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Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Concerts & Events: Masterworks Series

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Concerts are preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a Conversation with the Conductor, giving the audience the opportunity to speak with Elizabeth Schulze and guest soloists about the evening’s program.

(Nutcracker and The Beatles will not have pre-concert conversations.)

2014–2015 | Season 65

Elizabeth Schulze, artistic director and conductor


Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker — Friday, December 5 / Saturday, December 6

NAU Community Music & Dance Academy Ballet Troupe
Andrew Needhammer, director and choreographer

Flagstaff Youth Chorale
Erica Kragness, director

Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday adventure! A sparkling party, a dramatic battle, and a whimsical journey to the Land of Sweets are all brought to life through captivating choreography and one of the greatest symphonic scores ever written.

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Breaking Boundaries — Friday, January 23

Vicki Ray, piano

Celebrate three centuries of groundbreaking music with the FSO! Beethoven broke the rules with his Pastorale symphony. William Grant Still opened new doors as “the Dean” of African-American composers. And Flagstaff’s own Bruce Reiprich moves us forward with the world premiere of his new piece for piano and orchestra.

The Percival Lowell Concert
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British Invasion: The Music of The Beatles — Friday, March 6

Featuring "Jeans 'n Classics"

NAU Jazz Vocal Ensembles
Ryan Holder, director

The sonic power of our great symphony orchestra brings the music of The Beatles to life like never before! Hear the incomparable masterpiece Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety and a collection of The Fab Four’s greatest hits when Jeans ‘n Classics returns!

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Carmina Burana — Friday, April 17

Master Chorale of Flagstaff
Shrine of the Ages Choir
Edith Copley, director

Flagstaff Youth Chorale
Erica Kragness, director

Christine Graham, soprano; Steven Spears, tenor; Chad Sloan, baritone

Carmina burana is Carl Orff’s epic choral-orchestral masterpiece, one of the most iconic works of the 20th-century, and a powerful sensory experience beyond comparison. Don’t miss this riveting piece performed live in our unforgettable finale to mark 65 years of great music in Northern Arizona!

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Past Concerts

Symphonic Synthesis — Friday, September 26

Rita Borden, piano; Janice ChenJu Chiang, piano; Todd Sullivan, narrator

Music is human expression through our creative manipulation of mathematics, physics, and natural materials. We open our 65th season and celebrate the relationship between art and science with wonderful music by Bach and inspired by Einstein, Saint-Saëns’ symphonic tour of the animal kingdom, and Schumann’s triumphant Rhenish Symphony!

Sponsored by the NAU Office of the President

Fantastic FSO — Friday, October 24

The annual FSO Halloween costume concert returns with spectacular orchestral showpieces played by our Fantastic FSO! Let your imagination run wild to music that is beautiful and provocative, spooky and sensational! Artwork by Flagstaff students adds a dynamic visual accompaniment to Berlioz’s visionary Symphonie fantastique.

Sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare