Under the baton of conductor George Hanson, the TSO's string, brass, and wind ensembles will kick off the concert series with Stars of the Symphony, which showcases a glittering array of chamber gems that culminates in Handel's jubilant Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 12 in B minor. Marvelous Mozart celebrates the genius of Mozart in non-synthesized fashion with his instantly recognizable "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" before closing with the graceful complexity of Wolfgang Amadeus' Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, which he composed shortly after springing fully formed from his father's head. Schumann Romance focuses on the husband-and-wife team of Robert and Clara Schumann, particularly Robert's famous Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op. 52 and piano concerto. Pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe will juxtapose Robert's energetic concerto with Clara's more playful, elegant Piano Trio in A Minor. The season closes with Virtuoso Violin & Haydn as concertmaster Aaron Boyd dazzle audiences with the soaring stringsmanship of Beethoven's Coriolan overture, Vieuxtemps' brilliant Violin Concerto, and Haydn's joyous 92nd Symphony (the Oxford).
Situated in a pristine 745-acre country club complete with an intimate outdoor-concert venue, The Good Life Festival concert series showcases legendary performers alongside boutique shopping, wine tastings, fine dining, and more. Best known for the hits "American Woman" and "These Eyes," Canadian classic-rockers The Guess Who will energize eardrums at 4 p.m. Three Dog Night will grace the stage at 6 p.m., breezing through the band's 12 gold records and 21 consecutive top-40 hits—seven of which have become European national anthems—including "Joy to the World" and "Mama Told Me Not to Come." When the festival opens at noon, shopping sages can peruse booths displaying clothing, custom furniture, fine cigars, and more, and culinary connoisseurs can sample tempting gourmet tidbits while partaking in more than a dozen varieties of wine.
Armed with swift pitches, brawny line drives, and a division-topping season record, the Arizona Diamondbacks sprint toward their first National League West crown since 2007. Instead of catching the game by posing as the new bat-hoarding termite inspector, fans can watch the action from baseline-reserve seats along the left- and right-field foul lines. This season, right-handed hurler J.J. Putz baffled 9th-inning hitters while posting 51 strikeouts, 39 saves, and a mega-slim 2.44 ERA over 51.2 innings pitched. After 148 games, right fielder Justin Upton marches toward his 600th career hit while lugging 86 RBIs, a .296 batting average, and a tuba signed by John Philip Sousa.
Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.
Fred Astaire Dance Studios' highly experienced instructors instill the subtle elegance of waltzes, fox trots, and tangos into dancing gams. Private introductory lessons school feet in a choice of over 20 styles during sessions, as individuals or couples learn the basics of ballroom dance, dance-floor etiquette, and surgical options available for second left feet. Aside from private sessions, group classes encourage amateur dancers to test out their skills with fellow frolickers during 45 minutes of sashaying and socializing. By the end of their introductory education, students whirl and waltz through the studio's spacious dancing environment with more confidence than the Lord of the Dance at an Irish nightclub.
Conceived by the Arab American Association, The USA Belly Dance Queen Show showcases some of the nation's top torso twisters in an effort to bridge cultural gaps through art and tradition. Three different levels of contestants wiggle their hips in front of professional Arab judges, who rate each routine based on specific criteria, including costume and makeup, use of props, and ability to make hula-hoops blush. As sultry Middle Eastern music drifts throughout the venue, the show's standout dancers groove past opposition and into the final rounds before judges crown 2012's queens of belly dancing. A surprise celebrity guest will captivate the audience with a dancing performance, and onsite vendors enable attendees to corral exotic décor, tribal jewelry, and DVDs of football's most famous touchdown belly dances.