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  • Music in sports highlighted at PBC Experience music workshop

    The Phoenix Boys Choir’s free music workshop returns from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 24 with a new themed workshop.  Boys from around the Valley are invited to participate in the morning workshop to learn how to sing, read music and perform through activities themed around music from the sporting and gaming worlds.  The workshop culminates in a short performance for parents and friends to showcase everything the boys learned in the workshop. Boys will also enjoy a short performance by the Phoenix Boys Choir.Registration is at PBC Experience Music Workshop takes place at the Phoenix Boys Choir building, 1131 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix. There is no cost for the camp. Snacks and water will be provided.Participating boys will sing alongside current Phoenix Boys Choir members studying the fundamentals of expressive choral singing, music literacy and concert etiquette, led by members of the Phoenix Boys Choir artistic staff and Phoenix Boys Choir alumni.

  • Bands announced for McDowell Mountain Music Festival

    The three-day festival at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix March 27-29 will feature Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Portugal, The Man, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Beats Antique, Trampled by Turtles, StrFkr, Robert Delong and Break Science.Tickets are now on sale at After-hours event passes will be on sale at a later date.John Largay, president of Wespac Construction, which has produced the non-profit music festival since 2004, said in a release: “This festival is a party for the people. It’s a community effort, engaging music enthusiasts to come out to enjoy an eclectic mix of talents and also to support notable charities in the Valley.”Proceeds from the festival benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center, which provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services.

  • Desert Brass Band, church choir perform joint concert

    St. Thomas More Catholic Church Choir will host the Desert Brass Band for a joint Christmas concert at 5 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary at 6180 W. Utopia Road, Glendale.The 33-piece Desert Brass Band has been entertaining in the West Valley since 1998, with 10 to 15 performances a year. Members are experienced musicians from the Sun Cities area, Wickenburg, Goodyear, Peoria, Glendale and Scottsdale.The 40-voice choir is directed by Steve Raml. The Desert Brass is directed by Charles Musgrave.Following each group’s individual performance, the audience will be encouraged to join in with the choir and band for  a round of Christmas carols.The concert is free and open to the public. Call 602-291-0500 for information.

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