Desert Overture presents “I Am What I Am” on June 3

Desert Overture, Phoenix’s LGBT and Ally Wind Symphony, presents “I Am What I Am,” a concert celebrating milestones in LGBT history.

The 50-piece wind ensemble will play a variety of music commemorating events such as the Harlem Renaissance, the advent of Disco, the assassination of Harvey Milk, and the passage of Marriage Equality.

Kristen Drathman

The band will welcome guest vocalist Kristen Drathman, who has appeared on stages throughout the Valley.

The performance will take place on Sunday, June 3 at 3:00 PM at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe.

Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $2 for students K-12, and children 5 and under are free. There is a $5 per ticket surcharge on the day of the show. Prices do not include box office service fee.

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Announcing the Desert Overture Member Program!


Desert Overture’s parent organization, Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE) has just launched a member program which will benefit both Desert Overture and our sister band, Desert City Jazz.

The Desert Overture Member Program provides an excellent opportunity for individuals/couples and businesses to contribute to our success and receive benefits and recognition for your contribution. Every contribution level includes vouchers for concert tickets that can be used for any concerts in our 2017-2018 season (December 2017 – September 2018) in any combination (excluding special fundraising events).

As an arts organization, our gift to the community is unique. We provide a venue for LGBTQ and straight musicians to come together and perform quality entertainment that everyone can enjoy. As a member, you are actively supporting arts in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Program benefits:

  • All members will be listed in each Desert Overture concert program and on our website for the season
  • Vouchers may be used for either Desert Overture or Desert City Jazz concerts (excluding special fundraising events).
  • Vouchers can be used at any time during the 2017-2018 season (December 2017 – September 2018).

The portion of your donation which exceeds the value of the benefits you will receive is deductible for tax purposes.

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Our Benefactors

Desert Overture Members

Desert Overture deeply appreciates the following individuals for their generous support.

Level Members
Maestro – $500+ Audrey M. and Paul J. Bronsing
Timothy D. Erickson
Jeff Parker and John Waldron
John Tompkins and Mitch Picklesimer
Virtuoso – $250+
Soloist – $100+ Leon W. Kochan
Gary L. Webber
Band Geek – $50+ Mike Bianchi
Kay Powers

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Corporate and Organization Supporters

Desert Overture extends our profuse thanks to the following business sponsors for their generous support.

Level Members
Encore – $1,000+
Ovation – $750+ Jonathan Bengel, EA M.Ed
Bravo – $500+
Applause – $250+

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Desert Overture is grateful to the following companies and organizations for their financial support through their various grant programs: