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Phoenix Symphony season finale concert in Prescott

Conductor Tito Munoz

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Conductor Tito Munoz

Apropos to their season finale, the Phoenix Symphony will conclude its 50th anniversary season in Prescott at the Yavapai Performing Arts Center with a 3 p.m. Sunday performance of Joseph Haydn’s “Farewell Symphony.”

Conductor Tito Munoz will lead the orchestra that will also perform “Das Lied von de Erde” by Gustav Mahler. There will be solo performances by mezzo soprano Margaret Mezzacappa and tenor Chad Shelton.

“The Yavapai Symphony Association has enjoyed a most successful and entertaining 50th anniversary season sponsoring the Phoenix Symphony’s concerts in Prescott,” said Yavapai Symphony Association President David Dunn in a news release. “We’ve heard the orchestra perform a wide range of compositions from Beethoven to Bernstein to Brahms, and we appreciate all the support from the Yavapai County community.”

The “Farewell” symphony was composed in 1772, when Haydn was working for his patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy at his summer home in Hungary. As the last movement comes to a dramatic close, an unexpected slow movement begins, the release said.

“Das Lied von der Erde,” otherwise known as “The Son of the Earth,” was composed in 1909. The story is that it comes from a Chinese poem collection, “The Chinese Flute,” written by Li T’ai-po in the eighth century. The work is described as a “symphony in songs” and weaves in the soloists’ voices with the orchestra’s instruments to form an “extraordinary composition,” the release said.

The performance will include a free pre-concert lecture.

There are a limited number of tickets priced $28 to $39 ¬-- full-time college students are $10 ¬-- are available through the YSA’s office at 228 N. Alarcon St. between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Fridays and before the performance on Sunday, any remaining tickets can be purchased at the box office. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 928-776-4255.

“Our final concert of the season should be outstanding,” Dunn said in the release. “And we’ll be back with more first class classical music next year.”

More information about the Yavapai Symphony Association and a preview of next year’s concert season are available at www.yavapaisymphony.org.