devotion" in service to our country. The concerts are a prelude to the Sonoran Desert Chorale’s European tour this June, where they perform in Normandy as part of the official 70th Anniversary of D-Day.
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Two fantastic musicians dropped by K-BACH studios this week: New York City based Violin & Piano comedy team Igudesman & Joo. The duo performs Wednesday, April 30, 7:30pm at the Mesa Arts Center. Believe us- they had staff in stitches, with their special brand of "Mozart hijacked by Monty Python" sense of humour!
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