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Classics Full Friday

Symphony Hall : Fri 1/12/18 7:30PM - Fri 6/1/18 7:30PM

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As a full Classics Series subscriber you will enjoy all of the classical series concerts as The Phoenix Symphony celebrates its 70th season with a healthy dose of masterworks from Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff and more.This Friday night package is designed for the most avid classical music patron.

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Brahms First Symphony Friday, January 12, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Sibelius and Debussy Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Beethoven and Mozart Friday, February 9, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Brahms and Schumann Friday, February 23, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony Friday, March 16, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Elgar Cello Concerto Friday, April 13, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 Friday, April 27, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Schubert and Brahms Friday, May 11, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Rachmaninoff Second Symphony Friday, June 1, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.