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Phoenix Symphony begins 52nd season Sept. 30

Piano soloist Drew Petersen will perform Sunday, Sept. 30, with the Phoenix Symphony in Prescott. (Courtesy)

Piano soloist Drew Petersen will perform Sunday, Sept. 30, with the Phoenix Symphony in Prescott. (Courtesy)

The Phoenix Symphony is returning to Prescott this weekend for the first concert of the 2018-19 season at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, featuring guest conductor David Danzmayr and piano soloist Drew Petersen.

The program for the Sunday, Sept. 30, concert includes “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, “Symphony No. 36” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the “Emperor Waltz” by Johann Strauss,” according to a news release from Sue Bray, member of the Yavapai Symphony Association Board of Directors.

Composed between November 1874 and 1875 and revised in 1879 and 1888, Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” contains thundering opening chords and is one of the most famous pieces of classical music and one of the most popular piano concertos of all time.

Petersen will join the orchestra to perform the concerto.

“He is the winner of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the 2017 American Pianists Awards, the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association and also Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis,” the news release states. “He is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Julliard School and received his Master’s degree from Julliard which awarded him their Arthur Rubinstein Music Prize upon graduation. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard University.”

Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36” is known as the “Linz Symphony” and was written in 1783 as he and his wife were returning to Vienna from Salzburg; they stopped in Linz where he was asked to give a concert. The piece was composed on the spot.

The finale, Strauss’ “Emperor Waltz,” was composed in 1889 and was presented by the Austrian emperor during his visit to Kaiser Wilhelm II as a symbolic toast of friendship.

The Yavapai Symphony Association is excited to see the first performance of the season, said Association President Arlon Inman.

“It’s the first of seven concerts scheduled this year and promises to be one of the best,” Inman said. “We are all looking forward to hearing some of the most popular classical music in the world as well as watching David Danzmayr’s work with the orchestra. Prescott is truly fortunate to be able to enjoy this quality of music.”

Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert range from $29 to $42 and are available from the Yavapai Symphony Association Office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 228 N. Alarcon St., and by calling 928-776-4255. There is a pre-concert lecture at 2 p.m., and full-time college students can purchase any available ticket for $10.

The Yavapai College Performing Arts Center is located at 1100 E. Sheldon St. For more information about the Yavapai Symphony Association, visit

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