Originally Published: October 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.
Classical music as colorful and vividly bright as Prescott's current fall foliage describes the Phoenix Symphony concert that will take place Sunday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
"Symphony No. 7," considered by Beethoven to be one of his best works, is the feature selection. The concert also highlights two other all-time favorite symphony repertoire standards: Hector Belioz's "Roman Carnival Overture" and Richard Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier Suite."
Although no headline solo performers appear at this concert, a memorable English horn solo is spotlighted in the "Roman Carnival Overture." Some scoring for English horn, actually a woodwind instrument similar to an oboe, also can be detected in Strauss' "Der Rosenkavalier Suite."
Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, is the guest conductor for this concert. Additionally, he is principal guest conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and since 2011, the Family and Youth Concerts conductor for the Boston Symphony. "Because he is hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences, we are very eager to meet Maestro Wilkins and experience his conducting style," said Yavapai Symphony Association President Arlon Inman.
Tickets for the concert, ranging in price from $28 to $39, will be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the door Sunday at the Performing Arts Center.
Sunday's concert begins at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture about the performance starting at 2 p.m. Inman noted, "Part of YSA's mission is to promote classical among youth, so full-time college students can purchase any available concert ticket for just $10 and elementary or secondary students and an accompanying adult can receive complimentary tickets to concerts as long as row B orchestra seats remain available."
YSA is currently accepting applications for its 2014 Music Scholarship Awards. Graduating high school seniors who reside in Yavapai County and plan to enroll as music majors at any accredited college or university in 2014 are encouraged to submit applications no later than Feb. 1, 2014. More information about the Yavapai Symphony Association and its scholarship awards is available at yavapaisymphony.org. YSA has awarded $45,500 in scholarships over the past three years.