Arizona Pro Arte Debuts Dance Ensemble at Tempe Center for the Arts

The classical music ensemble Arizona Pro Arte (APA) is finishing up its 2013-14 season with a bang. APA will debut two new pieces of music, which will be accompanied by the new Arizona Pro Arte Dance Ensemble, in Apotheosis of the Dance on Thursday, April 10, at Tempe Center for the Arts.

The concert will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 along with two works by contemporary composers Aharon Harlap and Michael-Thomas Foumai. Harlap's Sinfonia Breve and Foumai's The Divine Comedy were selected for this season finale from nearly 500 works submitted to the APA's second international "Call for Scores" competition.

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The new Arizona Pro Arte Dance Ensemble will be accompanying these two orchestral premières with choreography by Brad Speck. Many members of the new group come from the Center Dance Ensemble, which regularly performs at the Herberger.

This all ties in nicely with APA's dedication to collaborative performance. "That's what APA is all about: new artistic experiences featuring the best local talent presented in an accessible and engaging format," says Founding Artistic Director and Conductor Timothy Verville.

The performance officially begins at 7:30 p.m., but there will a pre-concert conversation with dance coordinator Brad Speck and Composer Aharon Harlap starting a 7 p.m. This Q & A session is not to be missed.

Apotheosis of the Dance will be presented for one performance only on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the studio of Tempe Center for the Arts. General admission is $20, with a discount available for seniors, students, and military. Tickets can be purchased at

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