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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:


Mendelssohn, Finzi and Cerrone

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Steve Hanusofski, clarinet

Cerrone: High Windows
Finzi: Clarinet Concerto
Mendelssohn: Octet (transcription for orchestra by Yoon Jae Lee)

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz leads the audience on a musical journey across two centuries. The concert features the youthful verve and brilliance of Mendelssohn’s Octet, a staple of the chamber repertoire. It is paired with two contemporary pieces: the imaginative High Windows by Christopher Cerrone and the hauntingly melodic Clarinet Concerto by Gerald Finzi.
Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Central United Methodist
Sun 3/5/17 2:00PM MIM Music Theater
Sun 3/5/17 7:30PM MIM Music Theater


Music of Led Zeppelin
2016-17 Specials
Music of Led Zeppelin

Brent Havens, conductor
Randy Jackson, vocalist

Bridging the gulf between rock ’n’ roll and classical music, The Phoenix Symphony will blow you away with the return of the popular Music of Led Zeppelin, performed under the stars at Mesa Amphitheatre. Amplified by a full rock band, creator Brent Havens will conduct the orchestra as they capture Led Zeppelin’s sheer blast and power, riff for riff, while churning out new musical colors. The two-plus-hour concert features classic Zeppelin tunes, including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Heartbreaker,” “Black Dog,” “Immigrant Song” and more. This outdoor concert is a General Admission event.

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Sat 3/4/17 7:00PM Mesa Amphitheatre


Beethoven&#8217s Symphony No. 3
2016-17 Classics
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Caroline Goulding, violin

Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”

Tito Muñoz brings another dose of Beethoven to the 2016/17 Season with Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, a towering journey of emotion and invention marking the transition to the Romantic period in classical music. Symphony No. 3 heralds the well-known marcia funebre, or funeral march. Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding also joins the program for György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, a brilliant synthesis of avant-garde explorations and traditional melodic and formal conventions that the BBC calls a “cornucopia of effects and techniques, a wild collage of atmospheres and colors.”
Fri 3/10/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/11/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Pops Goes to Hollywood
2016-17 Pops
Pops Goes to Hollywood

Carl Topilow, conductor

Lights! Camera! Action! The Phoenix Symphony goes to the movies with Hollywood favorites including Gone with the Wind, Rocky, Forrest Gump, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean. Guest conductor Carl Topilow combines his experience as a conductor with his outgoing personality to present an innovative and interactive multimedia concert for movie lovers of all ages.
Fri 3/17/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/18/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 3/19/17 4:00PM Symphony Hall


Space Spectacular
2016-17 Family
Space Spectacular

NASA images and videos projected above the orchestra make this Family concert an out-of-this-world experience. Guest conductor Carl Topilow and The Phoenix Symphony present classical favorites like Holst’s The Planets, and popular hits from space movies; 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Star Trek and of course iconic themes from John Williams like Super Man and Star Wars including the “Main Theme,” “Cantina Band,” and “Imperial March.” Join us one hour early when the doors open for family friendly pre-concert fun like the instrument petting zoo and station activities throughout the lobby.
Sun 3/19/17 1:00PM Symphony Hall


Mozart&#8217s Requiem
2016-17 Classics
Mozart’s Requiem

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto
Brian Stucki, tenor
Robert Pomakov, bass-baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Buxtehude/Chávez: Chaconne in E Minor*
Pärt: In principio
Mozart/Süssmayr: Requiem*

The Phoenix Symphony and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus perform Mozart’s deathbed composition, Requiem, hailed as the “sublimest achievement that the modern period has contributed to the church.” Music Director Tito Muñoz leads this grand program that also features Arvo Pärt’s In principio, with its ringing, ethereal textures and implacable rhythms, as well as Carlos Chavez’ colorful orchestration of Dietrich Buxtehude’s stately and dancelike Chaconne.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of select pieces and/or movements from the weekend Classics program.
Fri 3/24/17 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 3/24/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 3/25/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


A Garden Affair
2016-17 Events
A Garden Affair

Two of Arizona’s world-class cultural gems blend in a truly unique parties of note! Experience the mastery of The Phoenix Symphony and the magnificence of Desert Botanical Garden all in one evening. Stroll through the blooming Garden trails featuring countless cacti as you make your way to our scenic event setting. Featuring the Garden butte as a stunning backdrop for this party, the spacious Ullman Terrace outdoor patio is surrounded by soft petal reflective lights and up-lit saguaros. Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with Virginia G. Piper Music Director, Tito Muñoz.

Enjoy a feast for all the senses with an unforgettable music performance featuring a Phoenix Symphony Chamber Ensemble followed by a delectable dinner under the stars.
Wed 3/29/17 6:00PM General Admission


Music of the Rolling Stones
2016-17 Legends
Music of the Rolling Stones

Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalist

The final Legends Series concert features the music of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band,” with classic songs from the Rolling Stones like “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction),” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Start Me Up,” “Ruby Tuesday” and more. Join vocalist Brody Dolyniuk and conductor Brent Havens as they take the stage, live with The Phoenix Symphony in a truly unique concert experience.
Fri 3/31/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Beethoven's No. 9
2016-17 Specials
Beethoven's No. 9

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Black, soprano
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
Jordan Bisch, bass-baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner: Arrival of the Guests at the Wartburg from Tannhäuser
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125

Don’t miss Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, featuring the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and talented soloists. The first half of these powerful special performances at Symphony Hall features three fiery and majestic works from Richard Wagner including selections from Lohengrin, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser.

Sat 4/1/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/2/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Steven Moeckel in Recital
2016-17 Chamber
Steven Moeckel in Recital

César Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, M.8
Steven Moeckel, violin
Joanna Goldstein, piano

Edward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op.84
Steven Moeckel, violin
Tessa Gotman Bock, violin
Aaron Requiro, viola
Melita Hunsinger, cello
Joanna Goldstein, piano

The 2016-2017 chamber series concludes with a recital by Phoenix Symphony Concertmaster Steven Moeckel. Performing on his 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Moeckel will play the instantly recognizable Franck Violin Sonata, with its soaring melodies and triumphant closing movement. He is joined by fellow Phoenix Symphony musicians for the Elgar Piano Quintet, which features cyclical melodies that range from wistful to valedictory.
Sun 4/9/17 2:00PM MIM Music Theater


Frank Lloyd Wright Experience

Arguably the most unique and popular parties of note event, renowned composer and architect David E. Dodge invites us into his Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home in North Scottsdale. This evening is truly a feast for the eyes, the soul and the body. Tour the multi-storied contemporary structure filled with unique Asian artifacts and sculptures.

A chamber performance of Symphony No. 12 composed by David E. Dodge will be led by The Phoenix Symphony Assistant Conductor, Matthew Kasper. The evening will culminate with a delectable East Asian-inspired buffet dinner created by the talented Thai Chef, Vichai Karmakhan
Wed 4/12/17 6:00PM General Admission


Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
2016-17 Pops
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Robert Franz, conductor

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (BBVD), one of the most in-demand swing bands touring today, hit it big with the popular film Swingers. Since then they have recorded numerous platinum albums and scored hits with “You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (Baby)” and “Go Daddy-O.” BBVD now carries on the tradition of swing’s legendary big bands in a one-of-akind performance with The Phoenix Symphony. Known for their highenergy live shows, BBVD will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into the Big Band era. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes when they perform at Symphony Hall!
Fri 4/14/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/15/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/15/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Music, Mountains and Memory

6:00 – 6:45pm Cocktails and music performed by members of The Phoenix Symphony

6:45pm Dinner and remarks by Jim Ward, President & CEO • Tito Muñoz, Virginia G. Piper Music Director

Graciously hosted by Julie Pace and David Selden & Sheila and Mike Zuieback

Click “purchase” to proceed with registration. Please contact Louann Phillips with questions via email or at 602-452-0423.
Thu 4/20/17 6:00PM General Admission


Schubert&#8217s Symphony No. 9
2016-17 Classics
Schubert’s Symphony No. 9

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Cerrone: Invisible Overture*
Maneein: Violin Concerto (world premiere)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 “Great”*

In a unique evening bridging the classic and contemporary, the 2016/17 Classics Season continues as Tito Muñoz leads The Phoenix Symphony in Franz Schubert’s final Symphony No. 9. Schubert’s “Great” symphony is hailed for its majestic scale and beautiful songlike melodies. Continuing to introduce Phoenix audiences to young American composers, Tito Muñoz presents works by Earl Maneein and Christopher Cerrone. The program features the world-premiere of Maneein’s Violin Concerto as performed by J.S. Bach International Violin Competition Gold Medalist, Rachel Barton Pine, on her 1742 Guarneri, “ex-Bazzini ex-Soldat.” Maestro Muñoz opens the program with Cerrone’s Invisible Overture, a lush and ominous musical painting reflecting the decaying empire of Kublai Khan.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of select pieces and/or movements from the weekend Classics program.
Fri 4/21/17 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 4/21/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/22/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Romeo & Juliet and Petrushka
2016-17 Classics
Romeo & Juliet and Petrushka

Case Scaglione, conductor
Sung Chang, piano

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1
Stravinsky: Petrushka

Tchaikovsky’s fantasy overture for Romeo and Juliet, his popular musical interpretation of the famous star-crossed lovers, kicks off this powerful and romantic program. Former Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Case Scaglione, debuts with a program that also includes Stravinsky’s famous ballet, Petrushka, which captures colorful and boisterous scenes from Russian street and theater life. Pianist Sung Chang returns to Symphony Hall after his Gold Medal-winning performance in the 2015 Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition with Liszt’s thunderously virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1.
Fri 4/28/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 4/29/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 4/30/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Contemporary Colonial
2016-17 Events
Contemporary Colonial

Nestled in the shade of Piestawa Peak is a contemporary colonial style home and the perfect setting for an encore parties of note. The elegant entryway will lead you through the beautifully-decorated rooms accented by heirlooms and artwork from the family’s world travels. Enjoy cocktails while wandering through the lush garden that surrounds the two-acre property.

Guests will hear Franz Schubert’s ‘Trout Quintet’ performed by Adrienne Finet, violin; Mark Deatherage, viola; Melita Hunsinger, cello; and Jonathan Imsande, bass.

The performance will precede a plated meal served in the home’s ballroom, specially crafted by renowned Chef Vincent Guerithault.
Sun 4/30/17 5:00PM General Admission


Lea Salonga: Magic Music of Broadway

From “Defying Gravity” to “Be Our Guest,” The Phoenix Symphony celebrates the magical music of Broadway! Join The Phoenix Symphony as Tony Award-winning Broadway legend, Lea Salonga, the original star of Miss Saigon and later, Les Misérables and the singing voice of Disney’s Princess Jasmine and Mulan takes you to “a whole new world” and brings to life to the Magical Music of Broadway.
Fri 5/5/17 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 5/6/17 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre


Music of John Williams
2016-17 Specials
Music of John Williams

Robert Franz, conductor

Fresh off of the 2016 sold-out performances, the Music of John Williams returns to the Orpheum Theatre. Best known for his iconic film scores and ceremonial music, John Williams is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of the modern age. Hear The Phoenix Symphony perform selections 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 5/12/17 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 5/13/17 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 5/13/17 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sun 5/14/17 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre


An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein

Tito Muñoz, conductor

The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theatre team up once again with the return of this popular collaboration, "An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein". The timeless music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II is brought to life with the reprisal of this original semi-staged production. Don’t miss two of the Valley’s premiere arts organizations performing hits from Cinderella, South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music and much more on the stage of Symphony Hall.
Fri 5/19/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/20/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/20/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 5/21/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Haydn Symphony No. 45
2016-17 Classics
Haydn Symphony No. 45

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Chad Shelton, tenor
Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-soprano

Haydn: Symphony No. 45 “Farewell”
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Tito Muñoz closes his third season as Virginia G. Piper Music Director with a program of Haydn and Mahler masterworks. The program opens with Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony, offering a fitting finale to the season with its experimental forms, unexpected wit, and poignant conclusion. Gustav Mahler’s most personal and intimate work, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), features six songs addressing the universal themes of living, parting and salvation, as performed by vocalists Chad Shelton and Margaret Mezzacappa.
Fri 5/26/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 5/27/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney

Live and Let Die features hit songs from the Beatles catalog and Paul McCartney’s solo works. Hear favorites like “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” “Live and Let Die,” “Let It Be,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Long and Winding Road” and many more. Led by actor, singer and recording artist Tony Kishman, experience the greatest hits of “Yesterday” performed by a four-piece band alongside The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 6/2/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 6/3/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 6/3/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


The Road to Prescott
2016-17 Events
The Road to Prescott

It’s time to escape the heat and follow the road that leads to a beautiful family ranch north of Prescott, Arizona. The Las Vegas Ranch, in the heart of the Williamson Valley, has been in the Pierce family since 1959 and boasts lush pastures and has been recognized with a Private Lands Fish & Wildlife Stewardship Award.

Surrounded by a canopy of mature shade trees and horses grazing in the fields, this historic home and property are a breathtaking setting for The Phoenix Symphony musicians to serenade us on a Sunday afternoon followed by a gourmet western dinner.
Sun 6/4/17 4:00PM General Admission



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.


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!


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.



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)


2017-18 Pops
A Broadway Celebration

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Join The Phoenix Symphony for a night of music and dancing celebrating the Broadway partnership of composer Leonard Bernstein and choreographer Jerome Robbins. This original production will highlight the decades-long artistic collaboration of composer Leonard Bernstein and director/choreographer Jerome Robbins. Acclaimed Broadway song and dance artists will perform hits 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.


2017-18 Specials
Beethoven Ninth Symphony

Matthew Kasper, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Quickly becoming a sold-out annual tradition, don’t miss Ludwig van Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece, Symphony No. 9, featuring the famous “Ode to Joy” chorus performed by The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and talented soloists.
Fri 10/20/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 10/21/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater



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, the orchestra’s husband and wife duo 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 feature the work of promising young American composers.


2017-18 Classics
Beethoven Fourth Symphony

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Amy Dickson, saxophone

Timo Andres: Bathtub Shrine
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1 (arranged for saxophone by Amy Dickson)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Beethoven’s symphonies have endured for centuries, speaking to generation upon generation. Tito Muñoz conducts the rousing Fourth Symphony, a work deploying the woodwind instruments in an intimate manner reminiscent of chamber music. Two brightly colored works from American composers Timo Andres and Philip Glass – the latter featuring the return of prodigious soloist Amy Dickson on the saxophone – illuminate Beethoven’s masterpiece.



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

Join The Phoenix Symphony as the acclaimed Ted Rosenthal Trio performs George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with its unique blend of classical and jazz-influenced effects. Teaming up with The Phoenix Symphony, this trio of New York musicians Ted Rosenthal, piano; Martin Wind, bass; Tim Horner, drums perform an unforgettable night of Gershwin and jazz.


2017-18 Pops
Holiday Pops

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.


2017-18 Specials
Handel Messiah

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
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




Matthew Kapser, 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 a classically intimate setting, featuring exceptional soloists and musicians from your Phoenix Symphony.


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. Enjoy your choice of two special performances at 4:00 pm or 7:30 pm.



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)


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.

Savor the Symphony
2017-18 Events
Savor the Symphony

The Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon has become a signature fundraiser for The Phoenix Symphony collectively raising over $700,000 to benefit the Symphony’s Education & Community Engagement programs that influence over 125,000 youth and adults in our community every year. This unique women’s luncheon gives attendees behind the scenes access to the rehearsal of a contemporary performing artist and a gourmet meal prepared by a local executive chef.

We’ve already scheduled next year’s event on January 19, 2018. Purchase your seat or table today so you don’t miss out on the fun!
Fri 1/19/18 11:00AM General Admission



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.


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, exotic “Egyptian” Piano Concerto of French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, who reportedly wrote this dazzling work after a boat ride up the Nile.


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 at Mesa Arts Center Ikeda Theater for this year's musical potion of memorable music from the Harry Potter film franchise. 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



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.


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.



Tito Muñoz, conductor
Phoenix Symphony Chorus

“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 smash hit. In a new production, acclaimed Broadway vocalists, directors and set designers will offer a fresh take on this poignant and provocative classic, renowned for its miraculous fusion of song and dance.


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.



Steven Moeckel, leader

Mozart: Serenade in C minor
Mozart: Horn Concerto
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.


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.



Matthew Kasper, conductor
Storm Large, vocalist

Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large performs favorites from the Great American Songbook reflecting the many faces of love, life and loss. Alongside The Phoenix Symphony, Storm gives audiences breathtaking renditions of "Lady Is A Tramp," "My Funny Valentine," "Someone To Watch Over Me," and 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 vocals of Pink Martini, bringing her international acclaim. Don’t miss Storm Large with The Phoenix Symphony.


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.


2017-18 Pops
Classical Mystery Tour

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!


2017-18 Classics
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.



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.


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.


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 Wicked, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Chicago and many more live with The Phoenix Symphony.



Richard Kaufman, conductor

Get set for an intergalactic musical showdown with Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space as 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? Come dressed in costume and experience John Williams' unforgettable Star Wars favorites like “The Main Theme”, “Imperial March”, “Parade of Ewoks” and music from The Force Awakens. For you Trekkies we feature your favorite Star Trek music from the original classics to The Wrath of Kahn to the newest Star Trek films. Kick off Phoenix Comicon weekend with an out of this world battle for the music of deep space, live with The Phoenix Symphony.

This concert is approximately 85 minutes long and runs without an intermission.


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.


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 classics 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.