Berlioz and Sibelius
Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique describes a journey into the composer’s lovesick mind and complete obsession with Irish actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz’s famous drama is epic in size, with its large orchestatration and his larger-than-life life fantasy world. World-renowned violinist and Valley favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel, takes the stage to perform Sibelius’ technically demanding Concerto for Violin on his 1840 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume instrument.
|Fri 5/27/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 5/28/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
Meet the Artist Luncheon: Tito Muñoz and Steven Moeckel
Immediately following every Coffee Classics concert, The Phoenix Symphony invites you to enjoy a delicious lunch and panel discussion with musicians, conductors and guest artists in the green room at Symphony Hall. These intimate luncheons allow you to interact with artists on a one-on-one basis, and give you the opportunity to ask questions about their lives and work while chatting with them over lunch. This Meet The Artist Luncheon features Tito Muñoz and Steven Moeckel.
|Fri 5/27/16 12:00PM||General Admission||Presale through May 3, 2016|
Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space
Get set for an intergalactic musical showdown with Star Wars vs Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space as The Phoenix Symphony presents the acclaimed and unforgettable music of your favorite films. Join The Phoenix Symphony to settle the decades long fan battle over which camp reigns supreme. Audience members will vote live via text to decide the final number—will the Force take over Symphony Hall or will the Trekkies prosper for the encore? Come dressed in costume and experience John Williams’ unforgettable Star Wars favorites like “The Main Theme”, “Imperial March”, “Parade of Ewoks” and new music from The Force Awakens. For you Trekkies we feature your favorite Star Trek music from the original classics to The Wrath of Kahn to the newest Star Trek films. Kick off Phoenix Comicon weekend with an out of this world battle for the music of deep space with The Phoenix Symphony.
|Thu 6/2/16 8:00PM||Symphony Hall|
The Earth – An HD Odyssey
The Earth – An HD Odyssey, is truly an out-of-this-world concert experience. The multi-sensory event showcases classical favorites with an arresting multi-media presentation. The Phoenix Symphony’s performance of John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Strauss’ epic Also sprach Zarathustra featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Glass’ The Secret Agent, is complemented by striking and majestic high definition images taken from NASA missions in Earth’s orbit. This event is not to be missed.
|Fri 6/3/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 6/4/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
The Road to Prescott
Time to escape the heat and follow the road that leads to a beautiful family ranch north of Prescott, Arizona. The Las Vegas Ranch has been in the Pierce family since 1959 and covers more than 42 sections of the most beautiful lush bottom lands that most Arizonans have never seen. At this historic home, sit under the canopy of beautiful mature shade trees as The Phoenix Symphony musicians serenade us on a summer afternoon.
A buffet supper will be enjoyed by all following the musical performance by Phoenix Symphony musicians.
|Sun 6/5/16 4:00PM||General Admission|
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, pianoYoung: Remnants
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5The 2016/17 Season kicks off with the epic grandeur of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Tito Muñoz, in his third season as Virginia G. Piper Music Director, leads The Phoenix Symphony in a masterful interpretation of Beethoven’s ever popular and powerful “Victory” symphony. Joining this program is 2009 London International Piano Competition winner, Behzod Abduraimov performing Rachmaninoff’s technically challenging and compositionally brilliant Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Maestro Muñoz continues his tradition of highlighting young American composers by featuring Nina Young and her “sonic experience” composition, Remnants, which invites listeners to perceive the orchestra as one giant instrument – a resonating body.
|Fri 9/16/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 9/17/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sun 9/18/16 2:00PM||Symphony Hall|
Brahms’ Symphony No. 4
Matthias Bamert, conductor
The Phoenix Symphony ChorusBrahms: Tragic Overture*
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Brahms: Symphony No. 4*Guest conductor Matthias Bamert joins The Phoenix Symphony and Chorus for an evening of Brahms and Stravinsky. Johannes Brahms’ monumental Symphony No. 4 engages the audience with its autumnal lyricism and soaring themes. The Phoenix Symphony Chorus performs in Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, a work based on Psalms 38, 49 and 150, and dedicated in part “to the glory of God”. The program opens with another dramatic work by Brahms, the Tragic Overture which was the “weeping” counterpoint to his festive Academic Festival Overture, known for its dramatic trajectory and shattering close.*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of select pieces and/or movements from the weekend Classics program.
|Fri 9/23/16 11:00AM||Symphony Hall|
|Fri 9/23/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 9/24/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
Bravo Broadway: Music of the Night
Robert Franz, conductor
Hugh Panaro, vocalist
Christiane Noll, vocalist
Capathia Jenkins, vocalistTip your hat to Broadway as this popular program returns to Symphony Hall featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera. Under the baton of guest conductor, Robert Franz, The Phoenix Symphony is joined by three world-class Broadway soloists to perform your favorite Broadway tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Les Misérables, and more.
|Fri 9/30/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 10/1/16 2:00PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 10/1/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
Halloween at Hogwarts
Michael Grandinetti, magicianThe Hogwarts Express returns to the Valley this October. Muggles, witches and wizards are welcome to attend this popular annual tradition. Join The Phoenix Symphony for this year’s musical potion featuring nearly 90 minutes of seasonal selections, memorable music from the Harry Potter films and a spooktacular dose of magic. Come dressed as your favorite Hogwarts character or wear your Halloween costume. Get your tickets early, Halloween at Hogwarts is sure to sell out.
|Sat 10/8/16 2:00PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 10/8/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sun 10/9/16 2:00PM||Symphony Hall|
Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Haydn
Matthew Kasper, conductor
Brian Gordon, piccoloStravinsky: Danses concertantes
Vivaldi: Piccolo Concerto in C Major
Haydn: Symphony No. 104 “London”Chamber Music is back by popular demand with a four concert series featuring the musicians of The Phoenix Symphony. Opening the series is a concert led by Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper, beginning with Stravinsky’s neoclassical gem, Danses concertantes, originally conceived as a ballet. The performances also features Vivaldi’s dazzling and virtuosic Piccolo Concerto and concludes with Haydn’s final “London” symphony, with its exuberant finale reminiscent of folk songs.
|Thu 10/13/16 7:30PM||Camelback Bible Church|
|Fri 10/14/16 7:30PM||Central United Methodist|
|Sun 10/16/16 2:00PM||MIM Music Theater|
For one night only, veteran star of the Broadway stage Bernadette Peters joins forces with The Phoenix Symphony to perform favorites from Broadway shows and The Great American Songbook. Ms. Peters is perhaps best known for her definitive and iconic Broadway performances in Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods and Annie Get Your Gun. She is also widely acknowledged as the leading interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim. She has received countless accolades throughout her distinctive career, ranging from her Tony Awards to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear a living legend of the musical theatre alongside The Phoenix Symphony, at Mesa Arts Center.Additional seats may be available for purchase by clicking HERE
|Sat 10/15/16 7:30PM||Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater|
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violinAdam Schoenberg: Canto
Barber: Violin Concerto
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7Maestro Tito Muñoz returns for a powerful performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, a patriotic hymn to his hometown of Leningrad and a rallying cry to the foes of fascism. This large orchestral work masterfully fuses Shostakovich’s emotional themes and motifs into “music written with the heart’s blood.” Valley favorite Concertmaster Steven Moeckel joins this program with a breathless performance of Samuel Barber’s rhapsodic Violin Concerto. To open, Maestro Muñoz once again features the music of young American composer Adam Schoenberg for the third straight season, this time presenting Schoenberg’s idyllic and lyrical Canto inspired by the birth of his son.
|Fri 10/21/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 10/22/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
Music of Journey
Come rock out to one of the top-selling bands of all time as The Phoenix Symphony presents The Music of Journey. Valley favorite, Brody Dolyniuk, returns to present rock’s most iconic music like you have never heard it before, live with The Phoenix Symphony. Don’t miss the first 2016/17 Legends Series performance with chart topping hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Open Arms” and more of your favorite Journey hits.
|Fri 11/4/16 7:30PM||Orpheum Theatre|
|Sat 11/5/16 7:30PM||Orpheum Theatre|
The Animal Kingdom
The Phoenix Symphony and guest conductor Robert Franz take a walk on the wild side with an all new Family concert featuring music from Disney’s The Lion King, Prokofiev’s thrilling Peter and the Wolf and other animal-themed classical musical selections. Join us one hour early when the doors open for free family friendly pre-concert fun like the instrument petting zoo and station activities throughout the lobby.
|Sun 11/6/16 2:00PM||Orpheum Theatre|
Dvorák’s Cello Concerto
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Mark Kosower, celloBeethoven: Egmont Overture*+
Corigliano: Symphony No. 1
Dvorák: Cello Concerto *Mark Kosower, Principal Cello of the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra, makes his Phoenix Symphony debut and joins Tito Muñoz for Antonín Dvorák’s rich and soulful Cello Concerto – “the most beautiful ever written for the instrument.” The program opens with John Corigliano’s two-time Grammy Award-winning Symphony No. 1, an unforgettable work that features an epic quilt-like weaving of themes memorializing the feelings of loss, anger and frustration.*Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of select pieces and/or movements from the weekend Classics program. +Egmont Overture performed only at 11am Coffee Classics concert.
|Fri 11/18/16 11:00AM||Symphony Hall|
|Fri 11/18/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 11/19/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
The Texas Tenors
The Texas Tenors ride back into town adding some Holiday cheer to their 2015 sold-out performances. These good ol’ boys from America’s Got Talent and their 2013 PBS Special with The Phoenix Symphony, You Should Dream, have become Valley favorites in their home away from home. Don’t miss the return of The Texas Tenors for this Thanksgiving weekend musical feast.
|Fri 11/25/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sat 11/26/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
|Sun 11/27/16 2:00PM||Symphony Hall|
John Varineau, conductorIt’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|
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Celena Shafer, soprano
Carin Gilfry, mezzo-soprano
Norman Shankle, tenor
Rod Gilfry, baritoneHandel’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
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|
Music of the Eagles
The Legends Series continues as the Music of the Eagles makes its debut with The Phoenix Symphony. Performing to sold-out shows across the nation, Terry Brock and a team of vocalists deliver this one-of-a-kind tribute to one of America’s greatest rock bands. With music from the albums Hotel California, Desperado, One of These Nights, On the Border, The Long Road Out of Eden and many more, you will hear all of your favorites as The Phoenix Symphony soars to new heights and adds a new dimension to these classic rock songs.
|Fri 12/30/16 7:30PM||Symphony Hall|
New Year’s Eve Celebration
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Nicole Parker, vocalistEnd 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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Isabel Leonard, mezzo-sopranoRossini: 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 españolasTito 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|
Robert Franz, conductorJourney 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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Melita Hunsinger, cello
John Holiday, countertenor
The Phoenix Symphony ChorusBernstein: Divertimento for Orchestra*
Bernstein: Three Meditations from Mass*
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story*
Bernstein: Chichester PsalmsMusic 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|
Under the Streetlamp
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
Steven Moeckel, conductor & violin soloistDvorák: Serenade for Strings
Vivaldi: The Four SeasonsConcertmaster 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|
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.Additional seats may be available for purchase by clicking HERE
|Fri 2/3/17 7:30PM||Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater|
Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 5
James Feddeck, conductor
Paul Appleby, tenor
Cassie Walck, hornDelius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5Guest 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|
Disney in Concert
John Varineau, conductorDisney 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, complete with Disney sing-alongs.
|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, clarinetCerrone: 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
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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Caroline Goulding, violinLigeti: 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
Carl Topilow, conductorLights! 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|
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|
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Emily Marvosh, contralto
Brian Stucki, tenor
Michael Sumuel, bass-baritone
The Phoenix Symphony ChorusBuxtehude/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|
Music of the Rolling Stones
Brent Havens, conductor
Brody Dolyniuk, vocalistThe 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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Black, soprano
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Garrett Sorenson, tenor
Alfred Walker, bass-baritone
The Phoenix Symphony ChorusWagner: 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. 125Don’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
César Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, M.8
Steven Moeckel, violin
Joanna Goldstein, pianoEdward Elgar: Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op.84
Steven Moeckel, violin
Melita Hunsinger, cello
Joanna Goldstein, pianoThe 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|
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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violinCerrone: 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
Case Scaglione, conductor
Sung Chang, pianoTchaikovsky: 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|
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
Robert Franz, conductorFresh off of the 2015 sold-out performances, the Music of John Williams returns to Symphony Hall. 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, conductorThe 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
Tito Muñoz, conductor
Chad Shelton, tenor
Margaret Mezzacappa, mezzo-sopranoHaydn: 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|