New Season Celebrates Musicians, Ignites the Repertoire for The Phoenix Symphony

Tuesday March 10, 2020


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New Season Celebrates Musicians, Ignites the Repertoire for The Phoenix Symphony 

2020/21 Lineup includes World’s Preeminent Composers and Fresh New Artists

PHOENIX (Mar. 10, 2020) — With a lineup that will showcase the talents of its musicians in residence and treat guests to a beautiful range of classic, pops and contemporary works, The Phoenix Symphony today announced its 2020/21 Season.

“This season is all about celebrating our musicians’ immense talent while giving our audiences a beautifully balanced lineup of performances that enliven all of the senses,” said Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz, now in his seventh year at The Phoenix Symphony. 

Among the highlights of the season, The Phoenix Symphony is participating in the “EarShot” national orchestra competition, which involves workshopping and crafting an entirely new composition in partnership with the American Composers Orchestras. 

“EarShot is an exciting opportunity for our symphony to work with emerging young artists who are shaping the world of classical music,” said Muñoz. “It’s a continuation of my personal mission to elevate diversity in the works we bring to our stage.”

The 2020/21 season also features masterworks from the preeminent composers like Beethoven, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, along with new and diverse compositions from contemporary artists like “Mariachitlán” by Juan Pablo Contreras, whose piece was nominated for the Latin Grammy®  for “best arrangement,” and “Entr’acte” by Caroline Shaw, the youngest composer ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.

The season will also feature:

  • The Best of Dvořák, presenting his underperformed Violin Concerto featuring our acclaimed Concertmaster Steven Moeckel.
  • Symphonic World Premiere of Dai Fujikura’s “Viola Concerto” featuring Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti a ("leading composer-performer," The New York Times).
  • Aretha: A Tribute, which honors The Queen of Soul and features Broadway sensation and musical powerhouse Capathia Jenkins.
  • The Music of Queen, celebrating the genius of Freddie Mercury through his greatest hits like "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," and much more.
  • Cirque Holiday Spectacular, back by popular demand, with Troupe Vertigo’s gravity-defying circus acts, performances of seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” and beloved movements from masterpieces like “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.”
  • Tchaikovsky and the Italian Masters highlighting Tchaikovsky’s cyclical Symphony No. 5, Verdi’s ominous and striking "Fate" motif from “Forza del Destino,” the luscious and yearning melodies of Puccini’s “Intermezzo” from “Manon Lescaut,” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” one of the most recognizable finales in all opera overtures.

“We are privileged to have world-renowned musicians right here in Phoenix,” said Suzanne Wilson, president and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. “But, for them, it’s not just about magnificent performances in Symphony Hall. They are an extraordinary group of individuals who, when they are off stage, passionately support our health and wellness initiatives, harnessing the healing power of music to help vulnerable members of our community.”

The Phoenix Symphony 2020/21 Season, begins Sept. 19, 2020, and runs through June 5, 2021. Support for The Symphony’s Pops Series is generously provided by APS. Additional sponsors include American Airlines, BlueCross Blue Shield Arizona, Flinn Foundation, ON Media, SRP and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

The Phoenix Symphony’s complete 2020/21 Season includes:

  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9: Sept. 19-20
  • Ella & Louis: Sept. 26-27
  • Beethoven's “Eroica:” Oct. 2-4
  • Superhero Soundtrack: Oct. 9-11 
  • Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5: Oct. 16-18
  • Tim Burton's “The Nightmare Before Christmas:” Oct. 30-Nov. 1
  • Beethoven and Dutilleux: Nov. 6-8
  • Music of the Knights®: Nov. 13-15
  • Brahms’ Symphony No. 2: Nov. 20-21
  • Cirque Holiday Spectacular: Nov. 27-29
  • Holiday Pops: Dec. 4-6
  • Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 16-20
  • New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.
  • 2021 New Year’s Eve Gala: Dec. 31, 8 p.m.
  • The Best of Dvořák: Jan. 2-3
  • Aretha: A Tribute: Jan. 8-10
  • Revolution: The Music of The Beatles A Symphonic Experience: Jan. 29-31
  • Scandinavian Sounds: Feb. 5-6
  • Beethoven’s “Emperor:” March 5-7
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ Part 1 in Concert:” March 12-14
  • Tchaikovsky and the Italian Masters: March 19-21
  • Savor the Symphony: April 9
  • The Doo Wop Project: April 9-11
  • Rachmaninoff’s “Symphonic Dances:” April 16-18
  • The Music of Queen: April 23-24
  • The Magic of Rodgers and Hammerstein: May 7-9
  • “Pictures at an Exhibition:” May 14-16
  • “Jurassic Park” in Concert: May 21-23
  • Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite: May 28-30
  •  “Star Wars” vs “Star Trek:” June 4-5

For more information about the 2020/21 season, to learn about The Phoenix Symphony’s health and wellness programs, or to purchase tickets, visit

About The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization presenting classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix as well as throughout central Arizona from September through the beginning of early June. Founded in 1947, The Symphony provides unparalleled civic value to the community by performing for more than 125,000 students and children annually as well as touching the lives of tens of thousands of adults through its health and wellness programs, including the nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Research Initiative through the B-Sharp Music Wellness, A W.O.N.D.E.R Project. For more information, visit


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