The Phoenix Symphony recognizes that adults benefit from ongoing educational opportunities that deepen their connection with orchestral music. The following paragraphs offer a brief overview of our many adult education programs and audience development initiatives.
"Musically Speaking" Pre-Concert Conversations
"Musically Speaking" pre-concert discussions begin one hour prior to Classics concerts (Thursday and Saturday evenings and Friday mornings). Using an informal half-hour format, our moderator interviews a guest artist or a member of the Symphony. The week's music is discussed, and the audience is invited to ask questions. This series of "Musically Speaking" Pre-Concert Conversations is free to all ticketholders for each respective concert.
Fresh from the stage and still in the moment of music-making, guest soloists or Symphony musicians are invited to sit down with Phoenix Symphony Music Director Michael Christie at intermission for an immediate post-performance chat. A brief dialogue with an artist, a discussion about the program, and your questions are sure to deepen your engagement with these concerts.
Meet the Artists
After every Coffee Classics concert, patrons are invited to a luncheon and panel discussion with musicians, conductors or guest artists. Hosted by the Phoenix Symphony Auxiliary and moderated by the Symphony's General Manager, this series enables audiences to interact with the musicians on a one-to-one basis, allowing patrons to ask questions of the panel and chat with them over lunch. For more information, contact our development office at 602-495-1117 x422.
This series of free lecture-demonstrations features individual musicians from The Phoenix Symphony talking about their lives, background, and instrument. Each one-hour "Close-Up" includes a question & answer session. "Close-Ups" are held at Mountain View Presbyterian Church (8050 E. Mountain View Rd, Scottsdale). The Mountain View series is held on Monday mornings at 10:00 am and is presented by the Phoenix Symphony Allegro.
Arts Engagement Program
The Arts Engagement Program is an innovative collaboration between The Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Art Museum, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art based on the premise that arts participation provides connection and enriches the lives of people with memory loss and their caregivers. Designed for individuals with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their care partners, participants attend Friday morning Coffee Concerts and receive an exclusive pre-concert chat about the day’s music with Principal Timpanist Bruce Pulk. Other program components include musician meetings and backstage tours.Registration and discounted ticket purchase required. For more information or to register, please contact the Education Office at 602.495.1117 x470.