"Beautiful, one of the best pieces ever written for the violin," is often how one finds Barber's "Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op.14," described.
With Anne Akiko Meyers as the violin soloist, the concerto is the opening selection of the Phoenix Symphony's Feb. 10 concert at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
Named "Instrumentalist of the Year" by the Austin Critics' Table, Meyers is one of the world's premiere concert violinists. She'll also team up with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra's own world-class violinist, PSO concertmaster, Stephen Moeckel, to play Johann Bach's "Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins and String Orchestra."
"To see two internationally recognized violinists such as Meyers and Moeckel on the same stage playing one of Bach's most famous works is indeed a rare opportunity," said Carol Sundberg, president of the local Yavapai Symphony Association. "What a treat, especially on Valentine's Day weekend."
Tickets for the concert, ranging in price from $28 to $39, are available only from the Yavapai Symphony Association, sponsor for The Phoenix Symphony's Prescott performances. 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 p.m. on the day of the concert.
The second half of the concert features Brahms' "Symphony No. 1 in C Minor," sometimes referred to as "Beethoven's Tenth" because of similarities between the work and various earlier compositions by Beethoven. Andreas Delfs, known for his electric podium presence, and Conductor Laureate of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, guest conducts as the Phoenix Symphony continues its search to replace soon-departing music director, Michael Christie. "With Delf's flair, the top-notch soloists, and these great classical selections, it will be the most exciting concert of the season," Sundberg said.
The 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, including details of association's music scholarship program, is available at www.yavapaisymphony.org.