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Phoenix Symphony season finale in Prescott Sunday to feature pianist William Wolfram

Pianist William Wolfram

Pianist William Wolfram

The final performance of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra in Prescott for the 2012-2013 season will feature pianist William Wolfram and guest conductor Edwin Outwater.

Sunday's concert in the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center begins at 3 p.m., with a pre-concert lecture about the performance starting at 2 p.m.

Wolfram, who is noted for his subtle, yet flashy and colorful interpretations of Franz Liszt's piano compositions, will perform Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major" at Sunday's concert. Wolfram currently is involved in a long-term project with Naxos records featuring Liszt's solo piano music with several recordings currently available. Also on Sunday's program is Prokofiev's "Symphony No. 5 in B-Flat Major, op. 100," written in 1944.

Outwater is currently the music director of Ontario's Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Outwater, who also regularly guest conducts the Chicago, San Francisco, and New World symphonies, is "headed for a top-tier future," according to the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is the fifth guest conductor to visit Prescott during the current concert season as the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra searches for a new music director to replace Michael Christie.

"Although it signals the end of the Phoenix Symphony's 2012-2013 season in Prescott, we've been anticipating William Wolfram's appearance at our May 19 concert since it was announced last fall," said Carol Sundberg, president of the Yavapai Symphony Association. "Matching the Phoenix Symphony's season performances with available dates at the Yavapai Performing Arts Center, while also trying to avoid holidays, places limits on what concerts we can produce in Prescott, so we were thrilled when we learned that we'd be able to close the Phoenix Symphony in Prescott concert series with a notable classic pianist like William Wolfram", Sundberg said.

Tickets for Sunday's concert, ranging in price from $28 to $39, are available only from the Yavapai Symphony Association, sponsor of the Phoenix Symphony's Prescott performances. YSA's Office, 228 N. Alarcon St., is open 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 Yavapai College Performing Arts Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert. Full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to elementary or secondary students and an accompanying adult.

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