2021–2022 | Season 72

Charles Latshaw, Conductor and Music Director

All evening concerts will begin at 7:30pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

The Dec. 5th Saturday matinee for the Nutcracker Lollipop is at 2pm and the “Broadway Classics” matinee on Saturday, Feb. 19th, 2022 is at 3pm

Season 72 Concerts

We are so excited to return to LIVE performances and look forward to seeing our patrons in person again! Many of the programs we were unable to perform from last season are part of Season 72, including Celebrating Beethoven with Jeffrey Swan on piano in September, Musical Stories in January, and Broadway Classics in February. We also have several new programs including Musical Landscapes in October featuring Steven Moeckel on violin performing the Dvorak Violin Concerto, along with Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. This extraordinary season will conclude with An Earth Day Celebration highlighting the talents of renowned cellist Cecily Parnas performing Ernst Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody paired with the monumental Le Mer by Claude Debussy. Join us for a season of celebration and renewal as we return to the concert stage!

Celebrating Beethoven
September 24, 2021

Celebrate Beethoven with the FSO as they perform the most famous movements from four of his nine symphonic masterpieces in a “Symphony of Symphonies.” Also included in this electrifying program is Beethoven’s heroic “Emperor’s Concerto” with pianist Jeffrey Swann, and American composer Michael Torke’s ingenious homage to Beethoven titled Ash.

Musical Landscapes
October 22, 2021

Enjoy a tour of these sweeping European musical landscapes, from Germany to the Czech Republic to Finland. This monumental program will feature Steven Moeckel, Concertmaster with the Phoenix Symphony, hailed by critics worldwide as “one of the most versatile young musicians of today,” performing Dvorak’s masterpiece, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra.

The Nutcracker Ballet
December 3 & 4, 2021

Featuring Northern Arizona University’s Community Music and Dance Academy.

Musical Stories
January 21, 2022

A magical program showcasing some of the most beloved children’s stories depicted in the orchestral repertoire. The program will feature talented string students from throughout the region performing alongside our FSO professionals.

Broadway Classics
February 19 (SATURDAY), 2022

Special Saturday Matinee Concert featuring Broadway stars Andrea Burns and Nicholas
Rodriguez performing classic hits from Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Bring the whole family to an afternoon salute to the golden age of Broadway!

Earth Day Celebration
April 15, 2022

A unique concert and discussion focused on the importance of everyone’s role in protecting our environment and the precious planet we all share, with a specific focus on two related emergencies, public health and climate change. The program will feature Claude Debussy’s enchanting Impressionist work La Mer, along with international performing artist Cicely Parnas performing Bloch’s powerful Hebraic Rhapsody.