Orchestral music + ballet-infused modern dance = awesome. That describes the latest show by Arizona Pro Arte, a local orchestra that combines classical and modern works with visual art. I checked them out last night at Tempe Center for the Arts, where they performed with their own AZ Pro Arte Dance Ensemble for some of the works.
The 40-piece orchestra’s Apotheosis of the Dance concert featured Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, along with two modern composers’ works, Michael-Thomas Foumai’s The Divine Comedy: Paradiso, and Aharon Harlap’s Sinfonia Breve. Every year, Arizona Pro Arte conducts a Call for Scores competition, where composers from around the world may enter to have their piece performed for the Arizona masses – these were two of the winners from that competition.
Like all of their performances, the ensemble played beautifully, entrancing audience members with their deftness and passion while playing. The dancers in the second act were a really fun touch. They went through several costume changes and performed a variety of dance styles, and the fact the choreography was specialized just for these new, innovative orchestral works was really neat.
Arizona Pro Arte is gearing up to kick off their summer season, Saturday, July 5, with a patriotic music-themed show paired with singer/actor/comedian Hector Coris. Learn more about Arizona Pro Arte founder Timothy Verville here on Phoenix People, and find out more details about shows here.