Music Alive! is an exciting series featuring engaging, entertaining and informative events to enrich your Arizona Musicfest experience. Programs are inspired by the Musicfest concert season and designed to illuminate your music appreciation and engagement.

Over 6,000 members of the Musicfest Community attended Music Alive! lessons, lectures, discussion groups, and more during the past five seasons. Find pictures from events below, and click through the tabs on the left to learn more!

Discover new music, share your favorites, and meet other music enthusiasts in this music listening club. Music & Muffins offers explorations and lively discussion on a wide range of genres that complement the Musicfest concert season.

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Music & Muffins

Hear prominent local performers, scholars, and Musicfest staff discuss diverse musical genres, pieces, and concepts. Enrich your Musicfest concert experience by attending one of these engaging events!

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Lectures on Music

Join us for our annual four-part deep dive into one of the great works of the Orchestral Tradition! Musicfest U:
The Firebrid explores Igor Stravinsky’s sweeping ballet suite through engaging lectures, listening sessions, and audience participation.

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Musicfest U

Join Ben Baer an hour before downbeat for a 45-minute discussion of the pieces to be performed on each of our Festival Orchestra Concerts. Illuminate your concert-going experience through these special events!

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Pre-Concert Talks

Enjoy a bag of popcorn and a film with friends! Musicfest at the Movies screens documentaries and popular movies related to the Musicfest season, followed by a talk-back session.

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Musicfest at the Movies

It’s never too late to experience the joy of music-making! Musicfest Senior Strummers are group lessons on the beautiful and easy-to-learn ukulele. Sessions for varying levels of experience are available.

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Senior Strummers

Piano Fusion is the solution to Lonely Pianist Syndrome! This program connects amateur pianists through chamber music by offering 4-, 8-, and even 16-hand piano arrangements. If you can read music, you’ll fit right in; all levels welcome!

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Piano Fusion

HealthRhythms is a group drumming and music-making program that connects, empowers and gets people to interact together in ways that they have not before. Circles use druming as a fun gateway activity to build community around recreational music-making – simply put, making-music for joy, community and to let go of some stress. It’s for everyone, because anyone can drum!


Arizona Musicfest is proud to partner with The Musik Box to bring Kindermusik​®, the world’s leading provider of music-based education for children from birth through age seven, to the Community Room. Kindermusik uses the power and joy of music-making to help children learn and grow during the years most critical to brain development.