The Phoenix Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

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October 5, 2011                                                                                         

The Phoenix Symphony Performs Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts Hosts the Symphony on October 13

             PHOENIX – The Phoenix Symphony will perform Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts on October 13. Part of the Symphony’s 2011/12 Scottsdale Series, the concert will feature guest conductor, Christian Knapp. Also featured will be the Symphony’s Principle Flutist, Viviana Cumplido, performing Reinecke’s colorful and exhilarating Flute Concerto.

            Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, finished in 1878, is a work of emotional contrasts and struggles, representing the composers relationship with two lovers. It begins with a dramatic first movement, contains a playful scherzo and ends with an arousing finale.

            One of today’s foremost young conductors, Christian Knapp is known for his dynamic stage presence and energy on the podium. He has performed in festivals and concerts throughout the world, conducting the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among many others, and has collaborated with such renowned artists as Mstislav Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Alexander Toradze, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Garrick Ohlsson, Vinson Cole and Pepe Romero.

            Viviana Cumplido joined the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as Principal Flutist in 2006. A native of Miami, Florida, she began her musical studies at age six as a pianist before discovering a passion for the flute. Upon completion of her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California in 2003, Viviana was appointed the Principal Flutist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed in this capacity with the TSO for three seasons. Cumplido is active throughout Southern Arizona as a soloist as well as a strong advocate of music education. While completing her Master of Music degree, she worked in many Los Angeles inner-city schools as a Young Musician Foundation (YMF) Mentor, a very rewarding program giving hundreds of underprivileged children the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument.

            The US Airways Classics Series featuring Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 will be held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts on October 13 at 7:30 p.m.

            Tickets for Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 start at $33 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 this month include the annual fundraising event, THE Concert & THE Encore featuring Kenny Rogers on October 29. All proceeds benefit The Symphony’s musical education programs.

For more information about The Phoenix Symphony visit www.phoenixsymphony.org.