The 2017-2018 Community Concert Series Offers Music for Everyone at PVUMC

Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) announced its 2017-2018 Community Concert Series: Music for Everyone at PVUMC earlier this fall. The Sahnas Quintet kicked off the series on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 7 pm in the PVUMC sanctuary.

On November 10, a talented trio, We3, performs at 7 pm in the church sanctuary. As with all the concerts in the series, there are no tickets or fees, but registration is encouraged. Register for the event on Facebook, and invite your friends to join you, or visit Eventbrite to register for this concert, as well as others in the series.

Free, high-quality childcare is available at each event with a 48-hour reservation, making this a great date night. To reserve a spot for your child(ren) in our Childcare Center, please call the church at 602-840-8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours before the event. To cancel childcare, even at the last minute, please call the number again.

Mark your calendar to attend all the concerts in the series, and register on Eventbrite for one, two or all of the concerts in the series. See the listing below and on Eventbrite.

PVUMC Community Concerts 2017-2018

Friday, October 13, 2017, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Sahnas Quintet
The guitar-playing brothers, Demitri and Thano, and Lauren Sahnas on harp, are joined by Suzanne Lansford on violin, and Joe Garcia on percussion.
Sahnas has been an audience favorite since our concert series began, and we’re thrilled to have them back again. The group often performs at the Desert Botanical Gardens and at other venues and festivals in the Southwest. Don’t miss the chance to see them again and hear their music: a beautiful blending of sounds and rhythms from their native Greek culture and the warm, inviting romance of the classical Spanish guitar.


Friday, November 10, 2017, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
We3 entertains audiences of all ages with styles that include jazz, swing, blues, standards, world music, pop and R&B. Recent performances include: Phoenix Theatre, The Nash, and Jazz in the Hills at the Emerson Art Gallery.

We3 is comprised of vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, pianist/keyboardist Nicole Pesce, and violinist Suzanne Lansford.

Nicole, who began her professional career at age 12, has been described as “a one-woman piano phenomenon” and “a dazzling piano genius” whose performances have entertained worldwide. Nicole’s performances include The Musical Instrument Museum and most concert venues in the Phoenix area as well as others throughout the world.

Renee Grant Patrick is a jazz vocalist well-known throughout the valley for her powerful voice combined with a passionate delivery. Music is a way of life for Renee and in her blood. Renee’s father is George Grant, a member of the Ink Spots and her mother was a studio musician alongside such greats as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

Suzanne Lansford is a classically trained violinist who gave up classical lessons at the age of 13 to play jazz, Latin, bluegrass and even Greek and Scottish music. She has performed throughout the United States with various ensembles.


Sunday, December 10, 2017, 6 pm* in the Sanctuary (NOTE date/time* change)
Christmas at PVUMC — Gloria!

As the holidays approach, you’re invited to usher in the Christmas season with the PVUMC Christmas Concert: Gloria! on Sunday, December 10 at 6 pm. Please note that this event is on a Sunday, not a Friday, and at an earlier time than most of the other concerts in the series.

Enjoy Christmas music performed by PVUMC’s children, youth and adult choirs, with handbells and instrumental music. The Chancel Choir will perform the Randol Alan Bass “Gloria.” The concert also features The Warehouse Brass, a brass quintet featuring two trumpets, horn, trombone and tuba. This event weaves music, poetic texts and audience sing-a-longs for an uplifting evening fitting of the season.

A dessert reception follows in the Fellowship Center, and our church gift shop, Serendipities, will be open from 5-7:30 pm selling holiday cards, Christmas ornaments, toys, gifts and unique, artisan-made handcrafted jewelry and decor.


Friday, January 12, 2018, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Phoenix Girls Chorus – Bella and Cantabile Choirs

Founded in 1981 by Daniel Hooper, the Phoenix Girls Chorus has delighted and entertained audiences throughout Arizona and around the world. Under the direction of Ms. Danya Tiller, Artistic Director, the top-level performing ensemble, Cantabile, won first place in their choir division and was also awarded a gold diploma for their excellence in performance at the Franz Schubert International Choral Competition.

The Phoenix Girls Chorus has a wide musical repertoire including classical, sacred, folk, contemporary choral literature, Broadway pieces and foreign language selections. The Chorus has performed for the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Phoenix Symphony, the AZ House of Representatives, Governor Janet Napolitano, and made numerous radio and television appearances. The Bella and Cantabile choirs have taken part in prestigious choral festivals throughout the United States and including Canada, Germany, France, England, Wales, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Austria.


Friday, February 23, 2018, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
A Night on Broadway


Friday, March 16, 2018, 7 pm in the Sanctuary
Jácome Flamenco presents TABLAO

TABLAO is an electrifying and powerful show featuring two world-renown flamenco dancers, a singer and guitarist. TABLAO brings the intimacy and intensity of this captivating Andalucian art form directly to you so you’ll feel as if you’re in Sevilla, Spain. TABLAO is the best of traditional flamenco with brilliant modern elements.


Friday, April 20, 2018, 7 pm on the Paradise Perk Patio at PVUMC
Jazz at the Perk: Brett Reed Trio

Join us for an evening of cool jazz and hot coffee on Friday, April 20, at 7 pm for a concert under the stars on the Paradise Perk patio at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church.

Come hear some of Phoenix’ top jazz musicians play with our featured performer, Brett Reed, a jazz vibraphonist who performs solo and as part of ensembles, specializing in contemporary and improvised music. He regularly performs as a solo percussionist, as a member of several ensembles, including Crossing 32nd Street and Skin & Bones, a percussion duo he co-founded with Terry Longshore

Take a seat on the patio, settle back and enjoy the show on the Paradise Perk patio, while you sip hot or cold beverages and enjoy snacks from our own Paradise Perk. All proceeds benefit youth ministries and missions.


For more information about the musicians and concerts, please contact Dr. Ashley Snavley at 602-840-8360, ext 116.

Please Note: The church has a strict no alcohol and no smoking policy.

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