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'Ode to Joy': Symphony concert offers new with old

Beethoven

Beethoven

The Phoenix Symphony's 2015-16 concert season has begun and soon the orchestra will make its way to Prescott for the first of seven concerts. On Sept. 20, the orchestra, joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus, will take the stage at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center under the direction of Musical Director Tito Munoz.

"The first concert should be a popular one, highlighting the diversity of a famous traditional and a new modern composer," Virginia Rayner, president of the Yavapai Symphony Association, said in a press release. "We are also pleased that we've been able to maintain our ticket pricing from previous seasons, and invite everyone to come to enjoy the concert and welcome the Phoenix Symphony as they open our 2015-16 season in Prescott."

The orchestra will be performing Ludwig van Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor" along with Adam Schoenberg's "American Symphony."

The former, completed in 1824, is considered to be Beethoven's finest work and was the first time a major composer used voices in a symphony score. For the last movement, the orchestra will be joined by the chorus and four soloists for "Ode to Joy."

In contrast to Beethoven, Schoenberg is one of the most well-known and frequently performed American composers at age 35. His "American Symphony," written in 2008, pays homage to America's past and looks to the future. It has been performed more than 20 times in the past year by various orchestras.

Munoz will lead the orchestra in the first of four of the season's seven concerts. Munoz has served as music director of the Opera National de Lorraine and the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy in France as well as the assistant conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and the Aspen Musical Festival.

Tickets range from $28 to $39 and are available from the Yavapai Symphony Association. They can be purchased at the office, 228 N. Alarcon St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the Friday before each Sunday concert, as well as by phone, 928-776-4255. There are also complementary tickets for elementary or secondary school students and an accompanying parent as long as Row A Orchestra seats remain available, and full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. with a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.yavapaisymphony.org.

- by Jason Wheeler. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.