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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:


Holiday Pops
2016-17 Pops
Holiday Pops

John Varineau, conductor
Gary Mauer, vocalist
Christiane Noll, vocalist

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 12/2/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 12/3/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 12/3/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 12/4/16 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Handel's Messiah
2016-17 Specials
Handel's Messiah

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Celena Shafer, soprano
Carin Gilfry, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Troy Cook, baritone

Handel’s massive oratorio makes a profound musical statement of the Christian faith, celebrating the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The acclaimed and popular “Hallelujah” chorus highlights this spiritual concert. Join Music Director Tito Muñoz as he leads the Valley’s favorite holiday tradition as The Phoenix Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and soloists perform Handel’s Messiah in churches and venues throughout the Valley.
Wed 12/7/16 7:30PM Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Thu 12/8/16 7:30PM Camelback Bible Church
Fri 12/9/16 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
Sat 12/10/16 7:30PM Camelback SDA Church
Sun 12/11/16 3:00PM Pinnacle Presbyterian Church


Cirque de la Symphonie
2016-17 Specials
Cirque de la Symphonie

Back by popular demand, Cirque de la Symphonie returns to The Phoenix Symphony with an all new holiday show. This year, the popular Cirque troupe brings their gravity-defying acts to the iconic Orpheum Theatre with a special dose of holiday cheer. Hear holiday favorites like “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls” and beloved movements from masterpieces like Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. This popular holiday music is performed live by The Phoenix Symphony while hula hoops, strong men, contortionists, aerialists and jugglers perform on stage… and 40 feet above it!
Fri 12/16/16 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 12/17/16 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre
Sat 12/17/16 7:30PM Orpheum Theatre
Sun 12/18/16 2:00PM Orpheum Theatre


The Music of David Bowie
2016-17 Legends
The Music of David Bowie

Martin Herman, conductor
Tony Vincent, vocalist

Celebrate the life and legacy of flamboyant rock legend David Bowie in a one of a kind tribute to his astounding career. Experience vocalist Tony Vincent and The Phoenix Symphony, along with a full rock band for this exhilarating musical odyssey that showcases the extraordinary range of Bowie’s musical career. This one night only performance features Bowie’s mega hits, like “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more all performed alongside the virtuosity of The Phoenix Symphony.
Fri 12/30/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


New Year's Eve Celebration
2016-17 Specials
New Year's Eve Celebration

Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Nicole Parker, vocalist

End the year on a high note with The Phoenix Symphony and guest conductor Stuart Chafetz in the Valley’s most popular New Year’s Eve Celebration. 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 celebration that is sure to sell out. Enjoy your choice of two special performances at 4:00 pm or 7:30 pm.
Sat 12/31/16 4:00PM Symphony Hall
Sat 12/31/16 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Carmen, Falla & Granados
2016-17 Classics
Carmen, Falla & Granados

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

Rossini: Selections from The Barber of Seville
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, op.34
Granados: Colección de canciones amatorias
Bizet: Selections from Carmen
Falla: El sombrero de tres picos (Three-Cornered Hat): Suite No.2
Falla: Siete canciones populares españolas

Tito Muñoz leads this Spanish-inspired program as Grammy Award-winner and opera sensation Isabel Leonard makes her Phoenix Symphony debut. Performing selections from Bizet’s famous opera, Carmen, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Enriqué Granados’ amorous Spanish poems, Canciónes amatoria, as well as traditional Spanish songs, Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs) by Manuel de Falla, this delightful and romantic program is destined to leave audiences “enamorado”… in love.
Fri 1/6/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/7/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/8/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Bosendorfer Piano
2016-17 Specials
Bosendorfer Piano

Matthew Kasper, conductor

The Phoenix Symphony partners once again with Bösendorfer, one of the world’s oldest and most well-known piano manufacturers, and ASU’s School of Music for the 8th Biannual Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition Finals. See rising star pianists from around the world as they compete to win $15,000, a guest artist contract with The Phoenix Symphony, and performance opportunities at the Bösendorfer National Concert Series. Experience three piano concertos during this unique concert and join in the excitement and anticipation as the next Bösendorfer International Piano Competition winner is chosen live before the audience.
Sun 1/8/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Elegance Defined
2016-17 Events
Elegance Defined

A perfect view of Camelback Mountain coupled with the grand entrance of this two-acre Paradise Valley property will take your breath away. This comfortable yet elegant masterpiece is adorned with Venetian plaster walls, state-of-the-art lighting, beautifully arched hallways and features a perfect mix of eclectic modern art and French-inspired décor.

Sip cocktails and visit with Virginia G. Piper Tito Muñoz, while you enjoy a performance in the dining area from a String Quartet featuring Leslie Anderegg and Aaron Requiro, violins; Mathieu Page-Bouchard, viola; and Peter Lorenzo Anderegg, cello. The performance will be followed by an unforgettable dinner prepared by The Herb Box Catering + Events
Wed 1/11/17 6:00PM General Admission


Star Wars: The Music
2016-17 Specials
Star Wars: The Music
The Phoenix Symphony brings another popular episode of Star Wars: The Music to Symphony Hall. As Rogue One takes on the universe this fall, put on your best Star Wars costume and come celebrate John Williams’ acclaimed music including the “Main Theme,” “Imperial March” and new music from Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Get your tickets today as this one night only concert is guaranteed to sell out.
Fri 1/13/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Simply Sinatra
2016-17 Pops
Simply Sinatra

Robert Franz, conductor

Journey to the timeless era when The Chairman of the Board ruled the stage. Sensational vocalist Steve Lippia returns to The Phoenix Symphony for this popular tribute to the music of Frank Sinatra. In an evening dedicated to Ol’ Blue Eyes, enjoy favorites like “Luck be a Lady,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “My Way” and more.
Sat 1/14/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/15/17 4:00PM Symphony Hall


Enchantment Theatre Company

Enchantment Theatre Company takes over Symphony Hall with magic, theatrical masks and life-size puppets in their Phoenix Symphony debut. A charmed tree bears golden apples and an evil magician conjures a terrible storm in this imaginative Family Series production. Meet a beautiful princess and her magical unicorn and witness Prince Ivan defeat the evil magician Kaschei The Deathless in the fabulous story of The Firebird. 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 1/15/17 1:00PM Symphony Hall


A Night of Leonard Bernstein
2016-17 Classics
A Night of Leonard Bernstein

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Melita Hunsinger, cello
John Holiday, countertenor
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Bernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra*
Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass*
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story*
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms

Music Director Tito Muñoz leads a distinctly American program dedicated to the late composer, conductor, educator and humanitarian Leonard Bernstein. The concert is highlighted by Bernstein’s popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and also explores the range and depth of the composer’s work. Opening with Divertimento, a lighthearted reflection of the composer’s storied relationship with The Boston Pops, the program also includes selections from the Bernstein archive including the choral work, Chichester Psalms, and Three Meditations from Mass, featuring The Phoenix Symphony’s principal cellist, Melita Hunsinger.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of select pieces and/or movements from the weekend Classics program.
Fri 1/20/17 11:00AM Symphony Hall
Fri 1/20/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/21/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall


Savor the Symphony Luncheon

One of the most talked about society events in 2016, the Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon has become a signature fundraise 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 are thrilled to announce America’s hottest new vocal group, Under the Streetlamp, will be featured in the Savor the Symphony event on January 27, 2017! Guests will eavesdrop on Under the Streetlamp’s rehearsal with The Phoenix Symphony as the delight us with popular Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ‘n’ Roll hits. This one-of-a-kind women’s luncheon will once again generate buzz about the Symphony in our community and will simply be a lot of fun!
Fri 1/27/17 11:00AM General Admission


Under the Streetlamp
2016-17 Pops
Under the Streetlamp

Michael Ingersoll, vocalist
Christopher Kale Jones, vocalist
Brandon Wardell, vocalist
Shonn Wiley, vocalist

Under the Streetlamp, America’s hottest new vocal group with two top PBS specials, performs an electrifying evening of classic hits from the American radio songbook live with The Phoenix Symphony. Exuding the irresistible rapport of a modern day Rat Pack, the quartet includes leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys. Together with The Phoenix Symphony, they deliver an evening of unforgettable entertainment. You’ll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock ‘n’ Roll and all of your favorite songs from The Drifters, The Beach Boys, and the Beatles. In a show-stopping salute to their mentors, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the guys perform a medley from the “Four Seasons” catalog of outstanding hits.
Fri 1/27/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 1/28/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 1/29/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


Vivaldi’s Four Seasons
2016-17 Chamber
Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Steven Moeckel, conductor & violin soloist

Dvorák: Serenade for Strings
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Concertmaster and Valley favorite Steven Moeckel leads a chamber ensemble comprised of musicians from The Phoenix Symphony in our second chamber concert of the season. The performance showcases the string section in two of the most adored pieces in the chamber repertoire—Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings and Vivaldi’s perennially popular The Four Seasons, in an intimate setting as you’ve never heard it before.
Thu 2/2/17 7:30PM Camelback Bible Church
Sat 2/4/17 2:00PM MIM Music Theater
Sat 2/4/17 7:30PM Central United Methodist


Neil Sedaka
2016-17 Mesa
Neil Sedaka

Join The Phoenix Symphony for a special evening on stage at Mesa Arts Center with Neil Sedaka, one of the music industry’s most influential singer-songwriters. Mr. Sedaka wrote some of the biggest hit songs ever recorded, such as “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “Calendar Girl,” “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Laughter in the Rain.” His chart topping songs were made famous by such legends as Connie Francis, Carole King, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones and earned him multiple Grammy Awards, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award and countless other accolades. Come hear him perform the unforgettable music that made him a modern classic.

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This concert is performed without an intermission.
Fri 2/3/17 7:30PM Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater


Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 5

James Feddeck, conductor
Paul Appleby, tenor
Cassie Walck, horn

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5

Guest Conductor James Feddeck returns to The Phoenix Symphony in a romantic program featuring the works of Vaughan Williams, Britten and Delius. This all-British program is highlighted by Vaughan Williams’ radiant and lyrical Symphony No. 5, the “symphony of the celestial city.” The evening begins with Frederick Delius’ The Walk to the Paradise Garden, a musical juxtaposition of the immutability of nature and the transitory condition of the human experience. Tenor Paul Appleby also joins The Phoenix Symphony for Benjamin Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, a collection of six British poems on the subject of the night, including both its calm and sinister aspects.
Fri 2/17/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 2/18/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 2/19/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


International Treasure
2016-17 Events
International Treasure

Nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley and adorned with treasures from far off continents, this home will surprise you with its collection of ancient Asian and African artifacts. Featured in the home is the artwork of renowned artist Beth Ames Schwartz, who explores systems of knowledge by translating philosophical concepts into aesthetic visual experiences. Ms. Schwartz will be on hand to answer questions about her work.

You will enjoy the extraordinary talents of Symphony cellist, Peter Lorenzo Anderegg, and pianist, Larry Loeber, on the family’s baby grand piano, followed by a buffet dinner
Thu 2/23/17 6:00PM General Admission


Disney in Concert
2016-17 Pops
Disney in Concert

John Varineau, conductor

Disney in Concert – A Tale as Old as Time, a multimedia extravaganza featuring acclaimed Broadway vocalists, and scenes from your favorite Disney movies projected above the orchestra. Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid come to life in this showpiece of Disney’s marvelous movies, music, and characters. This concert guarantees fun for the whole family!
Fri 2/24/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sat 2/25/17 7:30PM Symphony Hall
Sun 2/26/17 2:00PM Symphony Hall


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.
Thu 3/2/17 7:30PM Camelback Bible Church
Fri 3/3/17 7:30PM Central United Methodist
Sun 3/5/17 2:00PM MIM Music Theater


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

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


Beethoven's 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's Requiem
2016-17 Classics
Mozart's Requiem

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto
Brian Stucki, tenor
Michael Sumuel, 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
Alfred Walker, 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
TBD, violin
TBD, 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


Schubert's 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 2014 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 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's Symphony No. 45
2016-17 Classics
Haydn's 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