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  • Sun City Players raise curtain on ‘Glorious’

    The Sun City Players will round out the season with Peter Quilter’s comedy “Glorious.”Performances are at Mountain View Auditorium Friday and Saturday evening, as well as May 2-3, with matinees on Sunday, May 1 and 4.All seats are $10 and require reservation.To purchase a seat, visit http://suncityplayerscommunitytheater.org or purchase your tickets at the Fairway Recreation Center, 10600 W. Peoria Ave.For information, call 623-972-9421.

  • Violin winner performs with North Valley Symphony Orchestra

    New River resident Frank Islas was recently announced as the winner of a new handmade violin, valued at more than $2,000, after competing in North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s annual Summerford Violin Competition.Islas will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor at the May 17 North Valley Symphony Orchestra concert, playing his new violin. Islas is a member of the first violin section for both the North Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra and the NVSO Adult Orchestra. At 18 years old, Islas has been playing violin six years and plans to pursue a degree related to music performance as well as an engineering degree.The application process for the competition consisted of composing answers to five essay questions, obtaining a letter of recommendation from outside the NVSO organization and auditioning in front of a panel of judges. Applicants also must be members in good standing in the North Valley Symphony Orchestra’s Symphonettes or Youth Orchestra. The violin is donated by local luthier Jody Summerford, who recognizes the work that the NVSO volunteer artistic staff is doing to nurture and develop young musicians in the Phoenix community. Summerford plans to support NVSO with donated handmade instruments each year.“When I first heard Frank play the violin at our first session, I was struck not only by his extraordinary violin talent, but by his commitment to the instrument,” said Islas’ private teacher William Berge. “Prior to our first meeting, Frank had had almost no formal training on the violin. However, through a combination of hard work, talent and intelligence, he has proven to be quick-study. No student of mine has progressed so quickly.”Islas consistently practices four hours per day as a part of his commitment to the discipline of violin.When asked what excites him most about winning this violin, Islas said: “My current violin is approximately 100 years old, and I would love to take up a new instrument that has not been played by others. Every instrument is different; the volume, the feel, the tone, the workmanship all contribute to the endless attributes of every instrument. I am looking forward to exploring the different sounds that I can generate from this new violin.”

  • ‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

    Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” ‘’Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics.There’s little doubt the T.D. Jakes-produced adaptation of Todd Burpo’s Christian non-fiction best-seller will have a built-in audience, especially on Easter weekend.After undergoing harrowing surgery for a ruptured appendix, young Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) begins recalling his journey for his family: Angels carried him to heaven where he met Jesus (played by Mike Mohrhardt, whose face we never quite see), as well as God, Colton’s great-grandfather and the miscarried sister he never knew he had.Such talk frightens his older sister (Lane Styles) and worries his pastor father, Todd (Greg Kinnear), and mother, Sonja (Kelly Reilly).As Colton becomes more verbal about his supposed encounter, the local paper in the small Nebraska town starts reporting the story. This leads some members of Todd’s congregation (Thomas Haden Church and Margo Martindale) to turn against the Burpo family.Though Todd sticks up for his son, his faith is also tested. “We ask these kids to believe this stuff,” he says to his wife, “but I don’t even know if I believe it myself.”

‘Heaven Is for Real’ heartfelt but dull

Continuing the recent trend of faith-based films, including “Noah” and “Son of God,” ‘’Heaven Is for Real” is a sweet tale based on a 4-year-old boy’s account of his trip to heaven that’s likely to please the devout, but won’t entice religious cynics.

  • icon Posted: April 18

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