Originally Published: January 21, 2016 6:25 p.m.
The Phoenix Symphony's first 2016 performance in Prescott is on Sunday, Jan. 24. The concert features Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A Major," conducted by Tito Munoz, as well as Andrew Norman's "Unstuck" and Poulenc's "Gloria," for which the orchestra will be joined by the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., with a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m.
Beethoven started composing his seventh symphony in 1809 and it premiered in 1813 in Vienna at a concert to benefit wounded soldiers, according to a release from Sue Bray, member of the Yavapai Symphony Association board of directors. He composed it while recuperating from health problems.
"Beethoven conducted it himself, and it was one of his most successful performances," the release stated. "Viennese audiences, miserable from Napoleon's 1805 and 1809 occupations of Vienna and hopefully awaiting a victory over him, embraced the symphony's energy and beauty."
The second movement is the most well-known movement of the piece, the release stated. Many times it is performed on its own and was recently used in the film "The King's Speech."
The concert is poised to be one of the highlights of the season, Yavapai Symphony Association President Virginia Rayner said in the release.
"We're delighted to have Tito Munoz with us again in Prescott and to be able to enjoy his conducting this iconic piece of music," she said.
Norman's "Unstuck" contrasts with Beethoven's piece, the release stated. It's a kinetic work and refers to a moment in 2013 when Norman overcame writer's block and began composing at a furious pace. He writes music inspired by forms and textures encountered in the visual world, according to the release.
Afterward, the chorus will join the orchestra for "Gloria," scored for soprano solo, orchestra and chorus, the release said. The piece uses the Catholic "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" text and is one of the composer's most celebrated works, premiering in Boston in 1961.
Tickets range from $28 to $39 and are available from the Yavapai Symphony Association office at 228 N. Alarcon St. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday and the Friday before the concert, by calling 928-776-4255 or at the box office at 1:30 p.m. the day of the concert.