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The Oasis Project Presents Two Unique Concert Performances at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum This March 2014

March 8th - Arizona native and country icon Jessi Colter performs in the Warden Oasis Theater as part of the Museum’s Desert Night Life program.

March 9th - 2014 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates performs a Sunday matinee in an intimate acoustic performance.

The Oasis Project is excited to present our Spring concerts to benefit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Each show is hosted in the Museum’s intimate Warden Oasis Theater to connect the community to the Museum’s conservation mission in new ways.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see these acclaimed artists up close and support the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! Member tickets available January 7th. Tickets on sale to the public starting January 17th. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

Jessi Colter Concert at the Desert Night Life Event

Saturday, March 8th - 6:30 PM

A Phoenix native, Jessi Colter is probably best known for her work with husband Waylon Jennings and her 1975 self-penned hit, “I’m not Lisa.” She remains one of country music’s singular talents, a singer, songwriter and entertainer whose influence continues to echo across musical genres. In conjunction with the concert, the Museum will be open from 5:00 - 10:00 PM for Desert Night Life[link to ASDM info page when available],  a special night event featuring astronomy and nocturnal animal programs for the entire family. Concert tickets include admission to the Desert Night Life event.

Sunday Matinee with John Oates

Sunday, March 9th - 4:30 PM

John Oates has been celebrated as a pop music icon and an American Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee. It was recently announced that Oates will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Oates is usually found touring with his solo show or his Hall & Oates band mate Daryl Hall. The influential duo has been recognized by numerous American Music and MTV awards as well as multiple Grammy nominations. Oates is currently celebrating his latest solo effort, A Good Road to Follow, a collection of original songs that show him returning to his songwriter roots. Concert tickets include admission to the Desert Museum, which will be open from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

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Beth Nielsen Chapman Brings 'Out Of This World' Performances November 16th as Part of the Desert Museum's Mighty Sky Night

Performing Songs From The Mighty Sky Along With Her Most Celebrated Hits, Chapman Brings an Astronomical Blend of Science and Music to the Museum

Sept. 25, 2013 - The Oasis Project, the entertainment program of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, is pleased to announce its second concert event featuring award-winning singer/songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman. Chapman has been celebrated for penning such chart topping hits as Faith Hill’s “This Kiss” and Martina McBride’s “Happy Girl”, among countless others by artists as diverse as Elton John, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Neil Diamond. Three concerts featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman (3:005:30 & 8:00 p.m.) will be held as part of Mighty Sky Night at the Desert Museum on Saturday, November 16th—coinciding with the famous Leonid meteor shower the same evening. Mighty Sky Night will celebrate Chapman’s latest album, The Mighty Sky, amidst an evening of astronomy-themed activities and live concerts at the Desert Museum.

As part of Mighty Sky Night, guests will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the Desert Museum on a fall night with Planetary Sciences Institute telescope stations and interpretations, Creatures of the Night nocturnal animal presentations, astronomy-inspired art activities for families and storytelling with Desert Museum books. The Museum's Oasis Project and Beth Nielsen Chapman are blending music with the Museum’s mission to create awareness about protecting the environment. 

Since its release, The Mighty Sky has won children’s music awards such as the Academics' Choice Award, Parent’s Choice Gold Medal of Honors and the National Library Association’s 2013 Notable Children’s Recording Award; however, this album is not only for children. Fellow artists and fans alike call this work one of her most accessible albums to date, showcasing her renowned artistic originality. Beth's friend and fellow artist Mary Chapin Carpenter shares her perspective on the project: “Beth’s music has always been star-bound… in this collection, she takes listeners of all ages on a journey of the universe and in the process teaches as well as enriches the heart.”

Known for her adventurous musical style and willingness to dive into edgy creative territories, Beth Nielsen Chapman has produced a marvelous fusion of science and art, celebrating the earth and sky through multiple musical genres. The Mighty Sky’s songs were written with Rocky Alvey, astronomy expert and Director of the Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory, and hit songwriter Annie Roboff (Beth’s co-writer on “This Kiss”). Each melody on the album provides a captivating teaching tool that conveys essential concepts about foundational facts of the universe, knowing that music is the way to connect the brain with new information in powerful ways. Beth jokes, “I never heard a young person say to me that they couldn’t get that math problem out of their head!” Songs like “The Way That We Lean” and “There is No Darkness” not only provide important learning moments for young people, but also remind older listeners of the interconnectedness of life and the importance of our unique individual perspective on it.

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The Oasis Project Announces Mighty Sky Night Featuring
Beth Nielsen Chapman on November 16, 2013 

TUCSON, Ariz. (July 2, 2013) - The Oasis Project is pleased to announce the details for Mighty Sky Night at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, featuring award-winning hit songwriter and performer Beth Nielsen Chapman. The astronomical event will take place November 16th, 2013 and coincides with the famous Leonids meteor shower.

Mighty Sky Night will be held to celebrate Beth’s newest project The Mighty Sky, a collection of astronomy and science themed songs that are engaging to listeners of all ages. In addition to a variety of educational and family friendly activities, Beth Nielsen Chapman  will perform The Mighty Sky and selections from her catalogue with three concerts in the Museum’s Warden Oasis Theater. Chapman has been celebrated for penning such chart-topping hits as Faith Hill's "This Kiss" and Martina McBride's "Happy Girl," among countless others by artists as diverse as Elton John and Willie Nelson to Waylon Jennings and Neil Diamond.

Evening highlights will include the following:

  • Beth Nielsen Chapman performs at 3:00, 5:30 & 8:00 p.m.
  • Planetary Sciences Institute telescope stations and interpretations
  • Creatures of the Night nocturnal animal presentations
  • Astronomy-inspired art activities for families
  • Storytelling with Desert Museum books
  • Holiday shopping with special discounts for Members
  • A unique lighting display

To purchase tickets for Mighty Sky Night at the Desert Museum, please visit http://oasisproject.desertmuseum.org.

The Oasis Project, made possible by a grant from the Bert W. Martin Foundation, is an innovative performing arts program designed to build sustaining relationships between creative artists and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. These programs are hosted in the Museum’s intimate Warden Oasis Theater to connect the community to the Museum’s conservation mission in novel ways.

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The Celebrated John Jorgenson Quintet Records Live
Performance DVD to Benefit Desert Museum

TUCSON, Ariz. (April 22, 2013) - On April 12th and 13th, 2013, hundreds were dazzled by the internationally renowned John Jorgenson and his celebrated Quintet at the inaugural benefit concerts presented by the Oasis Project at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Live in the Museum’s Warden Oasis Theater, John Jorgenson (lead guitar, clarinet) and members of his Quintet including, John Jarvis (piano), Simon Planting (bass), Jason Anick (violin) and Rick Reed (percussion), performed two sets of unforgettable Gypsy Jazz that included Jorgenson’s original work ‘Sonora Spring’ inspired by a previous visit to the Desert Museum. The exquisite performances left the exuberant friends of the Desert Museum wanting more. Many who attended the performance Friday returned for the second night. Gail Skinner, Tucson resident, said, “Both my wife, Marlene, and I were extremely impressed with the music that the John Jorgenson Quintet demonstrated. The music was lively and really got us involved in the moment. We were so impressed that we just had to see if seats were available for the second night. John and the group did a great show both nights and we are looking forward to attending more shows at the Desert Museum in the future.”

Each ticket purchased included a code to redeem a download of the live performance that will be sold as a DVD to benefit the Desert Museum’s vital needs. Pre-sales for the DVD and codes are redeemed from the community section of the Oasis Project website located at www.oasisproject.desertmuseum.org. Also available is the aforementioned benefit single “Sonora Spring” as an audio download - all to benefit the Desert Museum.

The Oasis Project, made possible by a grant from the Bert W. Martin Foundation, is an innovative performing arts program designed to build sustaining relationships between creative artists and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. These programs are hosted in the Museum’s intimate Warden Oasis Theater to connect the community to the Museum’s conservation mission in novel ways. “I am extremely excited to be a part of this new project,” said Chandler Warden, Vice President of the Bert W. Martin Foundation and Board of Trustee Member of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. “It has always been the mission of the Martin Foundation to heighten awareness about our mission-centric programs.” Warden continued, “The Oasis Project epitomizes our Foundation’s efforts.”

Coming next from the Oasis Project is the award-winning hit songwriter and performer, Beth Nielsen Chapman, who will present songs from her newest project The Mighty Sky, a newly minted Gold Parent's Choice award winner. Beth's friend Mary Chapin Carpenter shares her perspective on the project: “Beth’s music has always been star-bound…in this collection, she takes listeners of all ages on a journey of the universe and in the process teaches as well as enriches the heart.”

Beth Nielsen Chapman will host a weekend of events including workshops and interactive, educational concerts that blend The Mighty Sky with the Museum’s quest to raise awareness around the conservation of our environment. Tickets and details surrounding the fall concert featuring Beth Nielsen Chapman will be available soon and are scheduled for November 15th and 16th, 2013. To add an additional experience to Chapman’s concerts, the Oasis Project is organizing an event during the peak of the Leonid meteor shower on the night of November 17th, 2013. It is expected that the meteor shower will produce an average of more than 40 meteors per hour that evening! To sign up to receive more information as details become available or to ask questions, please visit the Oasis Project online at www.oasisproject.desertmuseum.org, or call (520) 989-0901.

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Photo credit: Bob Gottlieb Photography


The Oasis Project and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Host John Jorgenson For Inaugural Concert Event

The Legendary Musician and Composer Will Record Original Work Inspired by Museum, as well as a Live Performance DVD from the Warden Oasis Theater

op.pngTUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 4, 2013) - The Oasis Project, a performing arts program of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum made possible by the Bert W. Martin Foundation, will host legendary musician and composer John Jorgenson with his celebrated Quintet for a two-night concert event on April 12 and 13 at the museum’s Warden Oasis Theater.

JJ_in_UK_smile_sm3.jpgJorgenson, long considered the preeminent ambassador of Gypsy Jazz, visited the museum in January 2013 and created a new song celebrating this Oasis Project collaboration. He will perform this song at his two-night appearance and both shows will be recorded for a DVD project whose proceeds will go in part to the Desert Museum. These broadcasts from the theater and their resulting recorded content will introduce a new interactive concert experience live from the Desert Museum’s Warden Oasis Theater.

"The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is honored to have John Jorgenson and his Quintet perform the inaugural concert for The Oasis Project," said Craig Ivanyi, Desert Museum Executive Director. "These shows are the beginning of an innovative new program and we could not be more thrilled to have Mr. Jorgenson here as we embark on this journey."

The Oasis Project concerts will be highlighted with interactive experiences designed to uncover the creative process and build a meaningful connection between participants and the legendary guitarist and composer. Workshops, a master class, question and answer session and more will be open to attendees.

Visual artists will also have the chance to be involved in the event as they create original works inspired by Jorgenson’s compositions. Chosen through a contest presented by The Art Institute at the Desert Museum, these works will be featured in the Warden Oasis Theater during the April concerts and potentially used to illustrate the post-event commemorative DVD. 

ArtInstitute.pngTo enter the contest, participants will be asked to listen to one of Jorgenson’s compositions and create an original work (painting, drawing, photograph, or graphic art) inspired by the music piece. If enough submissions are accepted, the artwork may provide an exhibit at the April event, as well as illustrative material for any post-event commemorative materials. The winning art piece(s) will be featured with artist credit in a photo gallery on the post-event DVD bonus material.

By partnering together, The Oasis Project and Jorgenson are creating an innovative marketing model for the new era - a sustainable relationship with full-circle benefits for both artists and nonprofit organizations.

John Jorgenson, long considered the preeminent ambassador of Gypsy Jazz, is a three-time Academy of Country Music guitarist of the year. He has collaborated with acts such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and more. The John Jorgenson Quintet features Jorgenson (lead guitar), Jason Anick (jazz violinist), Doug Martin (rhythm guitar), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (percussion). The Quintet will release a new album later in spring 2013 and it will be a companion to the DVD created by the Oasis Project.

The Oasis Project is an innovative program, made possible by the Bert. W. Martin Foundation, designed for the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to develop sustaining relationships between the museum and creative artists that connect new audiences to the Museum’s conservation mission in novel ways. These relationships lay the foundation for a new, fully-integrated marketing model - creating content and events that connect and engage communities both on- and off-line.

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