The Phoenix Symphony performs Brahms Symphony No. 2

PHOENIX – The Phoenix Symphony continues its 2010/11 US Airways Classics Season with Brahms Symphony No. 2 February 17 – 19 at Symphony Hall and February 20 at Mesa Arts Center.

Juilliard professor and organ virtuoso Paul Jacobs following his stunning 2009 debut returns to The Phoenix Symphony to perform works by Jongen and Widor. Also included in the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. After Brahms overcame his inhibitions of Beethoven and writing his successful heroic First Symphony in its lyrical beauty, Brahms’s Second symphony is possibly the most popular and well-known pieces.

The Virginia G. Piper Music Director, Michael Christie, will lead The Phoenix Symphony, in this exultant performance.

Paul Jacobs made musical history at the age of 23 when in 2000, on the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, he played the composer’s complete organ music in an 18-hour non-stop marathon in Pittsburgh.  Today Mr. Jacobs is hailed for his solid musicianship, prodigious technique, and vivid interpretive imagination in performances throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia.  In 2003 Mr. Jacobs was invited to join the faculty of The Juilliard School and the following year he was named chairman of the organ department, one of the youngest faculty appointments in Juilliard’s history.

Mr. Jacobs will be presented once again by the San Francisco Symphony and the Pacific Symphony, and will return to Philadelphia for a recital at the Kimmel Center.   

Brahms Symphony No. 2, sponsored by Peggy & Jerry Schuld, will be held at Symphony Hall on February 17 at 7:30 p.m., February 18 at 11:00 a.m., February 19 at 8:00 p.m. and at the Mesa Arts Center on February 20 at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets for Brahms Symphony No. 2 start at $18 and can be purchased by calling the Phoenix Symphony Box Office at 602-495-1999 or by visiting www.phoenixsymphony.org.

Other highlights of The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 US Airways Classics Season, include “Frautschi Performs Bruch” (March 3 – 5), and “Threepenny Opera Suite” (March 24 – 26), and “Sibelius: Symphony No. 2” (April 14 – 16).

About The Phoenix Symphony: The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona’s only full-time professional orchestra and its premier performing arts non-profit organization, serves roughly 300,000 people in the metropolitan Phoenix and central Arizona with almost 200 concerts and presentations annually. The 66-member orchestra presents an annual season from September through early June, offering regular series of Classics, Symphony Pops, Chamber Orchestra and Family offerings, as well as community presentations celebrating various holidays and events.

Under the artistic leadership of Michael Christie as the Virginia G. Piper Music Director and administrative leadership of Interim President & CEO Jim Ward, the orchestra is overseen by the non-profit Phoenix Symphony Association under Board Chairman C.A. Howlett.

The Symphony’s highly regarded program of education and community engagement activities annually engages more than 55,000 students and adults from diverse backgrounds, introducing music to new generations and new audiences through a variety of programs. Currently, the Symphony’s education programs serve 275 schools in 40 schools districts and 35 Arizona cities helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs

The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Lead Sponsors are US Airways, APS, Target and The Arizona Republic.


The Phoenix Symphony’s 2010/11 Sponsors are US Airways, APS, Target and The Arizona Republic.