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Opening Night: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Friday, September 14, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Opening Night: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
Julie Adams, soprano
Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
Anthony Clark Evans, baritone
The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Julia Perry: Short Piece for Orchestra
Barber: Toccata Festiva
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Op. 125

Beethoven’s big, bold, and joyous Ninth Symphony looms large over nearly two hundred and fifty years of composing. Be there as Tito Muñoz kicks off his fifth season as The Phoenix Symphony’s Virginia G. Piper Music Director by performing the Ninth with its triumphant “Ode to Joy” alongside the Symphony, The Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class vocalists.

The program also includes the return of Grammy winning organist Paul Jacobs in Barber's dazzling Toccata Festiva.

Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky Friday, September 28, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky

David Danzmayr, conductor
Drew Petersen, piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 23
Mozart: Symphony No. 36 “Linz" K. 425
Johann Strauss Jr: Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437

Mozart’s legendary compositional facility was never more apparent than in his Thirty-Sixth Symphony, “Linz,” titled after the city in which he composed it hastily for an unplanned concert. Despite his haste, Mozart proved his mastery with rich, large-scale movements and a dazzling finale written to be performed as fast as possible. Contrasting the delicate elegance of Mozart is Tchaikovsky’s deeply romantic First Piano Concerto performed by Drew Peterson, praised for his commanding and poetic interpretations. This program opens with waltz-king Johann Strauss’ Emperor Waltz.

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Rachel Barton Pine Friday, October 12, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Rachel Barton Pine

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Gabriel Kahane: Nocturama
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Op. 36

Highlighted by Rachel Barton Pine’s commanding performance of Paganini's first Violin Concerto, experience this powerhouse program presented by The Phoenix Symphony led by Maestro Muñoz. This program continues our dedication to young American composers by opening with Gabriel Kahane’s Nocturama, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony; an urgent and supercharged reflection on his internal struggles.

Elgar’s Enigma Variations Friday, November 2, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Elgar’s <em>Enigma Variations</em>

Case Scaglione, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violin

Christopher Rouse: Prospero’s Rooms
Britten: Violin Concerto, Op. 15
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36

Edward Elgar and Benjamin Britten stand tall as luminaries of English artistry. Elgar’s Enigma Variations, with its fourteen movements dedicated to his friends, has thrilled audiences since its composition. Performed alongside Britten’s edgy, yet lyrical Violin Concerto, played masterfully by concertmaster Steven Moeckel, this show will be sure to please!

Dvorák’s New World Symphony, No. 9 Friday, November 16, 2018 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Dvorák’s New World Symphony, No. 9

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano

Timo Andres: Everything Happens So Much
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12, K. 414
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Op. 95

Antonin Dvorák came to the United States with a “simple” directive: Develop a distinctly American style of composition. Through his travels, attempts, and those he met along the way, Dvorák eventually developed his Ninth Symphony, “From the New World.” The well-known theme of the second movement, now titled “Goin’ Home,” creates an intimate portrait of place and home unrivaled in orchestral repertoire. The program begins with Timo Andres’ thought-provoking Everything Happens So Much and features Mozart’s Twelfth Piano Concerto, full of lyricism and serenity, performed by acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk.

Grand Canyon Suite: An HD Experience Friday, January 11, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
<em>Grand Canyon Suite</em>: An HD Experience

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Nicholas Bardonnay, photographer & multimedia artist

Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (with Grand Canyon Country visual concerto)
Ives: Symphony No.2

Grofe’s picturesque Grand Canyon Suite wowed sold-out audiences during the Symphony’s 2012 performance, and the National Park’s 100-year anniversary performance will feature Westwater Arts high-definition images of the Grand Canyon projected above the orchestra in Symphony Hall. Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper continues this patriotic program with Barber's Second Essay for Orchestra and the unique compositional style of Chalres Ives with his Second Symphony.

Beethoven and Haydn Friday, February 1, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Beethoven and Haydn

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 69 “Laudon” Hob. 1/69
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” Op. 68

Maestro Tito Muñoz celebrates the return of Jennifer Koh with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto: a virtuosic and flashy, aggressive and brutal, meditative and static masterwork. This program opens with Haydn’s “Loudon” Symphony, his lush and finely crafted departure from his earlier works, and concludes with Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, which stands as one of the most vivid depictions of nature and rustic life.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 Friday, March 8, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 15
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Op. 40

World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough makes his Phoenix Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, with its energetic and charming themes. Muñoz opens the program with Richard Strauss’ self-portrait, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life); an egotistical but moving musical journey of life, love, and contentment.

Stravinksy, Gershwin and Glass Friday, March 22, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Stravinksy, Gershwin and Glass

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Amy Dickson, saxophone

Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1, arr. Dickson
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Gershwin: American in Paris

George Gershwin’s American in Paris is a perfect distillation of the American experience abroad. Maestro Tito Muñoz leads the Symphony in this masterwork alongside Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, a Russian expat’s symphonic contemplation of the American experience. The program continues our dedication to young American composers with Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms, a touching tribute to her mother. Acclaimed saxophonist Amy Dickson returns to join the symphony to perform Philip Glass’ mesmerizing and hypnotic Violin Concerto.

Piazzolla's Four Seasons Friday, April 12, 2019 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
Piazzolla's <em>Four Seasons</em>

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Giora Schmidt, violin

Montgomery: Starburst
Piazzolla: Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires)
Florence Price: Symphony No.1

Experience an adventurous impression of the Argentinian Capital brought to life as Valley favorite guest violinist Giora Schmidt performs Astor Piazzolla’s four-tango composition Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with your Phoenix Symphony. Discover Florence Price’s acclaimed early American First Symphony, with melodies and rhythms inspired from African-American folk music, spiritual music and characteristic ante-bellum dance rhythms. Florence Price is the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. This dazzling and diverse program begins with musical gestures juxtaposed with gentle fleeting melodies in Starburst, a one-movement, multidimensional soundscape by young American composer Jessie Montgomery.

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