Flagstaff Symphony orchestrates versatile 2015–2016 Season
Elizabeth Schulze, Artistic Director and Conductor
Artistic Director and Conductor Elizabeth Schulze’s program for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra Season 66 offers many audiences the chance to hear music they love.
Original artwork by Linda Shearer-Whiting
From Disney and Charlie Chaplin to Mozart and Mahler, Schulze says the 2015-2016 Season 66 will challenge Flagstaff Symphony with a vast range of styles that demand versatility, flexibility, and above all, virtuosity.
“Our programming responds to the changes that this new and energetic century presents and to what our diverse listening community expects,” Schulze says. “It is a challenge FSO is happy to accept as we stride confidently into this coming season.”
Acclaimed violin virtuoso Rachel Barton Pine launches Season 66 on September 25 by performing the Brahms Violin Concerto.
Other guest artists on the season also include bassist Christopher Finet from the faculty of the NAU School of Music; duo pianists and sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, and soprano Martha Guth in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Other season highlights include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 on the opening concert and the Arizona premiere of Dreamtime Ancestors, a work co-commissioned by the Flagstaff Symphony from composer Christopher Theofanidis. The season concludes with the triumphant “Organ Symphony” by Camille Saint-Saëns, showcasing the great Ardrey Auditorium organ.
All ages will connect to symphonic music with classic and modern Disney favorites during The Magical Music of Disney, and happy havoc takes the stage with Dan Kamin in Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony, channeling the physical comedy Chaplin made popular as “The Tramp” to connect the audience with classical music.
Traditional Flagstaff programming continues with The Nutcracker, featuring the Northern Arizona University Community Music and Dance Academy Ballet Troupe and the Flagstaff Youth Chorale. The Flagstaff Symphony Guild again sponsors an abridged Lollipop Nutcracker concert offered free for children. During the Season 66 finale featuring Durufle’ Requiem, FSO will be joined by the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir.
Upcoming Concerts & Events
Symphony Guild Prelude Shopping EventThursday, May 14
The Flagstaff Symphony Guild is staging a "Prelude Shopping Extravaganza" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the Forest Highlands Clubhouse, 2425 William Palmer Drive in Flagstaff.
Clothing, fashionable hats, jewelry, ceramics and more will be for sale from Arizona artists who will donate part of their proceeds to the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $25 and include champagne, appetizers, and entry for hourly door prizes. Purchase tickets by calling Mary Hostetler at 928-522-0549.
Presented by Flagstaff Symphony Guild
A Flag Fourth with the Flagstaff SymphonySaturday, July 4
Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park
The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is proud to present the annual Independence Day concert, offered free to all in the community! Enjoy an afternoon of patriotic music under the pines, performed by your FSO! Gates open and music begins at 2pm.
Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona