Clarinetist David Shifrin will be the featured guest soloist when the Phoenix Symphony performs Sunday in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
Shifrin is a highly sought after orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, and one of just two wind players to have been awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize since its inception in 1974.
He has performed as a soloist with most major U.S. symphonies as well as numerous international orchestras.
Shifrin also has served as the principal clarinetist with several major orchestras and is currently on the faculty of the Yale School of Music. At Sunday's Phoenix Symphony performance, he'll take center stage for Mozart's "Clarinet Concerto in A Major."
Also on Sunday's program are Debussy's, "Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun," and, after intermission, the complete version of Rachmaninoff's signature "Symphony No. 2 in E Minor."
Andrew Constantine, currently the music director of both the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Reading Symphony Orchestra, is the guest conductor.
Carol Sundberg, president of the Yavapai Symphony Association, sponsor for the Phoenix Symphony in Prescott performances noted, "While we're certainly going to miss Michael Christie, it's been a real treat to experience the batons of other promising conductors as the Phoenix Symphony searches for a new music director."
Tickets for the concert, ranging in price from $28 to $39, are available only from the Yavapai Symphony Association. YSA's Office, 228 N. Alarcon St., is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and the Friday before each Sunday concert, for patrons wishing to purchase tickets in person. Tickets also may be purchased by phone, (928) 776-4255, for will call pick up at the Performing Arts Center beginning at 1:30 pm on the day of the concert.
Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture about the performance starting at 2 p.m. Full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10. Elementary or secondary students and an accompanying adult can receive complimentary tickets to concerts as long as row B orchestra seats remain available.
More information about the Yavapai Symphony Association is available at www.yavapaisymphony.org.