The Phoenix Symphony performs Weill’s Suite from Threepenny Opera featuring Mack the Knife

(PHOENIX, AZ) – The Phoenix Symphony continues its 2010/11 US Airways Clasics Series with Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite March 24 – 26 at Symphony Hall.

Concertmaster Steven Moeckel will be featured as conductor and soloist as The Phoenix Symphony performs Mozart’s Haffner Serenade and Kurt Weill’s Suite from The Threepenny Opera with its ever popular Mack the Knife. The concert is paired with A Study for Strings, the powerful and moving piece written by Czech composer Pavel Haas, who was silenced in 1944. It also marks the US Airways Classics Series conducting debut for Assistant Conductor, Joseph Young.

Steven Moeckel’s extensive command of the concerto repertoire including the works of Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Berg, and Ysaÿe has brought him acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the U.S. As a soloist and concert artist, he is known for his artful interpretations, rich sound, and technical prowess.  As a chamber artist, Moeckel has performed as violinist of the Makart Trio Salzburg with Erika Frieser and Dana Micacoi, and as first violinist of the Auraeus quartet in concerts throughout Europe. He was appointed as the Phoenix Symphony Concertmaster in the 2008/09 Season as well as holds the Herberger Foundation Chair.

Joseph Young joined The Phoenix Symphony as Assistant Conductor in the 2010/11 Season after leaving the Buffalo Philharmonic as the American Conducting Fellow. He was recently chosen as one of six conductors nationally to participate in the 2011 Bruno National Conductor Preview. Additionally, Young has numerous awards including the 2008 Sir Georg Solti Foundation Career Grant for young conductors and was a finalist for the Conductors Guild’s Thelma A. Robinson Award. In the summer of 2010, he participated as one of eight conductors selected from an international pool of candidates in the Jorma Panula International Master class in Porto, Portugal.

“Threepenny Opera Suite,” will be held at Symphony Hall on March 24 at 7:30 pm, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. and March 26 at 8:00 p.m. These performances are made possible through the generous leadership support of The American Express Charitable Fund, June Pinsof, Friday’s performance and Barry and Barbara Zemel, Saturday’s performance.  

Tickets for “Threepenny Opera Suite” 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 Series, include “Sibelius: Symphony No. 2” (April 14 – 16), and “Grieg & Tchaikovsky” (May 5 – 7), and “Rachmaninoff & Beethoven” (May 12 – 14).

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


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