Phoenix Symphony to perform Schubert’s ‘Great’ Symphony No. 9

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With the mission of promoting classical music, whether it is to someone who has never heard it performer before or to lifelong lovers of orchestral and symphonic compositions, the Yavapai Symphony Association welcomes the Phoenix Symphony to Prescott on Sunday, April 23.

This will be the sixth of seven concerts of the association’s 2016-17 season to be performed on the stage at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. The symphony concert will begin at 3 p.m. but there will also be a pre-concert lecture by timpani drum player Bruce Polk at 2 p.m. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

The association is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Prescott.

Individual tickets are $28 to $37 or $10 for college students. For younger teens and children, the Symphony Association will donate tickets to the youth or child and an attending adult. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Conductor Tito Munoz will open the concert with performances of two works by younger composers, starting with Invisible Overture by Christopher Cerrone described as a “lush and ominous musical painting reflecting the decaying empire of Kublai Khan. The second will be the world premiere of a violin concerto by Earl Maneein performed by J.S. Bach International Violin Competition Gold Medalist Rachel Barton Pine playing on her 1742 Guarneri violin, the historic instrument so precious that the traveling musician has been forced to give up seats on airlines because she was adamant she should be able to bring it with her onto her flight.

The featured composition finale will be Franz Schubert’s “Great” Symphony No. 9, hailed for “its majesty, difficult orchestration and grand scale.”

In addition to the concert, musicians with the Phoenix Symphony will also be participating in the association’s annual Youth Day where they visit and perform with student “master class” musicians at Mile High Middle School, Prescott High School and Tri-City College Prep High School on Monday, April 24. This event is partially sponsored by a grant from the Acker Foundation.

Yavapai Symphony Association President David Dunn said his volunteer organization’s mission is a “labor of love” by a group of 14 music aficionados, including two retired professional French horn players, devoted to sharing the beauty of classical musical to current and future generations. Part of that includes the annual donation of college scholarships to budding high school musicians. In 2016, the association donated $21,000 worth of scholarships to Yavapai County students.

The association, too, works with Prescott Friends of Arizona Opera, to arrange bus trips to attend opera performances in Phoenix.

“We are strategic in promoting classical music in Yavapai County …. That is our mission,” Dunn said. “And we really do try and reach out to the whole community.”