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Phoenix Symphony to have seven Prescott concerts for next season

The Yavapai Symphony Association has announced the schedule of concerts coming to Prescott for the Phoenix Symphony's 2015-2016 season. This is the 49th year the association has been presenting the concerts at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. Tito Munoz, Music Director for the Phoenix Symphony, will conduct four of the seven performances.

In a press release, Virginia Rayner, president of the Yavapai Symphony Association, writes of the excitement surrounding the upcoming season and said she looks forward to the return of Munoz and the symphony.

"We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy such high quality classical music in our hometown, and the Yavapai Symphony Association is proud to have been presenting these concerts for the past 49 years," she writes.

The first concert is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, when the orchestra will be joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus for a performance of Schoenberg's "American Symphony" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 9." The series' next performance is Sunday, Oct. 11, featuring Michael Christie conducting Verdi's "Overture to La Forza del Destino," Hagen's "Symphony No. 5," and Respighi's "Fountains of Rome" and "Pines of Rome"

The final concert of the year will be on Sunday, Nov. 22, in which the symphony will be joined by Jinjoo Cho to perform Stravinsky's "Concerto in D Major" as well as Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" and "Symphony No. 2 in D Major."

On Sunday, Jan. 24, the performance will include the Phoenix Symphony Chorus joining Munoz and the orchestra to perform Norman's "Unstuck," Poulenc's "Gloria," and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A Major."

Sunday, March 6, will see pianist Pascal Roge performing Saint-Saens' "Concerto No. 2 in G Minor" with the orchestra as well for Berlioz' "Overture to La Corsaire" and Bolero's "Mother Goose" and "Bolero." On Sunday, April 17, Jennifer Koh will join the orchestra on violin to perform Missy Mazzoli's "River Rouge Transfiguration," Bernstein's "Serenade," and Sibelius' "Symphony No. 2 in D Major."

The final concert in Prescott will be on Sunday, May 15, when cellist Amid Peled will perform Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major." The orchestra will also perform Stravinsky's "Scherzo a la Russe" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade."

Orders are currently being accepted for season tickets, which cost $215 for Rows A-O, $181 for Rows P-Q, $152 for Rows R-S, $238 for Rows AA-CC, $215 for Rows DD-FF, $152 for Row GG and $215 for Rows HH-LL.

Single Tickets are $37 for Rows A-O, $32 for Rows P-Q, $28 for Rows R-S, $39 for Rows AA-CC, $37 for Rows DD-FF, $28 for Row GG, $37 for Rows HH-LL, and will be available for sale on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10 per concert and any elementary or secondary student, and an accompanying adult can receive complementary tickets to any concert as long as seats are available.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the symphony office at 928-776-4255 between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

For more information, visit www.yavapaisymphony.org.

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