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Upcoming Performances, Tours and Runs (Issue #71)

By March 5, 2013

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In this issue: slavs, fighting cancer, desert blooms, and a special violin.

This column includes announcements of seminars, workshops, community events, fundraisers and other programs for which there is an admission charge, a donation expected or you are otherwise expected to spend money, such as shopping events. Advance registration is required at some these events, so you might see them listed here weeks before they are scheduled to occur.

If you are looking for programs or activities where there is no charge for admission, you can check my weekly "Free Things To Do" column (it comes out every Monday), or check the monthly calendar of recurring annual events.

Events are presented here in date order.

What: Music of the Slavs
When: Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E Stanford Dr. Paradise Valley
Riznica Chamber Choir presents music by famous Slavic composers: Dvorak's Song to the Moon from Rusalka, arias from Borodin's Prince Igor, arias from Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades and Eugene Onegin, arias from Korsakov's Sadko, and more famous opera arias. You will hear Our Father from Tchaikovsky Liturgy and other spiritual songs, as well as Rachmaninoff's, Glinka's, Tchaikovsky's and Bartok's art songs, fnishing with Russian folk songs. Adults $15, group sales and seniors $10, students and children $5. Buy tickets at the door or online.

What: Run to Fight Children's Cancer
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Where: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
Runners and spectators are invited for family-friendly fun including jump castles, arts and crafts, music, professional sports team mascots and other entertainment. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital and the Children's Cancer Network. The Run is held on a flat, fast course around Grand Canyon University and the surrounding neighborhood. It includes a 10K run, a 5K run/walk and a quarter-mile Cancer Survivors' Walk held after both races are completed. All 5K and 10K runners are encouraged to cheer on the survivors during their walk to the finish line. 5K start time: 7:30 a.m.; 10K start time: 7:50 a.m.; Cancer Survivors' Walk (quarter mile): 8:45 a.m. Cost 5K: $30 through March 8 and $35 day-of; 10K: $40 through March 8 and $45 day-of. No charge for spectators who would like to cheer on other racers or enjoy the event entertainment and games.

What: Desert Flower Tours
When: Wednesdays: March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10, and April 17, 2013 from 11 a.m. to noon
Where: Deer Valley Rock Art Center in North Phoenix
Ample winter rains means that spring will be blooming at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Join educator Elizabeth Alexander for a tour of multicolor wildflowers and flowering trees in our Sonoran Desert preserve. Tour admission (includes museum admission): Adults $7, Seniors $4, Children $3. Reservations are required, call call (623) 582-8007.

What: A Night with Stradivarius
When: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix
Join ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra in its first concert at the historic Orpheum Theater. Elizabeth Pitcairn performs in partnership with one of the world's most legendary instruments, the "Red Mendelssohn" Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy award winning film "The Red Violin." Ms. Pitcairn will perform works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and the Red Violin Suite by John Corigliano as well as works with PMAZ Orchestra and Chorale. Tickets start at $30.

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If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more fundraisers, seminars and programs happening around town.

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All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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