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Phoenix Symphony returns for new season Sept. 30

Violinist Steven Moeckel will perform Nov. 4. (Courtesy photo)

Violinist Steven Moeckel will perform Nov. 4. (Courtesy photo)

The Yavapai Symphony Association is bringing back the Phoenix Symphony for the 2018-19 season with performances at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

The first concert is Sunday, Sept. 30, according to Sue Bray, member of the Yavapai Symphony Association Board of Directors. It will feature guest conductor David Danzmayr and three pieces: Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” with pianist Drew Petersen, Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36 Linz,” and Strauss’ “Emperor Waltz.”

This season marks 52 years for the Yavapai Symphony Association bringing the Phoenix Symphony to Prescott, Association President Arlon Inman said.

“We have tremendous programs of classical music performed by one of our country’s best symphony orchestras right here in our home town,” Inman said. “We believe that this season will be one of the best in recent years.”

Other performances are on Sunday, Nov. 4, where the orchestra will perform Britten’s “Violin Concerto,” featuring concert master Steven Moeckel as violin soloist, and Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” with Case Scaglione as guest conductor; and Sunday, Jan. 13, with Matthew Kasper as guest conductor leading the orchestra through Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” Ives’ “Symphony No. 2” and Barber’s “Second Essay for Orchestra.”

Performances in 2019 also include one on Sunday, Jan. 27, and Sunday, March 31, with concerts focusing on the depth of Mozart and Schubert. Phoenix Symphony Musical Director Tito Munoz returns Sunday, April 14, conducting Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires” and Price’s “Symphony No. 1.”

The final concert of the season is Sunday, May 19, which Inman said is a departure from what the Yavapai Symphony Association has offered in other seasons — with a piano recital by Kenneth Broberg.

A 23-year-old, Broberg debuted last year and won the Van Cliburn Silver Medal at the 15th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

All concerts begin at 3 p.m. with a complimentary pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m. Season ticket prices range from $159 to $259 and single ticket prices range from $29 to $42. They are available at the Yavapai Symphony Association office, 228 N. Alarcon St., Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by calling 928-776-4255.

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St. For more information, visit www.yavapaisymphony.org.