Arizona Pro Arte concert

Arizona Pro Arte contacted me with information about a concert that sounds interesting: “Meat and Potatoes of the German String Quartet,” featuring the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.  For more information and tickets click here

This concert will be acceptable for review. 

Hallelujah chorus parts online

Students in both 10th and 11th grade are expecting to perform the magnificent “Hallelujah” chorus from Handel’s Messiah

To help you learn your part, go here to find your own part (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) emphasized in audio recordings. 

The parts are on the Music Downloads tab. 

Cantilena Concert 9/29/18

I received the following message from Mrs. Marlynn Rey, former Cantamus director and member of Arizona Cantilena:

I wanted to make sure you know about the Arizona Cantilena Chorale … concert coming up on Sept. 29th in Scottsdale at the Taliesin West Pavilion.  This is going to be a magnificent concert featuring Paul Phoenix (former King Singer from the UK) in conjunction with the Chorale.  Dr. David Thye (principal conductor at Carnegie Hall for MidAmerica Productions, NY) is now our Cantilena director and has turned up the heat in terms of musical excellence for us. 

Performances are 5pm and 7pm.  Tickets are available through Eventbrite here

This concert, while not on the concert review agreement list, is acceptable for review. 

ASU Concert Discount Tickets

Because many of my students go to concerts at ASU, I want to pass on to you this notice about discounts.  Please recall that many of the ASU concerts do not have an admission price, although many of them do. 

Also remember: only concerts on the Concert Review Agreement are automatically approved for review.  Any concerts not on this list must receive advanced teacher approval.

Through Saturday, Sept. 15

Time is running out to save 25 percent on your season tickets! Select at least three performance dates and receive 25 percent off the total price when you purchase by Sept. 15. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased through the Create Your Own Season ticket package at


Why concert reviews?

Occasionally I get questions from parents or students about our concert review requirement in music classes.  Why are students required to review concerts?  Why two?  Why college-level performers or above?  Why not recordings; why do they have to be live performances?  Why classical (art) music and not pop or folk music?  Why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert?

While we’ve refined some of these requirements (including introducing a form to complete rather than a two-page review to write), the basic requirement has remained the same for my entire 15-year tenure at TPA, including the three criteria for concerts that qualify for review. 

The 81 concerts on the Concert Review Agreement all meet the following criteria, qualifying them for review:

  1. Live
  2. Classical (art music, not jazz, pop, or folk)
  3. College-level performers or above

As regards the last question above, why do we have to spend so much money to attend an expensive concert, the answer is you don’t.  There are plenty of free concerts, but not at the end of the semester.  Be sure to plan ahead so you don’t get stuck choosing between going to an expensive concert or not meeting the requirement at all. 

For a rationale for the concert review requirement, click here

Some students tell me that the concert review requirement is one of their favorite parts of the class. 

Both concert reviews are due Friday, December 7, 2018 at 3pm. 

Hayden’s Ferry: world-class chamber music

While I haven’t yet posted a complete list of concerts acceptable for review, I can guarantee that the Hayden’s Ferry series will be on it. 

Organized and produced by former TPA mom, Catherine Hayden, the Sunday-afternoon series features world-class performers in the intimate surroundings of the TCA Gallery.   Every concert in the series, which begins on October 21, is acceptable for review. 

Tickets are $10 for students and $30 for adults.  A reception follows where everyone can meet the artists. 

Mrs. Hayden recently contacted me with free bookmarks for our music class students and a note, which said in part:

This series is a great way to introduce kids to concerts and give them a chance to fall in love with chamber music. 

The following other concerts (which are not a part of the Hayden’s Ferry series) are coming up very soon and probably will happen before I have the list of acceptable concerts available. See if there’s something you’d like to hear:

September 1: Claudio Soares, Piano; ASU Katzin (
September 9: Shuang Zhu, Clarinet; ASU Katzin (
September 9: Michael Kirkendoll, Piano; ASU Katzin (
September 14-15: Phoenix Symphony; Symphony Hall ( Get tickets now; they often sell out of this one

All of these concerts also are acceptable for review. Write your review on the form. (