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Symphony Hall : Sat 9/16/17 7:30PM - Sat 6/2/18 7:30PM

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As a full Classics Series subscriber you will enjoy all 13 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 Saturday night package is designed for the most avid classical music patron.

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Stravinsky Rite of Spring Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Dvorák Seventh Symphony Saturday, September 30, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Mozart and Sibelius Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Beethoven Fourth Symphony Saturday, November 11, 2017 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
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.



Brahms First Symphony Saturday, January 13, 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 Saturday, January 27, 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 Saturday, February 10, 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 Saturday, February 24, 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 Saturday, March 17, 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 Saturday, April 14, 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 Saturday, April 28, 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 Saturday, May 12, 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 Saturday, June 2, 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.



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