Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend
Arizona Pro Arte - Tempe Center for the Arts - Saturday, August 24
Love symphony music, but hate tuxedos? Skip the traditional classical music experience characterized by stuffy crowds, and head to Tempe Center for the Arts for a more laid-back show where the musicians wear regular clothes, and where attendees get a chance to get up-close-and-personal to the performers before and after the concert. At AZ Pro Arte's Two Greats performance, the local musical performance group welcomes international double bass player Catalin Rotaru to captivate eyes and ears with the massively beautiful instrument.
Haydn's Concerto for Cello in C Major was written for an instrument half the size of Rotaru's, giving audience member's a whole new taste for the classic work. While AZ Pro Arte usually pairs visual art with their music, the ensemble is going all melody for their summer concert series, which has seen sell-out crowds at the hip performing arts venue. "I will say it is a very unique experience to see and hear a true musical virtuosity up close," says conductor Timothy Verville. "It leaves you in amazement, in awe, in true admiration of what we are capable of as humans, as artists. Catalin Rotaru is essentially bringing the musical equivalent of a semi-truck to a racetrack, and beating the competition by miles." Bet you never thought classical music would get your adrenaline going. -- Nicki Escudero