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2015/16 Season Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2015

Media Contact:
The Phoenix Symphony
Lisa Kennell
602.452.0452
publicrelations@phoenixsymphony.org

The Phoenix Symphony Announces the 2015/16 Season
This innovative season maintains The Phoenix Symphony’s classical legacy, while featuring some of the top names in entertainment and introducing young, American composers

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Symphony announces the 2015/16 season, which marks the internationally acclaimed Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz’ second season with the Symphony. As Music Director, Muñoz was instrumental in developing this Season, particularly the Classics Series.

“Tito represents the dynamic and exciting ability to advance the orchestral art form by celebrating the classical tradition and at the same time experiments with a more accessible, 21st century approach,” says Jim Ward, President & CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “From Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Human Nature to Schoolhouse Rock! and the Legends Series, this season is going to be the most fun you’ve ever had at The Phoenix Symphony.”

The Symphony will present several Special Performances throughout the Season including audience favorites Handel’s Messiah and New Year’s Eve Celebration and The Speed of Sound 2 fundraising concert and event with Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.

The Avondale Toyota Classics Series features a line-up of superstar repertoire and guest artists. Highlights include:

  • Opening Night as Maestro Muñoz conducts the famed and powerful Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This program introduces emerging young composer Adam Schoenberg’s American Symphony.
  • An all-Mozart program featuring Symphony No. 39, Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, Piano Concerto No. 2 and the ever popular Eine kleine Nachtmusic.
  • An evening with Tito Muñoz conducting four time ASCAP Young Composer award winner Mizzy Mazzoli’s minimalist and romantic River Rouge Transfiguration.
  • Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, paired with perennial favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel performing Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin.
  • An out of this world multi-media concert experience, The Earth – An HD Odyssey, the second production from NASA following 2013’s sold-out performance of The Planets.

Seven of the concerts in the Classics Series are also a part of the Coffee Classics Series, which features one hour of music selected from the weekend’s Classics program on Friday afternoons.

The APS Pops series brings back memories and creates new ones with a refreshing mix of popular entertainers and musical favorites. Highlights include:

  • Pixar in Concert, The Phoenix Symphony presents Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning film clips projected on a screen while The Phoenix Symphony plays the memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies live.
  • Human Nature, direct from the Las Vegas Strip, these four talented performers are bigger than the Beatles in Australia. Smokey Robinson discovered this group of Motown singers and brought them to America, where they quickly gained fame as openers for chart toppers like Celine Dion and Michael Jackson.
  • Jason Alexander, long before he became “Seinfeld’s” George Costanza, the vastly talented Jason Alexander was a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical star in musicals like The Producers. Don’t miss this blockbuster night as Jason Alexander makes his Arizona symphonic debut with The Phoenix Symphony.
  • ABBA: The Concert! get as close as you can to the original group by experiencing ABBA The Concert! Featuring renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo, live with The Phoenix Symphony.
  • Kristin Chenoweth, this multi-talented star has effortlessly transitioned between stage, television and film. She received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy for her work on Pushing Daisies and a Tony for her performance in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as nominations for her roles in Fox’s Glee and Broadway’s Wicked.

Children and adults alike enjoy The Phoenix Symphony’s entertaining American Airlines Family Series which consists of four family-themed concerts, featuring a lineup of new and innovative shows, sure to capture the imagination of the whole family, no matter the age. Families can come to Symphony Hall one hour early for pre-concert activities such as the popular Instrument Petting Zoo, book readings, arts and crafts and activities. The series includes:

  • Schoolhouse Rock! a brand new Family Series concert based on the iconic TV series Schoolhouse Rock! Bop along to catchy, tongue-twisting tunes like “Conjunction Junction,” “Mother Necessity” and “I’m Just a Bill,” that combine scholastic themes and popular classical music.
  • Star Wars: The Music, get into the intergalactic spirit and be ready for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Join us for a family performance dedicated to the music of Star Wars. This epic adventure invades Symphony Hall with John Williams’ acclaimed music including the “Main Theme” and the “Imperial March”.
  • Super Heroes, put on your best cape and get ready for the iconic music from your favorite superhero films and television shows. Your Spidey senses will be tingling and you will be at the edge of your seat when you hear music from favorites, such as Batman, Superman, Captain America, The Incredibles, X-Men and much more! Patrons of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favorite superhero.
  • Perfect Pitch: Celebration of Sports and Music, let’s play ball! Come dressed in your favorite team’s or club sport’s jersey as The Phoenix Symphony rocks a family concert dedicated to the sports and heart pumping music of all kinds. This fun original Family Series concert will feature favorites like the University of Arizona and Arizona State Fight Songs, the theme from Rocky and even the exciting “Raiders March” from Indiana Jones.

The Phoenix Symphony continues the Scottsdale Series, held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, with a season that consists of four great performances featuring world-class guest conductors and artists. The series includes:

  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, known for the hypnotic and beautiful second movement that has been featured in many film scores, and Pulitzer Prize finalist Andrew Norman’s new kinetic work Unstuck.
  • Thomas Ades’ operatic Dances from Powder Her Face and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Martina Filjak, winner of the first prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, all conducted by Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz.
  • Maestro Teddy Abrams’ debut with The Phoenix Symphony as he conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s famed Scheherazade, a seductive musical journey based on tales from Arabian Nights.
  • Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, paired with perennial favorite, Concertmaster Steven Moeckel performing Sibelius’ Concerto for Violin.

2015/16 Series Tickets

Season tickets to the 2015/16 Season are now on sale with a variety of packages offered for the Classics, Pops, Family, Scottsdale and Legends series. Only subscribers enjoy exclusive benefits such as reduced ticket exchange fees, pre-sales, special offers and more. Package prices start at $65 and can be purchased by calling the Phoenix Symphony Patron Services Department Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 11:00 am 0 3:00 pm at 602-495-1999 or by visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.  

2014-15 Season Calendar

Avondale Toyota Classics Series at Symphony Hall

Tito Muñoz conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9
September 18 & 29

Respighi’s Pines and Fountains of Rome
October 9 & 10

Brahms’ Symphony No. 2
November 20 & 21

Masterful Mozart
January 8 & 9

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
January 22 & 23

Ravel’s Bolero
March 4 & 5

Haydn’s “Nelsonmesse”
March 18 & 19

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2
April 15 & 16

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
April 29 & 30

Scheherazade
May 13 & 14

Berlioz and Sibelius
May 27 & 28

The Earth – An HD Odyssey
June 3 & 4

Coffee Classics Series at Symphony Hall

Respighi’s Pines and Fountains of Rome
October 9

Brahms’ Symphony No. 2
November 20

Masterful Mozart
January 8

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
January 22

Haydn’s “Nelsonmesse”
March 18

Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2
April 15

Berlioz and Sibelius
May 27

APS Pops Series at Symphony Hall

Tribute to the Brave
October 2, 3 & 4

Pixar in Concert
November 27, 28 & 29

Holiday Pops
December 4, 5 & 6

Music of John Williams
January 2 & 3

Human Nature
January 15, 16 & 17

Jason Alexander
January 30 & 31

The Gershwin Experience: Here to Stay
March 11, 12 & 13

A Night at the Oscars
April 9 & 10

ABBA: The Concert!
April 23 & 24

Great American Songbook with Kristin Chenoweth
May 21 & 22

Scottsdale Series at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
January 21

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2
April 28

Scheherazade
May 12

Berlioz and Sibelius
May 26

American Airlines Family Series at Symphony Hall

Super Heroes
September 27

Perfect Pitch: Celebration of Sports and Music
February 28

Schoolhouse Rock!
January 10

Fiddler on the Roof
May 31

Legends Series at Symphony Hall

Beatlemania
January 29

The Music of Michael Jackson
April 8

Piano Man – The Music of Billy Joel
May 20

Special Performances
locations vary

The Sound of Speed 2
October 24

Messiah
December 9-13

New Year’s Eve Celebration
December 31 

For more information about The Phoenix Symphony visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.