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Concerts & Events Schedule

Schedule of concerts and events below:


Star Wars: The Music
2015-16 Specials
Star Wars: The Music
“May the fourth be with you” this May as The Phoenix Symphony brings another episode of Star Wars: The Music to Mesa Arts Center. Put on your best Star Wars costume and come celebrate “Star Wars Day” as this epic adventure invades Mesa Arts Center with John Williams’ acclaimed music including the “Main Theme” and the “Imperial March.” Get your tickets today as this popular concert is sure to sell out.
Wed 5/4/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater


Cirque de la Symphonie
2015-16 Mesa
Cirque de la Symphonie
The Phoenix Symphony brings the world-famous Cirque de la Symphonie to Mesa Arts Center. Don’t miss this high-flying and talented Cirque troop including hula hoops, strong men, contortionists and gravity defying aerialists and jugglers as they once again join The Phoenix Symphony on stage – and 40 feet above it.

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Fri 2/19/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 2/20/16 2:00PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 2/20/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater


Contemporary Colonial
2015-16 Events
Contemporary Colonial
Hidden in the center of Paradise Valley is a contemporary colonial style home and the perfect setting for a Party of Note. Be surprised by the unique architectural design and the beautiful views of Camelback Mountain and Piestawa Peak in this private setting. Delight in the variety of art featured around every corner and enjoy cocktails during a performance featuring the family’s beautiful Steinway piano.

A recital featuring the Brahms Horn Trio with Adrienne Finet, Second Violin, and Cassie Walck, Associate Principal Horn and piano will be followed by an unforgettable dining experience.
Sun 2/21/16 5:00PM General Admission


Symphony Sampler
2015-16 Events
Symphony Sampler
The Phoenix Symphony hosts an exclusive opportunity to experience a 30-minute sampling of our new 2016/17 season. Attend this multimedia event led by Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz and listen to performances of Beethoven, Cerrone, Barber and Bernstein complete with exciting visuals projected above the orchestra. Choose from three short 30-minute concert times of 6:00pm, 7:00pm, or 8:00pm. Local food trucks and bars, and a meet-and-greet with Phoenix Symphony musicians and Tito Muñoz are available both before and after your performance.
Fri 2/26/16 6:00PM General Admission
Fri 2/26/16 7:00PM General Admission
Fri 2/26/16 8:00PM General Admission


The Music of Whitney Houston
Broadway sensation Rashidra Scott joins The Phoenix Symphony to celebrate the amazing music and extraordinary talent of Whitney Houston. Don’t miss an evening of Whitney favorites like "Saving All My Love," "How Will I Know?," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?" and of course "I Will Always Love You" at Mesa Arts Center.

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Sat 2/27/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater


Perfect Pitch
2015-16 Family
Perfect Pitch
Let’s play ball! Come dressed in your favorite team or club sports jersey as The Phoenix Symphony rocks a family concert dedicated to sports and heart pumping music of all kinds. This fun original Family Series concert will feature favorites like the University of Arizona and Arizona State Fight Songs, the theme from Rocky and even the exciting “Raiders March” from Indiana Jones.
Sun 2/28/16 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre


In The Heart of The City
2015-16 Events
In The Heart of The City
Located in the historic orange groves of North Central Phoenix is the home of Dr. Oliver and Sharon Harper. Please join us for The Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet performing in this secluded and peaceful setting of tall trees and citrus groves of old Phoenix.

Enjoy lovely food and wine and a beautiful musical performance by Phoenix Symphony musicians.
Thu 3/3/16 6:00PM General Admission


Ravel's Bolero
2015-16 Classics
Ravel's Bolero
One of The Phoenix Symphony’s favorite guest conductors, Andrew Grams, returns to lead Maurice Ravel’s most famous work, Bolero. The crowd pleasing Bolero delights through the longest-sustained single crescendo of any orchestral work and inspires a visceral and sensual response. Pascal Roge, whose name is synonymous with the best piano performance of the French repertoire in the world today, also joins The Phoenix Symphony playing Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 2.
Fri 3/4/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/5/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


The Gershwin Experience : Here to Stay
“Here to Stay” is a multi-media concert celebrating the genius of George and Ira Gershwin, with hits like “I Got Rhythm,” “Strike Up the Band,” “The Man I Love,” “’S Wonderful” and other favorites. Featuring leading Grammy award-winning soprano Lisa Vroman, and tap dancing sensation Ryan VanDemBoom, this Phoenix Symphony event also showcases rare audio and video footage, family photos and elegant, state-of-the-art visuals of the Gershwins. This will be a night of music and entertainment you won’t want to miss!
Fri 3/11/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/12/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 3/13/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Haydn's "Nelsonmesse"
2015-16 Classics
Haydn's "Nelsonmesse"
Tito Muñoz continues his creative leadership with this diverse program. Arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition, "Nelsonmesse," or Missa in Agustiis, is one of six masses Haydn wrote late in his career. Transporting listeners from the greatest depths of despair to great joy, this choral masterpiece is not to be missed.

Featuring another young American composer, the program begins with Magiya by Sean Shephard, “an exciting composer of the new American generation,” according to The New York Times. Magiya, or Magic, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall and the BBC, is a complex fanfare full of urgency and drive. The program also includes the exciting Variaciones concertantes by Ginastera featuring multiple virtuosic solos.
Fri 3/18/16 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 3/18/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/19/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Meet the Artist Luncheon: Tito Muñoz and Celena Schafer
Immediately following every Coffee Classics concert, The Phoenix Symphony invites you to enjoy a delicious lunch and panel discussion with musicians, conductors and guest artists in the green room at Symphony Hall. These intimate luncheons allow you to interact with artists on a one-on-one basis, and give you the opportunity to ask questions about their lives and work while chatting with them over lunch. This Meet The Artist Luncheon features Tito Muñoz.
Fri 3/18/16 12:00PM General Admission


Cactus Gardens
2015-16 Events
Cactus Gardens
This lovely Troon North home located southeast of Pinnacle Peak has an extensive collection of over 50 varieties of cacti and desert plants. This lush cactus garden is a site to behold. Mountain and city light views are enjoyed from all areas of the home. You will enjoy the sounds from a Phoenix Symphony string quartet under the deep blue skies and the warmth of the patio high above the city in this lovely desert setting. Sip cocktails and visit with Maestro Tito Muñoz as the sun sets over the Valley.

A recital by Dian D’Avanzo, Assistant Concertmaster, Karen Sinclair, Section First Violin, Mathieu Page-Bouchard, Acting Associate Principal Viola, and Michael D’Avanzo, Section Cello, will be followed by a delectable dinner.
Sun 3/20/16 6:00PM General Admission


Celebrating Bernstein
2015-16 Specials
Celebrating Bernstein
The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the life, legacy and music of legendary Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein. In coordination with Elmer’s sons, Peter and Gregory, and the Elmer Bernstein Estate, this world premiere multimedia performance offers a behind the scenes look at the iconic music from the Bernstein library. Enjoy scores and movies clips from cinematic favorites like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Age of Innocence, The Ten Commandments, To Kill A Mockingbird, Animal House, The Three Amigos and Ghostbusters as well as a special guest appearance by Mary Badham who played Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird. Conducted by son Peter Bernstein, this performance offers a look into the life of this iconic composer as movie clips are projected on a large screen above the orchestra.
Fri 3/25/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Celebrating Bernstein VIP
2015-16 Events
Celebrating Bernstein VIP
The Phoenix Symphony invites you to celebrate the life, legacy and music of legendary Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein and go behind the scenes to learn more about the creative genius of Mr. Bernstein with sons Peter and Gregory Bernstein and Actress Mary Badham. This world premiere multimedia experience offers a behind-the scenes look at the iconic music from the Bernstein library including scores and movie clips from cinematic favorites like The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Age of Innocence, The Ten Commandments, To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal House, The Three Amigos and Ghostbusters. Be enriched by their stories and entertained by this music in a one-night only intimate evening, benefitting The Phoenix Symphony.

Fri 3/25/16 9:30PM General Admission


Chris Botti
2015-16 Mesa
Chris Botti
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Chris Botti makes his Phoenix Symphony debut for an evening of jazz classics. Swing to the sophisticated sounds of America’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist alongside the The Phoenix Symphony in this magnetic must-hear performance at Mesa Arts Center.

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Sat 3/26/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater


Downtown Music Stroll
2015-16 Events
Downtown Music Stroll
Phoenix Symphony Young Professionals Present The 6th Annual Downtown Music Stroll. Stroll to fabulous restaurants in Downtown Phoenix and enjoy live music, good food and refreshing drinks. The funds raised benefit The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement programs.
Sat 4/2/16 2:00PM General Admission


Frank Lloyd Wright Experience
Back by popular demand, renowned composer and architect David E. Dodge invites us into his Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in Taliesin West in North Scottsdale. This evening is truly a feast for the eyes, the soul and the body. Tour the multistoried contemporary structure filled with unique Asian artifacts and interesting sculptures, and hear the beautiful classic music from The Phoenix Symphony composed by David E. Dodge himself .

A recital by The Phoenix Symphony Chamber Ensemble will be followed by an East Asian-inspired cuisine dinner by talented Thai Chef Vichai Karmakhan.
Wed 4/6/16 6:00PM General Admission


The Music of Michael Jackson
From his early years with the Jackson 5 to his mega-hit album Thriller and beyond, Michael Jackson stormed the music industry with hit after hit. The "Music of Michael Jackson" takes you through each era of this storied performer from hits like “ABC”, and "I'll Be There” through “Beat It,” “Thriller,” “Rock With You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel” and many, many more. Chester Gregory, who debuted on Broadway in the Tony Award Winning musical Hairspray and sang for the legendary King of Pop, joins conductor Brent Havens and The Phoenix Symphony for an evening filled with fabulous music spanning 40 years of Michael Jackson's influential and celebrated career!
Fri 4/8/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


A Night at the Oscars
2015-16 Pops
A Night at the Oscars
Lights, camera, action! Come dressed for the red carpet as The Phoenix Symphony brings the music of the silver screen to Symphony Hall, performing songs from Oscar-nominated and winning dramas, romances and Hollywood classics.
Sat 4/9/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/10/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Mountain Paradise
2015-16 Events
Mountain Paradise
Perched on the south side of Mummy Mountain overlooking Camelback Mountain is an exquisite new home. Join Maestro Tito Muñoz as we watch the sun set for an amazing view as the night landscape appears before us. The stone trim and beautiful architectural details of this estate showcase a seamless transition from the patio areas outside to the stunning black and white flooring inside the ballroom. It is a true architectural gem in Paradise Valley.

A musical performance by Leslie Frey Anderegg, Acting Principal Second Violin; Adrienne Geisler, Section Second Violin; Mark Dix, section Viola; and Peter Anderegg, Section Cello will be followed by a delicious dinner generously provided by Robert’s Catering.
Thu 4/14/16 6:00PM General Admission


Sibelius' Symphony No. 2
2015-16 Classics
Sibelius' Symphony No. 2
Continuing to weave new American artistic works into the season, Tito Muñoz opens the evening with a composition by Missy Mazzoli, the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards and a Fulbright Grant, who has been heralded as “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times. Mazzoli, who is influenced by minimalism, 19th-century Romanticism, techno and indie rock, has composed a gritty and complex work. The concert then features another New York and American favorite, Leonard Bernstein’s classic and elegantly fashioned orchestral work, Serenade, featuring the Arizona debut of violinist and International Tchaikovsky Competition winner, Jennifer Koh, known for her dazzling virtuosity. The program crests with the “Symphony of Independence,” Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
Fri 4/15/16 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 4/15/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/16/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Meet the Artist Luncheon: Tito Muñoz and Jennifer Koh
Immediately following every Coffee Classics concert, The Phoenix Symphony invites you to enjoy a delicious lunch and panel discussion with musicians, conductors and guest artists in the green room at Symphony Hall. These intimate luncheons allow you to interact with artists on a one-on-one basis, and give you the opportunity to ask questions about their lives and work while chatting with them over lunch. This Meet The Artist Luncheon features Tito Muñoz and Jennifer Koh.
Fri 4/15/16 12:00PM General Admission


ABBA: The Concert!
2015-16 Pops
ABBA: The Concert!
The Swedish pop group ABBA sold more than 370 million albums worldwide, spawned a hit Broadway musical that was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and arguably created the most enjoyable dance music ever. Get as close as you can to the original group by experiencing ABBA: The Concert! featuring renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo, live with The Phoenix Symphony. With original ABBA band members, Waterloo has appeared in more than 25 countries around the world including sold out performances at The Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Don’t miss your chance to experience ABBA’s greatest hits like “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen” in a performance that will make you want to wear sequins and polyester once again.
Sat 4/23/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/23/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/24/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
This creative program opens with Thomas Ades’ Dances from Powder Her Face, music from his opera which musically retells the downfall of Britain’s “Dirty Duchess”, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Martina Filjak, winner of the first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition and called “a pianist to watch” by The New York Times, makes her Arizona debut with this powerhouse program. Garnering international praise for her poetic passion and magnetic stage presence, Filjak will perform the beautiful and rich Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2. The program culminates with Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, often called his “Pastoral,” a work that stands apart from his other symphonic works and is one that is his most bucolic and idyllic.

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Thu 4/28/16 7:30PM Scottsdale Center for the Arts


Rachmanioff's Piano Concerto No. 2
This creative program opens with Thomas Ades’ Dances from Powder Her Face, music from his opera which musically retells the downfall of Britain’s “Dirty Duchess”, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Martina Filjak, winner of the first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition and called “a pianist to watch” by The New York Times, makes her Arizona debut with this powerhouse program. Garnering international praise for her poetic passion and magnetic stage presence, Filjak will perform the beautiful and rich Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. The program culminates with Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, often called his “Pastoral,” a work that stands apart from his other symphonic works and is one that is his most bucolic and idyllic.
Fri 4/29/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/30/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


A Dancer's Delight
2015-16 Events
A Dancer's Delight
Put on your poodle skirt and dance shoes, and join us in this contemporary style home complete with an ultra-hip ballroom worthy of New York or Hollywood. See the famous curved stainless steel staircase that leads to the elevated lounge for a fun performance by The Phoenix Symphony musicians. Sip wine as you enjoy stunning views of the Valley in this resort style back yard.

A musical performance by The Phoenix Symphony brass ensemble will be enjoyed by all. Following dinner, we will hit the dance floor to finish off the evening with memorable Motown favorites.
Sun 5/1/16 5:00PM General Admission


An Evening with Yuja Wang
2015-16 Events
An Evening with Yuja Wang

Recognized as one of the most important pianists of her generation, Yuja Wang performs in an intimate salon setting at a private home. This spectacular, one-of-a-kind evening, designed for The Phoenix Symphony by Ms. Wang, will capture her depth of musical insight, her fresh interpretation and charismatic presence. Seating is limited for this special and unique performance, followed by a dinner and conversation with Ms. Wang. All proceeds for this event will benefit The Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs.
Thu 5/5/16 8:00PM General Admission


Scheherazade
2015-16 Scottsdale
Scheherazade
Join Maestro Teddy Abrams in his debut with The Phoenix Symphony as he conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s famed Scheherazade, a seductive musical journey based on tales from Arabian Nights. The program begins with Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Scherzo a la Russe with its lively and dancing spirit and features the return of Amit Peled for Shostakovich’s popular and challenging Cello Concerto No.1.

Additional tickets may be available for purchase by clicking HERE
Thu 5/12/16 7:30PM Scottsdale Center for the Arts


Scheherazade
2015-16 Classics
Scheherazade
Join Maestro Teddy Abrams in his debut with The Phoenix Symphony as he conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s famed Scheherazade, a seductive musical journey based on tales from Arabian Nights. The program begins with Igor Stravinsky’s masterful Scherzo a la Russe with its lively and dancing spirit and features the return of Amit Peled for Shostakovich’s popular and challenging Cello Concerto No. 1.
Fri 5/13/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/14/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Piano Man - The Music of Billy Joel
Hand-picked by Billy Joel to play the title role in the Broadway musical Moving Out, Grammy and Tony nominated Michael Cavanaugh won the hearts of audiences and critics alike. In this tribute to Billy Joel, hear many of the Piano Man’s biggest hits including “She’s Got a Way,” “New York State of Mind,” “Uptown Girl” and “Just the Way You Are” live with The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 5/20/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Kristen Chenoweth
2015-16 Pops
Kristen Chenoweth
Actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth makes her debut with The Phoenix Symphony to close out the 2015/16 APS Pops Series. This multi-talented star has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television and film. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox's Glee and Broadway's Wicked. A veteran of the concert stage Kristin has performed to sold out crowds in concert halls across the country. Make sure to subscribe soon to be able to join Kristin and The Phoenix Symphony for two nights only of magic as she performs songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.
Sat 5/21/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 5/22/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Kristin Chenoweth VIP Event
The Phoenix Symphony invites you to go behind the scenes and meet the talented actress and recording artist Kristin Chenoweth. This multi-talented star has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television and film. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox's Glee and Broadway's Wicked. A veteran of the concert stage Kristin has performed to sold out crowds in concert halls across the country. Join us as we celebrate her Phoenix Symphony debut backstage for a private reception in a one-night only intimate evening, benefitting The Phoenix Symphony.
Sat 5/21/16 9:30PM General Admission


Berlioz and Sibelius
2015-16 Scottsdale
Berlioz and Sibelius
Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique describes a journey into the composer’s lovesick mind and complete obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz’s famous drama is epic in size, with its large orchestatration and his larger-than-life life fantasy world. World-renowned violinist and Valley favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel, takes the stage to perform Sibelius’ technically demanding Concerto for Violin on his 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument.

Additional seats may be available by clicking HERE
Thu 5/26/16 7:30PM Scottsdale Center for the Arts


Berlioz and Sibelius
2015-16 Classics
Berlioz and Sibelius
Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique describes a journey into the composer’s lovesick mind and complete obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz’s famous drama is epic in size, with its large orchestatration and his larger-than-life life fantasy world. World-renowned violinist and Valley favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel, takes the stage to perform Sibelius’ technically demanding Concerto for Violin on his 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument.
Fri 5/27/16 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 5/27/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/28/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Meet the Artist Luncheon: Tito Muñoz and Steven Moeckel
Immediately following every Coffee Classics concert, The Phoenix Symphony invites you to enjoy a delicious lunch and panel discussion with musicians, conductors and guest artists in the green room at Symphony Hall. These intimate luncheons allow you to interact with artists on a one-on-one basis, and give you the opportunity to ask questions about their lives and work while chatting with them over lunch. This Meet The Artist Luncheon features Tito Muñoz and Steven Moeckel.
Fri 5/27/16 12:00PM General Admission


The Earth – An HD Odyssey
2015-16 Classics
The Earth – An HD Odyssey
The Earth – An HD Odyssey, is truly an out-of-this-world concert experience. The multi-sensory event showcases classical favorites with an arresting multi-media presentation. The Phoenix Symphony’s performance of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss’ epic Also sprach Zarathustra featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Glass’ The Secret Agent, is complemented by striking and majestic high definition images taken from NASA missions in Earth’s orbit. This event is not to be missed.
Fri 6/3/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 6/4/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


The Road to Prescott
2015-16 Events
The Road to Prescott
Time to escape the heat and follow the road that leads to a beautiful family ranch north of Prescott, Arizona. The Las Vegas Ranch has been in the Pierce family since 1959 and covers more than 42 sections of the most beautiful lush bottom lands that most Arizonans have never seen. At this historic home, sit under the canopy of beautiful mature shade trees as The Phoenix Symphony musicians serenade us on a summer afternoon.

A buffet supper will be enjoyed by all following the musical performance by Phoenix Symphony musicians.
Sun 6/5/16 4:00PM General Admission