Phoenix’s Premier LGBT & Ally Wind Symphony


Desert Overture performs 3-4 formal concerts at Tempe Center for the Arts and one outdoor performance in Downtown Phoenix annually. The band also performs in smaller and more intimate venues on special occasions.

Desert Overture

Around The World in 90 Minutes!

Join Desert Overture, Phoenix’s LGBT+ and Ally Wind Symphony, for a 90-minute global adventure through captivating melodies of different cultures and continents. Experience exciting musical styles from around the Globe that everyone can enjoy from Africa to Japan and Indonesia to Mexico. Don’t miss out! Get your tickets now for an afternoon of joy, unity, and great music from around the world!

Our performance will be featuring Guest Artist José Salazar on Piano!

José Carlos Salazar is a Mexican concert pianist, chamber musician, scholar, and professor. His education stems from his Mexican roots back in Aguascalientes Mexico. There he studied at the Manuel M. Ponce center for musical studies. Later, he received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Arizona State University in Piano Performance under the Steinway artists Caio Pagano and Robert Hamilton. During his studies he worked with international renowned pianists such as Adbiel Vazquez, Marta Garcia Renart, Australian pianist Leslie Howard, and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Vadym Kholodenko. 

Throughout his career he has participated in numerous festivals, international competitions, and concerts around the United States, Mexico, Ireland, and the Netherlands. He has been a guest artist in music series Poncefonía in Aguascalientes Mexico, and crafted diverse programs as a solo pianist and chamber musician. Among many performances, Salazar has appeared as a collaborating musician and soloist with the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra, the Tempe Symphony Orchestra, Irish band The Chieftains, and with Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli. He has performed extensively in Arizona and Mexico and toured in Europe with concerts in Ireland, Italy, France, and Amsterdam. He has performed in numerous concerts at Arizona State University, Lamont School of Music in Denver, Centennial Hall in Tucson, the national Museum of Art in Mexico City, as a collaborative pianist and as a soloist. 

Now a days he maintains a rigorous performing career and artistic activities with local and international organizations in the valley and in Mexico.

Date: Sunday – June 16th, 2024

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Tempe Center For The Arts – 700 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Tickets are on sale NOW! Please click the button below to purchase tickets.

Desert City Jazz

More Performances by our Sister Organization

Desert City Jazz is an 18-piece jazz ensemble comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Ally community.

Support the Band


Donations and Memberships enable Desert Overture to fulfill its mission to entertain, enrich, educate, and support the community and it’s members through our passion for music. All financial and in-kind contributions are greatly appreciated!

The Desert Overture Member Program is an excellent way for individuals/couples and businesses to support Desert Overture and its sister organization, Desert City Jazz. Scroll down to learn more!

To simply donate money without joining the Member Program, just click the Donate button. You will be redirected to PayPal, where you can donate by credit or debit card, or directly out of your existing PayPal account. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal.

All donations are tax-deductible. Desert Overture’s parent organization, Desert Overture Live Cultural Entertainment, Inc. (DOLCE) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Arizona in May, 2010, and was granted 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Status by the IRS in August, 2010.

Tax ID: 27-2639791

To request a donation receipt, please contact

Member Level Program

The Desert Overture Member Program provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to our success and receive benefits and recognition for your contribution. All members will be listed in each Desert Overture concert program and on our website for the season.

As an arts organization, our gift to the community is unique. We provide a venue for LGBTQ and ally 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.

  • Maestro $500
  • Virtuoso $250 – $499
  • Soloist $100 – $249
  • Band Geek $50 – $99

To participate in the Member Program, click the Donate button above. You will be redirected to PayPal, where you can donate by credit or debit card, bank transfer, or directly out of your existing PayPal account. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal.

If you have questions, please contact us via email at

Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities

Desert Overture offers advertising opportunities in the concert programs at each of their concerts. For more information on pricing and sizing requirements, please click on our current Media Kit below.

Media Kit (Updated 2023)

Join the Band

If you played an instrument in high school or later and are looking for an opportunity to play again, please join us! The information on this page should answer most of your questions.

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