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Dancers from Desert Sun Performing Arts will be part of Maricopa’s ArtsFest.

MARICOPA — The community will be offered a trio of art performances coupled with visual art displays and performances by students at the Heritage Academy during ArtsFest.

Two dates, each with a distinct theme and genre, will be offered. The first will present “Music and Movement” on Oct. 19, and the second — “Song and Story” — on Feb. 1, both at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The city’s premier music orchestra Maricopa Music Circle, combined with Maricopa Community Theater, will be joined by newly founded Heritage Academy-Maricopa music students, area visual artists and Desert Sun Performing Arts to create a melange of live performances for Maricopa.

The events are sponsored by the newly founded city of Maricopa Arts Committee and the Maricopa Arts Council.

As in their spring 2019 Masterworks Concert, Maricopa Music Circle chose a universal orchestral favorite, Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” (arranged by Josh Siegel) to begin the performance on the main stage on Oct. 19.

In this orchestral music piece, “the listener is invited to stroll through a gallery where the painting depicts everything from a haunted old castle to chicks breaking through their shells, a witch’s hut that walks on giant chicken legs and a stupendous city entry gate,” said Maricopa resident and MMC founder, keyboardist and music composer Judith Zaimont.

Following this wild ride are two individual contemplative music pieces, “two atmospheric impressions of night moods” said Zaimont, "Romance" and "Reverie," both by Claude Debussy and both arranged by Gary Zaimont.

Judith Zaimont said, “Relax in a cloud and let dreams take you” on these pieces.

And finally, from MMC, a “whirling medley of well-known themes from the ‘Star Wars’ film saga,” will be the Star Wars Medley by John Williams arranged by Laura Olivieri.

Maricopa Music Circle includes performers ranging from piccolo to tuba, including keyboard, viola, violin, flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone, French horn, percussion and euphonium.

Five Heritage Academy students will perform acoustic music in the lobby during the interlude between the two main stage performances of "Music and Movement."

Newly opened in July, Heritage Academy-Maricopa’s arts programs are full of musicians, dancers, actors and artists who are defining through their lives and participation what the school is about.

Tanyon Berry and his wife, Lisa Berry, both of whom studied music at Arizona State University and both of whom play with the Maricopa Music Circle Chamber Orchestra, have written and arranged all music beyond the beginner’s method books at the school.

The Berrys have also begun three bands, an orchestra, a combined wind ensemble, a string advance ensemble and taiko (Japanese drumming) ensemble and plan to start a taiko drumming troupe at Heritage Academy, according to the Founder of MAC, Judith Zaimont.

Tanyon Berry has performed for 12 years with the Phoenix Taiko Ensemble, which the MAC brought to Maricopa in November 2016 to perform at the World Music Showcase in an outdoor performance at Copper Sky Recreation Center.

The visual arts exhibit will fill the walls with a wide variety of media and techniques, including graphic design (serigraph), oil painting, weaving, jewelry design, gourd art, watercolor, acrylic, woodturning art pieces, woven art pieces and fashion by Angelina Martin, a Maricopa teacher and Phoenix fashion designer.

The Visual Art Intermezzo also includes eight paintings from Maricopa High School’s Art Club. Lauren Wong and her students, as well as many art pieces housed within locked glass display cases and several sculptures, will be displayed within a niche, the only such place to show sculpture in Maricopa.

Maricopa Community Theater Actors will present commentary throughout the evening and short drama monologues and play excerpts during the MMC orchestral performance as the evening unfolds.

Founder and owner of Desert School of Performing Arts Ceylan Gentilella will be bringing some of her students offering a wide range of musical dance numbers.

“The arts are severely lacking in Maricopa,” she said. “We offer arts events to increase awareness of the arts in this city.”

In the past, Maricopa Musical Circle and DSPA have performed together in "The Nutcracker," in Maricopa Music Circle Orchestral Concerts and in annual recitals.

Both evenings of ArtsFest performances will be held at the Maricopa High School Performing Arts Center, 45012 W. Honeycutt Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m. Students of all ages are admitted for $5. Tickets are $18 per evening online or at the door, $30 for both evenings. Online tickets are available at artsfestmaricopa.brownpapertickets.com.

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