Performances

Desert Overture performs 3-4 formal concerts throughout the greater Phoenix area, including the Tempe Center for the Arts. The band also marches in the annual Pride parade, as well as performing in smaller and more intimate venues.

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Around the World in 90 Minutes!

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.
 
Biography: 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 @ 3:00pm


Location

Tempe Center for the Arts - BUY TICKETS HERE <----

Symphony of the Wild! An Expedition Through Wildlife

Symphony of the Wild! An Expedition Through Wildlife

Join Desert Overture Wind Symphony as they bring the majesty of the animal kingdom to life! A wide variety of music will celebrate the beauty and wonder of creatures great and small.

Date

Sunday - September 8th, 2024 @ 3:00pm


Location

Tempe Center For The Arts - Tickets on Sale Soon!

Desert CIty Jazz

More Performances by our Sister Organization

Desert City Jazz is a full-size jazz ensemble comprised of many of the best jazz musicians in the Phoenix area’s LGBT and Ally community.