A dose of culture: Our critic's top 20 picks for Phoenix area arts events for every style and taste

Tuesday September 22, 2015

Arizona Republic
Kerry Lengel

‘Swing Symphony’

Trumpet master Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, amplified by the Phoenix Symphony. The centerpiece of the concert is Marsalis’ Symphony No. 3, a leisurely stroll through jazz history that premiered in Berlin in 2010.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $50-$90. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.

Daron Hagen world premiere

The Phoenix Symphony features contemporary American composers throughout its season, the second to be led by maestro Tito Muñoz. Daron Hagen, best known for such operas as “New York Stories” and “Vera of Las Vegas,” was commissioned by the orchestra to write his Fifth Symphony, which features vocal passages set to poetry by the renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta. This program is headlined by Ottorino Respighi’s tone poems “Pines of Rome” and “Fountains of Rome” and features the overture to the Verdi opera “La Forza del Destino.”

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. Coffee Classics (shortened program), 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix. $18-$79. 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.