Sunny Xia, conductor
Music of the Night…and the day! Join The Phoenix Symphony on a musical journey that celebrates some of the most famous melodies in classical music in an exploration of dances for the daytime and nocturnes for the night. Conductor Sunny Xia, the assistant conductor of the Seattle Symphony and Arizona State graduate, leads the lush sounds of the Phoenix Symphony string section in a FREE concert at The Salvation Army Kroc Performing Arts Center in south Phoenix. Beginning with the joyful ‘Hoe-down’ by the iconic Aaron Copland, the evening’s rousing opening continues with Edvard Grieg’s spirited and instantly recognizable Holberg Suite. American composer George Walker’s Lyric for Strings ties together the program and ushers in the relaxing music of the night that includes Dvorak’s Nocturne and closing with one of Mozart’s most famous works, Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music). Performed in just over an hour without intermission, come escape from the everyday with Symphony Connections from The Phoenix Symphony.
Copland: Hoe Down from Rodeo
Grieg: Holberg Suite, op.40
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Dvořák: Nocturne in B major for String Orchestra, Opus 40
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K.525