Posted: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the season in December with a variety of family-friendly holiday entertainment – from classical guitar to the toe-tapping rhythms of mariachi.

Returning for its 36th season in Scottsdale, Keyboard Conversations were inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s celebrated programs that made the joy of music accessible to audiences of all ages. To that format, acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel has added his own unique blend of extraordinary musicianship, warm personality, knowledge and engaging humor.

Returning for their annual Thanksgiving pilgrimage to Scottsdale, The Capitol Steps plan to bring down the House … and Senate … with their unique blend of sharp political satire set to popular music. The irreverent troupe pokes fun at all sides of the issues, from left to right, with fresh, up-to-the-minute material inspired by the latest headlines, scandals, election results and more.

Born out of a controversial and exciting time of rapid cultural change in China, BeijingDance/LDTX has captured worldwide attention since its founding in 2005 as the country’s first non-governmental and independent professional dance company. Its acronym, LDTX, is short for “Lei Dong Tian Xia,” which translates as “Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven,” a fitting name for this trail-blazing troupe.

Known for her virtuosity, lyricism and magnetic stage presence, Joyce Yang has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation, showcasing her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians.

Brad Garrett earned three Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award playing Ray Romano’s big brother Robert on the iconic CBS series "Everybody Loves Raymond." Returning to his stand-up comedy roots in this wickedly funny one-man show, he tosses political correctness out the window and takes jabs at everyone, including the audience.