Originally Published: March 16, 2018 6 a.m.
Phoenix Symphony Concertmaster Steven Moeckel is joining the symphony as a violin soloist at the orchestra’s next concert Sunday, March 18.
Performing at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., the program includes Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto and the world premiere of a new work by Kenneth Fuchs, according to a news release from Sue Bray, member of the Yavapai Symphony Association Board of Directors.
Moeckel jonis the orchestra as soloist for Korngold’s piece, composed in 1945. Though a concerto usually begins with the orchestra, this one begins with the solo violin playing a theme from the film “Another Dawn,” according to the release which notes it is a highly technical piece requiring a soloist with the skills to match.
“Prescott audiences know (Moeckel) best as the principal violinist of the Phoenix Symphony, but he is also a renowned solo artist and chamber musician,” the release states. “A seasoned performer since childhood, Moeckel began his lifelong career on the violin at a very young age in the United States, and then, from the age of 11, toured as a principal soloist of the Vienna Boys Choir.”
Upon graduation with honors from the Mozarteum in Salzburg at 19-years-old, Moeckel assumed the position of Co-Concertmaster of Germany’s Ulm Philharmonic and combines his concertmaster responsibilities with solo performances around the world.
Tickets for the 3 p.m. performance are available from the Yavapai Symphony Association and rnage from $29 to $42. The office, located at 228 N. Alarcon St. is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those purchasing tickets in person. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 928-776-4255 for will call pick up at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
There is a pre-concert lecture starting at 2:30 p.m. and full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for only $10 on the day of the performance.
Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, composed in 1888, is known as a cyclical symphony due to its recurring main theme in all four movements, the release states. Further, Fuchs is associated with the London Symphony Orchestra and the United States Air Force and is a versatile composer of orchestral, chamber and band music.
For more information about the Yavapai Symphony Association, visit www.yavapaisymphonyassociation.org.
By Jason Wheeler, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037. Follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels