THE PHOENIX SYMPHONY 75th SEASON
A Letter From President & CEO Suzanne Wilson
Text by Suzanne Wilson Images Courtesy of The Phoenix Symphony
Above: The Phoenix Symphony celebrates its 75th Anniversary Season.
We are thrilled to invite you to the Symphony to help us celebrate The Phoenix Symphony’s 75th Anniversary Season! Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz and I welcome you to join us for the exciting lineup in store for this special milestone year. The health and wellbeing of our patrons, musicians, staff, and entire community is our top priority. As always, The Phoenix Symphony will continue to monitor the developments surrounding COVID-19 and adapt our policies surrounding safety protocols accordingly and regularly.
Thanks to your continued support and friendship, our Classics Series is brimming with beloved classical favorites from Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and more. Enclosed is a detailed look at the entire upcoming 2021-22 Season, from favorites-filled Classics Series to our lively and fun-filled Pops concerts to our unique and Special Performances. We are happy to offer you exclusive subscriber benefits like pre-sale opportunities, free ticket exchanges, season-long ticket discounts, special invitations, offers and reduced fees. By subscribing today, the average household can save more than $150 per year.
Above, top left: Vocalist Renée Elise Goldsberry. Top right: Coco In Concert, Live to Film. Bottom left: Music of Frank Sinatra, Vocalist and Pianist Tony DeSare. Bottom right: Midori Returns!, Violinist Midori and Conductor Tito Muñoz.
• Opening Night! Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino opens our 75th Season as part of, An Evening with the Romantics, a rich
program of Romantic era music including Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with soloist Giora Schmidt, and Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.
• Brilliant soloists abound this season, with visits planned from violinists Midori (her first appearance with TPS since 2007), and Giora Schmidt; pianists Stewart Goodyear, Joyce Yang, and Jon Kimura Parker; cellist Gabriel Martins, our own Principal Clarinet Alexander Laing, and a unique take on Samuel Coleridge-Taylor from spoken word performer Aaron Dworkin.
• A jazz inflection runs through our concerts from Classics to Pops this season. First, George Gershwin’s twin masterpieces of jazz-influenced
beauty, Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris are paired with Igor Stravinksy’s iconic Symphony in C and Suite from The Firebird. Next, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and the Queen of Jazz (Ella Fitzgerald) celebrates a historic jazz collaboration with trumpeter Byron Stripling and vocalist Carmen Bradford, and the music of Frank Sinatra gets the spotlight with pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare.
• Beethoven runs through the Classics Season with performances of his Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto No. 5, and Symphonies nos. 6, “Pastoral” and 9. Slightly less well known but fascinating composers also get a turn, with performances of works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who helped shape the sound of Golden Age Hollywood, to Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1, which celebrates the sonic pallet of the woodwind fixture.
• Our Pops Season brings a lively mix featuring Broadway songs and performers, such as Tony Award-winning Hamilton cast member Renée
Elise Goldsberry, the Mambo Kings with their Hot Latin Nights program, Broadway Showstoppers with music from all the biggest shows, and the newly authorized tribute to The Fab Four, Revolution: Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience.
Above, left: President and CEO, Suzanne Wilson. Right: Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz.
Back by popular demand, Beethoven’s most celebrated masterpiece, his Ninth Symphony, is becoming a sold-out annual tradition. Other Special
Performances include Handel’s Messiah, our signature New Year’s Eve Celebration and many other beautiful, must-see concerts. Be sure to add these exciting performances to your order today.
Our Patron Services team is ready for your call at 602.495.1999 or 1.800.776.9080 (M-F, 9am-5pm) or you can from the links below to view and purchase online.
We can’t wait to see you and share in the joy of live performance once again for what promises to be one spectacular homecoming! Be sure to reserve your seat for this extraordinary season by completing the enclosed subscription form and renewing today.
See you at the Symphony!
President and CEO
The Phoenix Symphony