2021/22 Welcome Letter

Dear Friends of The Phoenix Symphony,

We hope this finds you and your family well. 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 hope you will join us for the exciting lineup we have scheduled 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.

Some highlights of our 75th Anniversary Season include:

Opening Night! Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino opens our 75th Season as part of 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 (returning after more than a decade!), 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 Stravinsky’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, and the music of Frank Sinatra gets the spotlight with pianist and vocalist Tony DeSare.

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 new authorized tribute to The Fab Four, Revolution: Music of the Beatles. A Symphonic Experience.

• Special performances often end up being among our most popular concerts, and this season offers some exciting and varied options, including a fascinating examination and combination of the music of Johannes Brahms and the popular rock band Radiohead, Steve Hackman’s “Brahms v. Radiohead” runs for two performances only at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium.

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.

As a Phoenix Symphony patron, we are happy to offer you the chance to subscribe and receive exclusive benefits like presale opportunities, free ticket exchanges, season-long ticket discounts, special invitations, offers and reduced fees. Subscription sales begin September 15 and single ticket sales begin September 22.

We hope to see you and share in the joy of live performance once again for what promises to be one spectacular homecoming! See you at the Symphony!


Suzanne Wilson
President & CEO The Phoenix Symphony