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Symphony Hall : Fri 1/26/18 7:30PM - Sat 6/2/18 7:30PM

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The Choose Your Own (CYO) subscription has quickly become the most popular way to subscribe to The Phoenix Symphony. Offering the ultimate in flexibility, the Classics CYO allows you to pick any three (or more) concerts from our Classics line up. You can pick performances across any venue, series or price point. Get started today by using our online tool to build your perfect season today.

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Sibelius and Debussy Friday, January 26, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, January 28, 2018 2:00PM   ·   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 - Sunday, February 11, 2018 2:00PM   ·   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 - Saturday, February 24, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Brahms and Schumann


Tito Muñoz, conductor
Liza Ferschtman, 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. The Phoenix Symphony will perform this exemplary work alongside Robert Schumann’s joyous Fourth Symphony and the romantic Passacaglia from Anton Webern.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of music selected from the Classics program.



Tchaikovsky Fifth Symphony Friday, March 16, 2018 7:30PM - 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.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of music selected from the Classics program.



Elgar Cello Concerto Friday, April 13, 2018 7:30PM - 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.

*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of music selected from the Classics program.



Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 Friday, April 27, 2018 7:30PM - Sunday, April 29, 2018 2:00PM   ·   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 - 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 Friday, June 1, 2018 7:30PM - 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.