In fact, Goodman was drawn to the Phoenix Symphony from an interest in economic development eight years ago. A city needs a great symphony to have a vibrant arts and culture scene, Goodman said.

“A vibrant arts and culture scene is essential for attracting top companies to Phoenix,” Goodman said. “However, as I became more acquainted with the orchestra, I developed a deeper appreciation for its artistry.”

He’s now hooked on classical music.

At first, Goodman just attended pop performances, but more exposure to the artistry sparked his journey of learning about compositions, composers, musicians and the conductor’s interpretive choices.

“Exploring orchestral music is both challenging and rewarding, almost like learning a new language,” he stated.

Last weekend, the Phoenix Symphony performed “The Resurrection Mixtape” which fuses the music of Notorious B.I.B. and Tupac Shakur with Gustav Mahler. These kinds of performances bring in people who, like Goodman, have never been exposed to classical music.

Goodman has been listening to the classical pieces for next season and favors the ones with stirring percussions and brass.

“I am especially excited about the first movement of the season opener, Gustav Holst’s The Planets. I am also looking forward to the return of our morning rehearsal series, ‘Coffee, Conversations and Classics,’” Goodman shared.

The Phoenix Symphony is now in the process of recruiting a new music director since conductor Tito Muñoz recently left at the end of his contract after 10 years. The process will take two years, involving scheduled performances and a committee of board members, musicians and staff expertly led by Mo Stein of HKS Architects.

The Phoenix Symphony is also always looking for partners who can provide venues for musicians to perform for underserved communities such as the homeless, patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s, grade school students and others who may not have the opportunity to attend concerts at Symphony Hall.