Concerts & Events Schedule

In the mood for some live music? Trying to find a perfect date night idea? Looking for things to do in Phoenix? Check out the full list of concerts and events from The Phoenix Symphony below:

Stravinsky Rite of Spring
2017-18 Classics
Stravinsky Rite of Spring

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Alexander Laing, clarinet
Philippe Quint, violin

Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

From the smoke-filled nightclubs of 1950s New York to the peasant villages of premodern Russia, Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz kicks off the 70th Anniversary season with a bold and colorful program of musical masterpieces. Just over a century has passed since its scandalous premiere, yet Stravinsky’s folkloric ballet The Rite of Spring continues to surprise, excite and enthrall. In Prelude, Fugue and Riffs – a stroke of genius that pivots between polyrhythmic structures à la Stravinsky and the wailing strains of big band jazz – Muñoz and Principal Clarinetist Alexander Laing usher in a season-long focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein. Virtuoso violinist Philippe Quint returns to Symphony Hall to perform Tchaikovsky’s sizzling Violin Concerto.
Fri 9/15/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 9/16/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall

The Rat Pack is Back!
2017-18 Pops
The Rat Pack is Back!

Matthew Kasper, conductor

The iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and a swingin’ big band kick off the 2017/18 APS Pops Series. Be whisked back in time to the Sands Hotel Copa Room and get set for all your favorite standards, including Rat Pack mega-hits like “Come Fly With Me,” “Luck be a Lady,” “Mr. Bojangles” and a dozen more favorites from this timeless era all performed live with The Phoenix Symphony!
Fri 9/22/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 9/23/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 9/24/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Dvorák Seventh Symphony
2017-18 Classics
Dvorák Seventh Symphony

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Stanislav Khristenko, piano

Messiaen: Les Offrandes Oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings)
Grieg: Piano Concerto
Dvorák: Symphony No. 7

In his last appearance with The Phoenix Symphony, Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko wowed the Arizona Republic with his “fine pianissimos and thunderous fortissimos.” See this brilliant artist in one of the most popular concertos in the repertoire: Grieg’s ardent Piano Concerto. Plus, Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper leads The Phoenix Symphony in Dvorák’s Seventh Symphony – music that captures the energy, exuberance, and promise of the composer’s beloved homeland. These concerts also feature the otherworldly sounds of Les Offrandes Oubliées (The Forgotten Offerings), an early work from Debussy disciple Olivier Messiaen.
Sat 9/30/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 10/1/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™, film

Experience the film that started it all with the Arizona debut of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert. Relive the adventure of Harry and his friends as The Phoenix Symphony performs John Williams’ unforgettable score with the full movie on the big screen above the orchestra. Don’t miss this magical live concert event of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in concert.

The Harry PotterTM Film Concert Series is brought to you by CINECONCERTS, HARRYPOTTERINCONCERT.COM. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)
Fri 10/6/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 10/7/17 1:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 10/7/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 10/8/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins:  A Broadway Celebration

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins are two of Broadway’s legendary talents. Join guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and The Phoenix Symphony for a thrilling night of music and dance, celebrating Bernstein’s and Robbins’ hits and historic collaborations. Acclaimed Broadway artists will perform tunes from West Side Story, The King and I, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof and so much more! If you like musicals, you’ll love A Broadway Celebration with The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 10/13/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 10/14/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 10/15/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Beethoven Ninth Symphony
2017-18 Specials
Beethoven Ninth Symphony

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Rebecca Nash, soprano
Sandra Eddy, mezzo soprano
Chad Shelton, tenor
Christopher Job, bass-baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Beethoven’s symphonies have endured for centuries, speaking to generation upon generation. In his final symphonic work, the composer takes his listeners on a monumental journey from anguish to joy, ending with life-affirming triumph. Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper conducts The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Symphony Chorus in Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece – the Ninth. Also on the program – Vaughan Williams’ richly textured Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, a work that joins string quartet and string orchestra in gorgeous harmony.
Fri 10/20/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 10/21/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater

Mozart and Sibelius
2017-18 Classics
Mozart and Sibelius

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Karen Sinclair, violin
Mark Deatherage, viola

Tina Tallon: Sear
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major
Sibelius: Symphony No. 1

Be there at Symphony Hall as Tito Muñoz leads The Phoenix Symphony in the First Symphony of Sibelius – a symphonic masterwork of bracing sweep credited with launching the composer’s international career. In a special treat, one of the orchestra’s husband and wife duos, Karen Sinclair and Mark Deatherage, feature in Mozart’s richly melodic Sinfonia Concertante. The program opens with Tina Tallon’s Sear – a work that lives up to its name – as The Phoenix Symphony continues to showcase the work of promising young American composers.
Fri 11/3/17 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 11/3/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 11/4/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall

Beethoven Fourth Symphony
2017-18 Classics
Beethoven Fourth Symphony

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Sergio Tiempo, piano

Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
Ginastera: Piano Concerto No. 1
Ravel: La Valse

Tito Muñoz conducts a program of Beethoven, Ginastera, and Ravel – three enigmatic geniuses, brazen and poetic in equal measure. Though often lost in the shadows of its surrounding symphonies, Beethoven’s Fourth is a sunny, rambunctious expression of this composer’s capricious spirit. After the break, Argentinian pianist Sergio Tiempo takes the stage in Ginastera’s rarely heard First Piano Concerto – a stunning work of fury and fantasy. Ravel’s La Valse closes these concerts with a vibrant splash of color, creating a bawdy and delightful trope on a classic Viennese dance – the waltz.
Fri 11/10/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 11/11/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 11/12/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Gershwin <em>Rhapsody in Blue</em>

Ryan McAdams, conductor
Ted Rosenthal, piano
Martin Wind, bass
Tim Horner, drums

Celebrate George Gershwin’s musical legacy with a concert of his effervescent masterworks, including the iconic Rhapsody in Blue. Guest Conductor Ryan McAdams and a New York-based trio of musicians (Ted Rosenthal, piano; Martin Wind, bass; Tim Horner, drums) will swing their way through the Gershwin canon with incandescent riffs and flurries of jazz improvisation, all backed by your Phoenix Symphony. Don’t miss this unforgettable night of Gershwin and jazz!
Fri 11/24/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 11/25/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 11/26/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Holiday Pops
2017-18 Pops
Holiday Pops

Scott Terrell, conductor

It’s the most wonderful time of year as the Valley’s most beloved holiday tradition, Holiday Pops, returns to Symphony Hall. Join The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus to experience this festive concert of seasonal favorites and the ever-popular Holiday Sing-Along, guaranteed to put you and your family in the holiday spirit.
Fri 12/1/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 12/2/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 12/2/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 12/3/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Handel <em>Messiah</em>
2017-18 Specials
Handel Messiah

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Shannon Mercer, soprano
Avery Amereau, mezzo soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
William Berger, baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

An annual holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah returns to The Phoenix Symphony. The acclaimed “Hallelujah” chorus highlights these performances featuring some of the most glorious sacred music ever written. Join The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class soloists in Handel’s masterpiece in churches and venues throughout the Valley.
Wed 12/6/17 7:30PM Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Thu 12/7/17 7:30PM American Lutheran Church
Fri 12/8/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 12/9/17 7:30PM Camelback Bible Church
Sun 12/10/17 3:00PM Pinnacle Presbyterian Church

A Cirque Nutcracker with Troupe Vertigo

Experience Christmas in a whole new way as The Phoenix Symphony combines two of the Valley’s most popular traditions, Tchaikovsky’s magical The Nutcracker and world renowned Cirque troupe performed live with The Phoenix Symphony. Troupe Vertigo takes over the stage at Mesa Arts Center for this magical, gravity defying holiday treat. Experience The Nutcracker performed live by The Phoenix Symphony while hula hoops, strong men, contortionists, aerialists and jugglers perform on stage… and 40 feet above it!

This all new production of The Nutcracker, features The Phoenix Symphony and Troupe Vertigo.
Fri 12/22/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 12/23/17 2:00PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 12/23/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater

New Year Eve Celebration
2017-18 Specials
New Year Eve Celebration

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and conductor Stuart Chafetz for the most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration in Arizona! Enjoy famous Strauss waltzes, seasonal classics and Broadway and contemporary favorites all with a complimentary glass of Champagne to celebrate the New Year. Don’t miss this joyous and popular musical event that is sure to sell out.
Sun 12/31/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall

New Year's Eve Gala
2017-18 Events
New Year's Eve Gala

The Phoenix Symphony’s cherished New Year’s Eve Gala returns to the Valley in celebration of the Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Season. Honorary Chair, Jeanne Herberger, and event Co-Chairs, Jeff & Leslie Rich invite you to celebrate the New Year in style as The Phoenix Symphony takes over McArthur Ballroom for a magical night of music, dancing and merriment. The evening includes a cocktail reception, sumptuous dinner and a once in a lifetime opportunity to ring in the New Year dancing to the full Symphony orchestra. A champagne toast and many other surprises will delight guests. Dust off your dancing shoes and put on your finest – this is the party to be at on New Year’s Eve.

Purchase options include individual tickets for $750 each, table of ten seats for $7,000 each and raffle tickets (need not be present to win) for some amazing 70th Anniversary prizes including a custom necklace made of diamonds and sapphires valued at $10,000. Tickets are $25 each; 3 tickets for $50 or 7 tickets for $100.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to support The Phoenix Symphony, please consider joining our “70 for 70” Club. Your donation will propel The Phoenix Symphony into the future and assure the music continues well past this milestone year. Your fully tax deductible $1,000 donation will be earmarked to support our education and wellness programs. As a special thank you for your donation, your name will be highlighted in the Gala program as well as our concert program books throughout the 17/18 Season.

For more information, to make a sponsorship commitment or to get information on room rates for the Arizona Biltmore on December 31, please contact Louann Phillips at 602-452-0423 or
Sun 12/31/17 8:00PM General Admission

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™, film

The Harry Potter Film Concert Series continues with Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets in Concert. Experience the magic of John Williams' legendary score performed live with The Phoenix Symphony as the complete film is projected above the orchestra.

The Harry PotterTM Film Concert Series is brought to you by CINECONCERTS, HARRYPOTTERINCONCERT.COM. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16)
Fri 1/5/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/6/18 1:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/6/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/7/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Brahms First Symphony
2017-18 Classics
Brahms First Symphony

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo soprano

Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1, “Jeremiah”
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Leonard Bernstein once exclaimed, “The work I have been writing all my life is about the struggle that is born of the crisis of our century: a crisis of faith.” With the “Jeremiah” Symphony, Bernstein began a musical exploration of his religious faith that would inspire many of his serious compositions. Johannes Brahms experienced his own crisis while composing his monumental First Symphony – that of escaping the shadow of Beethoven. Experience how these struggles gave way to two modern classics with Tito Muñoz and The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 1/12/18 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 1/12/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/13/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall

Savor the Symphony
2017-18 Events
Savor the Symphony

Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon is the signature fundraiser for The Phoenix Symphony, collectively raising nearly $1 million to benefit the Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement programs that influence more than 125,000 youth and adults in our community every year. This unique event gives attendees behind the scenes access to a rehearsal of hit vocal group, The Tenors, and a gourmet meal prepared by a local executive chef.

A limited number of $350 individual tickets are available and a table of 10 seats is $3,500. This luncheon typically sells out months in advance so we encourage you to purchase your ticket or table today!

Corporate sponsorships are also available. Contact Louann Phillips at 602-452-0423 or for information.
Fri 1/19/18 11:00AM General Admission

The Tenors
2017-18 Pops
The Tenors

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Victor Micallef, vocalist
Clifton Murray, vocalist
Fraser Walters, vocalist

Fresh off the release of their fourth studio album and second PBS Special, Under One Sky, this Canadian trio with multiple No. 1 Billboard Classical Crossover albums brings their signature blend of classical and contemporary pop to The Phoenix Symphony for three captivating performances. Hear classical and pop favorites like “Lean on Me,” “You Are So Beautiful,” “Hallelujah,” “Besame Mucho” and “Ave Maria” when multi-Platinum, JUNO Award-winning vocal group The Tenors make their first appearance at Symphony Hall. This concert features hit vocal group The Tenors (formerly known as The Canadian Tenors) consisting of Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray.
Fri 1/19/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/20/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/21/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Sibelius and Debussy
2017-18 Classics
Sibelius and Debussy

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
Sibelius: The Oceanides
Debussy: La Mer

Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis makes her Phoenix Symphony debut in an imaginative, impressionistic program sure to make a splash. Debussy, Britten and Sibelius contribute works that capture the many moods of the sea, with its sun-drenched waves and watery depths. Pianist Stewart Goodyear, proclaimed “a phenomenon” by The Los Angeles Times, returns to Symphony Hall in the sensuous “Egyptian” Piano Concerto of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who reportedly wrote this dazzling work after a boat ride up the Nile.
Fri 1/26/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/27/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/28/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Music of Harry Potter
2017-18 Specials
Music of Harry Potter

Join The Phoenix Symphony this February as the Hogwarts Express returns to the Valley. Muggles, witches and wizards are welcome to attend this magical annual tradition in Mesa Arts Center’s Ikeda Theater for this year's magical potion of memorable music from the Harry Potter films. Come dressed as your favorite Hogwarts character and get your tickets early – this popular concert is sure to sell out!
Fri 2/2/18 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 2/3/18 2:00PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 2/3/18 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater

Beethoven and Mozart
2017-18 Classics
Beethoven and Mozart

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

Tito Muñoz leads a program featuring the radiant “Haffner” Symphony, written by a young Mozart to prove his talents to a discerning Viennese public. Beethoven’s magisterial final piano concerto – the “Emperor” – will be performed to perfection by the great Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin in a highly-anticipated debut. Also, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) – a lush tone poem for strings on themes of love, desire and betrayal.
Fri 2/9/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 2/10/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 2/11/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Brahms and Schumann
2017-18 Classics
Brahms and Schumann

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Friederike Starkloff, violin

Webern: Passacaglia
Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Brahms: Violin Concerto

Each of Brahms’ concertos can be counted among music’s towering masterpieces, and the formidable violin concerto may be the composer’s very finest. Internationally acclaimed violinist Friederike Starkloff (“superb – capricious, feisty and seductive” – Classical Source) debuts with The Phoenix Symphony to perform this exemplary work alongside Robert Schumann’s joyous Fourth Symphony and the romantic Passacaglia from Anton Webern.
Fri 2/23/18 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 2/23/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 2/24/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall

West Side Story in Concert

Tito Muñoz, conductor

“I feel pretty, Oh, so pretty!” In 1957, Leonard Bernstein partnered with choreographer Jerome Robbins, writer Arthur Laurents, and lyricist Stephen Sondheim to create one of the most cherished musicals in American theater. Be there as Tito Muñoz and The Phoenix Symphony celebrate the 60th Anniversary of West Side Story with a full performance of Bernstein’s legendary smash hit. In a new production, acclaimed Broadway vocalists will offer a fresh take on this poignant and provocative classic, renowned for its miraculous fusion of song and dance.
Fri 3/2/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/3/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 3/4/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Music of Pink Floyd
2017-18 Specials
Music of Pink Floyd

The Phoenix Symphony bridges the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music with the Music of Pink Floyd. Amplified by a full rock band and singer Randy Jackson’s vocals, The Phoenix Symphony captures Pink Floyd’s ethereal flow of music and effects while churning out new musical colors. This one of a kind concert features an impressive laser and light show set to 17 Pink Floyd songs, including “Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb” and selections from the band’s 1979 hit album The Wall all performed under the stars live with The Phoenix Symphony. This outdoor concert offers reserved and general admission seating.
Sat 3/10/18 7:30PM Mesa Amphitheatre

Tchaikovsky & Mozart 3/11/18

Steven Moeckel, leader
Gabriel Kovach, horn

Mozart: Serenade in C minor
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3
Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Tchaikovsky worshiped Mozart, whom he claimed to “adore and idolize.” This season’s Chamber Music series spotlights Tchaikovsky and his favorite composer with three charming and exuberant programs. Hear works of sublime beauty and expressive power in a classically intimate setting, featuring exceptional soloists and musicians from your Phoenix Symphony.
Sun 3/11/18 2:00PM MIM Music Theater
Sun 3/11/18 7:30PM MIM Music Theater

Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony
2017-18 Classics
Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violin

Kenneth Fuchs: New Work (world premiere)
Korngold: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky poured his soul into each of his symphonies, expressing passion and pathos as no other composer has. Tito Muñoz leads Tchaikovsky’s searing Fifth Symphony. Plus, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel solos in Korngold’s breathtakingly lyrical Violin Concerto. The program opens with a world premiere from American composer Kenneth Fuchs.
Fri 3/16/18 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 3/16/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/17/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall

Storm Large: American Songbook

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist
Le Bonheur, band

Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large and her fearless band Le Bonheur perform favorites from the Great American Songbook, reflecting the many faces of love, life and loss. Alongside The Phoenix Symphony, Storm and Le Bonheur gives audiences breathtaking renditions of “Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” and so much more. Storm Large shot to national prominence as a 2006 finalist on the CBS show Rock Star: Supernova and has since forged a vibrant career as a solo artist and lead vocalist of Pink Martini, bringing her international acclaim. Don’t miss Storm Large and Le Bonheur with The Phoenix Symphony!
Fri 3/23/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/24/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 3/25/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

The Texas Tenors
2017-18 Specials
The Texas Tenors

Back by popular demand and hot off their latest PBS Special RISE, America’s Got Talent Emmy Award-winners The Texas Tenors return to their home away from home to perform with The Phoenix Symphony. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate your Easter weekend with The Texas Tenors and The Phoenix Symphony for a night of classic rock, pop and country hits and Broadway favorites all with a healthy dose of Texas charm.
Thu 3/29/18 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 3/31/18 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 3/31/18 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre

Tchaikovsky & Mozart 3/31/18

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Jan Simiz, cello
Viviana Cumplido Wilson, flute

Mozart: Divertimento in D major
Tchaikovsky: Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1
Mozart: Flute Quartet in D major
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

Tchaikovsky worshiped Mozart, whom he claimed to “adore and idolize.” This season’s Chamber Music series spotlights Tchaikovsky and his favorite composer with three charming and exuberant programs. Hear works of sublime beauty and expressive power in classically intimate settings, featuring the exceptional musicians of your Phoenix Symphony.
Sat 3/31/18 2:00PM MIM Music Theater
Sat 3/31/18 7:30PM MIM Music Theater

Elgar Cello Concerto
2017-18 Classics
Elgar Cello Concerto

Tito Muñoz, conductor
István Várdai, cello

Nina Young: Agnosco Veteris
Elgar: Cello Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Hungarian cellist István Várdai debuts with The Phoenix Symphony in Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto – the composer’s swansong, full of melancholy and farewell. Plus, Mendelssohn’s stirring “Scottish” Symphony – a symphonic souvenir of his visit to the highlands. Tito Muñoz opens the program with Nina Young’s Agnosco Veteris, full of striking contrasts of mood and sonority.
Fri 4/13/18 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 4/13/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/14/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall

Sgt. Pepper’s 50th Anniversary with Classical Mystery Tour

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Jim Owen, vocalist
Tony Kishman, vocalist
Tom Teeley, vocalist
Chris Camilleri, vocalist

The Classical Mystery Tour is back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The show features original members of the Broadway sensation Beatlemania performing two hours of non-stop hits. Hear “Penny Lane”, “I Am the Walrus,” “The Long and Winding Road” and more – all performed exactly as they were originally recorded. The Los Angeles Times calls the show “more than just an incredible simulation.” If you like the Beatles, you’ll love Classical Mystery Tour in concert!
Fri 4/20/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/21/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/22/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22
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Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22
Dvorák: Nocturne in B major
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Conducting from the keyboard, guest Jeffrey Kahane performs Mozart’s elegant Piano Concerto No. 22. Then, on the podium, he leads a concerto for the entire ensemble – Bartók’s sensational Concerto for Orchestra, a Phoenix Symphony specialty. Dvorák’s Nocturne for Strings, which began life as the gorgeous slow movement of a string quartet, rounds out the program.
Fri 4/27/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/28/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/29/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Tchaikovsky & Mozart May 2018

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violin

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction From The Seraglio
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5, "Turkish"
Tchaikovsky: Sérénade mélancolique
Tchaikovsky: Orchestral Suite No. 4, "Mozartiana"

Tchaikovsky worshiped Mozart, whom he claimed to “adore and idolize.” This season’s Chamber Music series spotlights Tchaikovsky and his favorite composer with three charming and exuberant programs. Hear works of sublime beauty and expressive power in a classically intimate setting, featuring exceptional soloists and musicians from your Phoenix Symphony.
Sat 5/5/18 7:30PM MIM Music Theater
Sun 5/6/18 2:00PM MIM Music Theater

Schubert and Brahms
2017-18 Classics
Schubert and Brahms

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Maria Valdes, soprano
Rod Gilfry, baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Schubert: Symphony No.8, “Unfinished”
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)

Johannes Brahms established his reputation not with an orchestral work but with a sacred choral work: his profoundly moving German Requiem, which he labored over for a dozen years. He found a musical language full of drama and touching intimacy. Tito Muñoz leads a romantic program featuring Brahms’ masterpiece alongside Schubert’s immortal “Unfinished” Symphony.
Fri 5/11/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/12/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall

Live From Broadway
2017-18 Pops
Live From Broadway

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Take a stroll through Times Square as star vocalists join The Phoenix Symphony for hits from the Broadway of today and the timeless classics of yesterday. Experience the showstoppers from Broadway sensation Hamilton as well as Wicked, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Chicago, Rock of Ages, School of Rock, Kinky Boots, Finding Neverland, Miss Saigon, Moulin Rouge and CATS live with The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 5/18/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/19/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 5/20/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space

Richard Kaufman, conductor

Get set for an intergalactic musical showdown with Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space as Guest Conductor Richard Kaufman and The Phoenix Symphony presents the acclaimed and unforgettable music of your favorite films. Join The Phoenix Symphony to settle the decades-long fan battle over which camp reigns supreme. Audience members will vote live via text to decide the final number – will the Force take over Symphony Hall again or will the Trekkies prosper from this 2015 rematch? This concert is approximately 85 minutes long and runs without an intermission.

This concert is approximately 85 minutes long and runs without an intermission.
Thu 5/24/18 8:00PM Symphony Hall

Music of John Williams
2017-18 Pops
Music of John Williams

Richard Kaufman, conductor

Best known for his iconic film scores and celebrated music, John Williams is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age. Hear The Phoenix Symphony perform highlights from over 60 years of John Williams scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Born on the Fourth of July and many more.
Fri 5/25/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/26/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 5/27/18 2:00PM Symphony Hall

Rachmaninoff Second Symphony
2017-18 Classics
Rachmaninoff Second Symphony

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Adam Schoenberg: Violin Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

Celebrate the end of The Phoenix Symphony’s 70th Anniversary Season with Rachmaninoff’s intensely passionate Second Symphony, showcasing the composer’s soaring melodies and opulent orchestral colors in abundance. Capping a season-long focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein, Tito Muñoz features the exuberant Candide Overture. Anne Akiko Meyers makes a welcome return to The Phoenix Symphony to perform Adam Schoenberg’s new violin concerto.
Fri 6/1/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 6/2/18 7:30PM Symphony Hall