Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi to perform recital

By Curtis Riggs | March 4, 2009

Virginia G. Piper Concert Series

Antonio Pompa-BaldiSCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present a recital by celebrated Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi on March 22 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale as part of the 2008-09 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series. The performance is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Single tickets are available for $24 online at or through the SCPA box office at 480-994-2787.

Each season, the Virginia G. Piper Concert Series brings to Scottsdale internationally acclaimed classical pianists – from legendary performers to emerging talents – for intimate recitals.

Born and raised in Italy, Antonio Pompa-Baldi won first prize at the Cleve-land International Piano Competition in 1999 and a silver medal at the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Comp-etition, where he also received the award for “Best Perfor-mance of a New Work.” Now a dis-tinguished professor of piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Pompa-Baldi has toured extensively on four continents, bringing his assured touch on the keyboard to many of the world’s major concert venues.

Among his recent engagements are acclaimed orchestral and solo debuts at Carnegie Hall, a triumphant recital debut in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, a highly praised recital in London and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine in Kiev. Pompa-Baldi’s program will include Hummel’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 2, No. 3; Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9; Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque; and Rach-maninoff’s Sonata No. 2, Op. 36, in B-flat minor (1931 version).

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church is located in Scottsdale at 25150 N. Pima Rd. at the East Happy Valley Road intersection. Free parking is available at the church. A $3 discount per ticket is available for groups of 15 or more (subject to restriction and limitation).

Call (480) 874-4690 for more information. Students with valid student identification may purchase half-price tickets (subject to availability; limit one per student) 72 hours before any performance at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts box office.

Tickets must be purchased in-person; phone orders are not accepted.

2008–09 Virginia G. Piper Concert Series: Antonio Pompa-Baldi Sunday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale.

Courtesy photo: Italian pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi will perform a recital on March 22, 2009, as part of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Virginia G. Piper Concert Series at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale.

4th Annual Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival

March 4, 2009

Coordinated by the non-profit Cave Creek Film & Arts Festival, the popular creative competition is open to residents statewide with two age divisions per category: youth (ages 12 to 18) and adults (ages 19 and over). Creative categories include: film, visual arts, photography, poetry, short stories, original song, and choreography.

Application Deadline:
5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2009

Entry fees:
$10 for youth division; $25 for adults. Applications can be downloaded at www.CaveCreek

Awards: $18,200 in prizes will be awarded. Awards Gala: A special “Coyote Awards Ceremony” will take place in July. Several showcase events will take place prior to the awards ceremony beginning in late June.

Sponsors: This year’s event includes more sponsorship opportunities. Interested sponsors and donors should contact Karen Smith-Lovejoy at (480) 515-6283. Information: Call (480) 298-9432 or visit www.CaveCreek

“Art Night in Cave Creek” is back!

March 4, 2009

Friday, March 13

3 Join our eclectic collection of art galleries in Cave Creek for adventure-filled and truly enchanted evenings from 6 – 9 p.m. the second Friday of every month through May.

Special events include: Drawing for Gift Certificate, Painting with the Artist, Mosaic Demo by Mark Kostner, Meet the Artists, Art Raffle. Silent Auctions, Music, Rug Trunk Show, Performance Art, Refreshments and more.

Look for the luminaries at each location along Cave Creek Road! Maps available inside. For more information please contact Karen at 480-595-1123 or Mickey at 480-329-6118. “Art Night in Cave Creek” Friday, March 13, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Luminaries and maps at each location along Cave Creek Road!

39th Annual Scottsdale Arts Festival

March 20–22, 2009 Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will present the 39th annual Scottsdale Arts Festival on March 20–22, 2009, at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The event is sponsored by CBS 5, 99.9 KEZ, 95.5 KYOT and SRP.

Consistently ranked among the top arts festivals in the country by the readers of American Style Magazine, the Scottsdale Arts Festival has been an Arizona tradition since 1971.

The three-day event features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout North America who display their work for sale on the beautiful grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

Works of art are available for purchase directly from the artists and from the Scottsdale Arts Festival’s online art auction.

Visitors also enjoy continuous live music and entertainment from Arizona’s top bands and performers, the interactive Photoscopia kaleido-scope and a sneak preview of the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Project commissioned by the Scottsdale Public Art Program, fun activities for children and families at Imagine Nation, delicious foods and beverages including a wine and beer tasting garden, free admission to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and free parking and shuttle service.

A complete listing of events, directions, shuttle and parking information is available online at Hours and admission Friday, March 20, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admission: $7 for adults; $5 for students; free for children 12 and under and members of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and SMoCA; two-day pass available for $10.

Location and parking The Scottsdale Arts Festival is held on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, adjacent to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at 7380 E. Second St. in downtown Scottsdale, four blocks south of Indian School Road and three blocks east of Scottsdale Road.

Free parking is available in the public parking garage located to the west of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and directly behind Los Olivos restaurant on Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional free parking is available.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, Box Office: 480-994-ARTS (2787). TDD: 480-874-4694 E-mail: al