Arizona Musicfest had planned to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary season by presenting 30 memorable indoor concert performances from November through April. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization canceled its previously-announced concert season and has pivoted to a new outdoor performance format.
“With our reimagined outdoor series, we’re excited to safely reunite our audiences as we celebrate the return of live music to the Musicfest stage,” says Allan Naplan, Arizona Musicfest’s executive and producing director. “We’re grateful for the extraordinary and steadfast support of our generous donors which has allowed Musicfest to move forward with this season’s exciting alternative plans. Through these concerts, Musicfest will continue its important efforts to ‘Bring the Joy of Music to All,” he says.
Musicfest concerts will run from March 27 to May 1, a departure from its usual seven-month season. Performances in March and April will take place at the newly-created Musicfest Performance Pavilion on the campus of Highlands Church in North Scottsdale.
The special 2021 ‘Musicfest Outdoors’ series features a line-up of great artists; some making their Musicfest debuts, while others returning due to popular demand.
Featured artists include The Everly Brothers Experience (3/27), celebrating the music and history of the iconic duo; popular jazz quintet The Black Market Trust (4/12); folk legends The Kingston Trio (4/17); and Musicfest audience favorites Ann Hampton Callaway (4/20) and Tony DeSare (4/24). The series concludes with the Festival Orchestra Chamber Players (5/1), comprised of musicians from some of the nation’s finest orchestras. Maestro Robert Moody leads the ensemble with acclaimed guest piano soloist Cathal Breslin.
For its outdoor concert series, Arizona Musicfest will adhere to COVID-19 safety and mitigation protocols. More details about Musicfest’s COVID-19 safety plans and can be found on the organization’s website.
March 27 – May 1
For more information and tickets, visit azmusicfest.or or call 480-422-8449.