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.
(The Magical Music of Disney, Nutcracker and Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony will not have pre-concert conversations.)
2015–2016 | Season 66
Elizabeth Schulze, artistic director and conductor
Holiday Classic: The Nutcracker — Friday, December 4 / Saturday, December 5
- Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker, Op. 71
NAU Community Music & Dance Academy Ballet Troupe
Andrew Needhammer, director and choreographer
Flagstaff Youth Chorale
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.
Sponsored by Nestlé Purina Petcare Co.
Media Sponsor Suddenlink Communications
Lollipop Matinee sponsored by
Flagstaff Symphony Guild
Composing America — Friday, January 29
- Theofanidis Dreamtime Ancestors, Co-commission: Arizona Premiere
- Koussevitsky Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra
- Hanson Elegy for Koussevitsky
- Hanson Symphony No. 2 "Romantic"
Christopher Finet, double bass
A bountiful program full of poignant memories and stirring music by great American composers, including the Arizona premiere of a new work by Christopher Theofanidis and the rare treat of a concerto for double bass, performed by Christopher Finet of the NAU School of Music faculty.
Sponsored by Michael and Karen Kitt
Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony — Friday, February 19
- Featuring Dan Kamin
A full evening of comedy and music for all ages. First, a classical concert goes awry when Dan Kamin shows up as the Classical Clown and battles Elizabeth Schulze for control of the orchestra. Then Kamin unmasks to introduce two timeless Chaplin comedies, Easy Street and The Immigrant, accompanied by terrific new symphonic scores by Grant Cooper.
Sponsored by Thrivent Financial
Mozart and Mahler — Friday, March 11
- Howe Stars
- Mozart Piano Concerto No. 10
- Mahler Symphony No. 4
Christina and Michelle Naughton, pianos
Martha Guth, soprano
Mary Howe's Stars evokes the atmospheric majesty of the dome of a starry night and Mahler's expansive Symphony No. 4 concludes with a child's vision of heaven. Idential twins Christina and Michelle Naughton will captivate the audience with their musical unity in Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos.
Sponsored by Michael and Karen Kitt
Christina and Michelle Naughton's performance sponsored by Ann Johnson
The Naughton Duo presented in partnership with Chamber Music Sedona
A French Finale — Friday, April 15
- Duruflé Requiem
- Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 "Organ Symphony"
Master Chorale of Flagstaff and NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir--Edith Copley, conductor
Experience a gorgeous choral requiem guest conducted by NAU Regents Professor Edith Copley. Then our season concludes with Maestra Schulze and the orchestra in a bring-the-house-down finale with the NAU Ardrey Memorial Auditorium organ, the king of instruments.
Sponsored by Peter Wainwright in memory of Gerri Wainwright.
Rachel Barton Pine Plays Brahms — Friday, September 25
- Brahms Violin Concerto
- Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Rachel Barton Pine, violin
Violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine returns to Flagstaff with the violin selected by Brahms himself for his monumental concerto. And our Season 66 opening soars with Beethoven's beautiful and thrilling Symphony No. 7.
Sponsored by NAU Office of the President
Rachel Barton Pine's performance sponsored by Edward Bowell and Anne-Marie Malotki
The Magic of Disney: Around the World with Disney -- Friday, October 30
From classic to modern, Disney magic is conjured with a full orchestra and projected animated stills and clips.
Sponsored by Northern Arizona Healthcare