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Phoenix Symphony to perform audience favorites

Christie

Christie

Not only will the Phoenix Symphony be performing two well-known pieces at their concert at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 23, but a familiar figure, Michael Christie will be conducting the orchestra.

The orchestra will be performing Beethoven's "Symphony No. 1 in C major," and Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor.

Christie was the Phoenix Symphony's music director for eight years and has led the orchestra in performances in Prescott several times in the past. He was recently featured in Opera News as one of 25 people believed "to break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade." In 2010, after a successful three years as music director of the Colorado Music Festival, the Denver Post named him Musician of the Year.

Joining the orchestra for the Brahms "Piano Concerto" and returning to Prescott will be American pianist William Wolfram, who was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions, a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow and finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Tickets for the concert, ranging in price from $28 to $39, are available only from the Yavapai Symphony Association. YSA's Office, at 228 N. Alarcon St., which 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 and picked up at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the concert.

The Nov. 23 concert begins at3 p.m., with a pre-concert lecture about the performance starting at 2 p.m. An elementary or secondary student and an accompanying parent can receive complimentary tickets to concerts as long as Row A orchestra seats remain available. Full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10.

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