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Phoenix Symphony SRP Classics Series - January 12, 2019

The Phoenix Symphony SRP Classics Series features beloved masterworks from Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvořák and more.

In addition to classical favorites, this season celebrates diversity and performs American works, including living composers and African-American women.

Phoenix Symphony SRP Classics Series concerts are held at Symphony Hall.

Phoenix Symphony SRP Classics Series

Phoenix Symphony SRP Classics Series

January to March performances:

Grand Canyon Suite: An HD Experience
January 11-12, 2019

Fri, Jan 11  |  7:30pm
Sat, Jan 12  |   7:30pm

Program:
Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite (with Grand Canyon Country visual concerto)
Ives: Symphony No.2

Matthew Kasper, conductor
Nicholas Bardonnay, photographer & multimedia artist

Grofé’s picturesque Grand Canyon Suite wowed sold-out audiences during the Symphony’s 2012 performance.

The National Park’s 100-year anniversary performance will feature Westwater Arts high-definition images of the Grand Canyon projected above the orchestra in Symphony Hall.

Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper continues this patriotic program with Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra and the unique compositional style of Charles Ives with his Second Symphony.

Run time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

Beethoven and Haydn
February 1-2, 2019

Fri, Feb 1  |  7:30pm
Sat, Feb 2  |  7:30pm

Program:
Haydn: Symphony No. 69 “Laudon” Hob. 1/69
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” Op. 68

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

Maestro Tito Muñoz celebrates the return of Jennifer Koh with Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Violin Concerto: a virtuosic and flashy, aggressive and brutal, meditative and static masterwork.

This program opens with Haydn’s “Loudon” Symphony, his lush and finely crafted departure from his earlier works, and concludes with Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony, which stands as one of the most vivid depictions of nature and rustic life.

Run time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
March 8-10, 2019

Fri, Mar 8 | 7:30pm
Sat, Mar 9 | 7:30pm
Sun, Mar 10 | 2:00pm

Program:
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 15
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Op. 40

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Stephen Hough, piano

World-renowned pianist Stephen Hough makes his Phoenix Symphony debut performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto, with its energetic and charming themes.

Conductor Muñoz opens the program with Richard Strauss’ self-portrait, Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life); an egotistical but moving musical journey of life, love, and contentment.

Run time for this performance is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

Stravinksy, Gershwin and Glass
March 22-24, 2019

Fri, March 22  |  7:30pm
Sat, March 23  |  7:30pm
Sun, March 24  | 2:00pm

Program:
Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms
Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1, arr. Dickson
Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
Gershwin: American in Paris

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Amy Dickson, saxophone

George Gershwin’s American in Paris is a perfect distillation of the American experience abroad.

Maestro Tito Muñoz leads the Symphony in this masterwork alongside Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, a Russian expat’s symphonic contemplation of the American experience.

The program continues with a dedication to young American composers with Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms, a touching tribute to her mother. Acclaimed saxophonist Amy Dickson returns to join the symphony to perform Philip Glass’ mesmerizing and hypnotic Violin Concerto.

Run time is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.

 

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