No-cost and low-cost concerts

First, a little something you don’t even have to venture outside of the  house for — the Songwrtiters Showcase at Tempe Center for the Arts. It’s perfectly fun to attend in person but you can also enjoy it at home starting Sat, Sept 3, when it hits the PBS airwaves before “Austin City Limits.”

Seems the concert stars are aligned for Sat, Sept 3 — when Paradise Valley Community College kicks off its “First Saturday Concert Series” on the Center for Performing Arts amphitheater stage. Fall offerings include Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian (Sept), R &B with soul and neo-jazz (Oct) and a 30-song Beatles tribute (Nov). Admission is free.

The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will perform several free concerts at the Chandler Center for the Perforning Arts this season

Chandler Symphony Orchestra has announced six free concerts during the 2011-2012 season at Chandler Center for the Arts. Evening concerts are scheduled for Sept 9 and Feb 3. Afternoon concerts take place Oct 9, Nov 13, March 25 and May 6.

Mesa Arts Center offers free fall and spring Out to Lunch concerts

The fall “Out to Lunch Concert Series” at Mesa Arts Center features free entertainment in an outdoor setting Thursdays between Oct 27 and Dec 8. Like most venues, they recommend bringing folding chairs, cushions or blankets along.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents a series of concerts with ASU musicians from Aug to Oct 2011. The series opens with a Mon, Aug 22 “Opera and Operetta Extravaganza.” Watch for additional concerts featuring everything from classical to modern urban sounds. Students (with I.D.) are free and general admission is just $10.

Watch for free Sunday concerts at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts early next year after the weather cools

Their free “Sunday A’Fair” outdoor concerts take place select Sundays from Jan to April 2012. You can pop in anytime during these four hour affairs to enjoy arts and crafts exhibits, hands-on art activities for children and families, and free admission the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bring those cameras along for fall and winter concerts, since photos will allow you to tastefully tease friends and family in colder parts about the deliciousness of desert living.

— Lynn

Note: Chandler Center for the Arts is accepting applications (through Aug 31) from 13-18 years olds for its new Youth Advisory Council, which fosters art appreciation, community service and leadership skills.

Coming up: More arts offerings from Arizona universities

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