Musical Instrument Museum to host electric guitar exhibit

The Musical Instrument Museum’s, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix, newest exhibition, The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon, opens Friday, Nov. 9 and shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar. This exhibition showcases more than 80 of the rarest electric guitars and amplifiers in the world―from some of the first […]

State arts commission gives $2.65 million to nonprofit programs

The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded 233 grants to Arizona arts organizations, festivals and programs throughout the state, including to Phoenix-based Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, which received a Community Investment Grant of $14,000. At a quarterly meeting in June, the governor-appointed board of the commission, a state agency that also administers […]

Spanish Harlem Orchestra to perform at MIM Music Theater

The two-time Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra will perform 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the MIM Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. The group “sets the standard for excellence in authentic, New York-style, hard-core salsa,” according to a release from the Musical Instrument Museum. “With dynamic arrangements and pulsating rhythms […]

Singer Raye Zaragoza to perform at Musical Instrument Museum

Singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza will take the stage at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 24 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. May Blvd. in Phoenix. Ms. Zaragoza is a voice of modern-day protest songs. Her music and activism are closely intertwined, and many of her songs touch on topics such as being mixed-race in the U.S., […]

Wu Man, Zhang Family Band perform traditional Chinese music

Grammy-nominated pipa virtuosa Wu Man joins the lively Zhang Family Band to perform old-tune traditional Chinese music with shadow puppetry 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at the Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. The “high-energy” concert features Wu Man on the pipa, which is a flute-like instrument with a history of more […]

‘Come Together,’ celebrate John Lennon’s birthday at MIM Oct. 8

Celebrate “A Day in the Life” of legendary musician John Lennon at the Musical Instrument Museum on Saturday, Oct. 8. Enjoy this special day with a Curator Talk, a film screening, a MIMQuiz, UK-themed menu items for purchase at Café Allegro, and other activities commemorating Lennon’s legacy of peace and love. Not surprisingly, Mr. Lennon is associated with some of the world’s most valuable musical instruments, including the Steinway upright piano in MIM’s Artist Gallery, according to a press release.

MIM celebrates Father’s Day with special events

Delight Dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19, with a day at the Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix. Spend the day exploring the galleries, learning drumming basics, and enjoying lunch and drink specials at Café Allegro. Register the whole family for a special drumming workshop led by master instructor Frank Thompson. Learn the basics of African, Latin, and pop-music hand drumming and make music and rhythm together. After basic instruction, the session will end with a jam session.

MIM announces new director of institutional advancement

The Musical Instrument Museum in north Phoenix has announced Melissa M. Santana as its new director of institutional advancement. Ms. Santana brings to MIM more than 20 years of experience in developing fund-raising strategies for institutions in the arts and education.

Music students to take class from concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine

Three students from Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children have been selected for a special Master Class to be taught by concert violinist Rachel Barton Pine during the upcoming Musical Instrument Museum exhibition “Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker” on Saturday, Jan. 16. The opportunity for the students, which also includes a field trip to MIM for more than 50 Rosie’s House students and staff to tour the exhibit and participate in an interactive talk with Ms. Pine in the MIM Music Theater, is part of a collaboration among Rosie’s House, MIM and the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a press release. Students participating in the master class from 10:30 a.m. until noon are Marcus Wolf, 15, from Phoenix who plays viola; Tyra Schmidt, 16, from Tempe, who plays violin; and Chelsea Mendoza, 16, from Tempe, who plays cello.

Musical Instrument Museum slates upcoming February events

The Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in Phoenix, has numerous events happening during the month of February. Tickets/Info (unless otherwise specified) can be found online at or by calling 480-478-6000.