Arizona Musicfest at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church Orchestra Fest

Arizona Musicfest

Arizona Musicfest has been working with La Casa de Cristo to bring world-class music to the Scottsdale, Arizona area for over 6 years. We love hosting their Orchestra Fest and other concerts, both in the Sanctuary and the Gathering Place.

The Mission of Arizona Musicfest is to:

  • Engage, stimulate and delight audiences, from near and far, as an important destination music festival;
  • Educate and inspire young and old through music enrichment programs;
  • Cultivate, support and promote aspiring young musicians through performance opportunities, competitions and scholarships; and
  • Foster an organizational culture that values professionalism, volunteerism, patronage, and a sense of family.

Upcoming Arizona Musicfest Shows at La Casa de Cristo

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Gathering Place

Latin Grammy Award winner Pedro Giraudo is regarded as one of the most compelling tango artists today. His compositions represent the evolution of tango—from its traditional roots to a contemporary sound blended with jazz and classical—that respects the past and looks to the future. His quartet of virtuoso instrumentalists has played on the main-stages of the United States, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.

Tickets can be found on their website.

Festival Orchestra Week 2020

Located in La Casa’s main Sanctuary

Music of La Mancha

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:30pm

Maestro Robert Moody starts the concert with music inspired by Cervantes’ Don Quixote. This is an orchestral medley from Broadway’s adaptation matched with Richard Strauss’s tone poem—cellist Zuill Bailey—which vividly depicts the knight errant’s would-be heroic tale. Following intermission, the Festival Orchestra performs masterworks showcasing traditional Spanish dances—Ravel’s scintillating Rhapsodie Espagnol and excerpts from De Falla’s exhilarating Three-Cornered Hat.


  • LEIGH/HAYMAN arr.: Music from Man of La Mancha
  • R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote, op. 35
  • Zuill Bailey, cello
  • Intermission
  • RAVEL: Rhapsodie Espagnol
  • DE FALLA: Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

Tickets can be found on their website.


Pictures at an Exhibition & Rachmaninoff

Thursday, February 20, 2020 7:30pm

This all-Russian program begins with Borodin’s exhilarating Polovtsian Dances and is followed by Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 4 which features the prodigiously-talented Samuel Xu, an alumnus of Arizona Musicfest’s acclaimed Young Musicians Programs. Maestro Moody and the Festival Orchestra complete the tour of Russia with one of the greatest works of the symphonic canon, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Mussorgsky’s work paints vibrant scenes through powerful and evocative music.


  • BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
  • RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 4
  • Samuel Xu, piano
  • Intermission
  • MUSSORGSKY/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Tickets can be found on their website.


Salute to John Williams

Friday, February 21, 2020 7:30pm

Movie fans rejoice when they see “music by John Williams” in the opening credits. For decades, Williams’ iconic compositions have transported audiences to wondrous cinematic worlds. Arizona Musicfest celebrates the work of one of America’s most accomplished and successful film composers by offering favorite selections from Jurassic Park, the Harry Potter movies, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and more!


  • 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Fanfare and Theme
  • Music from Jurassic Park
  • “Somewhere in my Memory” from Home Alone
  • Phoenix Children’s Chorus; Troy Meeker, director
  • Music from The Patriot
  • Music from Lincoln
  • “Hymn to the Fallen” from Saving Private Ryan
  • Canyon Choral Society; Dr. Juan de Dios Hernandez, director
  • E.T. Adventures on Earth


  • “Raiders March” from Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • “Dry Your Tears, Africa!” from Amistad
  • Phoenix Children’s Chorus
  • “Duel of the Fates” from Episode I. The Phantom Menace
  • Canyon Choral Society
  • “Across the Stars” from Episode II. Attack of the Clones
  • “Battle of the Heroes” from Episode III. Revenge of the Sith
  • Canyon Choral Society
  • “Leia’s Theme” from Episode IV. A New Hope
  • “Imperial March” from Episode V. The Empire Strikes Back
  • “Rey’s Theme” from Episode VII. The Force Awakens
  • “Throne Room and End Title” from Episode IV. A New Hope

Tickets can be found on their website.


Enigma Variations & Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Sunday, February 23, 2020 3pm

Throughout history, composers have told the stories of people. Their lives, dreams, and journeys have been the focus of music throughout time. Edward Elgar brilliantly depicts his friends in the work Enigma Variations. Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America tells the dramatic stories of immigrants through first-person portrayals by actors, a gripping musical score, and powerful imagery.


  • GABRIELI: Due Canzone: Septimi Toni e Noni Toni
  • Festival Orchestra Brass musicians
  • ELGAR: Enigma Variations, op. 36
  • Intermission
  • BOYER: Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Tickets can be found on their website.